Favorite Books

We are a family of bookworms which most will notice upon entering our home.  (We area always in need of more bookshelves!)  We are so grateful for books and other recommendations that have come over the years from Godly families who are more experienced than us, that I'm encouraged to pass along this list.

This is a work in progress, a list of favorite books we've read.  And it's not the prettiest page to look at because I keep adding to it.  So here goes....

The King James Bible. Can't live without it!

Lamplighter Books for the Family:

The Lamplighter
A Peep Behind the Scenes
Sir Knight of the Splendid Way
Titus: A Comrade of the Cross
Christie's Old Organ
Clean Your Boots, Sir?
Tom Watkin's Mistake
A Hedge of Thorns
Basket of Flowers
Amy and Her Brothers
Rosa of Linden Castle
The Inheritance
Mary Jones and her Bible

Boys of Grit

For Children:

Arch Books for children... Bible stories written in rhyme.

Character Sketches Volumes 1, 2 & 3 (www.iblp.org) ... animals, nature, and more from a Biblical/ Creationist worldview.

My Grandma's Attic series stories by Arleta Richardson

The Millers Books: Wisdom and The Millers, Storytime with the Millers, Prudence and the Millers

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. white

All the Places to Love by Patricia Maclachlan

Minnikin, Midgie and Moppet by Adelaide Holl

The Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provesen

For older children (3rd - 5th grade-ish)

Write on Time series – about a homeschooling family who travels around in an RV – there’s a book for each state planned, I think only 4 or 8 states are out thus far.  My kids loved these!
Sarah, Plain and Tall

Courage of Sarah Noble

Mr. Popper’s Penguins (This was just a funny little story and the kids laughed much with it.)

Black Stallion or Black Beauty

A Cricket in Times Square (they have read this one twice as it’s just so fun)

Sign of the Beaver

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane


Call of the Wild

Old Yeller

Where the red Fern Grows

Little House on the Prairie – the whole series.

I Sailed with Christopher Columbus

The Whipping Boy (this one is sort of intense, the message is there, but only for mature kids – my son ‘got’ it but I didn’t have my daughter read it.)

Heidi – By Johanna Spyri ( we couldn’t put this one down – I read it to the children a couple of years ago, when my oldest was 11 years and they always wanted me to keep going.  It’s a great book!  It’s at the library and here:  http://www.amazon.com/Heidi-Johanna-Spyri/dp/1402726015/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422102554&sr=8-1&keywords=heidi

 Pilgrim’s Progress – WOW, what an amazing read.  And thankfully, this version by Helen L. Taylor was put into easier English for kids (and even adults) without losing the meaning.  We also have the full version/original version for my oldest.  But this was another one I read to them – but they could have easily read it themselves too.

The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom (this was amazing story of an amazing woman.  I read it first and couldn’t put it down.  I was challenged and encouraged.  My almost-teenager wanted to read it and he did – he also couldn’t put it down.  I’d say for mature teens because it is intense to hear about what happens during Hitler’s time.  However, it’s written well – putting in only what needs to be in order to understand and it’s more about her relationship with others and with God during this difficult time.

My Father’s House – Another Corrie Ten Boom book – but about how God prepared her during her younger years.

Crown and Covenant Trilogy by Douglas Bond

Boys’ books in particular:

Tiger and Tom and other Stories for Boys

A Friend in the Dark by Ruth Adams Knight

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Billy and Blaze series by C.W. Anderson

Cowboy Pup by Carole Etow

Girls Books:

The King’s Daughter and Other Stories for Girls

Grandma’s Attic series by Arleta Richardson

Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley

For older children/teens and parents too:

Created For Work  and Boyhood And Beyond by Bob Shultz. Great reading for guys!

Every Young Man's Battle and Every Young Man, God's Man by Steven Arterburn and Fred Stoeker. Another one for the guys!

I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris

 Books by Steve Chapman's books (steveandanniechapman.com) Inspirational/ Christian living stories written by a hunter, for hunters. Need I say, the guys love 'em. :)

Created To Be A Helpmeet and Preparing To Be A Helpmeet by Debi Pearl. Should be mandatory reading for women everywhere!

Before You Meet Prince Charming, written by an acquaintance of ours, Sarah Mally.

Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends by the Mally siblings.

Why I Believe by D. James Kennedy. There's a difference between knowing what you believe and knowing WHY you believe it. Great book on apologetics! Along the same lines is The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel, also a great book.

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. A story of God's hand at work in the middle of Nazi- occupied Holland.  We couldn't put it down!!!

Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Diebler Rose. The incredible story of a missionary imprisoned in New Guinea during WWII.  (There is great benefit in reading Christian biographies!)

The Reverend Spy by David Denton.

Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris. A great book by the founders of the Rebelution!

Anything by Douglas Bond...fabulous historical fiction written from a strong Christian viewpoint. Some of our favorites are the Crown and Covenant Trilogy and Hostage Lands.

20 and Counting, and A Love that Multiplies by the Duggar family

Blood of the Moon by Dr. George Grant

Eternity In Their Hearts by Don Richardson

Lords of the Earth by Don Richardson

Shaping of a Christian Family by Elisabeth Elliot

The War Between the States, by John J. Dwyer.  A comprehensive and beautifully presented book - every family in America should own this and study it!

Abandoned to God, by David McCasland. Biography of a man who considered himself completely abandoned to God.  Once you see how this godly man practiced the principles he preached so eloquently, you'll be ready to give YOUR utmost for Christ!

Getting Ready for Marriage Workbook, by Jerry D. Hardin and Dianne C. Sloan

Shepherding a Child's Heart, by Tedd Tripp

How to Bring Your Children to Christ... and Keep them There, by Ray Comfort.  Avoiding the tragedy of False Conversion.

Raising Unselfish Children in a Self-Absorbed World, by Jill Rigby

For Moms:
Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell.

Anything bearing the name of Elisabeth Elliot. She is the quintessential Titus 2 woman!

Managers of Their Homes and Managers of Their Chores by Steve and Teri Maxwell

Keeping Our Children's Hearts by Steve and Teri Maxwell.  (The Maxwell's are friends and true pioneer homeschoolers - with 8 Godly Children as their credentials!

For Dads:
Redeeming the Time by Steve Maxwell
God Owns My Business

Educational and purposeful reading - for everyone! (ranging in topic from history to science, to medicine, to law...  Most of these can be found on amazon or via other google searches.)

Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (no one should miss reading this book!)

All Loves Excelling by John Bunyan
Any biography of George Muller - a good one is by Basil Miller

For Kirk and Covenant The story of John Knox, by Douglas Wilson

A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
Names of God, Nathan Stone
Champions of Invention, John Hudson Tiner
The Third Alternative: Christian Self-Government, Bill Burtness
Something Beautiful From God, Susan Schaeffer MacAuley
Vanya: A True Story, Myrna Grant
Give Me Liberty: The Uncompromising Statesmanship of Patrick Henry, by David J. Vaughan
In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation, by John F. Ashton, ed
The Geology Book, by Dr. John D. Morris
Universe by Design, by Danny Faulkner
Grand Canyon: A Different View, By Tom Vail
Illustrated Dictionary of Chemistry, Jane Wertheim
Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave, Dave Breese





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