Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

And speaking of all time favorite books, wanna hear why I’m beside myself with absolute glee?  My son, Bo, has had this set of three books, called, The Kingdom Series, by Chuck Black (Multnomah Press), for about two years.  And he reads them over and over and over and over and over again.  And I always ask him, “How come you keep reading those same three books when you already know what’s going to happen?”  To which he can only shake his head and smile at the silliness of such a question.  And you should see these copies… they have been read so much that they are tattered and battered and in all around sad shape. 


So this last weekend we were driving home from church and I turn around and see him reading Book Two for the fifteen time, and he looks up and says, “Mama, do you think you could find Mr. Black’s address so I could write him a letter and tell him how much his books mean to me?”  And this is nothing new, actually, because he becomes emotionally attached to all of his favorite authors.  He also tells me that he hopes his head off that J.R.R. Tolkien was saved and is in heaven so that he can become friends with him when he gets there.  But anyways, he tells me his wish to write Mr. Chuck Black a letter, and while I’m thinking, “Child, please don’t grow up to be a creepy author stalker” I am also struck with an idea for his birthday present (in March)…


… so the next day, I got online and found the web page for The Kingdom Series, and lo and behold, to my delight I discovered that 3 more books have been added to the series!  And then, since I am shameless and am very good at being obtrusive, I emailed the author about my obsessive stalker son, and Mr. Black said he would send the books out personally, signed to Bo, and with a special message !!!  Ok, my son is going to simply catapult thru the roof when he gets this.  I don’t know how I am going to wait until March to give him his surprise. 


So anyhow, as you can imagine, I am overwhelmed with delight at the kind thoughtfulness of my son’s hero – what a truly nice man to do that for him.  And, as you can also see, I’ve added a link to The Kingdom Series webpage. See it?  Yep, right there to the left. Over the last couple years, whenever friends have asked what good or worthwhile books my kids read, this series is always my first and highest recommendation.  They are godly and adventurous.  You ought to buy book one to see for yourself – but I can pretty much guarantee you will go back and buy the rest of the set, and be prepared to not see much of your reader for the next couple of days when they come in.


In other news, guess what I’m getting today? Eyeball glasses.  As if I needed something more to enhance my already dorky persona.  Coie’s getting ‘em, too.  Some people look classy or dignified with glasses.  Not us.  So this will be delightfully fun.  And it will also be helpful because heavens-to-betsy, I jist caint see werth a hooooot.  Pictures of said dorkettas in their new glasses may, or may not, appear within the next week.


And lastly, I keep forgetting to tell you that we got a ping pong table.  What’s even more interesting, is that it just so happens (as I’ve newly rediscovered) that I’m the ping pong champion of the world (with the exception of my father-in-law who happens to be the ping pong champion of the universe, but luckily he lives in MI so my title does not feel as threatened).  And amazingly, I’ve also discovered that my daughter, Coie, has inherited my particularly perfect ping pong proficiency.  I am so proud.  The girl can’t dance, but boy howdy can she pong!

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  1. frogiggie89 said,

    on January 8th, 2008 at 9:09 am

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    We don't actually <i>know</i> that <i>this</i> dork gets a set of glasses because I don't run into walls. Just because I got reading glasses 4 years ago doesn't mean I'll need them now.

    I'm also delighted to know that pingpong does not actually require coordination. If you can swat a fly, you can play.

  2. diamondsintherough said,

    on January 8th, 2008 at 9:38 am

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    The Kingdom Series is a hit here, too! All six of them. What a great surprise your son is going to have (if he doesn't take time out from the Kingdoms to read your blog :o)!

    When he graduates from those, try the Terrestria Chronicles on him. Those are great, too. Similar but different. Just as compelling!


  3. maria said,

    on January 8th, 2008 at 9:53 am

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    Jacob got the first 3 of those books this Christmas. He is delighted and has already asked me to get the next three. He sure will be thrilled to hear about what Bo is getting and from whom. Ha How fun for you!

    Maybe we should start a glass wearers club. Online of course I have no time outside the home these days : )

    In new news Mr J got hit by two deer on his way to work this morning. They came at him and hit the back of the trailer and tractor he was hauling. He had to come back home and wash off all the guts off from one and luckily for us the other was only half dead and the officer of the law shot him and donated him to the menu at our house. How much fun was that for him!

    Some days are more exciting than others. : )

  4. onfire said,

    on January 8th, 2008 at 10:14 am

    I cannot believe

    that I did not keep go dog go.

    "no. I do not like your hat" "goodbye" "goodbye"

    and my glasses were picked out for me by neal, while my eyes were completely dilated by the drops that also made me feel so nauseated that I had to put my head between my legs during my eye exam (and the optomotrist happens to also be neal's cousin)

    so, needless to say, I think the glasses are certainly of the dorky kind, and purple, but neal tells me I look just dandy.


  5. drewsfamilytx said,

    on January 8th, 2008 at 10:37 am

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    Oh man, you are SO going down one day, Ping Pong Princess!

    I have a killer serve… but the rest of my game is a shameful embarrassment to all Asians out there. *sigh* My white boy husband can even beat me at it. I know, the horror!!!

