Non-Fiction Reviews, The Top Shelf: Children's Books, The Top Shelf: YA or Adult

{Book of the Month} The Hedge of Thorns

It is humbly hoped that the inhabitants of this little cottage continue, after the example of those gone before them, to walk in that narrow path, where, although the traveler may find a few thorns, he has blessed assurance that it will certainly lead to everlasting joy, for the path of the just is as shining light which shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

The Hedge of thorns 

Why you should read this book…

Welcome to the first Book of the Month post. This is shorter than a review, and more of an “everyone should read this book, here’s why” sort of thing. The books I review are going to increase in variety when it comes to genre, age range most likely to read, and styles of literature. More on that to come.

It is for this reason though, I have decided to bring in Book of the Month. It’s one I would recommend for everyone and this little post will explain why, without giving away any spoilers. 

For December, I am so thrilled to feature The Hedge of Thorns, a book that was brought up in my interview with Mark Hamby, which you can read here. This book is short, only eighty-six pages, but one that will undoubtedly change the way you look at life’s trials and seemingly unfair circumstances. 

It’s about two children, a brother and sister, both of whom are interested in pushing the limits their parents have set for them. John and Bell both grow up, with different consequences for disobeying the rules their parents had given them. It is a story of obedience, endurance, and contentment. The first portion of the book takes place when they are children, and the latter half as adults. The choices they made when they were growing up have seriously affected the circumstances they find themselves in now. It’s a story about learning that there are reasons certain things are withheld from you, whether God is the One who withholds, or others in authority over you. It gives a whole new perspective on walking the narrow path.

This book challenges child and adult alike to pause and think about how ones most prominent trials or hindrances, might just be what is keeping them safe from harm. How something seemingly ugly, detestable, and painful, might really be the most beautiful, comforting, and protective thing there is. It is all in being humble enough to trust that the one who placed it there, knew what they were doing.


It is all in being humble enough to trust that the one who placed it there, knew what they were doing.

I would also recommend Lamplighter Theatre’s audio drama, The Hedge of Thorns. Two discs, or you can download the MP3 files and listen instantly… My family has listened to it countless times, each one seeming more profound than the time before. The ending is my favorite, and the reason I have a special liking for lilacs. Just listen, and you’ll understand. 

You can click here to order the book, or here to download the MP3 files. 



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