Books for the bookshelf


A Child’s Geography, published by Knowledge Quest, is an Ambleside Online Recommendation, part of a Simply Charlotte Mason curriculum, and is written with Tonia Peckover.

Recommendation from Apologia’s Jeannie Fulbright: “Reading Ann Voskamp’s books really makes geography come to life…. phenomenal! It’s an overview of geography, written with such rich and lively prose. I highly recommend it.”

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The series was voted first place by readers in both 2007 and 2008 in Mary Pride’s Readers’ Choice award for the category of geography.

Consider visiting the ACG website for sample chapters, reviews, and travel blog.

Available through CBD, Timberdoodle, Knowledge Quest, Amazon

100% of all author royalties are donated to Compassion International.

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Contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul:

Power Moms: 101 Stories Celebrating the Power of Choice for Stay at Home and Work from Home Moms

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Contributor to Family Heart Moments, by Dr. Turansky and Joanne Miller BSN of the National Center for Biblical Parenting
Over 70 inspirational, significant, deeply moving true stories from parents eager to connect with their children’s hearts.
Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN weave the stories together with some guiding principles so that you can know how to touch the hearts of your children. For more information click here.

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A contributor to Cup of Comfort Devotional

“In A Cup of Comfort Devotional – from bestselling author and Christian book publishing professional James S. Bell and Stephen R. Clark, 366 entries provide a daily dose of comfort, strength, and inspiration. The perfect bedside companion to be read in the morning or evening, this work is the first of its kind to combine biblical passages and commentary with a dozen touching, heartfelt stories. “

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Books We’ve Loved

Family

No Ordinary Home: The Uncommon Art of Christ-Centered Homemaking

by Carol Jo Brazo

Building the Christian Family You Never Had: A Practical Guide for Pioneer Parents

by Mary E. Demuth

The Shaping of a Christian Family

by Elisabeth Elliot

A Mother’s Heart: A Look at Values, Vision, and Character for the Christian Mother

by Jean Fleming

For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School (Child-Life Book)

by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

For the Family’s Sake: The Value of Home in Everyone’s Life

by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

Wise Words For Moms

by Ginger Plowman

Teach Them Diligently: How To Use The Scriptures In Child Training

by Louis Paul Priolo

The Young Peacemaker

by Corlette Sande

Peacemaking for Families: A Biblical Guide to Managing Conflict in Your Home (Focus on the Family)

by Ken Sande, Tom Raabe

Common Sense Christian Living

by Edith Schaeffer

The Hidden Art of Homemaking

by Edith Schaeffer

What is a Family?

by Edith Schaeffer

A life-changing book about what it means to live together in love.

War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles (Resources for Changing Lives)

by Paul David Tripp

Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character?in You and Your Kids!

by Scott Turansky, Joanne Miller

Families Where Grace Is in Place

by Jeff VanVonderen

Everyday Talk: Talking Freely and Naturally about God with Your Children

by John Yount

Family read-alouds

Teddy’s Button

by Amy Le Feuvre

Herein Is Love, Vol. 1: Genesis

by Nancy Ganz

Trial And Triumph: Stories From Church History

by Richard M. Hannula

Morning Bells

by Frances Ridley Havergal

Little Pillows

by Frances Ridley Havergal

Stepping Heavenward: One Woman’s Journey to Godliness (Inspirational Library Series)

by Elizabeth Prentiss

From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions

by Ruth A. Tucker

Hero Tales (Vol. I)

by Dave Jackson, Neta Jackson

The Swiss Family Robinson (Unabridged Classics)

by Johann David Wyss

Poetry

A kind reader slipped a note asking for a poetry title or two for children, so we pulled some favorite anthologies off our shelves….



