Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Singing the Psalms

"St. Athanasius also suggests that hearing the psalms strengthens the soul in a trinity of ways: The singer learns the facts of Biblical history and prophecy; the Psalter nurtures the emotions; and the psalms deepen the listener's understanding of the Bible's words and of God, because he or she participates intimately in the act of listening. 'And the one who hears is deeply moved, as though he himself were speaking, and is affected by the words of the songs, as if they were his own songs.'" - Man of Blessing: A Life of St. Benedict by Carmen Acevedo Butcher, p. 10


Carmen Butcher said…
This Athanasius quotation is a favorite because I love the Psalms so much! Blessings on your teaching, Rick! Carmen