# 98. The Woodbegoods by E. Nesbit, 1900

Nesbit published approximately 40 books for children, including novels, collections of stories and picture books. Collaborating with others, she published almost as many more.

Nesbit was “the first modern writer for children”: Nesbit “helped to reverse the great tradition of children’s literature inaugurated by Lewis Carroll, George MacDonald and Kenneth Grahame, in turning away from their secondary worlds to the tough truths to be won from encounters with things-as-they-are, previously the province of adult novels.” Briggs also credits Nesbit with having invented the children’s adventure story. Noël Coward was a great admirer of hers and, in a letter to an early biographer Noel Streatfeild, wrote “she had an economy of phrase, and an unparalleled talent for evoking hot summer days in the English countryside.”

Among Nesbit’s best-known books are The Story of the Treasure Seekers (1899) and The Wouldbegoods (1901), which both recount stories about the Bastables, a middle-class family that has fallen on (relatively) hard times. The Railway Children is also known from its adaptation into a 1970 film version. Gore Vidal called the time-travel book, The Story of the Amulet one in which “Nesbit’s powers of invention are at their best.” Her children’s writing also included numerous plays and collections of verse.

99. The Five Red Herrings


99. The Five Red Herrings by Dorothy Sayers

Who was Dorothy Sayers:
She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, which remain popular to this day. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy to be her best work. She is also known for her plays, literary criticism, and essays.

She was a member of a literary society called the Inklings, which included Owen Barfield, CS Lewis, and JRR Tolkien.

Her very influential essay The Lost Tools of Learning has been used by many schools in the US as a basis for the classical education movement, reviving the medieval trivium subjects (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) as tools to enable the analysis and mastery of every other subject. Sayers also wrote three volumes of commentaries about Dante, religious essays, and several plays, of which The Man Born to Be King may be the best known.

What are you putting your hands on?

It starts first thing every day—what you put your hands on. Where does the intuition come from to know what to respond to through the day? For instance, I’m making sure the news is not something I put my hands on through the computer, first thing each morning. Matter of fact, I’ve been fasting the news, and it feels great!

Most of us are familiar with the thought of having spiritual ears to hear what God is saying and spiritual eyes to see from a religious perspective. But what about the things we touch every day?

He spoke:

Do you want to take a step further into the inner courts with Me? Consider what the Holy Spirit would say to you about what you touch every day.

The whole point of sanctification isn’t to make you a perfect human. It is to draw you into unity with Me. Keep seeking My face; never give up. Don’t be discouraged by failures, regrets, or seemingly insurmountable odds. I am mighty in battle and the Lord of Hosts. Give yourself entirely to Me, and We can share the victory over the enemy and the spoils.

Take your hands and move out some of the things in your life you are wasting your time on. I’m not into sacrifices, except on this one instance. Offer me the sacrifice of clean hands and a pure heart.

“For My people have committed two evils. They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water” (Jer. 2:13).

“Depart, depart, go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out of the midst of her; be clean, you who bear the vessels of the Lord” (Is. 52:11).

GOD’S DESIRE IS TO REVEAL HIMSELF

Verses for the Day: John 14:16 and John 14:21

We are called to enter into fellowship with our God. And this unique invitation is to know the Godhead in His fullness and individuality. Each part of the Godhead is God in the reality of a Person who is eternal. And God’s desire is to reveal all three Persons to us.

We are unable to render to God the love He so freely gives to us. However, the Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. The Father has sent us this advocate to teach and guide us. We find this intimate fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in prayer. It is with us as it was with our Savior; while Jesus was being baptized He prayed and the heaven’s opened; God the Father spoke, and the Holy Spirit descended and engaged Jesus. The Godhead was revealed to man in prayer.

Pray dear saint; it is time to experience this personal fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.