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Today is the birthday of renowned children’s author Beatrix Potter…

Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her imaginative children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which celebrated the British landscape and country life.

Potter was born into a wealthy Unitarian family. She and her younger brother Walter Bertram (1872–1918) grew up with few friends outside their large extended family. Her parents were artistic, interested in nature, and enjoyed the countryside. As children, Beatrix and Bertram had numerous small animals as pets which they observed closely and drew endlessly. Summer holidays were spent away from London, in Scotland and in the English Lake District where Beatrix developed a love of the natural world which was the subject of her painting from an early age.

She was educated by private governesses until she was 18. Her study of languages, literature, science, and history was broad and she was an eager student. Her artistic talents were recognized early. She enjoyed private art lessons and developed her own style, favouring watercolour. She illustrated insects, fossils, archaeological artifacts, and fungi, along with her drawings of her animals, real and imagined.  (via Wikipedia)

In honor of the occasion we offer 10 of her fully illustrated books that can be read in full here, or downloaded as FREE PDF ebooks via Google Books.

(NOTE: Many of these are available as Kindle ebooks through Amazon, but the free Kindle editions do not include Potter’s illustrations.)

1) The Tale of Peter Rabbit

 

FREE PDF ebook edition!
via Google Books

 




 

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Called for Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic

By Kent and Amber Brantly

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A Dream in your Mind or a Unrelenting Prayer in your Heart

A Feature Review of

Starting Something New: Spiritual Direction for Your God-Given Dream
Beth Booram

Paperback:IVP Books, 2015
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Reviewed by Tiffany Malloy
 
 
I remember the first time I made bread from scratch. I remember emptying the tablespoon of yeast granules into a cup of warm water, stirring it gently, and watching the water begin to fizz and bubble. Soon enough, my bare hands became caked with the sticky dough as I mixed the fizzing yeasty water into the dry ingredients. After much squashing and kneading, everything was good and thoroughly mixed so I covered the bowl with a kitchen towel and set the bowl atop a slightly warmed oven. The directions said I now needed to wait and let the yeast do its thing.

 

A few hours later I lifted up the towel, peeked my nose into the bowl and was delightfully surprised by the huge mound of fluffy dough that replaced the much smaller one that had been there just moments ago (okay, not really moments, but I was chasing 4 kids all morning. Time goes by quickly in my life). I laughed out loud and thought, Amazing.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Ron Hansen, Miroslav Volf, Tim Keller, Ann Voskamp, MORE)

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader…
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Mariette in Ecstasy: A Novel

Ron Hansen

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Why Adults Can Read Whatever They Want
(Or, Why You Might Want to Read Children’s Books)

By Sarah Lyons

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You may already be familiar with the (probably unnecessary amount of) controversy over whether adults should be allowed to read children’s literature. It’s not an uncommon topic today, considering the popularity of The Hunger Games, The Fault in Our Stars, and Harry Potter; adults and children alike are curious about whether these stories will be able to grab their attention and immerse them in another world.

 

And this is often exactly what happens. Novels for children and adults have a lot to offer and can serve as a perfect pick-me-up in the midst of real life. So, to add another voice to the debate, here are some reasons why you might actually want to read a children’s book this summer!

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For us at Englewood Christian Church, conversation has always gone hand-in-hand with reading.

 
The mission of The Englewood Review of Books has always been to promote the practices of reading and conversation as essential to the life of local churches. We are launching these forums as a conversational resource in the hope that the opportunity to talk with Christian readers around the globe will energize and assist you in the work of reading and face-to-face conversations about reading in your local church and neighborhood.

 

The forums will fully open for conversation on Wednesday July 29.

CLICK HERE to go to the Forum. Also there is now a link to the forum at the top of our site.
 
Until then, feel free to take a look, create a user account, and introduce yourself on the Introductions board.
 
We will begin our book-of-the-month conversations in August, with two books:

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Seeing in the Dark: Finding God’s Light in the Most Unexpected Places

By Nancy Ortberg

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How Calvin and Hobbes Taught Me How to Read,
or, 5 Reasons You Should Read with a Friend

By Joe Krall

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At Wednesday night Bible study, I could count on two things: hearing the Scriptures taught, and reading Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat or Something Under the Bed is Drooling or some other volume from the Calvin and Hobbes canon.

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A Twenty-First Century Case for the Library
 
A Feature Review of
 

BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google
John Palfrey

Hardback: Basic Books, 2015
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

Reviewed by Andrew Stout
 

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As the digital age progresses and grows ever more complex, it is not always clear whether we should talk about the plight of libraries or of their growing importance. Do the continually diversifying channels through which we are permeated with information make libraries more or less relevant? John Palfrey, the former director of the Harvard Law School Library, perceives a definite crisis for libraries, but this crisis encompasses both challenges and opportunities. He calls for libraries to redefine themselves in a “digital-plus” era – an original and very descriptive term. Libraries must find new ways to function more effectively as a public option for knowledgeable and personal guidance to information. Finding new ways to promote democratic access to information becomes increasingly important as the privatized interests of Amazon and Google continue to dominate.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
(Chaim Potok, Alice Walker, John Green, MORE)

Via our sister website Thrifty Christian Reader…
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My Name Is Asher Lev: A Novel

Chaim Potok

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