FOR SCHOOLA Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett & illustrated by Tasha Tudor
Read aloud for Devon, though we listened to it on CD. I have absolutely zero recollection of reading this to Silas and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it this time around. It's the fictional story of a young girl who goes from wealth to poverty, from being favored to mistreated, and how she imagines she's a princess in order to deal with the struggles she's facing. The kids watched a couple movie versions of it after hearing it on CD and quickly discovered that movies don't always match the books they come from ... and they liked the book better than the movies.
p. 160, When people are insulting you, there is nothing so good for them as to not say a word - just to look at them and think. / When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wish they hadn't said afterward. There's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in - that's stronger. It's a good thing not to answer your enemies. I scarcely ever do.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
Pre-read for Silas. This is the fictional story of a black family in Depression era Mississippi, a family doing everything in their power to keep their land, despite the racism surrounding them.
FOR MYSELFKisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, by Katie Davis with Beth Clark
I heard about this book from Crystal at Money Saving Mom, where it was on her list of top books read in 2011. It's the true story of a young woman who went on a brief trip to Uganda during her senior year of high school, fell in love with the people there, and has committed her life to showing them the love of Jesus in very tangible ways. A challenging reminder to demonstrate love to the people in your life, both those who briefly cross your path and those who are always there, and to keep things in perspective by viewing our Western World frustrations and struggles through the lens of Third World poverty and suffering.
The book is filled with stories and statistics that make your heart sink and others that give you warm fuzzies. The following quote, though, stood out to me. I firmly believe that we all need times of rest and I looooove the breaks I get, but it makes me cringe when people say someone deserves a night out, vacation, massage, etc. Would they like one? Sure. Would it be a chance to relax and recharge? Absolutely. Is there anything wrong with getting a break? No way. Do they deserve it? I'm not convinced.
Of course, there's needs to be a balance. Someone who never rests will soon be too worn out to be effective in what they do. I suppose it really comes down to one's attitude toward and motivation for getting time off from their work.
Anyway, here's the quote.
p. 176, I sometimes get caught up in "I deserve this" moments; I still do. I have moments when I compare myself to other people and trick myself into believing that I am doing pretty well. There are still moments when I believe I should be able to relax and do nothing some afternoons, instead of taking care of one more sick person. There are moments when I think that because I have worked hard all day, I deserve to be able to sit down and eat my food instead of answering the door for one more person who needs help.
The truth is that these thoughts are not at all scriptural. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that I deserve a reward here on earth. Colossians 3:23 says, "Whatever you do work at it with all your heart." It does not end in, "and after this hard work you deserve a long hot bath and some 'me time.'" It does end with, "since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward."