Trivium Pursuit

Cancer update — Resist the devil and he will flee from you

December 10th, 2018

In April of 2017 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

And, over these past 20 months, the Lord has performed a miracle in my life. No, the cancer has not gone away — my most recent chemo infusion was yesterday.

The miracle is that, all this time, the Lord has kept me in a state of peace and thankfulness. I consider this a miracle because I’m not usually a calm person, especially when it comes to health issues involving me or my family. Nausea, from a child, has been my worse fear.

But, once in a great while, like the two days this week before chemo, I went into a dark place. Couldn’t pray, bitterness creeping in, depressed. I was sure no one loved me or cared. Such lies passed through my brain!

Then on Wednesday, as Harvey was driving me to the infusion center, a Bible verse just popped into my mind.

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7b

That’s exactly what I was NOT doing those past two days — resisting the devil. Instead, I was listening to him.

And at the same time that Bible verse popped in, the Lord made me able to hear it and obey. Prayer flowed and the depression and bitterness dissolved.

Thank you Lord.

But why did this even have to happen? I can tell you why. The Lord used this little episode to draw me closer to Him, and to give me an experience to remember if/when a similar thing happens in the future. I will remember “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Here are some messages from John MacArthur which have helped me.

Spiritual Stability, Part 5: Godly Thinking, Part A

Spiritual Stability, Part 5: Godly Thinking, Part B

So in the meantime, we go on living. If the Lord puts in you a mind to pray for me, here is what I need: that I would continue to have confidence in a sovereign God and to abide in Christ, doing all things pleasing to Him, even to the end.

Eric narrating to me The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Believe it or not, I’ve never read this book.

#1 son Nate drove all the way from Oregon to attend the adoption party for Avery Shaun (now West) — son of Ava Shawnnah and Dan West

Harvey and Shepherd — Aaron and Helena Auberg’s youngest

Me and Shepherd and Ezra (Johannah and Adam Stanford’s youngest)

Me and Avery Shaun West


How to study Pilgrim’s Progress with your children

December 8th, 2018


Purchase our Pilgrim’s Progress ebook — Pilgrim’s Progress like you’ve never seen it before — 525 illustrations spanning 250 years. The text of The Pilgrim’s Progress used is in modern English while preserving John Bunyan’s original meaning. Combine the unforgettable text with the magnificent illustrations, and you have a child’s enchantment.

Listen to the audio of Pilgrim’s Progress here, here, or here as you follow along in the ebook.

Have children make their own drawings of scenes from the text, like in this video


Tools for studying the United States Constitution

December 7th, 2018

How to Pass the U.S. Constitution Test

The Constitution Study Guide

Catechism on the U.S. Constitution

This book uses the Socratic method of teaching — teaching by asking questions. For over one hundred years this book was the method used to teach America’s youth to know and understand the Constitution.

Purchase the catechism here.

Full text of catechism here.

More study aids here.

The Exhaustive Concordance to the United States Constitution: With Topical Index and Rapid Reference Constitution





A saint abroad, and a devil at home

December 6th, 2018

by Charles Spurgeon

The way in which a man lives in his home is vital. It will not do to be a saint abroad, and a devil at home. There are some of that kind. They are wonderfully sweet at church, but they are dreadfully sour to their wives and children. This will never do. Every genuine believer should say and mean it: I will be careful to lead a blameless life . . . I will walk in my house with blameless heart. Psalm 101:2

It is in the home that we get the truest proof of godliness.

“What sort of a man is he?” said one to George Whitefield, and Whitefield answered, “I cannot say, for I have never lived with him.”

The best way to test what a man really is, is to live with him.

I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:1-2


Logic Gallery by David Marans

November 26th, 2018


Logic Gallery, by David Marans, is a history of logic. There are 171 full-page entries, century by century, for the primary contributors to logic, from Aristotle to the present. For each, there are quotations, a bio, and several seldom-seen images. The Open Access pdf is here and the print edition here. All royalties from the print edition are donated to Doctors Without Borders.


Resource for teaching English history to children

November 25th, 2018

Our Island Story
by H. E. Marshall — purchased print version


Our Island Story
by H. E. Marshall — free ebook version

A child’s history of England beginning with the stories of Albion and Brutus through the end of the reign of Queen Victoria.

published 1905
Ages 9-12
653 pages
numerous illustrations

The text was prepared by volunteers at Ambleside Online.

