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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{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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{Book Review} Joni: An Unforgettable Story

“He has chosen not to heal me, but to hold me.”

-Joni Eareckson Tada

About the book…

Joni Eareckson Tada. An ordinary teenage girl, who had one accident, that changed the course of her entire life. What would you do if one day, you woke up unable to use any of your limbs? Would you curse God? Would you thank Him? Would you question Him? Would you ignore Him? Joni tells the story, not of her life, but of Jesus’ faithfulness in her life. From the days of her accident, through how they changed her young adult years, to finally coming to terms with God’s goodness and faithfulness in suffering, Joni walks you through a story that is sure to convict, encourage, and point you to Christ. Just like every good story should.

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Book Review: Through Gates of Splendor

But everything that happens, we are told, fits into a pattern for good to those who love God. We see events as “God’s bright messengers.” He is always at work, calmly engineering His eternal purposes in us, through us, and in spite of us.

-Elisabeth Elliot Through Gates of Splendor

About the book…

This is the story of the five missionaries who were speared to death by those they hoped to reach with the Gospel. It is one many people know, or at least have heard of. This book, Through Gates of Splendor, is the story of how the paths Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, and Pete Flemming crossed, the thrill of planning their greatest adventure, the joy the found in Jesus Christ, and the way God worked His perfect plan through their lives, and deaths. What makes this book more than a mere biography, is it’s author. Elisabeth Elliot was there for the events she recounts, the wife of one of the five missionaries. Her humble, honest, and thorough story of God working His plan in our greatest moments and weakest ones, is both convicting, encouraging, and very inspiring.

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