New Reader Books

If you are looking for a stack of good words to light a beginner or reluctant reader on fire, these books have kindled a young lad here — perfect reading for young boys and girls taken with horses…


Recipes

Simply In Season (World Community Cookbook)

by Mary Beth Lind, Cathleen Hockman-wert

More-With-Less Cookbook

by Doris Janzen Longacre

Healthy Recipes from the Heart of Our Homes:

The Dream Cookbook for Bosch and Pressure Cooker Owners

By Phyllis Stanley & Shirley HienmetsThis 190 page 8 1/2 x 11 format spiral bound cookbook is the Bosch owner’s dream. Phyllis and Shirley are not only Bosch owners, but are demonstrators and cooking class instructors. These recipes are time tested and proven with all the tricks of the trade.About 70 pages are devoted to dishes made in the Kuhn Rikon Pressure cooker. These recipes give you the ability the prepare that delicious dish is 1/4 the time and without any guesswork.

Hospitality

Open Heart, Open Home: The Hospitable Way to Make Others Feel Welcome and Wanted

by Karen Burton Mains

Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way Of Love

by Daniel O. S. B. Homan, Lonni Collins Pratt

Living Well

Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Gift From the Sea (A Vintage Book)

by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

by Brennan Manning

Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure

by David Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and “Women’s Work” (Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality)

by Kathleen Norris

Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist

by John Piper

When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight For Joy

by John Piper

The Christian’s Secret of A Happy Life

by Hannah Whitall Smith

Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives

by Richard A. Swenson

Disappointment with God

by Philip Yancey

Your God Is Too Safe

by Mark Buchanan

Prayer

Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus Name

by Bryan Chapell

Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home

by Richard J. Foster

Operation World: When We Pray God Works

by Patrick Johnstone, Jason Mandryk, Robyn Johnstone

The Power of a Praying® Parent (Omartian, Stormie)

by Stormie Omartian

Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer

by Eugene H. Peterson

The Power of a Praying® Wife

by Stormie Omartian

Divine Hours : Prayers for Springtime

Doubleday

The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime–A Manual for Prayer (Divine Hours)

by Phyllis Tickle

The Divine Hours, Volume II: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime (Divine Hours)

by Phyllis Tickle

Scripture Reading

My Utmost for His Highest: An Updated Edition in Today’s Language

by Oswald Chambers

Devotional Classics: Revised Edition: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups

by Richard J. Foster

Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

by Eugene H. Peterson

The One Year Bible: Arranged in 365 Daily Readings (One Year Bible: New Living Translation-2)

by Tyndale House Publishers

Spiritual Disciplines

Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us

by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

Discipline: The Glad Surrender, repack

by Elisabeth Elliot

Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

by Richard J. Foster

A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer

by John Piper

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

by Donald S. Whitney

Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health

by Donald S. Whitney

Music Library

Today – Brian Doerksen

Integrity Music

Chant II

by Gregorian Chant, Ismael Fernandez de la Cuesta, Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos

Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World’s Greatest Hymn Stories

by Robert J. Morgan

Then Sings My Soul, Book 2: 150 of the World’s Greatest Hymn Stories (Then Sings My Soul)

by Robert J. Morgan

Then Sings My Soul – Keepsake Edition

by Robert J. Morgan

Sanctuary

by Twila Paris

Hymns for a Kid’s Heart (Great Hymns of Our Faith)

by Bobbie Wolgemuth, Joni Eareckson Tada

O Worship the King: Hymns of Praise and Assurance to Encourage Your Heart

by Robert Wolgemuth, Bobbie Wolgemuth, Joni Eareckson Tada, John MacArthur

Passion Hymns for a Kid’s Heart

by Bobbie Wolgemuth, Joni Eareckson Tada

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Hope keeps her tidy stack of The Girlhood Companion on her nightstand, pours over each artistic copy when it arrives

It’s her own round and ample scrawl that fills the page with the titles she has loved. I only transcribe.

20 Best Books for Girls

Caddie Woodlawn

A perennial favorite read aloud that deeply moves (I never get through the school scene with the native boys without crying) and one Hope has read at least a handful of times. Caddie’s a bit like Laura Ingalls Wilder — they both find a place in the heart.M>

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The Tanglewoods’ Secret

One year for her birthday, Hope scratched out her list: “A Compassion child to sponsor… and all of Patricia St. John’s books.” We were happy to oblige. All of Patricia St. John’s books find happy homes in a young girl’s library.

