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True Grit – I just finished listening to Donna Tartt’s amazing narration of the novel True Grit. Then I found that she had written this fantastic essay on the book.

Romance Novels – Speaking of novels, I found this an interesting article on romance novels (Note: there’s one part that goes a bit awry when the author describes the ugly plot line of an old novel). “Men must be transformed by love and enter into the woman’s realm in order to emerge as fully-realized human beings: this is the core message of romance fiction, Dixon argues. We need one another; embrace this idea, and everything will magically work out.”

The Community of Disability – Greg Lucas has some interesting thoughts about lessons he has learned from being a part of the community of disability. “The tragedy of disability is not disability itself, but the isolation it often creates. This was one of the most important lessons our family had to learn. Sadly, we learned it the hard way. But hard lessons often lead to great insights and over the past few years we have had the wonderful opportunity to gain great wisdom from several families in many different communities.”

The Books of the Bible – I love the look of this product. “The Books of the Bible Block Set is a unique and beautifully designed collection of wood blocks that represent all 66 books of the Bible.”

The MacArthur Study Bible NIV – Some have been wondering why John MacArthur would have his Study Bible printed in the NIV 2011. Phil Johnson writes about that here.

The Contraception Mandate – Joe Carter has a helpful FAQ about the contraception mandate that is all the buzz these days.

Prayer does change things, all kinds of things. But the most important thing it changes is us.

—R.C. Sproul

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