The Collect for All Saints’ Day

The Collect for All Saints' Day: "O Almighty God, who has knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which thou… Continue reading The Collect for All Saints’ Day

Book Review: Wilder’s “Farmer Boy”

We think of Laura Ingalls Wilder as a children's author, an historical autobiographer, a story-teller. We don't think of her as a leader in the self-sufficiency movement. And yet, wasn't she? Consider the advice Father gives Almanzo in the closing pages of Farmer Boy. [Being a wheelwright], you'd have an easy life, in some ways.… Continue reading Book Review: Wilder’s “Farmer Boy”

Book Review: Wilder’s “Little House in the Big Woods”

I remember the first time I read Little House in the Big Woods. I was maybe 8 years old, and I would curl up in the bright pink bean bag chair in the storage room of my family's espresso shop. My parents had bought me the Little House boxed set from a local lady who… Continue reading Book Review: Wilder’s “Little House in the Big Woods”

Book Review: Niequist’s “Present Over Perfect”

“Stop. Right now. Remake your life from the inside out.” (17) The line was advice a friend had given Shauna Niequist, advice she turns into an invitation, offered over and over throughout the pages of Present Over Perfect. And for my part, I accepted, again and again as I made my way slowly through the… Continue reading Book Review: Niequist’s “Present Over Perfect”