Books we’re reading…

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Recently I placed an order for my home school, and 2 boxes full of curriculum and literature books/novels came in….. it seems like my children just devour books. How important we fill their minds with good books and not ‘fluff’ or ‘twaddle’, as Charlotte Mason calls it..:-)

Here are some of the books that came in. Some are specifically written for those with a Reformed heritage. We think it is important to teach our children why you believe what you believe and also about those who have suffered and even died for defending the truth of God’s Word.

Here are the books with the authors:

Reformation Heroes – by Diana Kleyn with Joel Beeke                                             The Reformation did not happen instantaneously; it was something God patiently arranged over a number of years. As you read this book, you will learn how the Lord used some people to plant the seeds of church reform long before October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther published his ninety-five theses. Luther’s story is well-known; we trust you will find it interesting and instructive to read about him and about forty others (John Knox, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Zacharias Ursinus, Willem Teellinck, etc.) who contributed to the Reformation – some well known and others not so – most of whom are Reformation heroes.

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The Quest for Comfort , Faithfulness under Fire, The Glory of Grace, by William Boekestein , about the history of the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, and the Canons of Dordt.

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Wings Like a Dove  – by Christine Farenhorst and others in the ‘Chosen Daughters’ Series. ( Dr. Oma: The Healing Wisdom of Countess Juliana von StolbergAgainst the Tide: The Valor of Margaret WilsonWeight of a Flame, The Passion of Olympia Morata)                                                                                        Jeanne d’Albret, born in 1528, is the only daughter of the King and Queen of Navarre. Standing with her beloved Huguenots, Jeanne steps onto the battlefield of history during the tumultuous years of the Reformation (1517-1559). As deadly political events swirl around her tiny Kingdom of Navarre, Queen Jeanne is forced to choose: Will she hide the fleeing Huguenots under the very nose of Catherine de Medicis’s henchmen or save her own life? The Chosen Daughtersseries highlights the lives of ordinary women who by God’s grace accomplish extraordinary things. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. 

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The Sower Series  ( various authors)                                                                               Noah Webster–  As a boy, Noah was fascinated with language and education. He was troubled by the lack of interest shown by others in formal schooling, and the lack of books and proper facilities bothered him even more. When the fires of the Revolution broke out in the early 1770’s, Noah was a student at Yale. Young and impressionable, he was singed by the flames of patriotism. He longed for a chance to join liberty’s cause. He wrote down his thoughts about freedom and government, sharing them with leaders who would put together the United States Constitution. Many of his ideas were incorporated into the document. But more than a spokesman for democratic government, Noah Webster was a champion for youth and education. He knew what books needed to be written, wrote them, and fought for their acceptance within the school framework. Today, Webster is with us still. But he merits a place of honor beyond a name stamped on dictionaries around the world. He was a man who served his fellow man and his country with unselfish devotion. More importantly, he served his God with faith and love. For ages 9 to 13.   

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Books by Patricia St.John. Another one I recommend ( not shown here), is ‘Star of Light’. Very good!

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Gifted Hands – the Ben Carson Story. By: Ben Carson M.D., Cecil Murphey.   Especially intersting to read now that he is in the news as a presidential candidate.

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Amazing Grace – the story of William Wilberforce by Eric Metaxas                       Hero to Abraham Lincoln and an inspiration to the anti-slavery movement in America, Wilberforce worked tirelessly for the cessation of slavery in England. In this magisterial biography, Metaxas chronicles Wilberforce’s conversion to evangelical Christianity and his 20-year battle to abolish the slave trade in the British empire. An extraordinary portrait of a true Christian statesman.

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Christian Heroes and Heroes of History Series by Janet and Geoff Benge. About various people, written in a simple way for young and old.

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One more that is not pictured here, but my boys have been reading it: “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, a World War II Stroy about Survival, Resilience and Redemption. It is the story about Louis Zamperini ( biography found here).

I am thinking of compiling a book list of books we own or have read, perhaps divided in age categories. If you have any books that you feel everyone should have read at least once in their life, let me know! 🙂

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