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Humble Pie (an explanation a long time coming)

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RevivalA year ago together, Kristina and I decided to pull one of our books from sale. Some of you noticed and have asked where it went. At first we wanted to make some minor adjustments. Then we wanted to make major adjustments. And now we have decided to remove it from publication permanently.  We feel we need to explain and to offer, in a small way, reparation for having written and promoted this book.

So, for our long-time readers and friends, go get a cuppa and join us as we share our hearts and what led to this decision.

The background…

Both our families are part of a small homeschool co-op. Small, meaning just four families at its largest. We teach our children from curriculum and programs we write a lot of the times. It’s how we have poured so much faith and love and our values into our kids over the past 5 years.  Three years ago, we decided to teach church history. I had the idea to start from the Protestant Reformation and follow historical revivals to modern day, teaching a hymn or a worship song with each segment.

I wrote it. We taught it. Then we decided to release it. We put it in book format and set it loose. It was called Sounds of Revival.

And it tanked. Like miserably. We had poured so much work into it and it had amazing endorsements, including some very well-known and respected Christian leaders and historians.  Of all the books and curriculum we have written, none have done as poorly as this book.

Around the first anniversary of its release I wrote a piece on why everyone should celebrate the Reformation. It was light-hearted and meant in a spirit of fun. It included beer. A reader lovingly and courageously challenged the post. She said, lovingly, but without apology, that we should not be celebrating disunity. That a schism in the Body of Christ is not something to rejoice over, but rather something to be grieved. We didn’t get it. Her, very appropriate chastisement went over our heads. Perhaps she prayed for our eyes to be opened, for from that moment the Holy Spirit painted a bulls eye on us.

At every turn we were faced with an unending barrage of truth. Kristina and I would call each other or pour out our hearts to one another over coffee. What was the Lord doing? The other side of Church history found its way into our hands. The narrative we had learned since we were babies about how the “Reformation” went down, was simply not as cut-and-dried as we had been told. And soon our spirits were as grieved with the Reformation as our dear reader’s was. We realized that it was not something we could celebrate.

Jesus, in his High Priestly prayer in John 17, prays “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

Jesus’ heart from the very beginning was unity. Perfect, complete unity. Not in an invisible sense (like someday in the sweet by-and-by we’ll be unified), but in a visible and tangible sense. The 40,000+ denominations since the “Reformation” is not unity. And it has broken our hearts in the past year. We get it now. And to say we are sad about it is an understatement. To say that we regret writing the book is an understatement.

This past year on what we formerly called “Reformation Day” Kristina and I got together, prayed the Rosary for the healing of the wound in the Body of Christ and then had a celebration of Sacred Music–from the Early Church to today.

Now we understand why the Lord kept the book hidden and had it sell so poorly. It was not consistent with His heart, His most Sacred Heart.

In the future we hope to write a new Church History curriculum for our children. One that is actually true to history, that is compassionate, inclusive, and has the true heart of Revival–which is all men drawn to Jesus–keeping the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)

We are on a new path, an ancient path and all we can do is trust the Lord and His direction.  In the words of John Henry Newman:

God has created me to do him some definite service.  He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another.  I have my mission.  I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.  I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.  He has not created me for naught.  I shall do good–I shall do his work.  I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place while not intending it, if I do but keep his commandments.  Therefore I will trust him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.  If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve him.  In perplexity, my perplexity may serve him.  If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve him.  He does nothing in vain.  He knows what he is about.  He may take away my friends.  He may throw me among strangers.  he may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me–still, HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS ABOUT.

Please stick around the Provision Room, we are the same quirky girls–just a little more humble and with hearts a lot softened by a confrontation with Jesus.

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A year ago together, Kristina and I decided to pull one of our books from sale. Some of you noticed and have asked where it went. At first we wanted to make some minor adjustments. Then we wanted to make major adjustments. And now we have decided to remove it from publication permanently.  We feel […]

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We’re Having A Sale!

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Christmas Sale

Simply stop by our STORE, buy ANY of our ebooks and we’ll automatically send you Grace and Glory just to say MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  If you’d like us to send Grace and Glory to a friend or your mother (what a great gift!!!!) just mention it on the special instructions when you order via PayPal.  If you wish to purchase Grace and Glory, you can request that an additional copy be sent to a friend or loved one!

