My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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A Truly Valuable Christmas ( or any time!) Gift Idea

When I think back about over the many Christmas gifts I have received through the years, the ones that mean the most to me are the ones that had a personal connection with the gift giver. And what is more timeless and memorable, than a special book with a beautiful inscription?

A few years ago, I came across a book that belonged to my late uncle from when he was a little boy. It was just a simple children’s book, The Story of Ping. I think my uncle must have been around seven or eight years old when he received it from his Aunt Mary.

By the time I found it, there was evidence that this had been a well-loved and well-read book, with torn and worn pages and cover.

With a quick turn of the cover and I saw immediately why this book had stood the test of time and stayed in the family library for so many years – there in the corner was an inscription - To Calvin Leckrone Jr., from Uncle Fred and Aunt Mary, Christmas 1936

Just the little time and effort it took to make a personal inscription in a wonderful book made it a family heirloom, a keepsake, and something to remember some special relatives by.
Calvin Leckrone Jr.
Aunt Mary was my great-aunt, and I remember her as being very smart with a wicked sense of humor.

Dear Aunt Mary – how clever was she to assure that we wouldn’t forget her! And she did it in a very simple yet meaningful way – she bought a great book (hard cover), and then wrote the name of the recipient and her name, with the year and the event. Those simple things and voila!

The first step is to pick out a great book.
Here are some suggestions for older kids:

Melissa Wiley’s book recommendations. 

For the Love of Literature- PDF

The second part is to simply get a good pen in black or blue ink (but I think black lasts longer and looks nicer) and write your inscription on the inside cover. I have found that I have to plan it out a little bit before I write it out. Be sure to include the occasion and the year! This may take away from the “value” of the book on one hand. But that’s not the kind of “value” I am interested in building anyway! The value of this little book that belonged to my uncle as a little boy from my great aunt is rich in family history, sentiment, and love.

Updated 2018