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Raising Boys and Girls: Books that Build the Family July 12, 2007

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In a previous post, I mentioned the recent release of the Dangerous Book for Boys, and now I want to recommend several other titles that can make your home, backyard, and weekend far more exciting for your kids and you, without the TV.

First, I have no girls, but Mom, so I’ll recommend the girls’ book first, American Girls Handy Book: How to Amuse Yourself and Others. Its filled with low tech entertainment for girls, from May-baskets to homemade fireworks, and it will not disappoint.

Now to the boys. Since I have already mentioned books like this in the past, I’ll jump right in:

Second, The Field and Forest Handy Book: New Ideas for Out of Doors. This book is authored by the founder of the Boy Scouts of America, Daniel Beard.

Third, The Boy Mechanic: 200 Classic Things to Build, this book will teach you and your son to build like a man. From the editors of Popular Mechanics, this book includes all sorts of gadgets that will keep the boys busy, without TV or PSP.

If you know of another book that helps out in the backyard, let me know.

Dr. Harold O. J. Brown, R.I.P. July 9, 2007

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Joe Brown, professor and evangelical leader, went to be with the Lord on Sunday night, July 8, 2007. He was a powerful preacher, influential teacher and leader, and man of God that led one of the earliest effective pro-life movements in the post-Roe v. Wade era.

Click here for his Obituary.

Click here for his RTS faculty page.

Click here for the bio and c.v. of Dr. Brown.

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Boys must be boys July 9, 2007

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Is you know a boy that can tell you what PSP, PS2, and X360 stand for but has no idea how to tie a bowline, clovehitch, or a hasty harness, then you need to spend a few dollars on him and buy him a book. Not just any book, but the Dangerous Book for Boys. There are several additional titles that carry similar themes, including one for girls, and you must start somewhere.

I have used these books with my 3 sons for some time now, and every day is an adventure, but these books are not written for the disengaged dad. Get ready to build forts, hew canoes, design booby traps, and get ready to release a hearty roar or rumble with you kids.

Al Mohler, president of Southern Seminary, reviewed the book on his blog in late May. He also uses it at home with his family.

Also, The Weekly Standard reviews it this month, and the review alone is worth the purchase price of the book.

If you are a father, hope to be one some day, or know a dad in need of some chest-thumping with his sons, get the book–you’ll be glad you did.

Watch the trailer for the book here.

Post Warning: For Serious Book Readers Only July 6, 2007

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If you’ve ever read at the local cafe and wondered why it seems you spend more time talking and looking than reading, then this post is for you (Warning: if you are suffer from claustrophobia, this post is probably not for you).  Scientists agree readers spend more energy fighting distraction than on reading itself.

Sakura Adachi, a furniture designer in Milan, admires pigeons for their ability to create private nooks in public spaces. That avian factoid of note inspired her to create a bookshelf, “The Cave,” for readers who want their furniture to be stylistic, yet functional, and especially for readers.

Read the NYT says about it.

Ruth Bell Graham Funeral Live Webcast June 16, 2007

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The live webcast of the Ruth Graham funeral service will be Saturday, June 16, 2pm EST, broadcast from the BGEA website. Additionally, you may give a memorial gift to the BGEA via the website. See her bio below. (more…)

Worth the Read: Two Brothers, Two worldviews June 3, 2007

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In this article, Peter Hitchens takes on his own brother, Christopher, who recently released the May 1 hater, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. Peter unleashes on his brother: (more…)

Politics of Population and Poverty June 2, 2007

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Why is the World Bank funding abortions?  In the last decade, over $2 Billion has been spent on “reproductive health,” which for secularists means abortion on demand, among other things.

Beyond erroneous reproductive spending, additional billions have been spent to reduce populations in developing countries, but this reproductive control has yielded no tangible economic progress, which is the functional purpose of the World Bank.

Mike Miller, Acton Institute director, asks in this article, “What about the rule of fair laws for every citizen, property rights, and a culture that rewards entrepreneurship? These traits have never existed perfectly anywhere on earth, but the degree to which they have been present reflects the degree to which prosperity has been achieved. Conversely, where they remain absent — as in much of the developing world today — poverty and misery are found in their stead.”

He concludes, “People can choose whether to eat a Big Mac or shop at Wal-Mart, but when foreign aid is made contingent on reproductive health policies that include abortion — and there is no choice — that is real cultural imperialism. It is ironic that Europe, the very continent facing an economic crisis because of population decline, is busily promoting its own disease as a panacea for what ails the developing world.”

Read the article here.

Peter Singer–Should doctors treat premature babies? May 25, 2007

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In this article, infamous “ethicist” Peter Singer asks a haunting question concerning the treatment of early term babies, “In these circumstances, what should doctors—and society—do? Should they treat all children as best they can?” You can sense his answer from the question.

His response, “A policy of not treating babies born earlier than twenty-four weeks would save the considerable expense (more…)

Jerry Falwell Goes to be with the Lord May 15, 2007

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Jerry Falwell died this morning.

The founder of Liberty University, long time pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, leader of the Moral Majority, and builder of the religious right into a political force, was found unconscious in his office at Liberty University, a school executive said. He was 73.

Read the AP release.

Genetic Testing + Abortion = Bad Medicine May 14, 2007

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Recent advances in prenatal testing have thrown another difficult twist in attempting to understand the “choice” pro-abortion position.  While willing to argue that every woman must have the choice over her body, new tests revealing the sex, potential for disability or disease, make the more compassionate among them less willing to “choose” to abort the child with the potential for physical challenges.
Read about Sarahlynn Lester, a 32 year old young lady who supports abortion, gives to NARAL, and volunteers her time at the local Planned Parenthood. But when she found out she was pregnant, she was excited.  Then, after a brief prenatal screening, she learned her child could have Down syndrome.  Nevertheless, her ethics of choice will not extend beyond her screening.  She explains, “I thought it would be morally wrong to have an abortion for a child that had a genetic disability.”

Read the difficulty of understanding the moral compass of this paragraph: Abortion rights supporters — who believe that a woman has the right to make decisions about her own body — have had to grapple with the reality that the right to choose may well be used selectively to abort fetuses deemed genetically undesirable. And many are finding that, while they support a woman’s right to have an abortion if she does not want to have a baby, they are less comfortable when abortion is used by women who don’t want to have a particular baby.

One useful element in this discussion is the underlying fiber in the pro-choice conscience that demands one consider whether a potentially compromised baby–after testing–should be terminated.   The conscience demands truth be pursued, not defiled.

Read the article.