Monday, December 5, 2011

Welcome to Reap to Sow, where Andrea and I are discussing The Power of a Positive Momby Karol Ladd. Links for the series are posted below. Click to catch up or jump right in! We are happy you are here.

Reaping from Chapters 17 and 18

I am so excited about these chapters because they are about one of my favorite things - books! Chapter 17, Living by the Book, talks about the most important book in our lives, the Bible, and how we should look for every opportunity to share its teachings with our children. Karol gives some practical examples for how to do that in our day-to-day lives, and on Friday I will share what we do in my house, and what we need to work on. Until then, this quote by one of my all time favorite people, Abraham Lincoln, (I'm from Illinois, and that's just part of it) is a good one to mediate on this week:

In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, I believe the Bible is the best gift God has given to man. All the good Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for this Book we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man's welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it. (emphasis mine)

Chapter 18, Legacies in Literature, is just candy for me. I agree with everything Karol says about classic literature's ability to teach our children good character and morals, and I am eager to institute much of what she suggests. I grew up in a house full of books, and with parents who emphasized the importance of reading the classics to me. Still, while I can nod my head and look back on my own childhood and smile in this regard - even I have to be intentional about carrying on these traditions with my children. Too often, I give in to their request for yet another Cars or Toy Story book.

"It's a book, so it's educational," is what I tell myself. And yet - is it really? It may not be bad, but that book is taking up space in my home that could have been occupied by a more valuable book, like Virginia Burton's Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel*. So lately, I've directed my children away from the movie-promotion materials and back towards the classics. Turns out, they absolutely loved Mike Mulligan, and Buzz Lightyear hasn't suffered one bit.

This chapter was just what I needed to make more thoughtful choices about the books we select from the library, and the ones that I am purchasing for my children this Christmas season. On Friday, I will share some more ways I am trying to expose my kids to better literature.

*Karol recommends this one, and many others, in a list starting on page 231.

Do you agree that Principle #6, The Power of Strong Moral Standards, can seep into our children's minds if we make a conscious and creative effort to expose them to the Bible and classic literature?

If you are reading along . . . On Friday, I will pick a Power Point from Chapters 17 and 18 to discuss and apply ~ to sow.

We hope you will join us in Friday's comments and provide a link to your blog if you decide to write on these chapters this week. We want to join in your discussion and create a real community here.

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2 Responses to “Books!”

  1. I made myself read more of the classics when I wanted my children to read them. Turns out, they're classics for a reason. But yes, nothing replaces the Good Book. It's always first!

  2. As I mentioned when I won the book (thanks again!), I knew that I wouldn't have the time to read it right then in order to participate in the discussion but I am very excited to read it! Your post today was very timely because I have been thinking about what my kids are reading lately. I'm excited to look at her list of suggestions on p.231.