Saturday
Jul242010

Book Bonanza: Going Exploring

Dr. Seuss wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

What about you? Would you like to explore a different country or culture? Or maybe you’d like to travel back in time to the days of the gladiators of Rome, or to the very first Olympic spectacles in Greece, or spend a day within the walls of the Forbidden City of China during the Ming dynasty? Now is your chance! Simply go to your nearest library and pull out a book featuring the country, culture, and time period of your choice. (Note to parents: For information on where to find books for children online, see Children’s Books and Classics Online.)

Often biographies on the lives of missionaries capture great snapshots of the culture of that time. Some historical novels and other good works of fiction depict a country’s culture, and the manners and etiquette that are used there. Books are an excellent way to get a glimpse into the way the people of a place live and think.

After choosing and reading a book that features a culture and time period that you’re interested in, write (or type) up your answer to the question, “What have I learned about [put the name of the place/culture you were reading about here] culture?” Or draw a picture illustrating the tidbit you learned about the culture you read about. Don’t forget to list the book or article that you read, and send in your name and age. 

All those who answer the “what have I learned about” question, or illustrates a picture for this bonanza, will have their name in lights! This book bonanza ends on August 23rd. Happy reading and exploring!

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Tolerance-2c

Downloads

RTF: A Mina dos Livros: Saindo numa Exploração (Portuguese)

Friday
Jul232010

In Relation to Eternity

Write down a few things that have bugged or irritated you lately. Now, think about each of these incidents in relation to eternity.

In one week, one month, or one year, is this little thing that bothered you really going to matter? Are you going to be bothered by it in Heaven? Are you even going to remember it? Was it worth all the energy you put into stressing over it?

Ask Jesus to help you when you start to get bothered over the little things of daily life, and He’ll show you how to turn those anxious thoughts into prayers.

He’ll show you how, compared to eternity and the things that really matter, those things aren’t worth getting anxious about.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Joyfulness-2a

Contributed by R. A. Watterson, based on the writings of Maria Fontaine. Illustrations by Mawiee.
Copyright © 2010 by The Family International

Downloads

PDF: In Relation to Eternity (Japanese)
PDF: Em Comparação com a Eternidade...
PDF: In Relation to Eternity (Spanish)

Friday
Jul232010

That's My Cow in There!

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-2a

Contributed by R. A. Watterson. Illustrations by Sabine Rich and Zeb. Design by Stefan Merour.
Copyright © 2010 by The Family International

Downloads

PDF: That's My Cow in There!
PDF: That's My Cow in There! (Japanese)
PDF: That's My Cow in There! (Spanish)
PDF: That's My Cow in There! (Portuguese)

Saturday
Jul172010

Your Art: Change Equals Development

Here's some great artwork on the theme of "Change Equals Development" sent in by our readers!

By Nadia (10)

 

By Leiana (12)


By Aimee Rose Dickenson (11)

 
 

Stay tuned for more art and writing events just around the corner!

Saturday
Jul172010

Coloring Page: My Secret Garden

Saturday
Jul172010

Audio: My Secret Garden

Here in my secret garden—
The one You made just for me,
Here in my secret garden,
There’s so much to do and see.

As we walk together hand in hand,
And explore our hidden wonderland,
I leave my worries all behind.
Here in my secret garden,
Where I run and dance, and sing,
Here in my secret garden,
You push me high up on a swing.

We’ll lazily gaze at the sky,
Then into a crystal stream we’ll dive.
Watch amazing creatures swimming by,
Here in my secret garden.

(Instrumental break)

Lots of scintillating gems we’ll find
Deep within a heavenly mine.
Jewels of every color and kind,
Here in my secret garden—
The one You made just for me.
Here in my secret garden,
There’s so much to do and see;
There’s so much to do and see.

Spoken:
You can always find Me here,
When you’re needing special care.
You can put your hand in Mine;
And leave your troubles all behind,
In the secret garden.

The one You made just for me;
There’s so much to do and see;
There’s so much to do and see.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: A Personal Connection with Jesus: Reflecting on Jesus and God’s Word-2c

Lyrics and music by J. Cedric Spencer. Vocals by Dia.
Copyright © 2010 by The Family International