1. The Art of Storytelling by John Walsh
As one who has spent some time teaching children, the concept of this book fascinated me. This book step-by-step instructions on telling a story in a dramatic, interesting fashion that will hold the attention of children and adults alike.
2. Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
3.The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias
I greatly enjoy reading Ravi Zacharias’ books. This particular one traces the threads of God’s hand through the course of life. It is a great book on getting a good perspective on God’s faithfulness throughout life.
4. To Be A Jew by Hayim Halevy Donin
A fun look into the Jewish faith. This book was a required textbook for a class I took called Jewish Thought and Culture. The class was taught by a Jewish man, who made the class great! I also greatly enjoyed reading this book. Being an observant Jew is certainly more complicated than I used to think it was!
5. The Tribute and the Promise by Dennis Rainey
This book was an amazing reminder of the need for children to honor their parents…even when the children are adults. Rainey recommends children writing a tribute to their parents and he provides many examples of the positive benefits of consciously honoring parents.
If you’ve read Do Hard Things, you should definitely follow it up by reading this sequel. Start Here is just as good as Do Hard Things.
7. Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef
This book was written by the son of a one of the founder’s of Hamas. When Mosab grew up, he worked for Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency. Eventually, Mosab became a Christian and came to the U.S. His inside look at both sides of the issue with the Israelis and Palestinians makes this book very informative and valuable.
8. Only Angels are Bulletproof by Emily Ann Benedict
It is very hard to find good fiction; this is a book I can recommend 100%. Find out more about the book and the author here.
9. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
For the most part, these books are excellent reads. There is some debate as to whether Lewis intended them to be allegories or not. It seems that there are some allegories that simply cannot be missed…such as allegory in The Last Battle. I don’t always agree with the allegory or theological statements in these books. Read the books with discernment. Enjoy the story. Learn what you can and disregard the rest.
~ Melinda ~