Grace and Glory is a beautiful full-color book, complete with journaling pages.  It contains our hearts for moms.  We want you to be encouraged and empowered, living from rest, displaying God’s glory.  The path we walk as moms is honorable!  Remember, God Himself chose to reveal salvation to the world through the gift of motherhood!  Moms, this is our season!!!

So, stop on over in our store, pick out ANY book and get Grace and Glory!

 

Christmas Sale

Simply stop by our STORE, buy ANY of our ebooks and we’ll automatically send you Grace and Glory just to say MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  If you’d like us to send Grace and Glory to a friend or your mother (what a great gift!!!!) just mention it on the special instructions when you order via PayPal.  If […]

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Required Reading (A short list of books that our children will read before we release them on the world)

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[We’ve been writing and sharing a lot lately about raising our children into adulthood.  This post is part of that series. You can find all those posts here: Young Adults. This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. The Provision Room is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.]

What you read, especially what you read when you are young, is one of the most formative and trans-formative forces in life.  We still remember certain books we read when we were trying to find our way in the world–how we felt when we read those words and how those words changed us.  We are both big readers, always in the middle of at least a half-dozen books at any given time.  And we talk about what we read and we debate with people what we read and sometimes fight with what we read. Often we fall asleep with our noses in books.  There have been times we have gotten so upset with what we’ve read that we’ve thrown a book across a room or in the trash. (It happens. It’s not pretty.)  Sometimes we love a book so much we anthropomorphize it, we dream about it, we buy a dozen copies and hand them out like Gospel tracts.

Required Reading

Although we both read very widely, there are only a few books, that are on our must-read list.  Before we send our young adults out into the world to turn it upside down (or right-side up, as it were) here is what they must have read:

BIOGRAPHICAL

This short book is written by the former president of Columbia International University about the decisions and journey he made while caring for his wife with Alzheimer’s disease.  This book is the definition of love and commitment.  All our children will read this (at least once, perhaps more) before they begin even thinking about romantic attachments.

The love story of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, how they pursued God’s best and put God and one another over their own passions. Their love story was actually brief, for Jim was martyred shortly after they got married.  But their love story and passion is still inspiring young people today.  Daja’s mom would give a copy of this book to every potential suitor or “special friend” of her children when they were teenagers and young adults.  It seemed to work.

True stories of suffering for Christ. We want our children to have that kind of resolve to serve God and advance His Kingdom, no matter what!  After imprisonment and torture, the Wurmbrands went on to found Voice of the Martyrs.

FICTION

We love this because it reinforces the concepts that education is a way of life and not something that is limited to school hours or school buildings.  Also drives home the point that those who take responsibility for their own education and advancement are the most successful. When you are motivated to learn, you find a way.

Integrity, courage, perseverance.  The kind of story you want your young people reading.

This is a play based on the true story of St. Thomas More.  Challenging and heart wrenching, this book (and the movie made from it) puts the idea of conviction and integrity to the test.  How far are you willing t0 carry what you believe? Do you have convictions or just preferences?

THEOLOGICAL

What do you believe? Why do you believe it? And how can you faithfully live that out.

Right up there with Mere Christianity! This book really gets down to bare bones–what does it mean to have “right belief”?  How can faith and reason walk together? Read. Ponder. Repeat.

This is by far the best book we have ever read about communication, boundaries and maintaining connection in relationship.  We have already read it as a family and individually.  But it will be on regular rotation until our children leave our homes.  This book will give anyone a really solid foundation for successful relationships–whether romantic, business, extended family, etc.

People either love or hate this book.  Doesn’t seem to be much middle ground.  Daja has read this book more times than she can count and has probably given away more copies than that!  The section on understanding men is the best we’ve read in any marriage book anywhere.

Just as we want our daughters to understand men, we want our sons to understand women.  We want them to leave our homes equipped with the skills to lovingly lead their families, exercise self-control, and courageously stand up for others.

This little book should be read by women and men everywhere.  How much better life would be if we understood a woman’s dignity and vocation!

This is a gem. A must read for every Christian. Learn to live in God’s presence continually, even in the middle of a busy chaotic world.

Homemaking is for everyone.  This lovely book encourages you to make your life a work of art, whether you live in a hut in Africa or in a flat in New York or a farmhouse in Kansas.

SHOCKING BUT TRUE

We all know that talking about sexuality with our children can be difficult, but by no means can we ignore that when we launch our children into the world, they are going to be faced with the harsh reality of the modern day hook-up culture.  A culture where all sorts of consensual sexual activity is going on without any thought of being in relationship.  Now we hope and pray to send our children out into the world ready to stand up against this type of living having filled them with the teachings of the church and the bible, but there’s nothing like a good stiff kick-in-the-pants reality check and this is what this book provides.

