The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander
This book is divinely poetic and a beautiful layered look at how we are Reeds meant to play the music of God.
Radiant Magazine shares a summary which shares the important themes of the book.
Abiding Together podcast is close to finishing a beautiful Advent study with Reed of God. I highhly encourage you to listen.
“those who seek the lost Lord will find traces of His being and beauty in all that men have made, from music and poetry and sculpture to the gingerbread men in the patisseries, from the final calculation of the pure mathematician to the first delighted chalk drawing of a small child.” Caryll Houselander
Christmas Book Treasures for all Ages by Denise Trull (posted in Theology of Home)
Trull is a profound writer, and I knew her Christmas book list was to be delightful. Check out her list above for Christmas treasures, including gems from Margaret Wise Brown.
[Image credit: Theology of Home]
What We’re Reading this Break:
This treasured classic is our family read aloud and fits into discussions of humility in the time of Advent.
Publisher Synopsis: The heartwarming and memorable Newbery Honor-winning book about finding family in the unlikeliest places, featuring artwork by beloved illustrator Garth Williams. This classic middle grade novel is a welcome and meaningful read, especially at Christmastime.
“Old Armand, a Parisian hobo, enjoyed his solitary, carefree life (until he) found that three homeless children and their working mother had claimed his shelter under the bridge. A charming and memorable story.”–“Booklist.
And we got this recommend chapter book, too: Winterfrost
Publisher Synopsis: An ordinary Danish Christmas turns extraordinary when a family overlooks an important folkloric tradition. Christmas has come, and with it a sparkling white winterfrost over the countryside. But twelve-year-old Bettina’s parents have been called away unexpectedly, leaving her in charge of the house, the farm, and baby Pia. In all the confusion, Bettina’s family neglects to set out the traditional bowl of Christmas rice pudding for the tiny nisse who are rumored to look after the family and their livestock. No one besides her grandfather ever believed the nisse were real, so what harm could there be in forgetting this silly custom? But when baby Pia disappears during a nap, the magic of the nisse makes itself known. To find her sister and set things right, Bettina must venture into the miniature world of these usually helpful, but sometimes mischievous folk. A delightful winter adventure for lovers of the legendary and miraculous.
Last, one of my favorite substack/podcast newsletter on Advent and light: Born of Wonder Monthly Musings