Cover Story: Welcome Sadie into your family! And turn your kitchen into an art studio.

INTERACTIVE EARLY LEARNING

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CHALLENGING ‘SCREEN TIME’—The new picture book by noted educators (and sisters) Linda Jarkey and Julie Jarkey-Kozlowski is far more than a quick-and-colorful story to share with kids. It’s an invitation to ongoing creativity! And, this week, in our Cover Story—an interview with the sisters—we invite our readers to get involved as early allies.

Educators nationwide are zeroing in on the challenge of excessive “screen time” among young children. Tablets and smartphones now have apps so addictive they isolate children and take precious time away from interactive early learning experiences. Sadie Sees Trouble aims to overcome that challenge with a fun-filled opportunity to meet this beloved shaggy dog, Sadie—and then to start coloring along with the little girl Penny. These artful educators show parents and teachers how they turned a kitchen into a paintbox packed with art supplies.

While the book’s formal launch is in January, we are inviting our ReadTheSpirit readers to become early adopters and allies in this unique invitation. Enjoy!

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Click the photo to read Suzy’s story.

 

CHOOSING LIFE
AFTER
THE HOLOCAUST

GOD SIGNS—Each week, columnist Suzy Farbman introduces us to remarkable people and their inspiring stories. This week, she profiles Holocaust survivor Judith Kallman. Around the world, the number of survivors who can continue to tell the first-hand story of the atrocities of the Shoah continues to dwindle with every passing year. Each story is unique and valuable. One reason Kallman’s story is particularly fascinating is that, after the war, she was helped by the courageous Rabbi Schonfeld, a courageous and daring advocate for surviving children. It’s a dark story, but there’s inspiring light in the way Kallman lived her life since that era of horror.

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Holidays & Festivals

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Click the image to read Stephanie Fenton’s story on Advent.

CHRISTMAS & NATIVITY 

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On November 15, millions of Eastern Christians began their official “Christmas season,” which Orthodox Christians observe as the Nativity Fast in preparation for December 25. Stephanie Fenton reports that holiday story.

Coming on Sunday, December 3, Western Christians begin their season of Advent. Stephanie’s story explains the meaning of Advent and its annual customs—plus, she looks ahead to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8’s historic reading of Genesis in 1968. Interested in that inspiring story? We recommend the new book about Apollo 8 that has been described by Forbes magazine as “heady stuff.”

 

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FAITH & FILM

Click the image to read Ed McNulty’s 5-star review of Harry Dean Stanton’s final film.

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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