Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Books are a gift that keeps on giving because any book you give, gives to the one who reads it and their entire circle of friends. The first book I remember being given was

The Yearling
I remember this book well because it was the first hardback book I had ever received, it came from my favorite aunt, and I treasured it so much that it still holds a prime spot in one of my bookcases.  If you want to start a trend in the life of a child or friend, here are some books I recommend in no particular order.  The first two are novels for adults.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content): A Novel
This book involves 2 teenage cousins, 1 an artistic New Yorker, the other an artistic immigrant from Prague escaping the Nazis.  One wants to make a name for himself; one wants to free his family and especially his younger brother.  An amazing story with plenty of conflict to keep you reading. 

Bel Canto (P.S.)

Bel Canto is the story of a group of disparate people—a politician, a pianist, a priest, an opera singer, and others—taken hostage by a band of Guerillas in a South American country.  Beautifully written.

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

Beautifully written Bible Stories for children and adults.

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts

This is more about trusting God than the hurts of life.  It provides hope and leads to prayer.

For older elementary school children, teenagers, and adults I recommend the following books by Gary D. Schmidt.

Okay for Now
The Wednesday Wars
William Bradford: Plymouth's Faithful Pilgrim
Pilgrim's Progress
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (Readers Circle (Laurel-Leaf))

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