By Tirzah Frank, Editorial Assistant Welcome to the Merrill Family I was reluctant to proofread Redeeming Ruth. It’s about a family in Maine that adopts a baby from Uganda with cerebral palsy, and documents their joys, hardships, excitements, and struggles through the journey. While I’m in favor of compassion and empathy—and the way that books … Continue reading How Redeeming Ruth proves grief is worth listening to
By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director, Hendrickson Publishers “O God, give us serenity to accept what cannot be changed, courage to change what should be changed, and wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.” —Reinhold Niebuhr This famous prayer, known as the Serenity Prayer, was jotted down on a piece of paper in 1934 by … Continue reading Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom: The Continuing Legacy of Reinhold Niebuhr
“The language is wonderful, the characters drawn so well, and the lessons produced so gently and thoughtfully that I have found myself thinking about this book a great deal, weeks after the reading of it.”
Although Elizabeth Goudge’s birthday was yesterday, enjoy this thoughtful review of The Scent of Water.
Back in 2012 I read my first book by Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse. I was completely blown away by the simple beauty of that story and resolved to read more of Goudge’s works. Somehow, I’ve only just now gotten around to reading another of her books, and this one was just as beautiful, uplifting, and oddly challenging.
While The Little White Horse was a children’s book, The Scent of Water is regular adult fiction. It is not a tale of high excitement, yet I found myself completely engrossed in this story every page of the way. The main character is Mary Lindsay, middle-aged in 1950’s England. She has just inherited a small cottage in a small village and although she has always been a city girl, she has decided to give country life a try. Mary is vaguely discontented with herself, despite the fact that…
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By Maggie Swofford, Marketing & Editorial Assistant If there’s one thing that I’ve learned to appreciate more from reading Elizabeth Goudge’s books, it is the incontestable linking of sorrow and joy as well as the beautiful experiences that are birthed as a result of the mixing of the pair. Life offers all of us myriad … Continue reading Joy & Sorrow (and Everything in Between) in Elizabeth Goudge’s Novels
When Meadow Rue Merrill met her, Ruth was a sixteen-month-old child that some church friends were hosting from an orphanage in Uganda. She had cerebral palsy and was so weak she couldn't lift her head. Meadow had always felt a call to adopt, but was this what God meant? Part family drama, part travel adventure, and … Continue reading “It hasn’t been easy, but it has been good”: A Q&A with Meadow Rue Merrill
Before Passover (Pesach) officially ends (read this excerpt from The Complete Jewish Study Bible for a background on this important Jewish holiday), we’d like to share an interesting thought from Meredith G. Kline from his chapter titled “The Feast of Cover-over” in Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline. In this chapter, Dr. Kline provides a different … Continue reading A Final Word on Pesach (Passover) from Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline
On Good Friday, it is natural to find ourselves short for words while we take the time to dwell on Christ’s horrific death and incredible sacrifice for us. With this in mind, venture into the world of wordless prayer with this excerpt and reflection upon Charles Spurgeon’s Sermons on Great Prayers of the Bible.
By Maggie Swofford, Marketing Assistant
Excerpt from and personal reflection on Sermons on Great Prayers of the Bible by Charles H. Spurgeon
“For real business at the mercy seat, give me a homemade prayer, a prayer that comes out of the deeps of my heart, not because I invented it, but because God the Holy Spirit put it there, and gave it such a living force that I could not help letting it come out. Though your words are broken, and your sentences are disconnected; if your desires are earnest, if they are like coals of juniper, burning with a vehement flame, God will not mind how they find expression. If you have no words, perhaps you will pray better without them. There are prayers that break the backs of words; they are too heavy for any human language to carry.”
Sermons on Great Prayers of the Bible, Charles…
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By John Skillen, author of Putting Art (Back) in Its Place An important theme of my own book Putting Art (back) in its Place might be summarized as “it takes a village to raise up works of art that serve and enrich the village.” Slowly but steadily we are seeing more and more calls for, and … Continue reading “It takes a village”: The Importance of Socially Engaged Art in Our Communities
This year, Passover (or Pesach) begins at dusk on Monday, April 10. For those who would like more details on this traditional Jewish celebration—especially from the perspective of a believer in Yeshua (Jesus)—we are featuring an excerpt from “The Holy Days of Israel” article on Pesach found at Exodus 12:11–20 in The Complete Jewish Study … Continue reading Celebrating Pesach (Passover)
The KJV Expressions Bible published by Hendrickson publishers is the perfect Bible for those interested in journaling. This Bible gives over 2 inch margins on the outside of each page. With the recent upsurge in adult coloring there’s ample room for that activity as well. Finally, and much more in line with my tastes, this Bible gives you wonderful room to take notes.
The wide margin Bibles I’ve used in the past are rather expensive. This volume is much more inexpensive, though it might be your choice for your second Bible rather than for your “church” Bible. You might even prefer to fill up all the note pages, and decide that means you’ll deserve a new one when that happens. If you’re looking for note taking, journaling, or coloring, this is an attractive, economical choice.
The volume comes in an attractive brown, leather over board edition. To give you all…
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