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A La Carte (11/3)
November 03, 2011
Idealized Domesticity - I really enjoyed this article, largely because of the way it cuts to the heart of a matter. “In trying to help women feel better about doing laundry instead of office work, though, these authors have set up an unbiblical alternate ideal. Their musings about sacramentalism, euphoric experiences during mundane chores, or the holiness of changing diapers sound more like descriptions of a Roman Catholic nun running an orphanage, than a Protestant wife biblically parenting.”
Rescuing Ambition - Dave Harvey’s book Rescuing Ambition is on sale in the Kindle store for just $2.99. It’s totally worth that price.
Angry Birds - What a strange phenomenon: the game Angry Birds has just passed a half billion downloads. “Angry Birds Fans around the world have so far played a total of 200,000 years of Angry Birds, with 300 million minutes of playing time daily. Moreover, more than 266 billion levels of Angry Birds have been played, with 400 billion birds launched into action, and over 44 billion Stars collected in the process.” What a weird world we live in.
Harper + Nelson - I appreciated this bookstore owner’s thoughts on HarperCollins’ acquisition of Thomas Nelson. He draws out some of the implications.
Child Sacrifice - This is sick and shocking. “The ritual, which some believe brings wealth and good health, was almost unheard of in the country until about three years ago, but it has re-emerged, seemingly alongside a boom in the country’s economy. The mutilated bodies of children have been discovered at roadsides, the victims of an apparently growing belief in the power of human sacrifice.”
Getting Grace - Though this article from WORLD is targetted at home schoolers, any parent will benefit from reading it. “They noted that some parents think a move to the country and a lifestyle based on Little House on the Prairie ‘will transform our children’s hearts.’ The problem: ‘It doesn’t.’”
The man who does not set himself under the law of God sets himself above it. —John Blanchard