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October 20, 2013

ED VASICEK: It's getting colder; start a new book

Here are 3 titles you might want to try

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I suggest you have your child begin with the second in the series, “Flurry the Bear and the Land of the Sourpie.” The book has a great moral lesson many parents will appreciate: “Love and get along with your siblings. Your family matters.” The story also addresses reconciliation and forgiveness.

What is the plot? Through a misunderstanding, Flurry believes a map he discovers, leading to the “Sourpie,” will direct him into a land of pies — sour ones and sweet ones. He later discovers that the “Sourpie” are a group of grouchy cats, bitter toward the nearby kingdom from which they originated. In the end, they are reconciled through forgiveness. More information is available at flurrythebear.com; the book can be ordered through Amazon.

A third book I am reading is especially geared toward Christians and titled, “Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working” by Craig Groeschel. The author’s premise is that American society has become so dysfunctional that “normal” is no longer a good thing. Normal people have no time, do not rest enough, run up large debts, fail in their family lives, and have moved far from Judeo-Christian morals.

“Normal people do normal things at a normal — breakneck — pace and never have enough time to do the most important things ...”

His family chose an alternate path: “... we decided to become weird.... We limited the use of technology to only three days a week ... we rediscovered board games — Monopoly, Sorry, even checkers. We played charades, told stories, and ... read books ... we have epic wrestling matches that rival anything Wii has to offer ... and a lot of laughter.” Although written from an evangelical perspective, most folks with family values will appreciate this refreshing and insightful book. Have a great day — and don’t forget to read!

Ed Vasicek is pastor of Highland Park Church and a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at edvasicek@gmail.com.

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