Category: Character

  • Profiles of Valor by Marilyn Boyer

    Profiles of Valor by Marilyn Boyer

    Profiles of Valor by Marilyn Boyer was an interesting book to read as a Canadian, still part of the British Commonwealth that the Founding Fathers of America fought for freedom from when it was ruled by King George III. It chronologically follows the events that happened during the War of Independence from 1775-1783, with a…

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  • Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula

    Trial and Triumph by Richard Hannula

    If I could only suggest one church history book to read aloud to your kids this year, it would be Trial and Triumph. In this well-researched, well-written living book, Richard Hannula has brought to life forty-six heroes of the faith. Beginning with Polycarp in the Early Church, and ending with Richard Wrumbrand, Trial and Triumph…

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  • Nothing Daunted: The Story of Isobel Kuhn by Gloria Repp

    Nothing Daunted: The Story of Isobel Kuhn by Gloria Repp

    Of all the biographies my parents read to us as kids, Nothing Daunted: The Story of Isobel Kuhn by Gloria Repp is probably the one I loved most, so I recently bought it for our own kids. I think it resonated with me because Isobel grew up in a Canadian, Christian home much like mine,…

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  • A Better Ending by Doreen Tamminga

    A Better Ending by Doreen Tamminga

    Sometimes, when things get hectic (while dinner is cooking and everyone is tired and hungry, for example, or when it’s raining and there’s “nothing to do”), I find reading a short story generally puts everyone back in a good mood (including myself) and changes the atmosphere of the house for the better. Good short stories…

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  • Created for Work by Bob Schultz

    Created for Work by Bob Schultz

    “Free” Healthcare. “Free” Education. “Free” Housing. “Free” Childcare. “Free” Money. We are raising our kids in a society that conditions us to expect good things for free from an institution that does not create any of the income it redistributes. By the same token, hard work is hardly incentivized when a third of a person’s…

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  • Spurgeon Stories for Children by Tony Hutter

    Spurgeon Stories for Children by Tony Hutter

    Tony Hutter’s 5-book series, Spurgeon Stories For Children, is a family favorite! We bought them a few years ago to read with our older kids, and I just pulled them out again so our younger ones don’t miss out on this excellent introduction to the ‘Prince of Preachers,’ Charles Haddon Spurgeon. There are 52 stories…

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  • The Secret of the Village Fool by Rebecca Upjohn

    The Secret of the Village Fool by Rebecca Upjohn

    I was happy to find a copy of The Secret of the Village Fool by Rebecca Upjohn at the thrift store! We had borrowed it from the library a few times, and our youngest son particularly enjoys this true story of a Polish man who risks his life to hide a Jewish family during World…

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  • For Christ’s Crown by Richard Hannula

    For Christ’s Crown by Richard Hannula

    We listened to the audio version of For Christ’s Crown: Sketches of Puritans and Covenanters by Richard Hannula on our trips to and from church, and I wanted to recommend it heartily. Much like Hannula’s other well-loved collection of biographies, Trial and Triumph, the historical sketches in this book exalt our Lord and Savior Jesus…

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  • Caleb’s Lamb by Helen Santos

    Caleb’s Lamb by Helen Santos

    Caleb’s Lamb by Helen Santos is one of the greatest gems in our collection of children’s stories. Scripture is full of sheep and shepherd imagery: we, the sheep, and Jesus, our Great Shepherd who leads us.Through the mountains and fields with Asher The Shepherd and his flock; and Caleb, Asher’s aspiring shepherd-son and his precious…

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  • Children of the Storm: The Autobiography of Natasha Vins

    Children of the Storm: The Autobiography of Natasha Vins

    Children of The Storm by Natasha Vins is a true story that takes place in the Soviet Union during the 1960s and 70s. We could not make it through a single chapter without drawing multiple parallels between the Communist government in Eastern Europe just one generation ago and what is happening here in North America…

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  • The Basket of Flowers by Christoph Von Schmid

    The Basket of Flowers by Christoph Von Schmid

    If you were to ask our two middle girls what story is their favorite, they would probably say, “The Basket of Flowers.” They have listened to Lamplighter Theatre’s recording of this classic story from the early 1800s dozens of times and nearly have it memorized. God never promised an easy life of wealth and prosperity…

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  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

    The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

    Most of the books I have collected for our kids were based on memories I had of them growing up, recommendations by trusted friends, or because I had the chance to leaf through the pages at a thrift store and was pleased with what caught my eye. For some reason, I absentmindedly added The Hundred…

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