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

1 comment:

Lorri VDLinden said...

Your comments about caroling made me chuckle! We must be raising "good Presbyterians" too, because my kids hate it when we don't sing every verse of a hymn, too (even during family worship at home!) Thanks for sharing a bit of your holiday with us! :)