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    February 7, 2020 by Brandy Vencel

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    And we’re back! Season 11 of Scholé Sisters started back up bright and early this morning! Kelly Cumbee is our special guest. You won’t want to miss it! ♥

    Also, I think the new look is fun, don’t you? New logo, altered color scheme … it feels freshened up to me!

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    We finished the book Talk to Me yesterday (finally). I don’t think it actually teaches social skills the way I was promised it would, but my children still found it very interesting. It’s really a book on basic journalism, and I think it’s great they now have a better understanding of how it all works and how it ought to be done to have integrity. I can recommend it if you have a child interested in being a reporter or biographer or something, but I think it’s skippable for most homeschools.

    We’re starting on The Social Skills Guidebook next week and I think this will better meet my actual goals. I’ll keep you posted!

    I’ve also been thinking about getting my hands on a copy of The Fine Art of Small Talk. Have you read it before? I’d love to hear a review if you have.

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    Speaking of books, I have a BIG recommendation from A-Age-Fourteen:

    She’s been reading this and loving it so much. I can tell because she keeps stopping to come tell me all about it! She also insisted her Granmama (my mom, who is involved in counseling) buy a copy right away.

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    This month in 2019:

    There is tension when the ideal meets the real, but the struggle after the ideal is always worth the effort, even when we fail. Or maybe especially when we fail.

    :: 5 ::

    Podcast episode of the week:

    • Sovereign Grace Sermon Podcast: O God of Vengeance, Shine Forth!
      • I’m a little biased because this is my pastor at my church, but honestly: WOW. The text was Psalm 94 and it was the best anti-abortion sermon I’ve heard in my life.

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  • Reply Jessie March 24, 2022 at 5:38 am

    Thank you for the review of Talk to Me. I have an introverted teen looking for a job who is really struggling with looking for jobs due to the talking involved… I was hoping it would be beneficial but maybe we’ll try the other book you mentioned instead.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 24, 2022 at 8:46 am

      You’re welcome! I hope it’s helpful. ♥

  • Reply Katie February 26, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Struck Down but Not Destroyed is really good, if a bit wordy at points. I’m about 3/4 of the way through. It really isn’t rocket science, and hasn’t taught me anything I didn’t know before, but has made me very conscious of things I already knew, but was always prone to forget in my approach to anxiety issues in those near to me (and in my own relationship with God through the difficulties of life). I think it applies equally to most forms of suffering and trials in life, not just anxiety. I’d definitely recommend it.

  • Reply Rondalyn Ohrenberg February 10, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    This is a comment in response to the latest Schole Sisters podcast. (If there’s a way to comment there, I couldn’t find it.) You mentioned that you were starting to try and fill in the gaps you have in your knowledge of modern history. You would probably enjoy Hidden Figures. I got on my library wait list after Pam mentioned it on a podcast last year (though I think she read the youth version). I have been listening to it (all 10+ hours!) the past couple of weeks, and it is amazing. Because it had been made into a movie, I feared it would read like that. But Shetterly is a really good writer! She uses picturesque phrases in her narrative, and she clearly explains complicated concepts about math and physics. And she is a tremendous storyteller, pulling threads from history and human interest and culture and science . . . Her research was phenomenal, and the way she showed all these things coalescing was mind-boggling. It really opened my eyes to things about the history of our country and the world that I hadn’t considered. Highly recommended reading (or listening)!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel February 13, 2020 at 2:38 pm

      Thank you! I have the youth version of the book. One of my daughters read it and loved it — I should pick it up!

  • Reply Anonymous February 9, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    I think our culture did a good job of teaching us that magic isn’t real, but if it isn’t real why would God command us to stay away from magic? There is a very interesting conversion story about Zachary King (really look it up especially for prolifers)! He says it takes 3 things for magic to work. 1 the incantation (the words) 2. An intention and 3. A demonic presence. That is just scary!!! God warns us not to play with magic in the Old Testament and there is the magician in Acts. After Harry Potter came out the interest in witch craft exploded-300,000% world wide! Every “spell” in that book is real from the book of spells. We are in for spiritual warfare my friends! Be aware of what comes into your home and protect your children! Educate your friends and help them to know the truth of any magic they play with, if you invite it in…find a good exorcist to get rid of it! God bless! Hope you don’t mind the rant!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel February 10, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      I always tell my kids that while there is a lot of “magic” that is just really clever trickery, the Bible says these things are forbidden, not that they aren’t real.

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