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October 19, 2018

Stories Will Save Our Souls, Part 8: Talking Animals in An Utilitarian Age

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Yes, we grow into adulthood and life gets messy, and no amount of children’s picture books can put a golden spin on reality. A warm bowl of soup (read Maurice Sendak) is often hard to locate in life’s jungle. Still, there is always that foundation...

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September 5, 2018

Stories Will Save Our Souls, Part 7: Fiction Enhances Imagination in Children

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There is something wonderful about reading in nature. Joan Aiken remembers of her own childhood, “In summer, I read out of doors, lying on my stomach on the grass, or on an old steamer-rug, or up in the cherry tree, eating the cherries before the...

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July 25, 2018

Stories Will Save Our Souls, Part 6: Reading Aloud Teaches Attentive Listening

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Listening to each other has become increasingly difficult. Perhaps there is no real need to listen anymore. Texting is a convenient, silent way to converse, easily done during funerals, birthday parties, or while enjoying an intimate candlelit...

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June 14, 2018

Stories Will Save Our Souls, Part 5: Jesus's Parables Are the Best Fiction Ever

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My neighbor often asks me to pick up books for her. She loves books that detail terrible things about people: books about the gravely ill, victims, and survivors. Some of them are redeeming in nature, others are not. The main criterion seems to be...

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