Meaningful Reading Moments with Irene Sun

In this episode of Straight to the Heart, our host, Rush Witt, sits down with Irene Sun, author of God Counts and Taste and See. Irene is an intentional and thoughtful mother, and she shares invaluable keys for making the most of reading to our children. Irene and Rush talk about why kids’ books are effective to change the way they think, and how to know if certain books are too scary or sad or mature for young readers.


1:26 – Irene shares about her family and church in Pittsburgh.

3:45 – What are some of the best habits you’ve cultivated in your family?

5:37 – Irene and Rush discuss the value of reading aloud with kids.

10:12 – How are kids books powerful to shape their hearts and minds?

19:30 – What about balancing spiritual depth and pure enjoyment of reading in the lives of our kids?

28:39 – Irene explores the instrumental role of reading with children in the most intentional ways.

32:17 – What books have your sons enjoyed most over the years?

37:30 – Farewell

About Irene Sun:

Irene Sun, MAR, ThM, is a preacher’s wife, mother, daughter to missionaries, and sister to three godly women. Irene was born in Malaysia but has lived all over the world. She studied liturgy and literature at Yale University and the Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where the Lord prepared her to be a homeschool teacher to her four boys. She is the author of God Counts: Numbers in His Word and His World and Taste and See: All About God’s Goodness.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Facilitating Counseling Groups Frontcover
Mobilizing Church Based Counseling Frontcover 85085
Angry with God Frontcover 54853
Acrostic of God Frontcover
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Welcome to “Straight to the Heart,” a podcast from New Growth Press hosted by Rush Witt. Each episode includes thought-provoking conversations with leading Christian writers and thinkers. We hear who they are, what they believe, how they approach their work and ministry, and the moments and people who have changed their lives. In “Straight to the Heart,” we go beyond the books to connect with the remarkable people behind them.

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