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The recent Disney release is spectacular…good for the whole family. Secretariat was more than just a good typist, he awed the world with his speed. Here is the actual last race being run…don’t watch if you don’t want to be spoiled by the ending.

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When Dad Walks In

My favorite book I’ve yet to understand (Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl) gets reviewed by the author’s dad.

Here’s what Doug Wilson (and his dad) had to say about Nate’s book. [Let me know if you have to be logged-in to read it. If you do, I will copy and paste it here.]

I’ve heard anecdotally that a professor at Southern Seminary said that the 19th century had Orthodoxy. The 20th century had Mere Christianity. The 21st century has Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl. I suppose we win then.

It’s only $6. Buy it…now.

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Read “seasoned and mature” as hoity-toity. I bet you never practice new ways to tie your shoes, either.

Increase your typing speed while racing against others: TypeRacer.

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Amazon has a scratch and dent sale from time to time. So I bought 5 of these for $25 to give to my boys and two of their cousins a few days before Christmas. The regular price is still worth it for a great book that drives the imagination, encourages creativity and calls for quiet on roadtrips.

Put these in stock at your house. Click to link to Amazon.

I assume this one below is as good.

And this one for the two younger boys.

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Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ

Gather ‘round, ye children come
Listen to the old, old story
of the power of death undone
by an infant born of glory
Son of God
Son of Man…

It may be enough to tell you that iTunes says that we have listened to this album about 230 times since we found it in 2008. It is Scripture simplicity in stunning lyrical form, and it has knocked my socks off. Beyond any other music, the effect that this album has had on my heart is almost unrivaled, coupled with the move in 2008, a wonderful new church, the realization of the beauties of The Jesus Storybook Bible…these things combined at once to open Scripture to me as I had never seen it. It enhances the beauty of the Old Testament and the incarnation as I had not known.
I meant to do a listing on TBAP of my favorite Christmas albums. I would need to figure out what to do Messiah, which has been shaping the world for a lot longer than this has, but this certainly is the top of my heap for anything written in the last 100 years…far and away.
You can get this on Amazon at the link above or below, but it’s also on iTunes and it’s also free to listen to online here (studio edition preferred but live edition included) and here (with lyrics). But the best place to buy it is straight from the artists (and it’s $2 cheaper than iTunes).

 


This is one in a series of posts this month of things, one at a time, that must be on your wishlist and on your giving lists. It will be mostly books, but it will be some of the best things available. I’m not trying to promote consumerism. I’m endorsing breadth and depth, and this is the month that you’re buying.

Give a hoot. Don’t miss any of them. Here are the others.


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A Gospel Primer: Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love

Bound for Heaven as you may be, you do not yet well-know what you were, are or will be. The Gospel is our bread, hope, and life. This small book should be studied by every Christian as a rich source of condensed Gospel talk.

After pages of careful explanation, the book concludes with a bonus section of prose and a section of poetry that both concisely summarize the entirety of the book. It’s a great feature.

Nothing should be more prominent and preeminent in our lives than Gospel truth and living. This book is an essential means to aid toward this end.


This is one in a series of posts this month of things, one at a time, that must be on your wishlist and on your giving lists. It will be mostly books, but it will be some of the best things available. I’m not trying to promote consumerism. I’m endorsing breadth and depth, and this is the month that you’re buying.

Give a hoot. Don’t miss any of them. Here are the others.

 

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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

This book is somewhat of a biography of Lincoln, but it’s really about how Lincoln brought a team together. It’s an  astounding display of how Lincoln, for the good of the country and to his own personal detriment sometimes, would hire (and then not fire men) who were totally opposed to him, sometimes bitterly-opposed. There are lessons in deep and wide magnanimosity and lessons for playing well with others.

A few weeks ago a friend was looking for some suggestions on a biography of Lincoln. I said, in part: “I understand about not wanting to commit to it… it took some time… [this is a big book]. But I might need to suggest you do it anyway. It is first, a dealing with his politics, especially the relationships and it has a good deal to teach about dealing with people with heaps of grace. But it also covered some of the biographical stuff very well and it really, REALLY pulled me in during the final days of his life; I wept at one of the scenes that occurred two days after his death.”

Lincoln is controversial, too. Though widely hailed (especially among people who can’t name more than four Presidents) as the best President, Lincoln is not faultless. But he knew that. And while some men would have tried to cover up their foibles with lies, screens, smoke, and eloquence, Lincoln brought in transparency, honesty and, literally, a team of rivals (primarily those who had lost to him in the primary) to stand next to him and help him through the turbulent pre-Civil War America. It’s an amazing study.


This is one in a series of posts this month of things, one at a time, that must be on your wishlist and on your giving lists. It will be mostly books, but it will be some of the best things available. I’m not trying to promote consumerism. I’m endorsing breadth and depth, and this is the month that you’re buying.

Give a hoot. Don’t miss any of them. Here are the others.

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