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Five Books for Teenage Girls (And All Other Girls, Really)

I haven’t ever done one of these before, but there’s a first for everything. Today I’m sharing five of my favorite books I would recommend to teenage girls (around ages 13-16). I hope you enjoy, and maybe, find a good book to read… and let’s be honest, these books are really good for any girl. Young and old alike will find comfort (and sometimes conviction…) and enjoyment in these classics.

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Interviews & Guest Posts

Interview with Ray Rhodes Jr. {The Prince of Preachers, Ordinary Faithfulness, and What We Owe to the Lady Who Gave Away Books}

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of reviewing the book Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon. It was easily one of the best biographies I have read in quite some time. You can read my review for it here. Today, I am honored to have the author, Dr. Ray Rhodes Jr. join me to talk about the book, Charles and Susannah, and what their legacy means for Christians today. I hope and pray it is as encouraging to you, as it was to me!

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Non-Fiction Reviews, Top Shelf

{Book Review} Let Me Be a Woman

“We are called to be women. The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman. For I have accepted God’s idea of me, and my whole life is an offering back to Him of all that I am and all that He wants me to be.”

Elisabeth Elliot “Let Me Be a Woman”

About the book…

Let Me Be a Woman is the personal thoughts and teachings from Elisabeth Elliot on womanhood and marriage, to her daughter, Valerie. Whether it be the single years, the college years, the engaged years, the married years, or the widow years, in which you find yourself, this book is a gem filled to the brim with encouragement and conviction. Truly, one of her best works.

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Non-Fiction Reviews, Top Shelf

{Book Review} Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon

“God knows all our wickedness. He has seen all our waywardness; yet His purpose towards us is one of healing and pardon, and not of anger and putting away.”

Susannah Spurgeon

About the book…

Many know and admire the man behind the name Charles Spurgeon, but few have had the sweet pleasure of hearing the story of the woman, who was constantly by his side, Susannah Spurgeon. Ray Rhodes has expertly researched and documented the life of the Prince of Preachers steady and delightful wife. This biography is the engaging, yet factual, story of the woman who captured Spurgeon’s heart and steadied his mind.

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Encouragement

Resolved: He Will Hold Me Fast

Oh, how I love New Years Eve. I always have, and as I’ve gotten older, I have begun to understand why. I like fresh starts, I like getting organized, I like new beginnings, and new days with “no mistakes in them…yet.” (Cool people will picture their favorite Canadian red-head right about now.) What better time for all of those than the beginning of a brand new year?

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Fiction Reviews, The Top Shelf: YA or Adult

{Book Review} The Warden and the Wolf King

“It’s worth a try,” Kalmar said. “Either way, it’s going to make a great story.” Kalmar mounted the other dragon and held out his hand to his mother. “Are you coming?”

The Warden and the Wolf King

About the book…

The final installment in Andrew Peterson’s masterpiece, The Wingfeather Saga. The culmination of each little storyline that will bring you to tears of joy and sorrow. Janner, Kalmar, and Leelie are on the brink of what feels like the end of their world. The three of them must lead a resistance against the ever growing evil to bring peace back to the land of Aerwiar. But, the cost for such a peace, is much higher than any of them anticipated.

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Encouragement

Longfellow Revisited: A Gospel Poem for Christmas

Douglas Bond, author of several historical fiction novels, recently hosted a contest where one had to write a stanza that matched the syntax and style of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and captured the essence of how the Gospel proves that “wrong shall fail and right prevail.”

The following is a poem that was born during this contest, when I began to ponder the depths of the Gospel, and how Christmas is far more than the birth of Jesus, it is the coming of lasting hope, the promise of peace, and the gift of redemption. Many thanks to Bond and Longfellow, for their work, and for turning my eyes back to the Savior this Christmas.

The final stanza is from Longfellow’s original work. Merry Christmas, dear friends.

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