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Christie’s Old Organ

Ours is an old copy from Oma Voskamp and Caleb who read it on loan, was so taken with it that he urged every one of his siblings to read it. Hope thanked him.

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Jessica’s First Prayer

Having sold over 500,000 copies in the 1860′s, this book’s Victorian language didn’t deter Hope — but rather the thoughtful writing caused her to pause and consider many theological truths. A book worth the effort of the read.

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A Basket Of Flowers

After I finished reading this book aloud during our afternoon tea time, Hope, not wanting yet to leave the beautiful story, she slipped off to read it again herself. Another Victorian read that still touches a sweet place.

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In Grandmas Attic (The Grandma’s Attic Series)

One of my greatest delights of parenting is holding a title out to a child with the words, “I remember loving these books when I was about your age.” Hope read the same copy I had saved all these years. She loved it too.

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Little Women (The Whole Story)

The Whole Story series of the classics are the ones I always check out of the library, as their sidebar definitions, explanations of seldom used words, illustrations and interesting tidbits, not only intrigue, but make a classic story accessible to children who might otherwise become confused by the terminology of a different time era. The Whole Story books always get snatched up right away here.

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The Complete Little House Nine-Book Set

We are on our third set of these books. Enough said.

(Okay, I’ll say this too ~smile~: We never tire, we never wane; they remain forever evergreen, always new: signposts of the most endearing, memorable writing. Can I still keep reading these when I have no little children in our house? Please?)

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The Chronicles of Narnia Series

While entirely taken with the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Hope has yet to read the other in the series. This is good, as I prefer this series to be read when older. I first read it when I was seven and, strangely, did not like it in the least. It was only when I was older and understood the allegorical meaning that I relished each book. So Hope waiting is quite well and good.

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Black Beauty (Whole Story)

Another traditional classic in the Whole Story series that has been well-loved here by all of our children.

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Heidi (Whole Story)

A family read aloud that again got squirreled away for one-on-one engaging in the nook underneath the stairs. There isn’t much nicer for a young girl than a book like Heidi and being tucked in with a pile of pillows in a little hideaway, is there? She always smiles when she says, “Heidi.”

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Though this book was on many recommended booklists, I long avoided it. I wasn’t interested in having anyone here read about witches. And now I entirely forget how the book found its way through the front door, but I clearly remember reading it aloud with reluctance. And then I fell in love with Kit. And I couldn’t stop reading. And the children couldn’t stop listening. And the witch is but an accused witch… and the exquisite story (writing second to none) is too about not making hasty judgements about people. Which is exactly what I had wrongly done with this book. Touche. Highly recommended.

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The Year of Miss Agnes

Another read aloud that whet appetites for more… set in 1948 in Alaska, this story of a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse inspires curiosity in art and literature and creativity. A story that found a place in our hearts … and lives on.

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Betsy-Tacy

Hope was giddy happy when we found several of this series at a library sale. I had many moons ago read one of these very sweet books as read aloud and she met these books like a long, lost friend. Reading aloud to the children has been like gathering kindling daily — lighting children to read books on their own, flaming their interest in books they might have otherwise passed over. If all else fizzles in a day… if we’ve prayed together and read together, it’s been a good day.

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All-of-a-kind Family

One reader in a house happily infects the whole house. Caleb read this who recommended it to Joshua, who passed it on to Hope… who has asked for it to be signed out of the library so many times, I really needed to buy her a permanent copy. She’s absolutely smitten with the adventures and faith-observant lifestyle of this1912-1913 Jewish family. The whole series makes for one very happy girl (or boy, for that matter, as her two older brothers have read the whole series also.)

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The Door in the Wall

A book we began for our history studies that has become a read aloud we often hungrily revisit — and then read again on our own! Hope and Levi again read this year, both entirely captivated. The Newberry award-winning story of young Robin who has to learn to reuse his legs is a classic for boys and girls alike. A family favorite.

