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Till We Have Faces

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Till We Have Faces, written by C.S. Lewis and published in 1956, is a thought-provoking and convicting novel ended with a powerful unexpected thrust. Lewis reworks the timeless myth of Cupid and Psyche into a tale of two sisters, one ugly and embittered and the other beautiful and kind. Follow the elder sister Orual as she battles with pride, toxic love, and anger against the gods who ruined her life and stole her sister.
I would highly recommend this book for ages 16+. There are some mature elements younger readers might not fully understand, as well as some deep themes to pick apart and think upon. A masterful tale of the struggle between true and toxic love, ranked among some of C.S. Lewis’s finest works. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Evidence Not Seen

Featuring answered prayer, bombs, jungle prisons, midnight intrigues, and bananas; Evidence Not Seen tells the first-hand account of missionary Darlene Deibler Rose, the first American woman to enter the Baliem Valley of New Guinea. She trekked the jungles of New Guinea with her husband, was captured by the Japanese during WWII, incarcerated in a horrible prison camp, and forced to sign a false confession while facing execution at the hand of her merciless guards. This book tells of unshakable faith and wonderous miracles that will inspire the reader. Written by Mrs. Rose herself and published in 1988 by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; this book falls under the autobiography, WWII, and Christian biography genres.
I would highly recommend Evidence Not Seen for ages 15+. There is some violence and minor mature themes that might be unsuited for younger readers. All in all, an inspiring read with Godly themes and historical benefits. 4 out of 5 stars.

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye

How shall I begin? How might I convey to you, the reader, of a most troublesome circumstance which befell me, whereby I might kindle in you an understanding of the dark misgivings which linger in my nightmares? *

Sherlock Holmes and his faithful biographer, Dr. John Watson have embarked on a new set of fantastical adventures. A mysterious client has sent them a number of questions involving unsolved Biblical mysteries, and the great Detective is determined to solve every one. The only catch-the mysteries happened over 1,000 years ago. And in order to solve them, Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson have to trust a machine that was designed by the nefarious Professor Moriarty to take them into the past to solve these mysteries. Will they be able to solve all the mysteries before the police get wind of their potentially illegal activities? And who exactly is this mysterious client that has sent them on this dangerous mission? Find out in Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye by Len Bailey, published in 2013 by Thomas Nelson. This book falls under the Christian fiction and mystery genres.
I highly recommend this book for ages 15+. There are some mildly thematic elements to watch out for, as well as some violence. This book is a medium reading difficulty, and the dialogue and descriptions are excellent. The book is a little slow at times, but the characters are well written and the mysteries are intriguing. All in all, 3 out of 5 stars.

*Excerpt taken from Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye, written by Len Bailey and published in 2013 by Thomas Nelson.

The Book of Revelation Made Easy

The Book of Revelation Made Easy, written by Kenneth L. Gentry Jr. and published in 2008 by The American Vision Inc, is a thought-provoking read that takes you through a brief overview of the biblical book of Revelation. This book falls under the Christian Theology genre.

This book takes a look at the main themes of Revelation and points out how best to interpret them using the original Greek text, historical evidence, and a solid worldview. You will dig deep into the literary flow of this oft-misinterpreted book of the Bible, and discover what the author was really trying to convey through the Divine inspiration granted to him.

I would highly recommend this book for ages 14+. It’s a mind-blowing read with deep theological insights and challenging questions. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

The Ghost of Gold Creek

“My name is Misty Stevens.” *

After Misty’s mother takes one wrong step; her life changes forever. Her mother is gone, her father is impossible to understand, her best friend Lou is headed down a path that Misty can’t follow, and to top it all off, a mysterious wild horse is causing havoc among the neighboring ranches and farms.
Buried artifacts, ghost stories, emotions, and feelings for a particular boy leave Misty confused and worried for her sanity…and maybe even for her life.

All it takes is one wrong step. *

The Ghost of Gold Creek, written by Lisa Michelle Hess and published in 2019 by GlasIncPress, is a heartwarming story of love, loss, and coming of age. This book falls under the contemporary mystery romance genre.

I would recommend this book for ages 16+. There is romance, intrigue, and some thematic elements to watch out for. A well-composed story with memorable characters and compelling plot twists. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

…there is no going back, only forward. *

*All excerpts taken from The Ghost of Gold Creek, written by Lisa Michelle Hess and published in 2019 by GlasIncPress.

