Hello from the land of life with two children! My little boy is nearly 2 months old now, which seems unbelievable. It’s been a good 2 months, although sadly there hasn’t been time to do any reading or reviewing for the blog. Sarah’s been really busy, too, hence the lack of new posts recently. One of these days we’ll get back into the swing of things because we’re as passionate as ever about the mission of Aslan’s Library, but for now we thank you for your patience with us.
In the meantime, though, I do have some great music to share with you!
First up is a new album for kids called Big Stories for Little Ones by Sandra McCracken and a few of her musical friends. Its lyrics are taken from the text of one of the only board books we’ve reviewed here on the blog, Baby’s Hug-a-Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. The mp3 download of the entire album is only $8, but you can also get four of the songs free on Noisetrade! This album is getting lots of air time at our house since my 3-year-old daughter and I both love it.
Next is an album put together by a variety of artists specifically for the season of Pentecost (which begins this Sunday). Pentecost Songs is made up of 25 “songs and hymns written to celebrate the person and work of the Holy Spirit.” This is my first year doing a playlist for Pentecost, as I’ve done for Lent and Advent, and this album is a great starting point! If any of you have suggestions for other songs to listen to during the upcoming season of the church year, do let me know.
What have you been reading or listening to in the past few months? Anything that we should consider reviewing here?
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We just love our Jamie Soles music around here! I can’t remember if he has any songs specifically about Pentecost or the Holy Spirit, but he has a wonderful gift for telling particular stories from Scripture and teaching the overarching themes of Scripture. We often finish reading a story directly from the Bible or from a story Bible and put on a Jamie Soles song to reinforce the story and carry it with us throughout the day. He also has several albums of word-for-word Scripture Psalms; so beautifully done! We own and enjoy them all, but we do have some particular favorites. For kids, The Way My Story Goes and Up From Here are wonderful. For Psalms, Pure Words and Songs from the 40s, 50s, and 60s (from those “decades” of the book of Psalms) are the best. You can listen to samples of each song here: http://www.solmusic.ca/