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Words By Heart

I don’t remember how we found this book, but I do know we’ve never forgotten it. A truly powerful book about a young black girl who wins a Bible-quoting contest… and then discovers how hard it is to live out that Bible’s call to forgive. Exploring faith, racism and what it means to be deeply human and truly loving, this is a beautifully written book we often speak of… (Her father is killed, so not for younger readers) A book that will stay with you. Highly recommended for older readers.

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Understood Betsy

This is my second-time reading aloud Understood Betsy, and I think I like it even more the second time, if that is possible… Hope has read it countless times — who can’t love Betsy and watching the world open up to her as she goes to live with the “dreaded Putneys”? (Levi smiled: “Our family is just like the dreaded Putneys.” And now you’ll have to read the book to understand why he says that ~weak smile~) A book my sister, homeschooling mama to four little girls, says is changing her life and the way she raises her girls. Five Star.

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Pollyanna: Complete and Unabridged

This was my hideaway book — up in the attic, a string of late summer afternoons. I wanted to be Pollyanna. It didn’t quite work out that way. ~blushing smile~ But I did read the whole series… and I smiled when Hope read from my tattered blue hardcover with the yellow musty pages. She loved it too and has re-read often. I hope the dream to be Pollyanna works out better for her ~smile~. A girlhood must.

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The Complete Anne of Green Gables Series

My Hope-girl has loved these books as much as I did when I was an Ann-girl.

I hadn’t expected how happy that would make me, seeing her get lost in worlds that I did as a young girl…. and oh, the smile on her face when she is done and clutches a book to herself. Who can forget the wonder of childhood? Highly recommended.

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Best Books for Boys: A Booklist Compiled by a Boy

To read the full, moving post behind this booklist — a list voluntary compiled by my 14-year-old son, books he thought his brothers must read.

1. Tales from the Story Teller’s House, Thornton Burgess (when younger) * so I have begun with his younger brothers

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2. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain

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3. Treasure Island (Unabridged Classics), Robert Louis Stevenson

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4. Kidnapped (Penguin Classics), Robert Louis Stevenson

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5. Two little savages;: being the adventures of two boys who lived as Indians and what they learned., Ernest Thompson Seton

6. Hans Brinker; Or, The Silver Skates, Mary Maples Dodge

7. Hiawatha , H.W. Longfellow

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8. Gateway to Great Books, Imaginative Literature, Bk. #3 (Rocking Horse Winner) (see more on this series here)

(*we have the Gateway to the Great Books (set)– thrifted — and if you can find used at Amazon or on ebay, highly recommend. “Gateway to the Great Books are great writings including short stories, plays, essays, scientific papers, speeches, and letters. Each selection represents a primary, original, and fundamental contribution to ones understanding of the universe and themselves. There are over 135 Authors, 225 Selections and 95 original illustrations.”)

9. The Jungle Book (Unabridged Classics), Rudyard Kipling

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10. Journey into Summer, Edwin Teale *Teale’s books are exquisite nature writing. Caleb has this one beside my bed and I have begun — 10yo and up

11. Wandering through Winter, Edwin Teale

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12. That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis (when older) *Caleb quotes Lewis often. I have not read this Lewis and really need to

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13. Watership Down: A Novel, Richard Adams (*the first winter we lived in this house, Farmer Husband would sit in the rocking chair and hush baby Levi and read this one aloud to children while I’d listen in, washing up dishes. Caleb was seven. A freeze frame my heart can still see.)

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14. White Fang , Jack London

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15. The Story of Inventions, Michael J. McHugh (*He’s poured over this one for hours, years.)

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16. Songs of a Sourdough, Robert Service

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18. Journey Through the Night, Anne DeVries (*I was about 12 when I read this book too, late nights babysitting. I smiled to see he had chosen it also.)

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19. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , Mark Twain

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20. Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold, C.S.Lewis (when older)

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21. Wee Sir Gibbie of the Highlands , George MacDonald

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22. Oliver Twist , Dickens

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Books are standing counselors and preachers,

always at hand…

having this advantage over oral instructors,

that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often as we please.

~ Oswald Chambers ~

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