Anyway, on to the links!
Spiritual / Inner Life
- Come Out of Your Shell by Nina at The Art of Simple. Practical advice for introverts.
- The Church Deserves Better Than Ugly Decorations by Michelle Van Loon for Christianity Today. So glad to see someone actually saying this out loud. Church buildings shouldn't be feminized, filled with 1980s cast-offs, OR HGTV-like, changing in appearance with every new trend. Church building are not just really big houses to be decorated how a committee of three or five women think it should be. What a church building looks like is an issue larger than ourselves.
- 7 Reasons Why We Should Stop Praising Excess by Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist.
- 3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don't Leave the Church by Jon Nielson for Faith It. Of the three, I'd say the first is the most significant.
- Actually, Some Material Goods Can Make You Happy by Rebecca J. Rosen in The Atlantic. It's a provocative headline for sure, but it made sense once I read the post.
- The Gospel on Our Sleeves: Where I Went Wrong Teaching About Modesty by Irene Sun for TGC.
- The Hidden Years of Being a Stay at Home Mom by Emily Wierenga at The Better Mom.
- 5 Reasons Why Getting Married Young is Still A Good Idea by Greg Gibson at CBMW. YES! I've wanted to write a post like this for a long time.
- I Blamed My Wife for Our Messy House, I Was Wrong for Many Reasons by Clint Edwards. And all the stay at home moms rejoiced and were glad.
- Housewifely by Leila at Like Mother, Like Daughter. The gentle, practical advice we've come to expect from Auntie Leila.
- Murphy's Law for Mothers from the DHM at The Common Room Blog. Just in case you've ever thought it was only you.
- How I Taught My Kids To Clean...So I Could Stop Cleaning by Jamie Martin at Simple Homeschool.
- When 'Tidy' Doesn't Come Easily by Kristen Habermehl at I Take Joy. Does it seem like all my home related posts are following a theme this week? I wouldn't have said this was a particularly bad week for our housekeeping efforts, but they must be on my mind because I didn't notice how many posts on this I had saved until I started putting this link list together.
- Why Do Americans Stink at Math? by Elizabeth Green in The New York Times.
- Shivering in Tolkien's Shadow by Josephine Livingstone in Prospect.
- Navigating Homeschooling with a Sensitive Child by Kara Anderson at Simple Homeschool.
- How to Become a Better Writer in One Simple Step by Joe Bunting for The Write Practice. Great advice, and unlike some writing advice, anyone can improve in this area.
- Don't Look Back on Your Writing Journey with Regrets - 9 Things to Avoid by Edie Melson for Novel Rocket.
- Imagining Beyond One's Own Experience or, What The Fiction Writer Calls 'Going to Work' by Tracy Hahn-Burkett for Writer UnBoxed.
- What Dickens, Austen, Faulkner, and the Brontes Can Teach You About Writing by K.M. Weiland at The Write Practice.
- 3 Things To Do to Guarantee You Won't Get Published by Selma Wilson for CT.
- World War I Reparations Weren't as Unfair as You Think by Brendan Hodge. (Side note: be sure to check back Monday for my WW1 Recommended Reading List)
- Big Government is the Borg, and Resistance Isn't Futile by Stella Morabito. I love a good political discussion with Star Trek references. (Does that make me a nerd, a geek, or a hybrid of the two?)
- Don't Close Your Eyes: Iraq is Torturing and Purging Christians by Leslie Loftis. This is really happening and we can't just wish it away.
- Christ Pratt on Son Jack's Premature Birth: 'We Were Scared for a Long Time'. I know this is kind of light reading after some of the above links. But I thought it was sweet. To have some from Hollywood openly profess faith and a belief that family comes first is a nice change.
What caught your eye this week?
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