my year in books


Favorite New Discoveries from Authors I Love
The Man Born to be King, by Dorothy Sayers
That Hideous Strength, by CS Lewis

Favorite Mystics
Beautiful Outlaw, by John Eldridge 
The Insanity of Obedience, by Nik Ripken 
Honor and Shame, by Roland Muller
In the Arena, by Isobel Kuhn

Most Appropriately Atmospheric Re-Reads
Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers, read in St Andrews, Scotland
Celia's House, by DE Stevenson, read in the Scottish Highlands 

Favorite Sibling Read-Aloud
The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

Favorite Biography
No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Greenby Melody Green

Looking Forward To In 2017
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, by Melina Marchetta
The Jeweler's Shop, by by Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II)
The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Lifeby Ann Voskamp

reading during lent...

Dorothy Sayers' radio drama / play-cycle "The Man Born to Be King."

Why can't the BBC Radio archives be available?

words received for 2016

It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:26

"'It is good that a man should hope and quietly wait.' I never saw, till recently, how that word 'both' exactly strikes the balance so needed... Some of us rush ahead with our hopes and are downhearted when they crumble, having never learned to quietly wait. Others go on quietly waiting for a lifetime, without much of the spring of hope anywhere; both hope and wait... in quietness and confidence; that is the answer." 

--Lilias Trotter

"Good books are friendly things to own"--Edgar Guest

Books in 2015...

Best New Life-Changing Discoveries 
Parables of the Cross, by Lilias Trotter
Simply the Story handbook, by Dorothy Miller

Favorite (Albeit Only) Classic
The Faerie Queen, by Edmund Spenser 

Favorite MG Novel
Greenglass House, by Kate Milford

Favorite Mystic
The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life, by Hannah Whitall Smith

Favorite Binge Read-Overs
12 Lord Peter books by Dorothy Sayers. Yes, 12.
The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery (the perfect way to spend my 29th birthday)

Favorite Sibling Read-Aloud
The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Graham

Favorite Biography
Until the Day Breaks: The Life and Work of Lilias Trotter, by Patricia St. John

Looking Forward To In 2016
Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, by Melina Marchetta (September! October!)
The Man Born to be King, by Dorothy Sayers
Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle, by N.D. Wilson

many beautiful things

saw a lovely documentary last night at the kansas international film festival... the story of one of my favorite people...

while reading the wind in the willows...

...we were inspired by Mr Toad.

Lines scribbled during breakfast with/for my youngest brother (10)... spawning tears of laughter...

Ten millionaires may carry
Their money to the bank,
Still, they can't hold a candle to
The wealth of Mr Hank

A wooden spoon quite often
Gives naughty boys a spank.
But never spoon has touched the rump
Of perfect Mr Hank

Other men need soap or else
Their skin begins to stank.
But only smells of daffodils
Exude from Mr Hank

The wise men were confounded--
Their minds completely blank.
Who solved the age-old riddle?
The brilliant Mr Hank.

Who is that buff young Samson,
With muscles like a tank?
"I only press nine hundred,"
Protests the humble Hank.

Adonis lived in ancient Greece--
Now let me be quite frank.
The man's a warty toad beside
Our handsome Mr Hank.