‘One Day at a Time’

I never heard this one before this morning–Tennessee Ernie Ford, with the Jordanaires, singing One Day at a Time. There’s something warm and cozy about this worship song. Which means there’s a need for lots more like it.

‘King Alfred’s War Song’

I thought it might be nice to see the lyrics of this ancient hymn. Did King Alfred the Great really write it? We can’t say for sure; but certainly he could have. I also can’t say who, exactly, produced this video. But you won’t get a version that’s easier to sing along with.

We need heroes like King Alfred. May the Lord our God provide them.

‘Praise Ye the Lord’

This is simply glorious–Praise Ye the Lord, sung as a round by the whole congregation at Christ Church in Moscow, idaho. The drum in the background is wonderful, too. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

By Request, ‘Blessed Assurance’

Okay! Book chapter’s written, and I’ve got to write a Newswithviews column, somehow–but first we have a hymn request from Erlene–Blessed Assurance, by Fanny Crosby in 1873, sung by the Harpeth Gospel Quartet.

Get to Work!

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I’ve just realized I’ve got to write a Newswithviews column today–in addition to as much of The Witch Box as I can manage, blog posts, and if there’s anything else, well, I’ve forgotten it.

I have no idea what the column ought to be about. Just now, my book is calling me outside.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if more people actually read? Like if they were to read C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength. Guess I ought to put that on my homeschool reading list–although I doubt many of today’s college students would understand it. The middle school kids at St. Helena’s would, though.

Lee’s Homeschool Reading List

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Interviewing me for the podcast yesterday, Andrea Schwartz had a good idea. Why not compile and maintain a reading list for homeschooling families? And, of course, anyone else who wants to get into the reading habit. The books recommended would not be any that you’d find on any public school curriculum.

I wasn’t sure how to set this up, but then decided I might as well just plunge into it and let it find its own shape over time.

The books on the list would have to be compatible with Christian faith, or at least not contradictory or subversive to it, entertaining (because we want you to read more!), “educational” in the broadest sense, and available without much difficulty.

So here goes! First two books on the list–

Ages 12 and Up:

Herodotus, The Histories/ The Persian Wars. A writer who can stay in print for 2,500 years doesn’t do it by being boring! Herodotus, nicknamed “The Father of History,” and other nicknames not so nice, like “That liar!”, offers a mix of history, travelogue, tall tales, and enough exotic material to fascinate you twenty times over. I like the Penguin paperback, with the translation by Aubrey de Selincourt. Honest, it’s one of the most entertaining books ever written–just the thing for breaking out of the digital stupor.

12 and Under:

The Freddy the Pig series, by Walter R. Brooks. I discovered these when I was nine years old, and have been reading them and loving them ever since. Kids will love the talking animal characters and exciting situations; adults will love the subtle humor that they didn’t fully appreciate as ten-year-olds. (Only Brooks would ever describe a beetle as “motherly.”) The series starts off with Freddy Goes to Florida–the first one I read–and quickly shifts into high gear. And there are a couple dozen of these books to keep you busy.

Well, that’s the start of my Homeschool Reading List. I’ll add to it from time to time, and entries will always be stored in the blog archives for easy reference.

Chuck the phones and open the books!

‘This Is My Father’s World’

I don’t think I know a hymn more beautiful than this one–This Is My Father’s World. Performed outdoors by students at Fountainview Academy.

“This is my father’s world! O let me ne’er forget/ That tho’ the wrong seems oft so strong,/ He is the ruler yet.”

By Request, ‘When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder’

Our dear friend and sister, Erlene, isn’t feeling well this morning, so please join in prayer for her. Meanwhile, she thought she’d like to hear this hymn, When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder. We happen to have a guitar and banjo rendition of it by our friends and esteemed colleagues, Joshua & Jeremy Swanson.

Here’s your hymn, Erlene–from Japan, by way of New Jersey.

‘Jesus Saves’

No hymn requests are in this morning, so I resort to one of my favorites–Jesus Saves, sung at the 2012 Synod of the United Reformed Church in North America, held at Nyack College. And that’s the majestic Hudson River in the background.

Prayer Request: Ina

We’ve just received a prayer request from our friend, Ina (also one of my Pogo buddies). Her knees are giving her a lot of pain and she doesn’t know what’s wrong.

Please join in prayer.

Dear Lord Our God, in Jesus’ name and by the power of Jesus’ name, please be swift to heal your servant, Ina: bless her and heal her. In Jesus’ name, Amen.