WORTHY QUOTE | Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Ring Out, Wild Bells

An old poem for a new year… A gift from 1850 on the birth of 2017. I am often hesitant to take poetry out of context, for fear of losing the greater meaning and the poet’s original intent. However, I will make an exception this time, as when I re-read this short selection, taken from a much lengthier elegy, … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | John the Evangelist: Live Loved

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“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” -1 John 4:16 © Una-Melina // Worthy Books & Things, 2015.

WORTHY QUOTE | Margaret Atwood: Literature Q & A

literature quote by Margaret Atwood

“The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.” – Margaret Atwood © Una-Melina // Worthy Books & Things, 2014.

WORTHY QUOTE | Charlotte Mason: Worthy Books

“Mind appeals to mind and thought begets thought and that is how we become educated. For this reason we owe it to every child to put them in communication with great minds that they may get at great thoughts; with the minds, that is, of those who have left us great works; and the only vital … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Una-Melina: Grace

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Grace is a GIFT from God. It is not earned. It is a gift that we must humbly, willingly, vulnerably receive to fully appreciate. Like a flower unfolding or a fist uncurling with palms open upward, open to receiving something greater It is the unmerited favor of a good and loving God that surprises us when … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Mick Mooney: Head and Heart

Head and Heart: Mick Mooney quote

“The whole world works in such a way that we are continually dragged away from our hearts to live in our heads. The problem with this is that our heads make decisions largely influenced by a mixture of fear and the pursuit of a comfortable, safe life. But our hearts are the fearless kind, our … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Steve McVey: Our Father’s Love

Steve McVey Quote

“Our God is the Protective Father, the Compassionate Mother, the Consummate Lover and the Intimate Friend. In fact, He personifies the best qualities of every human relationship. You are His child and His children can never be beyond the reach of His love. Jonah proved, you can’t outrun God’s love. Lot bore witness that you … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | John Taylor Gatto: What is Education?

John Taylor Gatto Quote about Education

“Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges. It should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Bill Johnson: The Word of God

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“Many stop short of a divine encounter because they are satisfied with good theology. The word of God is to lead us to the God of the word.” -Bill Johnson © Una-Melina // Worthy Books & Things, 2013.

Pondering the Pensees by Blaise Pascal

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Blaise Pascal was a 17th century philosopher and mathematician who lived from 1623-1662 and died at the relatively young age of 39.  As a home educator who allows her children the freedom to learn at home I was intrigued to discover that Pascal was also educated entirely at home with his father.  Some of his … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | C. S. Lewis: Reading Old Books

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“Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period.  And that means the old books. All contemporary writers share to some extent and contemporary outlook- even those, … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Brennan Manning: The Gospel of Grace and Love

Gospel of Grace and Love

“The gospel of grace calls out: nothing can ever separate you from the LOVE of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord. You must be convinced of this, trust it, and never forget to remember. Everything else will pass away, but the LOVE of Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Faith will … Continue reading

WORTHY QUOTE | Bill Johnson: God’s goodness

“We don’t have the capacity to exaggerate God’s goodness. We can distort it, or even misrepresent it, but we can never exaggerate it.” – Bill Johnson © Una-Melina // Worthy Books & Things, 2013. .

House of Light

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  Lighthouse, acrylic on canvas (2011). “Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like a beacon of light in the dark world.”     – Philippians 2:15 Painting by my very talented and creative daughter, who was eleven at the time she created this beautiful work of art; and who embodies the above verse penned by … Continue reading

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