Living a Life of Radical Amazement

“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement…get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” –Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel This quote has been bouncing around in… Read more »

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The One Indispensable Tool to Rely On Each Day

I love going behind the scenes and seeing the studio of an illustrator, or the desk of a writer, don’t you? I recently posted a behind the scenes of my own desk. These tiny pencils. One child calls his tiny pencils, “Legendary Pencils.” So that’s what they are from now on: my Legendary Pencils. What… Read more »

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Some of My Favorite Writing Books

If you love to write, I imagine you love to read. And reading about writing? Well that’s my cup of tea (along with an actual cup of tea, of course). Here are some of my favorite books about writing to help inspire your own projects. Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott Acclaimed bestselling author Ann… Read more »

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Top Ten Bird Books from a Budding Ornithologist (That Is, Bird Expert)

I attended boarding school in the UK in the New Forest (which, for the record, is not new – it’s ancient – but to the UK, it’s new!). My school, Manor House, was nestled in the middle of New Forest, which made for excellent adventures and encounters with all sorts of creatures, including my favorite,… Read more »

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The Jesus Storybook Bible — Now Available in 42 Languages

So many of you have inquired about The Jesus Storybook Bible in other languages so you can share God’s great rescue story. Your stories are inspiring: missionaries using the book to teach the Gospel to children in the countries where they’re serving; volunteers using the book to connect with migrant families in the states; foster… Read more »

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Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing: ARROW PRAYERS

Do you think that maybe your prayers aren’t long enough? Or don’t use enough special words? In the Bible there are lots of little prayers– so little they couldn’t be any littler. “Help, Lord!”, “Lord, save me!” They’re arrow prayers, quickly shot up to God. Once, in the middle of the night, during a huge… Read more »

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Thoughts to make your heart sing for Valentine’s Day

THREE SMALL WORDS “Treasure these words of mine in your heart and in your soul.” DEUTERONOMY 11:18 (ESV) What words does God want you to treasure in the deepest part of you? “Be good”? “Do it better?” “Try harder”? Are those the words God wrote in the Bible for us, to rescue and free us?… Read more »

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Picture Books for Valentine’s Day

Did you read my last post about connecting with kids through reading this year? How about a picture book instead of a greeting card for Valentine’s Day? Here are a few we love and recommend! Ten (or so) Favorite Books for LOVE DAY Runaway Bunny “If you run away, I will run after you. For… Read more »

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Connect with your kids through books

Are you looking to build deeper connections with your kids or students this year? I may be a little bit biased, but truly books are one of the best tools you can have for connecting with children. Sharing the stories that you loved when you were little; discovering new adventures together; making memories through bonding… Read more »

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Ten favorite picture books for Christmastime

Do you love Christmas stories as much as I do? What is it about a story? It’s a feeling, an image you can return to, year after year, when you’re little and when you’re grown. A picture book is a place to connect with the ones you love, to dream about years past or years… Read more »

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