Episode #16: Discover the Handmaiden of History

Centuries of storytelling proves literature is indeed the “handmaiden of history.”

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Literature created in each age of man both records and mirrors the heart of man in that era, illustrating the character of a generation. The reading of quality literary works from our rich Western heritage assists and broadens the understanding of our story in this contemporary age. Truly, there is nothing new under the sun. We discover God’s divine His Story through our fraught-with-conflict human stories across time and cultures.

This is why it is important to read old books. Learned men and women of the past leave a legacy of literacy due to a steady diet of reading the literature of past generations to better understand their own time and place in His Story.

I explore this, and more, in my podcast this month, excerpted from the parent/teacher tutorial in my new literacy journals designed to develop excellence in academic habits and intelligence in critical thinking.

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LISTEN to the podcast when you CLICK the PLAY button at the top of this post!

READ the article in print ONLINE in the April 2017 issue of RUBY Magazine:

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ENRICH your family’s love of literature and learning with the ALL NEW Literacy Journals from Pageant Wagon Publishing:
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Sharing Podcast #16: Discover the Handmaiden of History this week with:
Literacy Musing Mondays
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Wise Woman Wednesday
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Homemaking Party
Encouraging Hearts and Home Hop Thursday
Booknificient Thursday
Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Katherine’s Corner
Faith Filled Fridays
Pink Saturday
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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. I love the classics too. There is so much richness in history that we miss if we just lean toward the modern. Thanks for your post!

  2. lovely as always. The classics are often the best for me to re-read. Biggest hugs!

  3. I always find my visits to your blog so inspiring! Thanks so much for linking this up at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!

    • Tina–that’s high praise from you! God bless you as you continue to inspire your family and families worldwide in the glories of God’s best and great books!

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