I LOVE Christmas. And I LOVE Advent. (I even wrote a book about Advent). I love all the fun and creative ways we can anticipate the excitement of Christmas during December with our families. One of our favourite traditions is our Advent basket. It's so simple - I just throw all our Christmas … [Read more...] about THE BEST 2020 CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Books and resources
Here are the best books and resources that our family has used to nurture faith over the last few years. You'll find a whole host of resources for different age groups (including adults), and if there's something you're looking for which isn't here, let me know and I'll do my best to add it!
As I write this blog, the tone I adopt is largely of the assumption that FAMILY LIFE IS CRAZY. Busy, loud, messy, dishevelled, chaotic - you choose the word. If this doesn't resonate with you, then can I politely suggest you're on the wrong website? Perhaps try Pinterest for some ideas of … [Read more...] about HOW CHRISTIAN FICTION ENCOURAGES BUSY PARENTS IN THEIR FAITH (+ REVIEW OF ‘THE MARRIAGE OF INNIS WILKINSON’)
The tragic death of George Floyd, and the riots, injuries and deaths which have taken place since then, woke many of us up to systemic injustices when it comes to racial equality. And because many of these injustices are a direct result of actions taken many years ago, it's become increasingly … [Read more...] about HOW HISTORICAL FICTION CAN HELP US TEACH OUR CHILDREN ABOUT RACIAL EQUALITY
We all want our kids to get into reading - I see loads of questions come up in Facebook groups asking for book recommendations for their children. And aren't we just so fortunate in how many wonderful authors we have available to us? I gawp every time I walk in Waterstone's and browse the kids' … [Read more...] about 26 CHRISTIAN FICTION BOOK IDEAS FOR CHILDREN AND TWEENS
I've written a lot on this blog about how crazy our family is, especially when it comes to our noisy family devotions. Pretty much all the spiritual nurturing we do for our kids is full of chaos, mess and clutter! I say this not because I'm proud of it, but because I want you to know that family … [Read more...] about WHAT IS THE BEST CHILDREN’S BIBLE TO BUY FOR MY CHILD?
If you're like me - well, firstly, please accept my sympathies. And secondly, you may have been left in a bit of a parenting whirlwind over the last few weeks. Events of racial unjustice have unfolded which, sadly, we have seen before. However, this time there's a difference. White Westerners … [Read more...] about 25+ CULTURALLY DIVERSE STORIES FOR CHILDREN
Easter is a tricky festival to celebrate with children. On the one hand, there is so much joy - we are celebrating the ultimate pivot point of all of history! But on the other hand, there is a whole load of sadness and gory stuff which happens beforehand. For our adopted children, especially, … [Read more...] about HOW TO MAKE EASTER SPECIAL (PLUS FREE EASTER EGG HUNT PRINTABLE!)
As a vicar's wife, I'm all too aware of the demands that full-time ministry can put on a marriage. I'm saddened, but not surprised, when I read about pastors' marriage problems - the challenges of maintaining a healthy family life when you're also pastorally involved in lots of other people's lives … [Read more...] about MINISTRY-PROOFING YOUR MARRIAGE: PREVENTING PASTORS’ MARRIAGE PROBLEMS
I'm delighted to feature a couple of books today which would make excellent Christmas presents for your child if they love animals! And - even better - allow me to help you with your Christmas shopping - read till the end and you'll discover how you can win both of these wonderful animal books … [Read more...] about TWO FABULOUS CHRISTIAN ANIMAL BOOKS FOR CHILDREN