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…

Teneo et Tenem

You may have seen the device of a hand holding a cross, with the motto Teneo et Tenem—I hold and am held, or to put it more freely, I bear and am borne. The words used before the cross of Christ was fully known—Take your cross—express the former idea: Accept your cross and bear it. The words given by the Holy Spirit after the Crucified One had been glorified and revealed as our life—“Crucified with Christ”—point more to the other side: Believe that His cross, that He the Crucified One, bears you. Before the work was finished it was only—Take your cross; now the finished work is revealed, that is, taken up and transfigured in the higher—Crucified with Christ, I bear the cross and am borne. “I have been crucified with Christ: Christ liveth in me.” It is only in the power of being borne that we can bear.
-from The Cross of Christ by Andrew Murray