Friday, August 29, 2008

Our Family's Favorites & Worthwhile Reading List

The following list of books include some of our all time favorites and inspirational treats (in no particular order). Many have been delightful read-alouds, especially those at the top children's section. There are some genres I'm not including like much adult fiction and very young children's books, poetry, political or historical, though they'd have a place in my favorites also, and I'm sure I've left out a few that should have been included here. These are mainly from the gist of our normal life's reading. If you want to explore new horizons or have a life changing experience, check these out!


  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Little Britches, Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody (and others in the series)
  • Sir Gibbie by George MacDonald
  • A Hive of Busy Bees by Effie M. WIlliams
  • Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St. James
  • Mama's Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes
  • Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • James Herriot's Treasury for Children by James Herriot
  • Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
  • Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Little Women by by Louisa May Alcott (also Little Men)
  • The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D. Wyss
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Far North by Will Hobbs
  • Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Joseph Egan
  • Pagoo by Holling C. Holling
  • Minn of the Mississippi by Holling C. Holling
  • Benjamin West and his cat Grimalkin by Marguerite Henry
  • Leonardo Da Vinci (Childhood of World Figures) by George E. Stanley
  • Painting America's Wildlife: John James Audubon by Janet Stevenson
  • Seeing Fingers - the story of Louis Braille byEtta DeGering
  • Little House in the Big Woods (and others in the series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Brink
  • Missionary Stories for Children
  • Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
  • Nothing is Impossible: the Story of Beatrix Potter by Dorothy Aldis
  • So Dear to My Heart by Sterling North
  • Rascal by Sterling North
  • Young Thomas Edison by Sterling North
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Saturdays (and others) by Elizabeth Enright
  • The Merry Adventure's of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
  • The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
  • An American Plague by Jim Murphy
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear
  • Hank the Cowdog (and many in the series) by John R. Erickson
  • The Chronicles of Narnia (series) by C. S. Lewis
  • Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
  • There's an Owl in the Shower by Jean Craighead George
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
  • Homesick by Jean Fritz (and her many historical fiction biographies for children)
  • The Great Brain by John D.l Fitzgerald (more in the series)
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  • The Ransom of Red Chief and other stories by O. Henry
  • Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Gray
  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
  • Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Wheel on the School by Meindert Dejong
  • Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
  • Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • All Creatures Great and Small and others by James Herriot
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and others by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • The Strange Lives of Familiar Insects by Edwin Way Teale
  • Tesla: Man Out of Time by Margaret Cheney
  • Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  • The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky
  • Archimedes & the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick
  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  • Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster
  • The World of William Penn by Genevieve Foster
  • Material World by Peter Menzel (photographic journal)
  • Honey For a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt

Women's Interest:

  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  • Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Small Woman: The True Story of Gladys Aylward of China by Alan Burgess
  • Honey For a Woman's Heart by Gladys Hunt
  • I'm Going to be the Greatest Mom Ever by Terri Camp
  • Fascinating Womanhood by Helen Andelin
  • Created to Be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl
  • How to Become Your Husband's Best Friend by Gary Smalley
  • Creative Counterpart by Linda Dillow
  • The Fruit of Her Hands: Respect and the Christian Woman by Nancy Wilson
  • Praise Her in the Gates: the Calling of Christian Motherhood by Nancy Wilson
  • Intimate Issues by Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus
  • Seasons of a Mother's Heart by Sally Clarkson
  • Tilly by Frank E. Peretti
  • Pro-Life Christians by Joe Gulotta


  • Ignite the Fire by Terri Camp
  • The Holy Bible
  • A Child's History of the World (also Art & Geography) by V. M. Hillyer
  • The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias
  • Teach Your Own by John Holt
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The Law by Frederick Bastiat
  • Preparing for Adolescence by Dr. James Dobson
  • The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
  • Literature Alive! by Cay A. Gibson
  • The Moral Compass by William J. Bennett
  • Letters to Jessica by Robert Bissett
  • Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Marriage/Family Helps:

  • Jumping Ship by Michael Pearl
  • Grace Walk by Steve McVey
  • Shattered Dreams: God's Unexpected Pathway to Joy by Larry Crabb
  • The Marriage Builder by Larry Crabb
  • Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul by John Eldredge
  • Sheet Music by Kevin Leman
  • Love is a Decision by Gary Smalley & John Trent
  • The Blessing by Gary Smalley & John Trent
  • His Needs, Her Needs - How to Build an Affair Proof Marriage by Willard F. Harley Jr.
  • The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Dr. Laura Schlessinger
  • Marriage Fitness by Mort Fertel

Health, Nutrition, Cooking:

  • Inflammation Nation by Floyd H. Chilton
  • What the Bible Says About Healthy Living by Rex Russell
  • Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
  • God & Vitamins by Marjorie Holmes
  • The Hallelujah Diet by George Malkmus

I love to get recommendations and always have a "to read" list going. Please share your favorites with us too!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What I'm Reading

I don't usually read much fiction for myself. The last book of fiction I read was the huge Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers, which was recommended to me. I mostly read it when it comes highly recommended which is what interested me in the book Honey for a Woman's Heart. I gave "Honey..." also to my mom as a gift and she has dissected it and is finding all sorts of great treasures as a result which we discuss together.

I still like to read kid's picture books. This week at the library I found Leonardo's Horse by a favorite children's author, Jean Fritz. I have a collection of hers but didn't even know about this particular book. Now I need to buy one for my own. I have read much fiction, especially historical fiction with the boys over so many years of homeschooling (my favorite activity!) but I tend to love what is true the most and that is what excites me - real stories of real heroes in real life!!

There's a slew of interesting books all beckoning me at once. Let's see what I am reading at this scene in my life...

  • Honey For a Woman's Heart by Gladys Hunt
  • Living Peacefully in a Stressful World by Ron Hutchcraft
  • The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn
  • The Bible Cure for Weight Loss & Muscle Gain by Don Colbert, M.D. (rereading)
  • The Writer's Jungle by Julie Bogart
  • Families Writing by Peter R. Stillman
  • Home by Choice by Brenda Hunter, Ph.D.
  • Caring Enough to Forgive; Caring Enough to Not Forgive by David Augsburger
  • Write Upon My Heart : Cheerfulness by Keepers of the Faith Publishing
  • The Raw Food Gourmet by Gabrielle Chavez
  • Your Right to be Beautiful-the Miracle of Raw Foods by Tonya Zavasta (a bit at a time)
  • Juices & Smoothies by Suzannah; Farrow, Joanna Olivier
With the Boys:
  • It's a Jungle Out There! by Ron Snell
  • Created for WORK - Practical Insights for Young Men by Bob Schultz
  • Fearfully & Wonderfully Made - a Surgeon Looks at the Human & Spiritual Body by Dr. Paul Brand & Philip Yancey


  1. My women's small group just completed the reading and discussion of a book called "You're Already Amazing". I cannot express fully how wonderful this book is. I immediately set it up as a 'pass it on' and wrote my name and date in the front and gave it away. The book addresses every difficulty women experience in finding their place between family, friends, and church. It is full of scriptural references and is very light on the standard psychological 'babble' terms. It speaks simply and clearly but offers profound, life altering revelations about how you ALREADY are amazing. A MUST MUST read.

    1. Thank you for the recommendation Candy. I had not heard of it 'til now. Love the title and will look for it.


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