This is a guest review from my wife who was the first in our house to get through this book. Gentlemen–Christmas is coming, and this would be a great addition to your wife’s library. Enjoy.
Nearly 9 nine years ago, I came across a handful of blogs written by mothers who–unbeknownst to them–became mentors and guides to me in my earliest days of motherhood. Colleen Mitchell was one of those mothers. I found her blog and enjoyed reading along, searching through ideas on living liturgically and educating at home. I found joy and hope in her blog as ideals for my own family life were formed. Then, her blog became quiet upon the death of her infant son, Bryce. Hundreds of miles away, across the country, I–a stranger to her–wept with her over her tremendous loss, and prayed for her consolation.
Seven years later, when the news of Colleen’s new book danced across my computer screen, I was eager to read how her journey had unfolded since I had last read her blog. Continue reading “Who Does He Say You Are? Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels (Colleen C. Mitchell)”
The recent comments (and here) by Secretary of Education John King are problematic, not only because they misrepresent the reality for most homeschoolers, but because it shows that the country’s education secretary is just a political figurehead. He is towing the party line, seeking to get every child into a public school without facing–or even searching for–the reality that homeschoolers are performing at or above their peers in many respects.
Rather than force children into their neighborhood public school where they will be offered a likely substandard education, we should be promoting choice in education options–from charter schools to homeschooling and everything in between. The key to better education is more options, more ways to connect with individual children, not a one-size-fits-all program to create automatons that parrot Secretary King’s education theory.
Michael Lewis is the consummate storyteller. He has a way of introducing his reader to obscure topics and explaining them in a way that makes things like baseball statistics (Moneyball), high-frequency trading (Flash Boys), and the unseen and unregulated bond market (The Big Short) seem incredibly interesting. Coach is a more personal story about Lewis’s high school years and the profound and lasting impact his coach’s methods had on him and the many others who went through the program. Continue reading “Coach (Michael Lewis)”