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Some Summer Reading Suggestions: For Mama and Children

Some Summer Reading Suggestions: For Mama and Children

With time freed up over summer it’s a great opportunity to do a bit extra reading. This year in general I have been reading a few Christian biographies, and found it encouraging and inspiring. I have been learning lessons I would not have expected from them, and found by reading them my own spiritual life has been enriched. Here’s a few suggestions:

  1. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. Yes, as you may expect this book teaches perseverance in the midst of terrible suffering, and that obedience costs. But what I didn’t expect to find was lessons in parenting. Her childhood was simple, they were a rather poor family, but her parents taught her trust in the Lord throughout all the trials life through at them. I would encourage every parent to read The Hiding Place. The family teaches simply living ones faith out daily, keeping prayer and God’s Word central in all things will reap a harvest in the lives of your children.
  2. God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew. This year is the 60th anniversary of the founding of Open Doors. God’s Smuggler is the story of how Brother Andrew came to smuggle Bible’s into Communist Europe and how the ministry grew from humble beginnings into the worldwide ministry it is today. Given the significance of this year I thought it a good time to read his biography. Although I am still in the middle of it I am again finding this amazing man’s faith and trust in God inspirational. The testimonies of God’s guidance in his life, and the lives of those involved in his ministry are encouraging and faith building.

For pure pleasure I have also been reading Emma by Jane Austen, this is the 200th anniversary of it being published. Austen is a happy place to delve into, reading her books is like having a cup of tea with a very dear and old friend.

I have also recently finished Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson. I love Sally Clarkson’s books, they also encourage me as a mother, and this is an excellent book not only for parenting but living life intensionally.

For the children we have been reading Alice in Wonderland, this year is the 150th anniversary of it being published (I seem to like reading books with significant anniversaries!).

The Jedi Boy has also been introduced to the Just William books by Richmal Chompton. Think Jeeves and Wooster for children to have an idea of the kind of humour! They have proved a big hit- well written fun and nonsense.

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