Our favorite reads in April.
A Seed is Sleepy - Dianna Hutts Aston
Another favorite author of nature books for young children.
Everybody Cooks Rice - Norah Dooley
We've enjoyed all the books in this series sharing the joys of eating in different cultures. Prepare to want to try some of the recipes in the back of the book.
The Boy Who Drew Birds - Jacqueline Davies
Lovely picture book about John James Audubon. Another beautiful book for children that is less story but contains some of Audubon's own paintings is Into the Woods by Robert Burleigh
Eric in the Land of Insects - Godfried Bomans
My children loved this story of a boy who shrunk the size of an insect and explores an ant colony, and earthworm tunnel and much more.
The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
It may tell you something about the hours spent in the van this month when I say that the next three books were all listened to in audio books downloaded from Books Should Be Free. An excellent way to listen to old classics.
Belgium Twins - Lucy Finch Perkins
I love Perkin's Twin books but they are hard to find. This one is based on a true story from World War 1 in Belgium.
Heidi - Johanna Spyri
Who doesn't fall in love with the little Swiss girl and Alm Uncle?
Rumors of Water -L. L. Barkat
An short book combining thoughts on writing, inspiring creativity, and motherhood. I bought this one for a friend but had to inhale it before I wrapped it up!
Silent Tears - Jan Bratt
An American whose husband was sent to China for business volunteered in a Chinese orphanage and her life was changed. This book is based on her journals and rambles but I still enjoyed it. If it is possible to enjoy reading stories that break your heart.
Evidence Not Seen - Darlene Deibler Rose
What's with the sad books this month? Back when I was a teen (that makes me sound old!) I heard a recording of Darlene Deibler Rose's testimony of her imprisonment in a Japanese prison camp during World War 2. The story was gripping. I've never forgotten the miraculous ways God provided for Darlene. Once, as she waited for her execution in solitary confinement on death row, she prayed for a banana and God gave her 92 bananas, plus saved her life.
I always wanted to read Darlene's book some day and on a whim, ordered Evidence Not Seen from Amazon last month. By the time I finished reading of Darlene's experience as a pioneer missionary in the jungles of New Guinea, her arrest by the Japanese, the death of her husband, and the miraculous protection of God, the book was splashed with tears. Though Darlene saw terrors I don't want to imagine, the overall message of the book is one of hope. God's promise that He will never leave or forsake His children was true in Darlene's life repeatedly.
I could write pages to tell you about what I learned about answered prayer, knowing the will of God, grief, and faith in an all-knowing God. But go have your own faith strengthened - read Evidence Not Seen yourself.
Have you ever read a book that impacted your life in a life changing way?
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