Beautiful Books for Food Lovers

Farm City by Novella Carpenter*

On Rue Tatin by Susan Herrmann Loomis

See You in a Hundred Years by Logan Ward*

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver*

*denotes some offensive language

Beautiful Books for Kids

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Mary Poppins Series by P.L. Travers

Freddy the Pig Series by Walter R. Brooks

Hank the Cowdog Series by John Erickson


My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater

The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Redwall by Brian Jacques

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke *

Corduroy by Don Freeman

The Pumpkin Patch Parable, The Pine Tree Parable, The Parable of the Lily, & The Sunflower Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Word & Song Bible

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney

The Indian in the Cupboard Series by Lynne Reid Banks *#

At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald



*denotes some offensive language
# denotes mature subject 

Beautiful Books

NON-FICTION




Becoming a Woman of Excellence  by Dee Brestin

The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life by Hannah Whitehall Smith

A Place of Quiet Rest by Nancy Leigh Demoss

The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

Heaven by Joni Tada

The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard

The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond*

Diapers, Pacifiers, and Other Holy Things by Lorraine Pintus

The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer

For the Family's Sake by Susan Schaeffer MacCaulay

No Ordinary Home: The Uncommon Art of Christ-Centered Homemaking by Carol Jo Brazo




FICTION



The House of Hope Series by Neta Jackson

The Yada Yada Prayer Group Series by Neta Jackson

The Father Tim Novels by Jan Karon

The Mitford Series by Jan Karon

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard



*denotes some offensive language

Victorious Beauty

We come with beautiful secrets.  
We come with purposes written on our hearts,
 written on our souls.  
We come to every new morning
 with possibilities only we can hold, 
that only we can hold.







This song, "Add to the Beauty", by Sara Groves, sums up the
cry of my heart-what I aspire to daily.  Yet, the enemy of my 
soul prowls around at the end of each day, accusing me of ugliness.  
Hurling "should-haves" and "could-haves" like flaming arrows 
toward my heart and mind.




Redemption comes in strange places, 
small spaces, 
calling out the best of who we are








So, I take up the shield of faith, 
because it actually extinguishes these fiery lies.  
I choose to believe (even if I don't feel like believing) 
the truth Christ has written on my heart.






And I want to add to the beauty, 
to tell a better story
I want to shine with the light 
that's burning up inside





I will cover my mind with the helmet of salvation.  
Telling myself the gospel over and over.  
Recognizing that grace is God working in me 
to do what I am not able to do myself.






It comes in small inspirations
It brings redemption to life and to work
To our lives and our work






Beautiful living is living by grace-
day, by day, by day, 
with the assurance that His grace to me is eternal.  
Therefore, I can silence the enemy by celebrating 
the beauty of His daily grace.






It comes in loving community
  It comes in helping a soul find its worth






The most beautiful thing 
I can do for others 
is demonstrate grace. 





Redemption comes in strange places, 
small spaces, 
calling out the best of who we are






I will look for the beauty in unconventional places.  
I will take off the blinders of the world's skewed ideas of beautiful living.  
I will ask for eyes to see the beauty in...

  • a cup of cold water
  • a kind word and hug to a grumpy child
  • a break from the schedule to play one round of hide-and-seek
  • a smile
  • a word of encouragement
  • a brilliantly-colored bug crawling across the window
  • a soft rain
  • a listening ear
  • a simple meal
  • a silly song sung with gusto
  • a prayer of thanksgiving.






    And I want to add to the beauty, 
    to tell a better story
    I want to shine with the light 
    that's burning up inside








    Beautiful living is gracious living, 
    and gracious living is generous living.






    This is grace, 
    an invitation to to be beautiful
    This is grace, 
    an invitation






    I will choose to accept the invitation.  
    I will say yes to grace.  
    I will recognize the beauty, 
    acknowledging the grace of God 
    working in and through me
    Every Day.


    *All words in italics are from the song "Add to the Beauty" by Sara Groves.  Check out her website www.saragroves.com for beautiful music.





    (2 Corinthians 9:8-11, The Message)
    God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you're ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it, 


       He throws caution to the winds,       
    giving to the needy in reckless abandon.   
     His right-living, right-giving ways  never run out, 
    never wear out.

    This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.




    Now Go...Silence the enemy...Add to the Beauty!






    America The Beautiful

    Outside my back door.  Washington, Winter 2011

    Deception Pass.  Whidbey Island, WA 2010





    O beautiful for spacious skies,
    For amber waves of grain,
    For purple mountain majesties
    Above the fruited plain!
    America! America!
    God shed his grace on thee 
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    From sea to shining sea! 





    Nooksack Falls.  Mt. Baker, WA 2010



    Farm near my neighborhood.  Washington, winter 2011





    O beautiful for pilgrim feet
    Whose stern impassioned stress
    A thoroughfare of freedom beat
    Across the wilderness!
    America! America!
    God mend thine every flaw,
    Confirm thy soul in self-control,
    Thy liberty in law! 






    Mt. Baker, WA 2010




    Moss-covered oaks.  Northwest Florida, 2011




    O beautiful for heroes proved
    In liberating strife.
    Who more than self their country loved
    And mercy more than life!
    America! America!
    May God thy gold refine
    Till all success be nobleness
    And every gain divine! 









    My Boy Scout. July 4, 2010
    O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years
    Thine alabaster cities gleam
    Undimmed by human tears!
    America! America!
    God shed his grace on thee
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    From sea to shining sea!