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Best of the Greats: Kate DiCamillo

This week in my roundup of favorite author’s we’re talking about the great Kate DiCamillo! Oddly enough, I didn’t grow up with DiCamillo’s books as a child. So when I tell you that I love her work, I mean that it has great appeal to readers of
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Thursday Thought: On Mission, On Point

Have you ever had a moment where you felt like you had absolutely no clue what you’re supposed to be doing with your life? Was that moment five minutes ago? Are you having that moment right now? Congratulations! You’re a human! We don’t
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Thursday Thought: The Cost of Sight

In my personal Bible reading, I’ve been working my way through the book of John. In the time of his ministry, Jesus interacted with so many people who at a first glance may seem like one-off meetings. But sometimes these meetings showcase an even
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Thursday Thought: Making the Most of Midian

I’ll tell you something about myself. I absolutely loathe the idea of staying in one place for too long. It eats me up inside and I get downright antsy. Every time I watch a nature documentary that comments on sharks and their constant need for
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Best of the Greats: C.S. Lewis

It’s a brand new blog series! For the next couple of months, I’ll be rounding up some of my favorite authors, giving a little background on their life as a writer, and sharing my favorites of their works.  I can’t think of any better
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Thursday Thought: Less is More

Our world is completely obsessed with performance and importance. There’s a lot of fun, wonderful uses for social media, yes, but so often that fun and wonder and usefulness spirals and warps into a performance demanding world. Every day there’s
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Thursday Thought: Certain Failure

If there’s anything we're all universally scared of its failure. Some individual fears may differ, but no one on the planet wakes up and thinks it would be just fine and nothing to worry about if they utterly failed in the things most important
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Thursday Thought: Obedience in the Face of the Unknown

Throughout the Bible, we see many figures who reflect ourselves. We see ourselves in their struggles and hope for their same victories from God. In many ways, for those of us who have grown up with these stories, the names and actions of these
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Top Five Children's Books: Animal Main Characters

There’s just something about a children’s book with an animal front and center. For many young readers, these quirky, lovable, animal characters become fundamental parts of our childhood imagination and for good reason! It’s certainly a literary
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Thursday Thought: The Trick of Alone

We are so conditioned in so many of our ways it’s quite frankly alarming. There are so many things we do regularly without even thinking or realizing that we do them and more often than not they’re not exactly great habits. It’s unfortunate but
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Thursday Thought: Overcoming the World the Hard Way

There were a very fun, very fast, and honestly very painful two months of my life when I got to play rugby. I had just transferred to my university and wanted to try something new. I was drawn to rugby mainly because of the scale of it. Anything
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Top Five Children's Books: Reading Around the World

One of the great magics of reading is its ability to transport you to faraway places. Children’s literature is full of amazing books set all around the world that give amazing insight into a wide range of stories, issues, circumstances, and
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Thursday Thought: The Comparison Game

We live in a seriously brutal age of comparison. It’s everywhere. Social media has done some really cool things, but it’s also dangerously heightened our sense of comparison. It’s all too easy to open our phones in the morning, glance through what
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Thursday Thought: Incapable You

One of my all-time favorite verses in the Bible comes from a story in Exodus. Moses’ story is well known across the world. Marked for death as a baby and surviving incredible odds, he grows up in a life of luxury in the Egyptian royal household.
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Top Five Children's Books: Summer Reads

Summer is here and with it comes prime opportunities for expansive reading lists. And what better way to beat the heat than to explore some books with those same summery settings? So without further ado, here are my top five picks for summer
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Thursday Thought: DIY Courage

Everyone at some point in their lives has been told to have courage. We hear it all the time in the face of our fears and troubles. Which is all fine and good, but how are we meant to have courage in the face of so much fear? Fear makes us
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Thursday Thought: The Art of Defeat

Defeat stinks. There’s just no way around it. It really stinks. People don’t feel halfway about it. It’s not like we have people getting the rug pulled out from under their feet and then saying “I actually kind of enjoyed that!”. Defeat is
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Top Five Children's Books: Science Fiction

Science fiction! As a genre of literature, this one pulls neck and neck with fantasy but provides something just different and plausible enough to create a sense of wonder and fascination. I didn’t grow up with a lot of science fiction reading
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Thursday Thought: Faith that Amazes

There’s a seemingly quick and simple story in the New Testament that, true to form, still manages to pack quite a punch: the story of the Roman officer. The story shows up fairly early in Matthew 8 and is also recounted in Luke’s gospel. 
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Thursday Thought: Never the End

In my personal bible reading I’ve been working through the book of Isaiah, and whoooooo boy. It is rough. Compound that with the fact that the other day I happened to be listening to the soundtrack to Interstellar at the same time and let me tell
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Thursday Thought: The Battle for Enough

When I was younger, I was obsessed with doing well in school but one of my reasons for doing so was tragically off. Having the brain injury that I do, I was very aware of how difficult it made my mathematical comprehension. I was still very solid
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Top Five Children's Books: Classics

When it comes to children’s fiction, some books stand the long test of time and endure as fan favorites. These are the books a child grows up loving or have been passed down to them after being well-loved by the generations before them. They’re
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Thursday Thought: More Faith, Less Fear

There’s a lie that I’ve bought into many times and I know I’m not alone in it. It’s a seemingly little lie, but it can wreak havoc in our lives if we aren’t careful. Somewhere along the line we all get sold the notion that to be afraid is to be
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Thursday Thought: Perseverance over Prosperity

Sometimes, life goes horribly wrong. It’s not something we can avoid or dance around. You work and toil and struggle to reach your goals. You sacrifice and labor just to push yourself that much closer to your dreams. You do everything right, and
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Top Five Children's Books: Fantasy

Fantasy. There isn’t a kid alive who hasn’t wished for some fantastic magic in their world. It isn’t a wonder that fantasy is one of the most popular genres of fiction across the board. But if you can’t escape into magic in reality, why not do so
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