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Last year I blogged a few times last year about things that help me when I have a messy head. And I don’t think my head is any less messy twelve months on. Some situations have sorted themselves out, others rumble on, some are new, and rather larger than I was expecting to face – a global pandemic, for instance. So I continue using hacks that help – crochet and collects, being outside and time with Jesus, obvs. And I have a few others up my sleeve too.

When all is confused, I like to enjoy tales that end happily ever after. So I turn to stories that remind me of the best story of all time, where the hero kills the dragon and gets the girl, as Glen Scrivener puts it. Stories that remind me of the triumph of good over evil, of the reality that there will no longer be any curse.

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So in these recent months I’ve returned to Jane Austen, rereading through the whole collection (I’m sure that plenty of us would call Lady Catherine DeBurgh a dragon). But, for a change, I’ve listened to the stories on Spotify along with reading the books. And we’ve tuned to detective drama on Netflix. Nothing fancy, but stories with solutions. Today’s solution was in a series of Whitechapel. Where do you find satisfying story endings?

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Great fun retelling of the Christmas story. And also cute.

They won’t be expecting THAT…

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I was recently sent a pile of books by 10ofthose.com for review. As I’m letting myself slowly back into blogging, I thought I’d review the shortest one first.

10ofthose have produced a lovely bath book telling the story of creation. There’s a smiley picture of Adam and Eve on the front cover and then the seven days of creation are pictured. The words and illustrations are taken from the popular Beginner’s Bible. It’s a standard bath book with squidgy plastic pages. I’m going to give it to our youngest congregation member to try out on his holiday and will report back on robustness at a later date, but it feels good quality – the edges are soft and the pages are bound together securely.

A fun gift for small children – only £4.99 for one, but prices down to £3.24 if you order in bulk. Why not club together with other church members and take advantage of the discounts available?

I gave our copy to a lovely baby at our church. Here he is reading it with his mum on holiday a couple of weeks ago:

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I’m sure you’re all super-prepared for all the Advent happenings in your parish. But just in case you aren’t (or want to be extra-super-prepared for next year) I thought I’d share this brilliant alt.Advent series from Scripture Union that I just came across. They are posting a 2-3 minute daily animation of part of the Christmas story every day of Advent. The full animation, combining all the clips, is 47 minutes long – perhaps something to have on hand for early risers on Christmas Day…

These would be great for family devotions or to show in a service or school assembly. I might even show a few to the kids over tea this week. SU have posted a good number of other videos on their YouTube channel that would be useful for services or family bible times.

Here’s today’s lovely section of the story:

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Sorry to intrude on your November with Christmas thoughts, but this lyrical spoken word presentation of the Christmas story by Dai Wooldridge is utterly wonderful. Thought I’d give you a few weeks to work out how to use it creatively in Christmas events!

[HT Reaching the Unreached]

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The Queen has learnt a story off by heart at school this term (just like her brother). Her Year 3 class had been studying Australia and the oral story-telling tradition of the Aborigine people. And so they learnt to tell a story, with actions. I’m not sure this story is Australian, though.

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