You can appreciate Shakespeare too

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare Ken Ludwig The only experience many of us have had with William Shakespeare’s plays and poetry is feeble attempts to read through the iambic pentameter and memorizing certain speeches. Few of us have attended a Shakespearean play because of those not-so-memorable attempts in high school. (Go ahead. Take a

Celebrate Read an e-Book Week

Last year “Read an E-book Month” was declared in Canada with special focus on “Read an E-book Week.” While researching the special month, I found that Read an E-book Week was first registered in 2004. I can see why it was started. In 2004 I was still adamant that I wouldn’t read e-books and certainly e-readers would go

What’s the Difference?

While most of us think of the difference between e-book and print book as the method of reading, it really is more than that. Instant availability. In the Internet age, and quite honestly the culture of instant gratification, being instantly available is a big plus. Storage. E-readers can store hundreds, thousands of books, magazines, and

Because You Care

As someone caring for an ill or elderly loved one, you understand that your role can push you to the limit, press on every nerve—and yet fill you with a deep sense of love and peace of mind. Beloved authors Cecil Murphey and Twila Belk know this too. Beautifully written and full of gentle wisdom,

Out and About at the Zoo

Our family has enjoyed reading aloud for years, even beyond the early reading days. There was a lull in the aloud-reading department after our children left home and before grandkiddos came along. Now when they visit, we have both serious story reading and funny romps through books. Out and About at the Zoo will be one


As editor of a small regional magazine, I began following the sailing Sunderland family when Zac was nearing the end of his record-breaking trip circumnavigating the globe. It wasn’t long after he returned that word reached my desk that his sister, Abby, would be attempting her own record-breaking journey. After following Zac, and having had

The Butterfly Effect

I was reluctant to accept for another Andy Andrews book for review because I’ve not found his previous work compelling. The title, The Butterfly Effect (How Your Life Matters), intrigued me. The butterfly effect theory simply stated says a butterfly can flap its wings and the resulting motion of air will cause other movements in

Why We Write About Loss

Liz Allison and Cecil Murphey, authors of Words of Comfort for Times of Loss, tell us why they write about loss. On the morning of July 12, 1992, my husband, Davey, left home like any other morning—he kissed my forehead and hugged our kids.That afternoon I answered a knock at the door, sensing something wasn’t

The Call of Zulina – Discussion Begins

This discussion has ended. Want to talk about another book? Leave your suggestion on the Book Discussion page. Welcome to our book discussion of The Call of Zulina by Kay Marshall Strom. This book is the first in the Grace in Africa series. We will be using the questions in the book as we talk