For the Family’s Sake: Ch 6

‘Taking Time and Care to Create the Home’s Atmosphere.’ This chapter starts off with the wisdom of the biblical directive found in the Old Testament which says that a young husband could not be drafted into the army in the first year of his marriage. The establishment of the home and the newlyweds relationship with … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 6

Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart (1958)

Linda Martin was back in Paris after an absence of nine years. With an English father and a French mother, she had grown up in France during the Second World War. When she was fourteen both of her parents were killed in a plane crash and she was sent to an orphanage in England where … Continue reading Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart (1958)

For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 5, The Home’s Weight-Bearing Beams

When I was reading this chapter I thought about some issues we’ve had in the building industry here in recent years. The availability of housing hadn’t kept pace with the growth of the population and this led to an upsurge in the building of residential high rise apartments. Unfortunately, many of these new apartments have … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 5, The Home’s Weight-Bearing Beams

Ourselves by Charlotte Mason: Some Thoughts on the Will

I’m re-reading Charlotte Mason’s fourth volume, Ourselves, this time with my online book buddies. Ourselves is subtitled: Improving Character and Conscience, and is divided into Books 1 and 2. The first was designed for children around the age of twelve and the second for those of high school age, but, as many home educators have … Continue reading Ourselves by Charlotte Mason: Some Thoughts on the Will

Assignment in Brittany by Helen MacInnes (1942)

'Her purpose always was to strike at authoritarian governments. In the genre of highly literate suspense she is considered unrivaled.' Assignment in Brittany is Helen MacInnes’ second book and was published early in World War II not long after the Battle of Dunkirk. It is set in Brittany and captures the bleak atmosphere that must … Continue reading Assignment in Brittany by Helen MacInnes (1942)

For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 4

Ellis Peters (1913-1995) is a nom de plume used by Edith Pargeter, an English author who wrote prolifically but is probably best known for her murder/mystery Brother Cadfael series. The title of this chapter is taken from her book, Ellis Peter’s Shropshire. Ellis Peters held a Christian worldview. She never married and travelled extensively, but … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 4

For the Family’s Sake – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 of For the Family’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay explores our need for balance in our lives, that is, freedom within boundaries.An abundant life is necessary for healthy personal growth, an idea I imagine we’d all agree with if we really thought about it, but the path of life has two sides and … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake – Chapter 3

Quo Vadis: A Tale in the Time of Nero by Henryk Sienkiewicz (1896)

Quo Vadis is, as its subtitle implies, a work of historical fiction set in Ancient Rome during Nero’s reign. It is the love story and spiritual journey of a young couple - Marcus Vinicius, a Roman tribune from a patrician family, and Lygia, daughter of a Lygian barbarian chief, held as hostage in Rome. It … Continue reading Quo Vadis: A Tale in the Time of Nero by Henryk Sienkiewicz (1896)

Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart (1955)

Mary Stewart is my most recent new author discovery, and what a delightful author she is! Madam, Will You Talk? was her first book and it is a cracker. Set in Southern France, it is a suspenseful story that doesn’t waste any time in plunging the reader into murder and mystery. When I wrote that … Continue reading Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart (1955)

Read Along – some comments/discussion

How are you going with For the Family’s Sake?I’ve been putting together a blog post on Chapter 3 but I know a couple of you are still waiting for the book to arrive, and as the first two chapters touch on many important issues (not to mention temptations into all sorts of rabbit trails as … Continue reading Read Along – some comments/discussion