Why You Needn’t Bother with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Why You Needn't Bother with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Yes, I read it. And I’ve had a couple of weeks to process Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, this big disappointment of a play that picks up where the epilogue in the final book of the Harry Potter series ends. I love Harry Potter. I have always been stridently against Rowling continuing the story that was so perfectly completed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The series wraps up so … [Read more...]

A Must-Read Book (and Giveaway!): Diary of a Country Mother

Life is short. Eternity is forever. Love now! // Carrots for Michaelmas

Cynthia Montanaro’s exquisite book Diary of a Country Mother: A Year Remembering Tim chronicles the year following the death of her teenage son who took his own life. Although the grief of this great loss is woven through the pages, it is not a book of sadness. It is a brave and beautiful celebration of life. Anchored in the rhythm of the liturgical seasons, Cynthia recalls with joy the little … [Read more...]

Angel in the Waters: A Children’s Book Celebrating Life (Review and Giveaway)

Angel in the Waters Review

  When I'm pregnant, the older kids love watching little videos of babies in utero. I love to explain how big the baby is compared to objects they know and whats happening with our baby. Is the tiny heart beating? Can it hear their voices yet? Are it's eyes open? They're always fascinated to learn how the baby develops. They love a new sibling months before meeting her. It's one of … [Read more...]

I Bribed My Children With LEGO So I Could Read This Book (and a GIVEAWAY so you can read it, too!)

Something Other Than God by Jennifer Fuwiler

I've never pre-ordered a book. But when Jen Fulwiler's spiritual memoir Something Other Than God was available for pre-order on Amazon, I went for it. I've been a devoted reader of Jen's blog Conversion Diary for years and I've followed her process of writing and re-writing and then teaming up with an amazing publisher (Ignatius Press!) to release this story. But when my copy finally arrived, I … [Read more...]

Preparing for a Child’s First Confession (And Giveaway)

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I don't know the first thing about how to prepare a child for the Sacrament of Reconciliation which is why I'm glad there's people like Kendra who are a few years ahead of me in the journey of motherhood and know what they're doing. And, because she's helpful like that, Kendra wrote a book about it! AND IT'S AWESOME. And she sent me one to give away! Hurrah! The crowd goes wild! My oldest child … [Read more...]

When Donkeys Talk: Book Review and Giveaway!

Soon after delving into Tyler Blanski’s new book, When Donkeys Talk: A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity (Zondervan 2012), I knew I had found a kindred spirit. And it wasn’t just because mutual friends kept showing up in the text: G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Anne of Green Gables, Jane Austen, and even Martianus Cappella. You see, like Blanski, I have always been a … [Read more...]