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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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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Fiction Reviews, The Top Shelf: YA or Adult

{Book Review} The Monster in the Hollows

“It took a few days to realize the light was coming from her. She was shining it. Janner Igiby had changed her. He was gone, but he had left some of his gift behind.”

Monster in the Hollows

About the book…

The Wingfeather family, formerly known as the Igiby family, is tucked away temporarily in the Green Hollows, where the Fangs are more scarce and normalcy seems as though it might be attainable, even if only for a short time. Problems rise though, as evil becomes more than the Fangs, and a silent threat, greater than any they have encountered prior, grows right beneath their noses.

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Updates & Announcements

10 Favorite Books of 2018 and What’s Ahead in 2019

I’ve been reading through countless articles from fellow bloggers and book reviewers as to their top or favorite books from this year. Not necessarily ones that were published this year, but ones they read and loved. I didn’t start reviewing books until late summer, and by that point had already made my way through a significant chunk of my book pile for the year, so some of the titles listed may not have reviews yet.

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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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Interviews & Guest Posts

Interview with Robin Jones Gunn {Christmas, Stories for Girls, and Mother-Daughter Connections}

Hello, dear Robin! Thank you so much for joining me for an interview! It is such an honor! I first heard about your books through Hallmark Channel, when Erin Krakow from When Calls the Heart (one of my favorite shows) was in the movie Finding Father Christmas. We watched the movie, and then I checked out the book from the library and fell in love with it! Tell me, what was it like getting your book turned into a movie? Did you like how the characters were portrayed?

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Fiction Reviews, The Top Shelf: YA or Adult

{Book Review} North! Or Be Eaten

Yer the High King, which means ye’ve got to start thinking of more than yerself.”

North! Or be eaten by Andrew Peterson

About the book…

The second installment of the literary and imaginative masterpiece: The Wingfeather Saga, the Igiby family has been forced to leave the quiet Glipwood Township and flee from the dreaded Fangs of Dang that are seeking the Lost Jewels of Anniera, which have turned out to be Janner, Tink, and Leeli themselves. Plans fail, tension grows, responsibilities are forsaken, and guilt wages a war on the strong. Can hope and loyalty survive the attacks, the separation, the fear, and the setbacks? Can the age old duties of the three royal children remain, and bring a glimmer of hope to the darkening world?

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Interviews & Guest Posts

{Shop Spotlight & Interview} Haleigh DeRocher – Sweet Sequels

For the final installment of our Small Shop Spotlight Series, I am so excited to welcome Haleigh DeRocher from Sweet Sequels to the blog today! My birthday and Christmas wish list this year was 90% items from her shop. I mean, a 221B Baker Street t-shirt? Yes, please. Narnia book sleeves? Obviously. Middle Earth blanket? Is that even a question? So without further ado, allow me to introduce the brains behind this business: Haleigh. Stay at home mom, entrepreneur extraordinaire, and serious book lover. Enjoy the interview, and scroll down to the bottom for a link to Sweet Sequels!

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Interviews & Guest Posts

{Shop Spotlight & Interview} Lucy McCracken – Lucy in the Sky Creations

It is my pleasure to welcome Lucy McCracken from Lucy in the Sky Creations for our third Saturday in the Small Shop Spotlight Series!! Her watercolors are whimsical and classic. Beautiful work tha is sure to brighten any space, bag, or even book…

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