So there you have it! Our short but important list of books that we think everyone should read.  Have we left out your favorite? What’s on your list required reading?

 


Required Reading

[We’ve been writing and sharing a lot lately about raising our children into adulthood.  This post is part of that series. You can find all those posts here: Young Adults. This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. The Provision Room is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide […]

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Loving Yourself Well E-BOOK!

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This Giveaway Has Ended!

One of the workshops we offer is called Loving Yourself Well.  It’s where we impart our hearts to women about taking care of themselves well–body, soul, and spirit.  We talk about natural healing, herbs, nourishing foods, sacred pauses, Sabbaths and shalom.  It’s beautiful and refreshing.  We sip tea and eat scones.  We laugh and share experiences and learn from one another.  But, we know that you all can’t make it to this workshop.  So, here’s what we’ve done–at the request of one of you!–condensed our 3 hour workshop into an e-book!

We want you to learn to love yourself well.  If Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, we think we should be pretty skilled at treating ourselves well!

Loving Yourself Well

This full-color 29 page ebook is jammed FULL of our best home remedies, tinctures, and tonics. Learn to build a foundation of wellness and joy in your life.  Learn what we do to honor our bodies and our souls.

What does a healthy routine look like?

What is Vintage Immune Support?

How can you improve your sleep and peace of mind?

What’s the difference between an infusion, a decoction, and a tincture?

Which herbs and essential oils are essential for daily use?

Loving Yourself Well Ebook!

Do you feel like using herbs, food, teas, and relaxation is a complicated world all its own?  Perhaps you just don’t know where to start.  Perhaps you already use natural remedies, but are looking for a handy reference, easy to use?  THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!  Handy, easy, mom-tested!  What makes this book different?  We believe in taking care of the whole person.  It’s not just a book of how to treat your ailments, but about how to live life to the fullest.

This book, normally priced $10, is available for 50% off THIS WEEK ONLY!  (GET IT HERE!)

AND you can enter to win a copy for FREE! Enter now!

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Loving Yourself Well Ebook!

This Giveaway Has Ended! One of the workshops we offer is called Loving Yourself Well.  It’s where we impart our hearts to women about taking care of themselves well–body, soul, and spirit.  We talk about natural healing, herbs, nourishing foods, sacred pauses, Sabbaths and shalom.  It’s beautiful and refreshing.  We sip tea and eat scones. […]

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Radiant! Inside and Out! (You’re gonna love this!!!)

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Radiant! Inside & Out! If you’re like us one of your big parenting goals is not to succumb to commercialism.  In a perfect world holidays would truly be HOLY DAYS and not about buying more stuff to fill already overfilled toy-boxes and closets.  But, we still want holidays to be fun, right?  We want them filled with meaning and beauty and family-togetherness.  Towards that aim, we have written Radiant! Inside & Out!  This ebook helps prepare your family and home for the season of Passover and Easter. Read More

Radiant! Inside & Out!

If you’re like us one of your big parenting goals is not to succumb to commercialism.  In a perfect world holidays would truly be HOLY DAYS and not about buying more stuff to fill already overfilled toy-boxes and closets.  But, we still want holidays to be fun, right?  We want them filled with meaning and […]

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10 Day Give: DAY EIGHT

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Congratulations to yesterday’s winner, Jennifer!  

You won a jar of our special homemade skin cream!

In case you haven’t noticed, we take our homemaking very seriously.  We don’t just stay home.  We are homeMAKERS!  We wear that badge with honor.  Never will you hear us say we are “just a mom” or “just a housewife.”  We are not waiting for our kids to grow up so we can get back into the rat race.  We LOVE being home and making home.  There is no other sphere in the world that offers so many opportunities for creativity!

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Radical Homemakers

Congratulations to yesterday’s winner, Jennifer!   You won a jar of our special homemade skin cream! In case you haven’t noticed, we take our homemaking very seriously.  We don’t just stay home.  We are homeMAKERS!  We wear that badge with honor.  Never will you hear us say we are “just a mom” or “just a housewife.” […]

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10 Day Give: DAY FIVE

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Congratulations to yesterday’s winner:

Nurina!  You’ve won a copy of our ebook

SOUNDS OF REVIVAL! Read More

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Congratulations to yesterday’s winner: Nurina!  You’ve won a copy of our ebook SOUNDS OF REVIVAL!

