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{Book Review} Growing in Gratitude

No matter what our age, race, culture, language, social status, or life circumstances, all Christians should be known as characteristically grateful people. We, above all humans, have overwhelming cause to be thankful.

Mary K. Mohler “Growing in Gratitude”

About the book…

Do you lack joy in your life as a Christian woman? Do you struggle to come before the Lord with thanksgiving? Does suffering or confusion put up a wall of distance in your relationship with Him? Growing in Gratitude by Mary K. Mohler will transform your prayer life, family life, and church life by teaching you how to rediscover the joy of a thankful heart, despite the difficult circumstances, unanswered questions, and suffering we see in this broken world.

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Middle Shelf, Non-Fiction Reviews

{Book Review} Devotedly

“Your letter of a month ago has sat on my desk, amid stacks of papers that need grading, and yearbook material, and declamations. Finally, a moment (which is likely to be broken) has come when I could try to answer.”

A Letter from Elisabeth Howard to Jim Elliot in “Devotedly”

About the book…

Many are familiar with Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, the young missionary couple in Ecuador who ended up paying the ultimate price when Jim was killed by natives in 1956, leaving Elisabeth as the widowed mother to their daughter, Valerie. After Jim’s death, Elisabeth went on to do what he charged her with just before he died, “Teach the believers, darling, teach the believers.” Her teaching and writing has influenced many lives, including my own. Now, their daughter, Valerie, gives us a very personal and honest account of their love story. Various journal entries and letters are woven together with Valerie explaining and commenting on in a delightful way. For the first time, we get to become better acquainted with Jim and Betty as they were in the days before he was a martyr, and she a renowned Bible teacher and author.

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Non-Fiction Reviews, Top Shelf

{Book Review} All That’s Good

“Discernment does not change the challenges we face; it changes our ability to face them.” *

Hannah Anderson “All That’s Good”

About the book…

All That’s Good is a look at the lost art of discernment and how learning to develop and use this gift from God will enable us to glorify and enjoy Him better, despite the broken world we live in. In our current day, so often the word “discernment” is one people associate with a negative connotation. But what is discernment really? Is it pointing out all that is wrong with the world? Or perhaps, is it finding all that’s good?

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Middle Shelf, Non-Fiction Reviews

{Book Review} Elizabeth Prentiss: More Love to Thee

To love Christ more – this is the deepest need, the constant cry of my soul. Down in the bowling alley, and out in the woods, and on my bed, and out driving, when I am happy and busy, and when I am sad and idle, the whisper keeps going up for more love, more love, more love!

-Elizabeth Prentiss

About the book…

Elizabeth Prentiss was the author of many classic Christian stories, the most popular being Stepping Heavenward. She also penned the beloved hymn, More Love to Thee. Her story is one not commonly known, and Sharon James delivers it in this beautiful biography from Banner of Truth. Factual, short, and personal, this little book gives the readers of Prentiss’ own books, a glimpse into the mind and heart of their writer.

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{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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{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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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.

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Non-Fiction Reviews, Top Shelf

{Book Review} Christian Heroes Then & Now Series

As saints of old still line the way,
Retelling triumphs of His grace,
We hear their calls and hunger for the day
When, with Christ, we stand in glory.

-O Church Arise by Keith and Kristyn Getty

About the series…

The Christian Heroes Then & Now Series, are the individual stories of Christian heroes from the past and present day, told in a true story form that is sure to capture the imaginations of young (and old!) readers! There are forty-seven books in the series, ranging from George Muller to Mary Slessor to Nate Saint. Truly a delight to read, and treasure to have!

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Middle Shelf, Non-Fiction Reviews, Updates & Announcements

{Book Review} Beloved Bride & Small Announcement

“Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.”

-Beloved Bride

About the book…

The letters of the American hero, Stonewall Jackson, to his wife, Anna. He is a respected leader in military history, and remembered for his death at such a young age. His story graces many history books, and other non-fiction works, but there is nothing quite so personal as the letters he wrote to his beloved bride.

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{Book Review} Shadow of the Almighty

“I know that my hopes and plans for myself could not be any better than He has arranged and fulfilled them. Thus may we all find it, and know the truth of the Word which says, ‘He will be our Guide even until death.'”

-Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot

About the book…

While this book is once again written by Elisabeth Elliot, and contains an account of the death of the five missionaries who had set out to reach a native people group with the Gospel, it differs greatly from Through Gates of Splendor. This is a collection of Jim’s personal journal entries, letters, and other written works that give us a glimpse into his mind and heart, not only as a missionary, but as a teenager, young adult, husband, father, and most of all, as a follower of Jesus Christ.

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