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Why We Are the Ten Boom Institute

I love the ten Boom family. Their influence on me, the way I think, the choices I make, how I live my everyday life is incalculable. They are never very far from my thoughts. Virtually every night when I lay my head on my pillow, I think of Corrie crammed between women on a wooden cot with no pillow in …

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Have society’s values changed since Ancient Roman times?

As I was reading along in Plutarch’s Lives today I was struck by something that Plutarch related about Camillus, a great Roman general and leader who lived from 446-365 B.C. He was famous for aiding the Romans in battle but he was also a politician and was elected to office several times. On one particular occasion, some Romans wanted Camillus …

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Reading Tip: How to Read Novels and Short Stories

Do you LOVE  novels but wonder how to see the deeper meanings? Intriguing plots are vital to great novels but they wouldn’t be great if they didn’t have much more to offer! Learning to understand human nature, knowing what you should be looking for, analyzing choices and consequences, noticing themes and many other helpful tools will equip you to have …

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Kid Book Review: Freddy the Detective

Seriously, your children are going to love this series! The Freddy Books Series by Walter R. Brooks are simple, values-based, funny, engaging stories. Freddy the Detective, the book we’ve highlighted here, is the hilarious story of how Freddy becomes a detective in order to solve the problems of the animals on his farm. With rats as his enemies and a …

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Book Review: The Argument from Intimidation by Ayn Rand

While I have to say that I take issue with many of the things Ayn Rand taught and even some of her life choices, I absolutely love that she is a powerful intellectual who is not only willing to admit that there are absolutes but she insists that any clearly thinking person will admit it too. She goes even further …

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Book Review: The Ox-Bow Incident

The Ox-Bow Incident is a painful but deep and meaningful book by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. When Art and Gil are unjustly suspected of cattle rustling, they feel their only protection lies in going along with the group. Although the mob are presented with compelling arguments for why they should wait for the law to handle the problem, ultimately they choose to …

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Author Bio- Leo Tolstoy

Father to 14 children and the nation of Russia, Leo Tolstoy’s influence is almost incalculable. In fact, many don’t realize that it was his writings and correspondence with Mohandas Gandhi that helped both Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. learn how to engage in “peaceful resistance” for positive change in their nations. Yet, his desire to better himself and the …

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Reading Tip: Transform Your Reading using The 5 Types of Questions

When reading or discussing any good book, asking questions of yourself, the author and others makes all the difference in how much you can learn. Understanding the 5 Types of Questions you can ask will take your reading and discussion to a much deeper level! Here is an introduction to these 5 Types of Questions. For a more thorough discussion …

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Apply Principles: Why Won’t My Kids Do Their Work?!

TEACHING CHILDREN TO TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY Are you struggling to get your children to do their work? Do they seem to avoid taking responsibility for their things or even for their actions? The short exercise described in this video can make all the difference! I was amazed when I tried it for the first time with my children. They grasped …

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Kid Book Review: Beatrix Potter Stories

Want a quick story that will build your child’s character? Pick up a Beatrix Potter Storybook! With beautiful drawings, hilarious talking animals, fantastic plots and strong values, Beatrix Potter arms parents and teachers with an easy way to begin discussions about what is right and what is wrong and the consequences of both. You’ve probably heard the famous “Tale of …

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Top 10: Christmas Books for Families

When Jonathan Toomey loses his wife and child, he becomes withdrawn, cynical and unhappy. Then a widow and her son ask this woodworker to make a new nativity to replace the one they’ve lost. As they spend time together, Jonathan’s heart begins to soften. And as he approaches the last figure of Mary and the Christ-child, he must face what …