    Enjoy your new eyeballs. I'm sure you will look positively academic!

    Very cool about Bo's gift. He doesn't read your blog, does he? I have 4 of the books in that set but haven't read them yet. They look quite exciting! What a clever mommy you are. Now if you can just be a <i>patient</i>, clever mommy, you'll be okay!

    Anyhoo, I hope you have a wonderful day, my four-eyed friend!



  6. anotherblogonthefire said,

    on January 8th, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Don't listen to what Kristina said about me picking glasses.

    I get compliments on mine all the time.

    She just doesn't wear hers long enough to get compliments!


  7. JenIG said,

    on January 8th, 2008 at 11:28 am

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    Oh Marshie…. bring it on, my chopstick chum!

    that would actually be quite ridiculously fun. i am going to hold you to that challenge when you come out here!

    and nope, the boy dinna ken a morsel aboot the gift, nor does the bairn read his dear ol' mithers blog

  8. Anonymous said,

    on January 8th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

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    I sometimes wear glasses…(when the contacts aren't readily available…) are you calling me a dork?

    are you talkin' to me?

    On another note. I am now on my way to Amazon to get the first book for my son. You totally swayed me when the actual author WROTE you back and offered to send you the books. That makes me want to support someone who is that real and kind.

    heading to Amazon now…(gift certificate burning hole in pocket…)


  9. Anonymous said,

    on January 8th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

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    the pocket is no longer burning w/ my Amazon gift certificate….Dawn and Hope are coming my son's way. (books that is…)

    I love good book reviews! Keep 'em coming.


  10. keeperathome44 said,

    on January 8th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    my son too

    we got those books for Christmas for my son and he is already on book 5 and loving them.

  11. jess4him said,

    on January 8th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

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    May I just point out here that I have the most prettiest, ping pong paddling sister and 18-year-old niece in the whole wide world!? I will admit that I am no ping pong player, but I could still whoop you at Mario Kart, Peach.

    And what a neat b-day gift for Bo! That will be truly splendid!

    love you

  12. foxvalleyfamily said,

    on January 8th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

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    Oh ping-pong…I stink at that!

    (But I could 'take you' at air hockey I'll bet!) 😉

    Those books look really good. I'll have to remember them for my DS when he's a little bit older. How neat to get signed editions, too!



  13. kellieann said,

    on January 8th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

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    Thanks for the recommendation on the books. I have seen them advertised many times….maybe in World mag? Glad to know they are so good. I think my 11 year-old would like those.

  14. debbiecorley said,

    on January 9th, 2008 at 11:47 am

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    Congrats on your Ping-Pong prowess, my friend! I know you and Coie are proud!

    We also love The Kindom Series…*so* glad to hear there are more!


  15. Shaiya said,

    on January 9th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

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    Thank you Mrs. Ig for your comment! I hope you guys have a great year too. Yeah I am might be getting glasses soon too. We'll find out this month. Lately I' ve been having really bad headaches and I eyes hurt because I used to read a 200-300 small print book in ONE day. Totally ruined my eye's. My mom said that I'm the type of person you haven't to make me STOP reading instead of to read.


    Edited by Shaiya on Jan. 9, 2008 at 5:45 PM

  16. deedeeuk said,

    on January 10th, 2008 at 5:16 am


    That is welcome to the ranks of us four eyed people! When I was nine and started wearing glasses I wrote a poem about it. Want to hear it? Never mind, you are getting it anyway! LOL!

    Some people call me four eyes,

    and that is mean to do.

    So I just tell them 'Four eyes are better than two!'

    But if they think their two eyes are better than my four,

    I hope they don't turn right around and walk into a wall!

    I'm not sure what is more 'sad'! The poem, or the fact that I remember it over 25 years later! aldkfsldkjfsljkfslkjj! And yes, it has been pointed out MANY times that 'four' and 'wall' don't actually rhyme. What do you want? I was nine and the product of the public school system – it is a miracle I could write at all! LOL!

    What age would you recommend those books for? That way I know how long I have to save up for them! McGee is 81/2 and devouring books quite quickly at the moment. I just can't remember how old your Bo is.

  17. JenIG said,

    on January 10th, 2008 at 9:25 am

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    to my dear darling deedee. I think your poem is masterful. it should be stitched onto a pillow.


    and bo started reading them when he was either eight or nine. you should get book one for your young sir

  18. diamondsintherough said,

    on January 23rd, 2008 at 11:57 am

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    Hi Jen,

    I posted a comment above about the Terrestria Chronicles. I found out you can download a free book from the author's website,, called The Quest for Thunder Mountain. It is not part of the Chronicles, but it is about the land of Terrestria, and it is a good sample of Ed Dunlop's writing. We finally got the rest of his series and my kids are just eating them up :o)


  19. Anonymous said,

    on February 15th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

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    Hey, I think you can pretty much assure your son on JRR Tolkien–the man was a lifelong orthodox Roman Catholic and best buddies with C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams (collectively, the Inklings). *Solid* in their faith, all three.


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