New Resources for Great Lent

Cheesefare approaches, and the Orthodox will begin Great Lent on Clean Monday, February 27. In our parish, we’ll be making treasure boxes with the younger kids tonight, and talking about these verses: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not…

Great Lent is coming… Are you ready?

Have you heard our Getting Ready for Great Lent promo on Ancient Faith Radio?  If you don’t live stream the station, but prefer to just download podcasts one at a time, you might miss it, so I thought I’d post it here — Now’s the time to be thinking about this…  have you planned out a way to intensify your spiritual life in each of these important ways? Prayer: Consider your current…

Review: Shepherding Sam, a chapter book!

If you are still looking for a Christmas gift, or if you’re just hoping for some quality reading for a child you love, Ancient Faith has released a beautiful chapter book for young audiences! Melinda Johnson’s Shepherding Sam‘s cover is as beautiful and sweet as the story inside. We get to know a dog named Saucer who is a gifted herder — with no herd!  As he waits to find a need to fill,…

Nativity & The Solidarity of Mankind

This originally aired as a podcast episode on November 26, 2014. The Nativity Fast is underway! It’s time for us to lead our children to the great feast of the Nativity of Christ, Christmas. Many families will use the Jesse Tree to bring the fast to life for their kids. Search ‘Orthodox Jesse Tree’ online and you’ll find links to many different sources for ways to do the Jesse Tree in your…

Bringing Old Testament Stories to Life, and to Our Lives

This Raising Saints podcast episode aired November 17, 2016.   This summer was busy as usual for our family, with various summer camps and visits to faraway family and friends, but it was a little extra busy this time because our new book came out — Caleb Shoemaker and I wrote Blueprints for the Little Church, and the book was released just as summer began. So we’ve been doing webinars and interviews…

Review: Goodnight Jesus by Angela Isaacs

If you have not yet seen Angela Isaacs’ new board book for babies and toddlers, you are missing out. When I saw that she’d written a sweet little book called Goodnight Jesus, I ordered a few for my littlest godchildren. Frankly, I was blown away. Nicholas Malara’s illustrations may be the sweetest things I’ve ever seen. The images are clearly based on Orthodox icons, but are made sweeter so that they touch…