What I’m Reading This Week: On Perspective, Cats & The Willoughbys

I love reading a wide variety of things from books to blogs and everything in between! Reading allows me the opportunity to meet myself in different ways and broadens what I think about the world around me. Most times when I have a moment of downtime, you will find me reading. Here is what I have been enjoying this week.

rare-book-room-40-e1505258282561Our Culturally Shaped Lenses

Joel B. Bean


I have been talking a lot about perspective and the power of stepping into someone else’s shoes with my girls during our literature class. I often have them answer the same questions from each main character’s perspective and this helps them see the conflict in a much more broader way.  Oh boy, the discussions we have when we do this are deep and soul provoking. As I was scrolling through my inbox today I came across this article that talks about the benefit of shifting or rather, considering different cultural perspectives while interacting with the scriptures.

Cat and Couches. Enemies No Moreclaws

The Purrington Post

We are in the process of seriously thinking about adopting a kitten…or two. My sweet husband is a cat lover and has been wanting a cat for years. I, well let’s just say I can live a pretty happy life without cohabiting with a cat…or two. But I love my husband, so I am trying to prepare my mind, my heart, and my house for a kitten or two. This article caught my eye because my furniture is my biggest concern, especially my couches. Any advice I can get I will take! And there is a product that this article promises to help in the war against cats and claws.

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry


We started this book last week as our family read aloud. Although I have read other Lowry books in the past, this is my first time reading The Willoughbys. We are really enjoying checking in daily with this family as part of our nighttime routine. I think Lowry is becoming a favorite author. Below is a little blurb about the book.

Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good old fashioned children. Following the models set in lauded tales from A Christmas Carol to Mary Poppins, the four Willoughbys hope to attain their proscribed happy ending too, or at least a satisfyingly maudlin one. However, it is an unquestionably ruthless act that sets in motion the transformations that lead to their salvation and to happy endings for not only the four children, but their nanny, an abandoned baby, a candy magnate, and his long-lost son too.


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