March 25, 2010

Good books to recommend

You may remember this post awhile back, where I was rethinking how much time I was spending reading brainless novels.  While they weren't inappropriate, they were not real by any stretch of the imagination.  I've   read a couple of brainless novels since October, but I've been enjoying some non-fiction books lately.  While I have always loved reading, I've never chosen classic rich books.  As a kid I really didn't see anyone around me reading them, so I really didn't know what was out there.  But as an adult it's just been my own poor choice.  I keep thinking when I have time, I'll read that.  So I'm trying to give myself the home school challenge I never had!

God's Smuggler has been on my sidebar for some time now.  It's a great book I'd highly recommend!  

The Hiding Place is another one.  

I know these are books most people have heard of, but I thought I'd share them anyway just in case.  They're both easy reads, but heavy with faith challenging trials.  I know we have it awfully easy these days here in America, and these books leave me wondering how I would handle challenging situations like Brother Andrew or Corrie ten Boom had to face every day.  They're a reminder of how weak my faith is, and how un-challenged I am.

I also really enjoyed Same Kind of Different as Me.

It's a non-fiction story set more recently than the other two, and the risk of the ministry was not nearly the same, but the result was still life changing.  And this one is a story that we can all relate to every day, anywhere in America.

 I also enjoyed my first Ted Dekker novel while we were out of town last week.  

It was really good!!!  One of my favorite things is to read until 2 or 3 in the morning while everything is silent, so it was exciting to find a brainless novel that wasn't a romance one I've been trying to avoid.

If you haven't read any of these, I'd encourage you to!  They're well worth your time.  I have to say, I've enjoyed them every bit as much as a Karen Kingsbury or Lori Wick novel.  :) 

(You can click on any of them to read more about them.  I'm not good at summing a story up in one short paragraph!)


Julie Chandler said...

Hi Melissa,

Speaking of good books... :)

I wanted to let you know about a book called Orphans and the Fatherless. You can check it out at


Melissa said...

Thanks! ;) I'll check it out!