Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Questions for the Year Ahead


Merry Christmas!

In 2010, I wrote The Core, which did very well in sales throughout the summer and continued to sell well as a holiday gift thanks to you, my readers. Now, I’m enjoying every minute of holiday rest with my family as I prepare for the adventures of 2011. All four boys were home for Christmas as well as my mother-in-law who has moved into our neighborhood. We made YouTube videos, opened presents, shopped, watched some movies, and ate too much.

The best part was the night we went Christmas caroling with most of the Classical Conversations office and their families. We went to six homes and everyone was very grateful. We sang a different carol at each door and left singing We Wish You a Merry Christmas. However, it was a very cold night and I think some of our audience wished we weren't quite so merry. When we were finished at one door, I wanted to apologize by saying, “We’re Presbyterians. We sing every verse no matter how long it takes!”

I’m about to begin my next book on the dialectic and need your help. Please send any questions you have on the dialectic as comments on this blog or to ASKLEIGH@YMAIL.com. I will respond to your questions in the book so think of great questions that will make sure the book is as useful to as many families as possible. The book will be a follow-up to The Core’s emphasis on grammar. If all goes well, the final book in the series will expound upon the rhetorical skills in a classical education. So please pray for wisdom in writing, patience in editing, and for God to receive the glory.

As I research information for the book, I’d also appreciate if you’d leave links in this blog’s comments to any great articles you find on thinking skills and examples of the dialectic in action. All that I’ve ever done has been a team effort and this book will be no different.

I’d like to leave this year by sharing a thought that I’ll probably return to often in my writings in 2011 year as it has really impacted my faith. This comes from the last verse of Hark the Herald Angels Sing!

Rise, the Woman's conquering Seed,
Bruise in us the Serpent's head.
Adam's likeness now efface:
Stamp Thine image in its place;
Second Adam, from above,
Reinstate us in thy love.

Lord, re-create me in the image of the Second Adam. Help me to bear the deep joy of your love.

Happy New Year!

Love, Leigh

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas in the Celebration

Nativity-Rembrandt
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
-Luke 2: 6-20

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas in the Waiting

Rembrandt-Jeremiah
This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:

Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
and Jesse the father of King David.

David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
and Josiah the father of Jeconiah[c] and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.

After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,
Abihud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Elihud,
Elihud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.

Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.
-Matthew 1:1-17

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas in the Details

Rembrandt-Dream of St. Joseph
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
-Luke 2:1-5

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thoughts to Ponder for Christmas
News of the Week

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Sales @ CC Books

During December, don't forget to take advantage of our Christmas specials at the CC Bookstore!!


CHALLENGE CHRISTMAS SALE

December 1 - 31
Get 10% off all Challenge Items*

*Excludes IEW Bible-Based Writing *Online orders only *DISCOUNT10 coupon can be used for an additional 10% off on purchases over $250. *Free media mail shipping still applies for purchases over $150!

Clearance Sale on Outgoing Products!

Clearance on old editions being updated.
New editions coming Spring 2011

WAS: Children's Lit A - 10% off
WAS: Children's Lit B - 40% off (1st 60 buyers will get a free copy of Shiloh)
WAS: Short Stories - 10% off
WAS: American Lit - 40% off
WAS: American Docs - 40% off
WAS: British Lit - 40% off
CC Cycle 3 Memory Work Resource CD - $10

*Clearance Sale items are on sale "while supplies last". *Clearance Sale items are being updated (update information available on product pages) and will be replaced with new versions. *The first 60 customers will get a free copy of Shiloh with their purchase of WAS: Children's Lit B (this item will be added to the order after the purchase has been completed.) *DISCOUNT10 coupon can be used for an additional 10% off on purchases over $250.
Free media mail shipping still applies for purchases over $150!
*Online orders only.
*These promotions do not apply to prior purchases or open orders and the dates of the sale cannot be altered for any orders.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Chaos-Free

This month, I'm proud and honored to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas, not a "happy holiday" or any other generic, empty greeting, but a soul-filled, "for-unto-you-a-Savior-is-born" Merry Christmas!

As Christmas gets closer and closer (less than 2 weeks now!), it can be difficult as moms to keep our focus on the Savior when magazines and commercials put before us unrealistic expectations of beautiful trees and spotless homes and homemade feasts.

The decorations and trees and cookies and bows, though, are all "of the world." They are the wrappings that man has put on the real gift. We need to be diligent to focus on the gift, and not get 'wrapped up' in the wrappings because God gave us children, and He gave us very clear instructions to teach them about Him. So, if we get all wrapped up in the wrappings of Christmas, we may not be teaching our children what God wants us to teach them: that He came to earth as Jesus, the Christ, to save us. We can't do a very good job of teaching that message if we're exhausted from shopping and cooking and decorating and participating in every charity in the area.

We need to narrow the "to do" list so we can minister to our family with peace in our own hearts. How can we proclaim Jesus as the Prince of Peace if we create chaos around His birthday?

Remember that God's gifts don't come gift-wrapped. Teach your children to look for gifts that don't come wrapped in pretty paper and tied up with bows---the beauty of the earth, fellowship with friends and family, and the warmth of a fire.

Have a very merry Christmas!
Leigh Bortins and family