2014 Reading List

by Edie Wadsworth on February 7, 2014


“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”  ~Oscar Wilde There’s probably nothing more dangerous in your house than a stack full of good books.  More than any other one thing in my life, books have been the most transformative.  And I’m […]


Video Interview with Melanie Shankle (Big Mama)

by Edie Wadsworth on February 4, 2014


Y’all. I don’t even know where to start with this one.  Melanie is the Seinfeld of blog world and she’s been making me laugh about nothing since 2008.  She’s one of my favorite people and her blog, Big Mama is a daily treat.   I know you’d love her too, if you could meet her […]

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10 Books Every Christian Should Read

by Edie Wadsworth on August 19, 2013

10 books every christian should read

During my (very scant) downtime this summer, I did quite a bit of reading.  It seems like I’m either reading 4 books a week or none at all.  My summer favorite was Stephen King’s memoir, called On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft.  I haven’t read even one of his fiction books […]

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Mom in the Mirror (and a giveaway)

by Edie Wadsworth on May 23, 2013


First, I’d like to say thank you, for the kindest, most heartfelt encouragement.  You are truly a gift and I am amazed at how blessed a woman can be by her faraway friends.   Today, I am so honored to have Emily Wierenga here guest posting.  If you haven’t read Emily, you’re in for a treat. […]


your real, new self

by Edie Wadsworth on February 4, 2013

“Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, […]


Plato’s Republic, discussion

by Edie Wadsworth on January 1, 2013

It’s finally here! You’ve been so patient and I apologize for the Helter Skelter way I run a bookclub. Welcome to my life! Because we’re behind, here’s what I recommend. We’re gonna skip Julius Caesar for now and discuss it in the summer, which means that we’re moving on to Virgil’s Aeneid for January. Hopefully, […]



by Edie Wadsworth on October 31, 2012

It is with deepest affection that I welcome my wonderful bookish friend Michele, who blogs at The Great Read, no less, to give us some insight into Antigone! I love her dearly and consider her a true friend. She’s been such a wonderful source of wisdom and encouragement to me and has graciously agreed to […]


The Odyssey, books 13-24

by Edie Wadsworth on September 30, 2012

I’m so sad that we’re finished with The Odyssey! Don’t you feel like it changed you? Great books get under our skin and make us see the world differently. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope it’s magic will live in your heart for a long time to come. I’m sorry if this video […]


Read Well, Live Well::A classical online book club

by Edie Wadsworth on August 9, 2012

Well, you convinced me to do it. Albeit, it’s not like you had to twist my arm or anything but I’m so excited to announce the birth of a new online book club for those desiring to read or reread the classics.  September is a perfect time to start, since school will be starting for […]


Read Books and Live Well, part 2

by Edie Wadsworth on July 31, 2012

Some of you asked what’s on the proverbial night stand.  Be careful what you wish for…….. Flannery O’Connor once got a letter complaining that her writing was not ‘uplifting’ enough. The reader was tired of the dark themes and twisted characters. This was O’Connor’s reply, “There is something in us, as story-tellers and as listeners […]


Why I’m Not Reading Fifty Shades of Grey

by Edie Wadsworth on July 24, 2012

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I’ve been thinking about it lately because the references are everywhere and then someone ask me if I was going to read it.  I hadn’t taken the time to process my thoughts correctly about the book.  I had heard the premise and then read a bunch of reviews. I knew right away that it wasn’t […]

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My (not so) Storybook Life

by Edie Wadsworth on June 23, 2012

I’ve got the perfect summer read for you!  And I couldn’t be happier to tell you that my very long time blog friend , Liz, is the author!    I started blogging in May of 2008 and I think I found Liz’s blog about 6 months after that.  She blogs at Mabel’s House and you […]


“Sowing” {a kitchen garden}

by Edie Wadsworth on May 1, 2012

I’m downright shaken to the core by Wendell Berry’s writing.  When is the last time you read someone who simultaneously made you want to be a better mother and wife, grow a garden, raise some livestock and read more poetry and Homer?  He is a prophet of sorts, providing insightful and critical commentary on our […]


Read Books and Live Well, part 1

by Edie Wadsworth on April 13, 2012

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This post is lengthy with lots of links but don’t miss the giveaway at the end! I’m passionate about reading and about promoting reading in my circle of influence.  I’m on a quest to read the classics that I never really enjoyed in high school or never read at all. I hope this series will […]

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Lenten Devotion::Grace Upon Grace

by Edie Wadsworth on February 20, 2012

Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday and I want to invite you to go on a Lenten journey with me. I’ll be reading the book Grace Upon Grace by John Kleinig and posting once a week about the reading. The book has an introduction and then five chapters so we’ll take the introduction this […]

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