Episode #15: Favorite Books for Boys

In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker have the special privilege of talking with Heidi Scovel. Heidi shares with Holly and Jaime about some of her favorite books for boys. We think your girls may like them just as much as your boys!

Topics include:

  • Favorite books for boys
  • Choosing books for boys at various ages and developmental stages
  • Cultivating a reading culture in your home
  • Ideas for encouraging reluctant readers
  • Advice on how to start a book club for adults or kids

Episode #14: Back to School - Cultivating Rhythms of Reading


In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker, discuss the struggle they feel as they seek to find new reading rhythms in their homes at the start of a new school year. If you're struggling to find consistent windows of time to read with your kids, listen and you'll hear some new ideas to make time for what matters most. 

Topics include:

  • The importance of reading regularly
  • Barriers to creating rhythms of reading
  • How a daily practice of reading gives opportunity for discipleship around the table with our kids
  • Practical ideas for creating space to read daily

Episode #13: Favorite Chapter Books for 9-12 Year Olds

In this episode, Holly Packiam and her daughter Sophia Packiam, discuss their favorite chapter books for 9-12 year olds. This is a perfect episode for parents and children to listen to together! The next time you're all in the car together, on maybe even during an evening at home, be inspired together.

    Topics include:

    • The characteristics of a good book
    • Books that include characters worth emulating or ones that lead a child to explore the tensions and complexities lying in the human heart.
    • Favorite Chapter Book Titles for 9-12 year olds

    Episode #12: Encouraging a Love of Art Through Stories

    In this episode Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker encourage and inspire listeners to cultivate a love of art through stories. The ability to participate in God's presence through viewing beautiful works is a gift of being created in His image.

    Topics include:

    • The value of putting great works of art before our childrens’ eyes
    • Practical ways to capture our childrens' (from toddlers to teens) interest in art
    • The importance of presenting a feast of art to our children
    • Books to inspire a love of art 

    Episode #11: Pursuing Wisdom For Life

    In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker discuss our quest as Christians to be lifelong learners and carriers of wisdom. They share from their own journey as children of God, moms, and parents what it looks like to pursue wisdom for a lifetime. 

    Topics include:

    • The understanding of a disciple of Christ as a learner
    • The characteristics of a lifelong learner
    • The importance of modeling a lifestyle of learning to our children
    • Practical ways to pursue wisdom
    • Books to inspire lifelong learning