We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Turn Off the TV

If I had a dollar for every letter I received like this one, I would be a rich man; but I try to avoid sharing them because it could seem self-serving! I just have to share this letter because I want you to hear the excitement that is occurring to those families who have decided to go without TV and the electronic childhood. I think you will enjoy this: Dear Mr. Hamby, I would like to try and give you a picture of just how important your ministry of wholesome, Godly books, has been to our family. We normally go to home school conventions with money set aside for the Lamplighter table, and over the years we have built up a wonderful collection. But lately I have heard from my wife and oldest daughter (We have four children 13 down to 3) saying that it would be so nice to once again add to our Lamplighter books. And so I ordered a bunch. Oh, the anticipation of their arrival was delicious! And when they came, we all stood around the Kitchen Island, passing them around, flipping through the pages, and smelling the leather bound beauties quite fun! (Can you tell yet that we don’t have television?) The adventures began with the Dramatization of Charlie’s Choice. We only listen in the car, and that only when were driving a good distance, but we couldn’t wait for the first one so we made a one time exception, and listened as we drove short distances. Pretty soon I was saying things like, “I think we aught to drive in to town and run an errand, might as well bring the whole family and hey, we could hear some more of Charlie’s Choice.” Little feet running to the truck, it is the fastest loading of our vehicle on record. We all cried, we all laughed, we all had the most wonderful time. We loved it, loved it, loved it! My daughter said it was her favorite ever and that she wants the whole world to hear it! The other three dramatizations are calling us to the truck for another family drive, but I’m saving those for the longer hauls. Though I am terribly tempted; it’s just that we can barely wait to hear them. Now for our family hearth reads. The fire crackles; the little ones play at our feet or cuddle in our arms, and my wife reads us a book. These are some of our favorite, most blessed times as a family. Right now, she is reading to us from Prisoners of the Sea, and oh it is good. The hour long process of bed time, which puts and end to my wife’s reading, normally starts around 7:00, but one night this week, as the kids pleaded, one more chapter please. Again and again I acquiesced, for I too was desperately consumed by the tale. Until finally, my poor wife said, my throat will not allow me to read another chapter. So, I went into the kitchen to see what time it was and it was 9:40. I was shocked! But on a normal night, after the little ones are in bed, my wife and I, and my oldest daughter, might read in our own books. Well Tuesday, as we were doing just that, I looked up from my gem, The Lamplighter, and saw that my wife was reading Glaucia the Greek Slave &, and my oldest daughter was reading & The Wanderer and I looked over at our shelf of beautifully covered Lamplighter books, and I thought of you Mark Hamby, of your wife and children, of your staff that we’ve seen over the years at conventions, and I was struck with the magnitude of the blessing that God has allowed you to be to our little family, even though we’ve never met you personally. I am so thankful for these God-honoring books that are building character and faith into my children. Thank you so much! In Jesus, Matt

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