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July 05, 2008

recommended reading

A few months back I asked some of you for suggestions of good children's books for our church library. Thanks to those of you who gave me ideas. I wanted to share the list of new books that was put in our church bulletin. Also below is a list of new adult (or teen) books that were purchased. I cannot endorse every book on my lists 100% as I haven't read them all, but I wouldn't have purchased them if I didn't expect good things....

I was happy to pick up The Jesus Storybook Bible--Every story whispers His name (Jones/Jago) and The Big Picture Story Bible (Helm/Schoonmaker). They present the Bible as one big story. The illustrations are cute, but the text follows in that path, tending to paraphrase facts almost a little too childishly. Both in illustration and content these books are less serious than The Lamb and the gospel is not as clear. All this said, these books are still neat Bible-overview resources that would make good gifts (for kids who already have The Lamb, of course :) ).

Kids' books
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible – Every Story whispers His name (Jones/Jago)
  • The Big Picture Story Bible (Helm/Schoonmaker)
  • The Lamb (Cross/Mastin)
  • The Memory Bible (Elkins/Cameron/Semple) Includes music CDs
  • Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers — The Trinity (Allen)
  • Seven Special Days (Gambil/Gillett--Happy Day Books)
  • The First Brothers (Curren/Eitzen -- Arch Books)
  • The True Story of Noah’s Ark (Dooley/Looney)
  • Life in the Great Ice Age (Oard/Snellenberger)
  • The Tower of Babel (Taylor) Pop-up book
  • Zerubbabel Rebuilds the Temple (Burgdorf/Eitzen)
  • A Parable about the King (B. Moore/Warren)
  • Barabbas Goes Free (Rottman/Kitchel)
  • Mommy, Why Don’t We Celebrate Halloween? (Winwood/Berg)
  • Bombus Finds a Friend (Larson/Haidle)
  • God’s Wisdom for Little Girls – Virtues and Fun from Proverbs 31 (E. George/Luenebrink)
  • Heroes for Young Readers - A series of 16 books about various “Christian heroes” such as Gladys Aylward, Nate Saint, Amy Carmichael and Jim Elliot
Adults' books
  • Why Pro-Life? Caring for the Unborn and their Mothers (Randy Alcorn)
  • The Truth about Same-Sex Marriage (Erwin W. Lutzer) “There is a battle is raging for marriage. The implications for society are profound. Yet many people are asking: Is it really that big a deal?”
  • Yoga and the Body of Christ - What Position should Christians Hold? (Dave Hunt)
  • Running Against the Wind - The Transformation of a New Age Medium and His Message to the Church (Brian Flynn) “A crucial warning against New Age and Eastern spirituality being introduced into the Christian church as forms of legitimate...spirituality”
  • A Time of Departing - How Ancient Mystical Practices are Uniting Christians with the World’s Religions (Ray Yungen)
  • The Exemplary Husband - A Biblical Perspective (Stuart Scott) “The strength of this book is its high view of God and theological foundation”
  • The Excellent Wife - A Biblical Perspective (Martha Peace) “A Scripturally based, systematic and practical work for today’s women”
  • Damsels in Distress - Biblical Solutions for Problems Women Face (Martha Peace)
  • When People are Big and God is Small — Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency and the Fear of Man (Edward T. Welch)**
  • The Journals of Jim Elliot (Edited by Elizabeth Elliot) “Jim’s journals reveal the inner struggles and victories that he experienced before his untimely death.”
Especially for Young Women/Young People
  • Secret Keeper - The Delicate Power of Modesty (Dannah Gresh)
  • And the Bride Wore White Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity (Dannah Gresh)
  • Lies Young Women Believe and the truth that sets them free (N. L. DeMoss & Dannah Gresh)
  • Stop Dating the Church — Fall in Love with the Family of God (Joshua Harris) “We’re not into commitment – we only want to date the church. Loving Jesus Christ involves a passionate commitment to His church – around the world and down the street.”
**I'm looking forward to reading this one, sounds very applicable!


  1. It looks like a good list of books. I would like to read some of them. :) Oh, "When people are big and God is small" is an excellent book. I've read it twice (once required at WOLBI) and there is still more that I need to apply from it. :)

  2. I have so many books I'd like to read. I'm glad you recommend that When people are big... book, i'm looking forward to it

  3. I just ordered "Jesus Storybook Bible" and "The Big Picture Bible" from Amazon. Hoping to use them with "my" kids...and maybe one day, my kids! :)
    Thanks for the tips. Keep shining.

  4. yay, i'm glad that was helpful and i think you picked well :)