Table of Contents

The Stories of Albion and Brutus
The Coming of the Romans
The Romans Come Again
How Caligula Conquered Britain
The Story of a Warrior Queen (Boadicea)

“Will you follow me, men?”

The Last of the Romans
The Story of St. Alban
Vortigern and King Constans
The Story of the Coming of Hengist and Horsa
Hengist’s Treachery
How the Giant’s Dance was Brought to Britain
The Coming of Arthur
The Founding of the Round Table
The Story of Gregory and the Pretty Children
How King Alfred Learned to Read
King Alfred in the Cowherd’s Cottage
More About Alfred the Great
Ethelred the Unready
How Edmund Ironside Fought for the Crown
Canute and the Waves
Edward the Confessor
The Battle of Stamford Bridge
The Battle of Hastings
William the Conqueror—Hereward the Wake
William the Conqueror—Death of the King
The Story of William the Red
Henry I—The Story of the “White Ship”
The Story of King Stephen
Henry Plantagenet—Gilbert and Rohesia
Henry Plantagenet—Thomas a Becket
Henry Plantagenet—The Conquest of Ireland
The Story of Richard Coeur de Lion
The Story of How Blondel Found the King
John Lackland—The Story of Prince Arthur
John Lackland—The Story of the Great Charter
Henry III of Winchester—Hubert de Burgh
Henry III of Winchester—Simon de Montfort
Henry III—The Story of the Poisoned Dagger
Edward I—The Little War of Chalons
Edward I—The Lawgiver
Edward I—The Hammer of the Scots
The Story of King Robert the Bruce and Bohun
Story of the Battle of Bannockburn
Edward III of Windsor—The Battle of Sluys
Edward III of Windsor—The Battle of Crecy
Edward III of Windsor—The Siege of Calais
Edward III of Windsor—The Battle of Poitiers
Richard II of Bordeaux—Wat Tyler’s Rebellion
How King Richard Lost His Throne
Henry IV of Bolingbroke—Battle of Shrewsbury
The Story of How Prince Hal was Sent to Prison
Henry V of Monmouth—The Battle of Agincourt
Henry VI of Windsor—The Maid of Orleans
Henry VI of Windsor—Red Rose and White
Edward IV—Queen Margaret and the Robbers
Edward IV—The Story of the Kingmaker
Edward V—The King Who was Never Crowned
Richard III—Two Little Princes in the Tower
Henry VII—Story of the Make-Believe Prince
Henry VII—Another Make-Believe Prince
Henry VIII—The Field of the Cloth of Gold
How the King became the Defender of the Faith
Henry VIII—The Story of the King’s Six Wives
Edward VI—The Story of a Boy King
The Story of Lady Jane Grey
How the Princess Elizabeth Became a Prisoner
Mary I—How a Candle Was Lit in England
How the Imprisoned Princess Became a Queen
Elizabeth—The Story of a Most Unhappy Queen
How England was Saved From the Spaniards
Elizabeth—The Story of Sir Walter Raleigh
Elizabeth—The Story of the Queen’s Favourite
The Story of Guy Fawkes
The Story of the Mayflower

A band of exiles moor’d their bark on the wild New England shore.

How a Woman Struck a Blow for Freedom
How the King and the Parliament Quarreled
The Story of How the King was Brought to His Death

Charles the King walked for the last time through the streets of London

The Commonwealth—The Adventures of a Prince
The Commonwealth—The Lord Protector
How Death Walked in the Streets of London
Charles II—The Story of How London was Burne
The Fiery Cross
The Story of King Monmouth
The Story of the Seven Bishops
William the Deliverer
William III and Mary II—Brave Londonderry
The Story of a Sad Day in a Highland Glen
Anne—How the Union Jack was Made
The Story of the Earl of Mar’s Hunting Party
George II—The Story of Bonnie Prince Charlie
George II—The Story of Flora MacDonald
The Story of the Black Hole of Calcutta
George II—The Story of How Canada Was Won
George III—The Story of How America Was Lost
George III—A Story of a Spinning Wheel
England Expects That Every Man Will Do His Duty
George III—The Battle of Waterloo
George IV—The First Gentleman in Europe
William IV—Two Peaceful Victories
Victoria—The Girl Queen
Victoria—When Bread was Dear
Victoria—The Land of Snow
Victoria—The Siege of Delhi
Victoria—The Pipes at Lucknow
Victoria—Under the Southern Cross
Victoria—From Cannibal to Christian
Victoria—Boer and Briton
List of Kings from Edward the Confessor


