150 Years of Laura

I love to read.

As a young boy, I can remember devouring Ellery Queen mysteries on long vacation drives, taking a hot bath and reading The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, curling up in the bay window of a local library as cascades of rain dripped down the glass with a harrowing tale of Blackbeard the Pirate.

I still have the copy of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, worn from countless readings, given to me on my 12th birthday by my grandmother. The perfect day was one with a sky full of dark and heavy clouds, promising a furious storm or inches of snow, with a fire in the fireplace and a book waiting to be devoured by my side.

It's still true.

Aside from being raised in a post-Christian context, perhaps the greatest impoverishment of today's children is the lost art of reading for pleasure and, particularly, the great books of children's literature. Among these, the "Laura books" (as we called them), written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, are among the most significant.

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The Generational Curse

You're talking to your son and realize you just said that annoying thing your mom always said to you as a child.

When thinking about getting married, fear paralyzes you because you see how your parents ended up.

The words spoken to you as a child continue to echo through your spirit, affecting your self-esteem and relationships with others.

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The Bible speaks about the "sins of the fathers" being visited upon their children. What has our family of origin done to us? Are we doomed to repeat those same "sins?" How can we break generational patterns of dysfunction? James Emery White will help us process this pivotal dynamic so decisive to healthy, whole lives.

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