Episode 17: Living Books and Good Literature: What Are They?

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Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show Living Books and Good Literature - What Are They? with photograph of young girls reading outside

Would you believe that a man who holds several degrees and founded a book business actually hated reading books when he was a child? Dr. Mark Hamby is now ensuring that the excellent, character-building books of yesterday are available for today’s generation through Lamplighter Ministries. Hear his incredible story of salvation and glean from his wisdom regarding home education in Episode 17 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show: “Living Books and Good Literature—What Are They?” You’re going to love this episode!


Connect with God’s Word 

Here are a few of the Bible verses Dr. Hamby mentioned in today’s recording. See also: Proverbs 2.

  • “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7 ESV) 
  • “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” (Proverbs 9:10 ESV) 
  • Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (II Corinthians 10:5 KJV)

Connect with The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 

For more on today’s topic, click on the links to these recent articles from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine:

Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show “I am who I am because of the books that I read.” - Dr. Mark Hamby on background of books photograph

Connect with Lamplighter Ministries

The Old Schoolhouse® is pleased to share an interview with Dr. Mark Hamby of Lamplighter Ministries in today’s episode of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show. Dr. Mark Hamby (MS, MDiv, ThM, DMin) is founder and president of Lamplighter Ministries, which consists of Lamplighter Publishing, Lamplighter Theatre, Lamplighter Guild, The Masters Guild, Lamplighter Life-Transforming Seminars, Lamplighter Moments Daily Radio Broadcast, and Fastened Like Nails podcast. Mark and his wife, Debbie, have three adult children and two grandchildren, and have devoted themselves to making ready a people prepared for the Lord (Luke 1:17). According to the Lamplighter Ministries website: “Our books teach character-building traits like perseverance, forgiveness, grace, and are filled with action and adventure.” Discover The Basket of Flowers book mentioned in the interview and Lamplighter Ministries for your homeschool! 

Connect with The Homeschool Minute 

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Connect with 

Are you looking for an extensive book list, assembled with care for homeschoolers? Michelle Howard, author of TruthQuest History and founder of the Children’s Preservation Library, provided the Book Lists for Families homeschool language arts curriculum. It offers a highly detailed printable list of books for families to consider reading. The list is broken down by science, math, art, history, and more, and also broken down by age. There are options for all ages in the areas of fiction and non-fiction. There are over four dozen themes represented in these homeschool language arts book lists, such as snow, architecture, Florida, Africa, travel, gardening, and much more. Print a list and visit the library. Then enjoy reading time both individually and as a family. Available for members of

Connect with The Canadian Schoolhouse

Have you visited The Canadian Schoolhouse site yet? Stop by for encouraging articles like this one: “Raising Readers: Reading Strategies for Every Age.”

Connect with the TOS App

Do you have the new and enhanced TOS App? It’s the hub for homeschooling. You can access all The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine articles—and more—wherever you go, whenever you need them. Search for homeschooling topics important to you. You’ll find curriculum choices, resources, homeschool advice, help, and encouragement. The app content is updated weekly. The TOS App is now better than ever, and it’s free. You can find the TOS App on Google Play or download at the App Store today.

Connect with Upcoming Episodes

New episodes of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show are released every Monday. Check back right here for show notes and links at Here’s what you can look forward to next:  

  • 5/29/23: Episode 18—“Help! I Want My Kids to Be Good Financial Stewards” hosted by Stephanie Morrison of The Canadian Schoolhouse and Christine Weller of and The Canadian Schoolhouse
  • 6/5/23: Episode 19—“Teaching Writing – Is It Always a Challenge?” hosted by Deborah Wuehler of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine
  • 6/12/23: Episode 20—“How Can We Celebrate the Homeschool Dad?” hosted by Stephanie Morrison of The Canadian Schoolhouse

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