What does “Virtuous” really mean? (Excerpt from the Introduction to “Queen of the Home”)

(From the introduction to Queen of the Home) In the famous chapter of Proverbs 31 we have a detailed description that shows just how strong, capable and influential the virtuous woman of God really is. What might not be as well known is what is packed into the actual meaning of the word “virtuous” which appears in Scripture four times: Click here to read the rest. Continue reading What does “Virtuous” really mean? (Excerpt from the Introduction to “Queen of the Home”)

The War Against Girls

[Editor’s note: Abortion and birth control are issues central to feminism (yes, even with a minority like Feminists for Life out there holding the pro-life line), but the results of widespread abortion harm women. In particular, sex-selective abortion has destroyed far more girls than boys all over the world. This piece from the Wall Street Journal is sobering and should provoke us to think about … Continue reading The War Against Girls

Instructing a Child’s Heart Review

Are you passionate about passing on your faith and vision to the next generation? Instructing a Child’s Heart by Tedd and Margy Tripp is written to help you achieve that goal. Tedd’s prior book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, focuses on reaching the heart through biblical correction. Instructing a Child’s Heart focuses on providing children with the Christian worldview they need in order to understand and accept correction. The book is full of inspiration for passionate housewives! The Tripps present the home as a place of constant learning that can transform our communities. They encourage parents, “Don’t think survival, think kingdom.” Continue reading “Instructing a Child’s Heart Review”

The Artist’s Worldview

I purchased an art instruction book while traipsing through First Monday in Canton last month. I think it cost me a dollar if I remember correctly. I perused it briefly and it contained many of the basics, everything from, “First considerations” and “The Essential Equipment” to instruction in free-hand perspective, cast drawing, life drawing, architectural considerations, methods and lighting, graded tones, decorative treatments and so on.

I learned some of the skill set in my youth but have found need of a reference and a refresher course. The book is like any art book in that there is a need for some pages to be edited but on the whole it offers sensible instruction minus our modern day cultural influences and attitudes. Continue reading “The Artist’s Worldview”

New Leaf Press Book Giveaway!

New Leaf Press recently sent me a review copy of their new edition of  Mornings & Evenings by Charles H. Spurgeon. This is a marvelous devotional with short, meaty reads for the start and end of your day. Better still, this new printing is accompanied by a very nice blank journal for your own devotional notes, favorite Bible verses, and more. I’ve got the book on my bedside table and have enjoyed rediscovering this excellent devotional tool from one of the most famous Reformed preachers of the 19th century. Spurgeon’s words still ring true and are powerfully relevant for us today. Mornings & Evenings is an ideal book for busy moms, providing a launching pad for breakfast and evening devotional discussions with children. I can already see this new copy will become as well-thumbed and enjoyed as the one my parents gave me when I was married 14 years ago.

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The Ultimate Meaning of True Womanhood

In the ten years since I committed my life to Jesus Christ, I have often wondered about my purpose. What are the most important things for me to be doing in life? Gradually, my focus has shifted from the question “what do I want?” to “what does God want?” I have sought God’s will when it comes to family and church, and what it means to be a woman living out the timeless truths of the Bible in a confusing world. In the first chapter of Voices of the True Woman Movement John Piper contributes his answer to the question of what a woman’s purpose is. Continue reading “The Ultimate Meaning of True Womanhood”

Eclipse: An Ideal Romance?

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“Welcome to the new majority. We’re right. You’re wrong. End of story.”

Andrew Wilkow –who my brother and I love listening to together –ends every radio broadcast the same way. He is definitely a man who is sure of himself and his position. Although you’ve got to love a conservative talk show host who has a Who is John Galt? mug and used to be a member of an 80s rock band, I’m not as confident as Wilkow, and don’t think I should be. Continue reading “Eclipse: An Ideal Romance?”

Giveaway! Win a copy of Get Married by Candice Watters

I wrote a review of Candice Watters’s excellent book two years ago, but I want to reprint it here on the new site, since Moody sent me a copy to give away! To enter the drawing, please tweet or post a link to this review, then come back here and leave a comment with the link to your post/tweet. I’ll draw a winner through Random.org on Friday the 25th (this post will remain “sticky” at the top of the front page until then). Continue reading “Giveaway! Win a copy of Get Married by Candice Watters”

Book Review: Start Your Family

Steve and Candice Watters have championed marriage for many years, encouraging Christians to pray for it, prepare for it, and look forward to it. Back in 2008, I reviewed Candice’s excellent book, Get Married, and I was thrilled to hear that she and her husband had written a follow-up. Start Your Family sounds like “start your engines,” and the book more than delivers on its promising subtitle: “Inspiration for Having Babies.” Continue reading “Book Review: Start Your Family”