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CURRICULUM SALE!! Limited time back-to-school special!

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Are you busy, busy, busy, starting the new school year?  Are you still in the planning stages? Read More

Sounds of Revival

Are you busy, busy, busy, starting the new school year?  Are you still in the planning stages?

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All Things Veg!

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Back in April a reader asked us to share ways to prepare vegetables so that our families would actually eat them! So, we put the question to all of you! The result is a cookbook your whole family will love! Read More

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Back in April a reader asked us to share ways to prepare vegetables so that our families would actually eat them! So, we put the question to all of you! The result is a cookbook your whole family will love!

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Preparing Thinkers

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Film Critique For Kids

A few years ago I noticed something about my children.  They like movies. ALL MOVIES.  Seriously.  Especially if it’s animated or cleverly marketed to them.  We don’t even watch TV ordinarily and don’t have cable.  But somehow they would know about every new movie that came out.  They would say how much they wanted to see it, quote lines from it, name characters, etc.  And I was completely in the dark!  So they started pointing out billboards or ads at the grocery store that highlighted the movie.  Oh media is a tricky thing!  It slips in everywhere!!!

And so often we’d rent the DVD when it came out.  My husband and I would sit there in disbelief about how stupid or poorly written or unoriginal the film was.  Yet, when it was over the kids would say, “Can we watch it again?!”  *shaking my head*  Disappointing parenting moment every single time.

It was then that we started talking about how we could teach our children to be better consumers of media.  How could we help them to THINK about what they see and hear and not just swallow everything that is colorful, loud, musical or over-marketed?  You know, whether you feel you consume a lot of media or hardly any at all, the fact that you are reading this goes to show that we all consume more media than our parents and grandparents did!  We can try to protect our children from what we feel is vile–or just plain stupid.  After all, we keep them from junk food for their bodies, we want to keep them from junk food for their brains, too!  But they will not always be sitting right next to us where we can monitor everything they watch (or eat!).  Sometimes they will be at a friend’s house, Grandma’s house, school, youth group, or let’s face it, the grocery store!  The more my husband and I talked about these things the more we became aware that our children needed to develop their own filters.  And they needed a better foundation than the one they currently had.

I started looking for a curriculum for my children.  I looked online and in bookstores.  I even asked my friends who have been through acting and film school.  I could find nothing that fit the bill.  Usually these concepts are not taught until high school or college.  As it usually works with us, when we can’t find what we want, we have to create it ourselves!

Thus, Film Critique For Kids was born.  It’s a curriculum designed for grade school students (but could certainly work through Junior High as well!) that teaches the fundamental elements of literary critique.  It is broken down into six sections.  In each section there is a family friendly film to view, a concept to learn (setting, theme, plot, conflict, etc.), and relevant assignments that guide the student into thinking about and dissecting the film, story, and message.  In addition, there are Scriptures to examine and a study in discernment.  We also include a few pages just for fun–activities that go along with the movie.

The films come from a variety of genres from animation to musicals to classics to current blockbusters, chosen with the express goal of broadening the child’s literary tastes and experiences.  No more writing off a film just because it’s black-and-white or doesn’t have a matching plush toy.

We tried out our book with our little co-op of four home school families.  It was a great success!  The children loved it.  They were stretched and learned to not just sit entertained, but to engage with media and think about each film from various perspectives.

Now that our children have been our guinea pigs, we are offering this curriculum for sale as an ebook!  It would be an excellent addition to your home school plans for next year–either with just your family or with a small group/co-op.  Also would be a fun Summer film series as well!  We had the best time last year projecting movies outdoors and watching with friends!

(Free sample chapter? Click here.)

Hugo under the stars.

Hugo under the stars.

 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.

Proverbs 18:15

Would you like a free sample chapter?  Click here.

Ready to purchase?  Click here for our Books and Resources Market.  It is currently available in ebook format, emailed directly to you as a PDF.

NOTE: Our curriculum is fully aligned with: our theology, our convictions about home education, and with what we think are the most important things to pass on to our children.  It is certainly NOT aligned with any Common Core Standards.

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A few years ago I noticed something about my children.  They like movies. ALL MOVIES.  Seriously.  Especially if it’s animated or cleverly marketed to them.  We don’t even watch TV ordinarily and don’t have cable.  But somehow they would know about every new movie that came out.  They would say how much they wanted to […]