God’s Smuggler

God’s Smugger is an amazing autobiography by Brother Andrew telling of his daring exploits spreading the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain. It was published 1967 by The Penguin Group and would fall under the Christian Biography genre.
Born in the 1920s; Andrew grew up in Witte, Holland with his family. He joined the army in 1946; then was discharged only a few years later because of a foot wound. After spending some time working in a factory; he decided to become an evangelist. He trained for some time in England; then went on a few mission trips into such places as Poland and Czechoslovakia. After seeing the spiritual conditions there, Andrew determined that, police, rule, and customs or no, he would spread the gospel and deliver Bibles to all the spiritually starved people living behind the Iron Curtain.
Thus began the adventure of a lifetime.
I would highly recommend this book for all people 12+. There is some violence and intrigue as a result of the brutality of some of the police behind Iron Curtain; as well as some minor thematic elements. An inspiring story of God’s provision and power. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

The Story of John G. Patton\Thirty Years Among South Sea Cannibals

The Story of John G. Paton, or Thirty Years Among the South Sea Cannibals, is an inspiring tale of heroism and faith. Taken from excerpts of John G. Patton’s autobiography and published in 1991; this remarkable true narrative would fall under the Christian Biography genre.
John G. Patton left a comfortable home, family, and rewarding ministry behind him as he and his newly-wedded wife departed from Scotland and traveled to the New Hebrides islands to minister to the cannibalistic heathen in that jungle paradise. Braving sickness, antagonistic natives, and attacks from his own countrymen; Patton perseveres in bringing the Gospel to the Tannese people; even as they reject it again and again. But war is coming. The harbor people and the inland natives are ready fly into battle at the slightest provocation; and the mission house is right in the middle of all the confusion. Patton and the other missionaries must trust in God and rely on His strength and protection; for the darkness is closing in. Will it prove too powerful for even the light of the Gospel to penetrate?
I highly recommend this book for ages 13+. There are some scenes of violence and brutality; and well as some mentions of mature content; but the story is astounding and the message of the Gospel brilliant. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Blank Mastermind

 

“I heard you and came back to help. It’s okay…”
The boy shook his head slowly, his eyes fixed on my face with a mix of terror and confusion. “Nobody comes back to help the person they just shot.”
Suddenly, I didn’t want to know who I was.*

Wolfgang wakes up covered with blood in the backstage of a theater. He can’t remember who he is, where he’s from, or why there’s a dead man lying only a few feet from him. So Wolfgang sets out to find answers…but what if those answers are not what he wanted them to be? What if it turns out that he’s the villain in the story? Is it too late for him to change what he’s become?

Sometimes the life you forgot isn’t one worth remembering…*

Blank Mastermind was published by the author, Rosey Mucklestone in 2018, and would fall under the Superhero genre. Filled with bombs, cake, secret gangs, superpowers, and a good dose of laughter and heart; this book is highly recommended for ages 13+. A medium reading difficulty with memorable characters and edge-of-your-seat escapades; Blank Mastermind is a thoroughly enjoyable read. 4 out of 5 stars.

 

*Excerpts taken from Blank Mastermind, copyrighted 2018 by Rosey Mucklestone

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

“Of all fears, those are best that are made by the blood of Christ; and of all joy the sweetest is that which is mixed with mourning over Christ.”*

 

John Bunyan was a Christian author and preacher in the 1600s. Arrested for his faith in 1660, he spent a total of 12 years in jail. It was during his second imprisonment that he wrote Pilgrim’s Progress; an incredible allegory that is the second bestselling book in world history. During his first imprisonment, however; he wrote another book that is not as well-known as Pilgrim’s Progress. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners tells of Bunyan’s great spiritual struggle, his salvation, and his call to ministry. Published in 1666 by George Larkin, this astounding book is a Christian spiritual autobiography.
This book is a powerful testimony of faith and deliverance. It is written in first person and provides deep insight into the inner workings of man’s soul. Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners is at a medium reading difficulty with profound material.
I would highly recommend this book for ages 16+! The theology hard to process at times, but it has excellent prose. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

*Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners written by John Bunyan, published 1666.

A Prisoner and Yet…

Arrested by Nazi soldiers, abused and imprisoned, then later forced to work in the horrible concentration camps of Vught and Ravensbruck, Corrie ten Boom had every right to feel anger and bitterness against her captors and God. Seeing the suffering of all those around her, the terrible tortures of men, women, and children-as well sharing in them herself-may have hardened her heart and caused her to reject the grace and mercies of her Almighty Creator. However, that was not the case of this brave Dutch woman. Read her memoir, A Prisoner and Yet…, published by the Christian Literature Crusade in 1954, to get a firsthand account of life in Nazi work camps in World War Two; as well as Corrie’s testimony of the goodness of God-even as a prisoner.
This book is incredibly powerful and moving. It is written in first person, and makes you feel as if you are really there-there with Corrie as she helps the Jews hide from the German Nazis, there with her as she stands strong for her faith in the flea and lice infested prison camps, and there with her as she experiences the sorrow of losing both her father and sister to the atrocities of life in prison. The descriptions in this book are excellent, and it is at about a medium reading level.
I would highly recommend this book for ages 15+. The horrors faced by Corrie are quite graphic; and there are some mature themes that are mentioned. It is a fascinating read with profound themes and an overall stirring story. 4 out of 5 stars.