Friends in Brazil using our art curriculum — A Child’s First Introduction to Art

November 9th, 2018

Friends in Brazil are using our art curriculum — What Do You See? A Child’s First Introduction to Art, Volumes One, Two, and Three





From Quintal do Aprendizado, our Brazilian friends

ARTES – observação do quadro “Carrinho de cachorro” do artista Henriette Ronner-Knip (1821-1909)

Analisamos a obra respondendo às perguntas sugeridas no material de introdução à arte de “What do you see” volume 1 de @lauriebluedorn. Quantos detalhes, quanta percepção! É surpreendente ver isso em uma criança de 4 anos guiada à análise de obras de arte. Depois da análise e observação, resolvemos reproduzir a obra e mesmo com o receio inicial, ela persistiu. Experienciou a junção de cores para formar tons diferentes dos que existiam nas 12 cores da aquarela. Quanta riqueza em estudos assim!



ARTES – Análise da obra de arte “The Birthday Cake” do artista francês Victor Gabriel Gilbert.

Temos usado o livro “What do you see” Volume 1 da @lauriebluedorn. Tem sido uma experiência tão agradável! Parar, observar, tentar ver com os olhos do artista que pintou minuciosamente cada detalhe! Utilizamos a arte impressa e recortada para montar, idéia da @cibelescand


That restless, invisible, subtle, experienced enemy

November 9th, 2018

But there is no enemy so dangerous as that restless, invisible, subtle, experienced enemy -- the devil.

by J.C. Ryle
The Gospel of Luke, 1858

Simon, Simon, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. Luke 22:31

We learn here what a fearful enemy the devil is to believers.
Satan was near Christ’s flock, though they saw him not.
He was longing to accomplish their ruin, though they knew it not.

The devil desires the destruction of souls, more than the wolf craves the blood of the lamb.

The personality, activity, and power of the devil are not sufficiently thought of by Christians.

This is he who brought sin into the world at the beginning, by tempting Eve.
This is he who is described in the book of Job as “going to and fro in the earth.”
This is he whom our Lord calls “the prince of this world,” a “murderer,” and a “liar.”
This is he whom Peter compares to a “roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
This is he whom John speaks of as “the accuser of the brethren.”

This is he who is ever . . .
working evil in the churches,
catching away good seed from the hearts of hearers,
sowing tares amid the wheat,
stirring up persecutions,
suggesting false doctrines,
and fomenting divisions.

The world is a snare to the believer.
The flesh is a burden and a clog.
But there is no enemy so dangerous as that restless, invisible, subtle, experienced enemy — the devil.

If we believe the Bible, let us not be ashamed to believe that there is a malicious devil who is ever on a deadly prowl. It is a solemn proof of the hardness and blindness of unconverted men — that they can jest and speak lightly of Satan.

If we profess to have any real religion, let us be on our guard against the devil’s evil schemes. The enemy who overthrew David and Peter, and assaulted Christ Himself, is not an enemy to be despised. He is very subtle and malicious. He has studied the heart of man for six thousand years. He can approach us under the garb of an “angel of light.” We have need to watch and pray, and put on the whole armor of God.

It is a blessed promise, that if we resist him, then he will flee from us.

It is a still more blessed thought that when the Lord comes, He will bruise Satan under our feet, bind him in eternal chains and cast him into the lake of fire. The devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelation 20:10


Lives in Print: Biographies and Autobiographies for All Ages

November 2nd, 2018

Trivium Pursuit’s new ebook

Lives in Print: Biographies and Autobiographies for All Ages — $2.99

“Men who courageously stood for what is right, women who passionately cared for those in need, Christians who sacrificed everything for what they believed, scientists who changed the world with their innovations, everyday mothers who lived extraordinary lives, statesmen who fought for freedom. . . all of these can be found in biographies and autobiographies. Lives in Print reviews over 150 biographies and autobiographies, giving a summary of each. Illustrated.”

Cover Lives in Print


Grammy helping with Five In a Row and The Little Red Lighthouse

October 15th, 2018

This week Grammy is helping to row The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge.

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift, illustrated by Lynd Ward



Building the lighthouse


Grammy’s all-time favorite picturebook

Five in a Row: Volume 1 by Jane C. Lambert