Saturday, January 21, 2012

Why This Blog?

Why start another blog? I have others (most notably Reading to Know.) However, Reading to Know is designed to be very specific in nature. It exists to keep track of what books I've read and my immediate thoughts about them.

For a long time, I've been quite content with Reading to Know being my online diary. It's still a most excellent place to record my thoughts on the books I've read, and I shall keep it. The problem, or the challenge, of Reading to Know (for me) is that it limits me to moments in time. I read a book, I think it through, and then I begin to apply the truths I glean from the books to every day life. But all that I usually record on my blog is what I initially thought of it. I don't take the time to point out how my thoughts have been further developed, how I've extended my application of those thoughts or how certain truths have translated to (sometimes) major life changes. Books have a way of changing you, you know. (This I why I think it is both important to read them and to choose your books wisely and well! They are made to express worldviews and change them.)

The title of this blog, Living Like a Narnian, should bring a smile to my Reading to Know audience. (It brings a smile to my own face, I admit it!) I love Narnia. Every July I host the Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge, because I think C.S. Lewis' Narnia series, besides being imaginative literature that is fun to escape into, also holds powerful truths and thought-provoking messages. Every visit that I make into Narnia changes who I am. The way I live my life can be dramatically altered by Narnia - as well as any other book or story I dive into.

Living Like a Narnian is meant to document life application after the cover of the book has been closed and the story has been read. It's meant to encourage creativity, imagination and delight in the Christian faith and all that is wrapped up in that. I am a Christian, and everything I do I hope and pray will reflect the Lord Jesus Christ. (That's not to say that, at times, I do not stumble and fail in the journey.) But I have a goal in mind and I'm running towards it. And I intend to keep running towards it, no matter what obstacles I encounter along the journey. I shall live in and believe in God, and put my faith and trust in Him, regardless of what my feeble eyes may see and what others may tell me. I shall live as a Christian. It's where I've "staked my claim."

If you'd like, I invite you to join me in this journey of faith, home and family. Whatever I ultimately end up "taking" from a book (and other aspects of life) will likely land here in some form or fashion. And, beyond that, this site will likely contain things like recipes, homemaking discoveries and tips, ideas for family fun, encouragement for mothers, and more.

I invite you to journey with me and "live like a Narnian" - no matter what the cost. To the glory of God!

19 comments:

  1. I am excited to journey with you!

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  2. Sounds great!! I look forward to reading your thoughts. Although I'm wondering if I should organize an intervention. Blogging is clearly addictive for you (and me). :D

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    1. He, he, he, how many blogs does one person need anyway, right?! giggle

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    2. Some of us just can't seem to help but collect them. =X

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    3. I have the same problem. I have SMB, In the Kitchen (where I store my recipes), In the School room which is inactive, EverydayFamilyLiving.com which kicks off in Feb., and OH (which isn't technically mine but I have a vested interest in). Oh! And I have one set up for my real name but I'm not using it right now. Holy Moley! That makes 6 blogs I have a part in! So many ideas so little time to blog! :D

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  3. Yes, indeed, a lovely idea for a blog. I am looking forward to the journey!

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  4. Love it! Reading books *does* change us (at least it should, otherwise we're just wasting time) and I love the idea of documenting the effects your books have on you!

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  5. Was this what you sent me an e-mail about yesterday! I apologize for not getting back to you on that. I tend to run through my e-mails and answer or delete everything that can be handled immediately and then come back to the ones that will take a little more thought or time, and somehow I didn't get back yesterday.

    I've thought at various times about starting another blog. Some of my readers only read book-related things, some read everything but bookish posts, so I've thought about setting up a separate book-related blog. But for various reasons I keep my one "hodge-podge."

    Love the title! Looking forward to seeing other aspects of you here.

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  6. For some reason this wouldn't let me sign in on WordPress, so I had to use my Google account.

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    1. Huh. Hmm. I hope that isn't a problem between the two service providers! (I noticed that a lot of blogger designs and apps have changed when I was creating this particular site. Still getting used to a few things.)

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  7. I LOVE your introduction over in the corner. You're not perfect, but you DREAM of perfection. I totally relate to that!
    I'm excited to see what comes to be with this blog. I think it's a great idea! :)

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  8. If you are ready to write, I'm ready to read! Bring it on!

    I started reading blogs in 2004 and blogging in 2005. I think blogging was a fad for a while. Everyone had a blog. And not all were, um, readable. Now, several long-time blog friends of mine are considering shutting their blog down.

    Sidebar: I believe that Facebook has changed blogging by providing a "mini-blog" platform from which to express their stuff.

    I am glad you are a blog collector. I appreciate your perspective. I wouldn't be surprised if we meet in person some day. I suspect we run in some of the same circles. I hope so, Carrie.

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  9. Wow! Another blog! Congratulations, and of course I'll be an avid reader! :-) Love the name, too, btw.

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  10. Yay! Another quality blog to read. I'm adding this new one to my blog roll!

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  11. I love the name. : ) Can't wait to see what you write here!

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  12. I love it! I will gladly be following this journey as well as your more literary home! :)

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  13. I am very excited for this new journey of yours! To get to see the other side of Carrie! Subscribing right now and looking forward to every single post! :)

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  14. How did I not know that you had another blog for me to obsessively follow? Oh, yeah, those 3 months that I hardly read any blogs. Well, the problem has been corrected!

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