Cover Story: Terrific children’s books for your holiday shopping list! Consider these opportunities for discovery!

COVER STORY—Millions of Americans already are “making their lists and checking them twice.” We hope those lists will include lots of books! So, we are starting our holiday-shopping coverage today with a trio of delightful books for the children you love. Of course, the secret behind the most beloved “children’s books” is that adults love them, too. There’s pure magic in the experience of curling up with a child or grandchild and enjoying a great book.

The trio, this week, includes the multi-cultural, lift-the-flap picture book Walk This World at Christmastime. But, wait! There’s more! We preview the latest volume in the beloved Bear-and-Mouse series in which grumpy old bear decides to host his first Christmas party. And, we’ve spotted a brilliant little pop-up book that engages several senses as adults and children explore the wonders of the alphabet.

Please, read our trio of reviews, this week, and share this news with friends.

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‘DREAM IT! SEE IT! DO IT!’

GodSigns—The quote above is from Beverlye Hyman Fead, a remarkable woman and a cancer survivor as well. GodSigns columnist Suzy Farbman tells her story, this week, including some inspiring videos produced by Beverlye! After you meet this woman in Suzy’s column, you’re going to want to share this with friends. Please do!

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Secrets of the Serpent Mound

RODNEY CURTIS—Our intrepid author, columnist, photographer and global explorer Rodney Curtis checks in with a fascinating look at the vast Serpent Mound in America’s Midwest. He writes, in part: “I’m drawn to places like this, the mysterious, the curious. What motivated ancient builders to spend their time hand-carrying materials bit by bit to this particular escarpment in Ohio?” Are you intrigued?

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

Want to see all the holidays?
www.InterfaithHolidays.org

VETERANS DAY—Plan ahead if you’re looking for a local event honoring veterans or perhaps would like to pay a visit to a cemetery on Nov. 11. But there’s more you can do! Stephanie points out in her column that you also could consider observing the holiday by lending a hand to those in need. And, yes, she has a link to the latest list of discounts and benefits offered to veterans to mark the holiday.

 

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FAITH & FILM

Click this image of director Todd Haynes and a poster for his new movie, ‘Wonderstruck.’

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journala monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s latest free movie reviews are:

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