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May Links: The Best Things I Read & Watched This Month

I can’t believe we’re coming to the end of our first month here at Faith Starts at Home. I’ve had such a great time sharing with you all here, and I have been so blessed by your encouragement with this new venture. There’s hardly anything in my life that is more important to me than passing my faith on to my kids and I’m glad you’ve joined me on this journey. I think we are beginning a really great community here.

Since we’ve come to the end of the month, I thought I’d do something fun and share with you all some of the great things I’ve been reading and watching this month.

Online

Win Their Hearts
4 Scriptures to Calm the Busy Seasons
In Defense of Skipping Date Night
My #1 Tip for Getting Dinner on the Table Every Night
What a Mother Really Wants

Books I read on my own

The Story of the World, Vol. 2 – This is the main text we’ll be using for social studies next year, and I’m reading through it to get a sense for what I want to include in our curriculum. I am learning so much myself (how is it possible that I didn’t really know what the Magna Carta was before now? I don’t know) and I’m getting excited to explore the Middle Ages with my kids next year. Also, I love the Christian perspective this teaches from.
Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward – This was a short read, but such a great response to the tensions of loving Muslims with the love of Christ but understanding accurately what Islam teaches and how it differs from Christianity. If you have older kids, this would be great to go through together as a family.

Books I read with my kids

The Bible Story: The Book of Beginnings (Volume 1) – We started reading through this at bedtime just after Easter. We took a break to go through the 17-day Genesis family devotional, but when we were done with that, I was excited to get back to this beautiful book. We’d read bits and pieces before, but there were lots of stories we’d never read, and we are really enjoying it. This story Bible has found that rare balance of digging deeply into Scripture, but still being very accessible to children.

The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross – Caleb got this for his birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I can tell it’s going to be a new family favorite. I don’t want to ruin it, but it presents the gospel in really unique way, and I think you’ll like it.

Movies we watched

The Boxcar Children – I stumbled across this at my local library one weekend. The Boxcar Children was one of my very favorite books when I was a kid, so I had high expectations for this movie. I was not disappointed.

Charlotte’s Web – We’ve seen the cartoon several times, but we’d never seen this version. It was absolutely delightful. I may or may not have cried at the end. (Totally did.)

Also, earlier this month, I made a list for you of our favorite family films for movie night. You can see the whole list (plus ten more we want to watch together when our kids are older) here.