To be honest the four to six week recovery time from surgery scared me more than the surgery. Like most busy mothers, I don’t have time to lounge around, or be sick, so this sounded more like a prison sentence than an opportunity.
My children, all young adults, are well capable of running a household, and have proven that beyond a doubt during these last three weeks. They have treated me like a princess, except for the time they threatened me with shackles. Yes, yes, I did have some times of struggling to be quiet and still.
So to keep myself “resting” I pulled up the list of books I’ve wanted to read and used my time to catch up a bit.
How to be Married to Your Best Friend
By Hal and Melanie Young
Fields of the Fatherless by Elaine Cooper
“Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.” Pro 23:10-11 KJV
The title of this book intrigued me, and the well done cover piqued my interest until I just had to purchase it and read it.
Reading historical fiction is a delightful way to learn history, and one we’ve used throughout our homeschool years. This is a book I can highly recommend to homeschool parents for their study of the American Revolution.
Elaine Cooper brings to life this relatively unknown battle of the American Revolution through the eyes of 18 year-old Betsy Russell. Her use of actual people in this fictional account of the battle of works well to bring it to life. She shows how Betsy learns to draw on the strength of her heavenly Father in situations that are far beyond her ability. She learns strength and courage as she faces death and destruction and chooses to obey the Lord rather than her own sinful heart.
Elaine weaves Scripture throughout the book as Betsy recalls the teaching of her Father and their pastor as she faces decisions. She shows her inner struggle in ways that we all can relate to and shows the difficulty she has in turning her heart toward what she knows is right.
This book is well researched and makes you want to go to Boston to see the Russell house and other monuments of this battle. I really appreciated the Afterward and how she tied it all together by differentiating the real from the fictional.
This would be a great family read-aloud.
Beloved Daughter by Alana Terry
This is a very difficult book to read because of the material covered. I know about Christian persecution, but I don’t think I really KNEW about Christian persecution.
Alana doesn’t go into unnecessary gory details, but she does give enough information to make you realize how difficult Chung-Cha’s imprisonment was. I don’t think most of us can really imagine the amount of physical, mental, and emotional damage that can be done to one person.
The phrase that kept coming to mind was, Man’s inhumanity to man. How can we treat other humans this way? It’s really difficult to comprehend.
I recommend this to anyone who wants to understand the current situation for many Christians today! Yes, this is currently going on in many countries today.
Until The Robin Walks on Snow by Bernice Rocque
Back when little lives were still precious this immigrant family goes to great lengths to save the life of their premature baby who weighed a mere 1 ½ pounds at birth.
It’s a heartwarming story of the life and trials of this family in the 1920’s. It is well researched and told in such a way that makes for easy and enjoyable reading.
After reading the details and all the effort put into helping this infant to survive it’s amazing that with all the technology we have today aborting infants larger than this is an ongoing daily fact.
You will find this little book well worth the time spent reading it.
I just finished reading a trilogy by Deborah Heal. The books, Time and Again, Unclaimed Legacy, and Every Hill and Mountain are listed a Young Adult, but I’m far from young, and enjoyed them immensely. Deborah weaves her story into historical facts. The books are well researched and she clearly enjoyed what she was doing since her stories come alive on the pages. I’m hoping she’ll write a fourth book since I really dread leaving her characters.
Of course I’ve been following some of my favorite blogs too, so I’ll share a couple of those articles with you too.
Stress Tears Families Apart – Always Learning
The Six Rules of Communication in Marriage – The Time-Warp Wife
Thank you for your ongoing prayers for healing. We have really appreciated being held in prayer by the family of God during this time.
Finding Joy in the Journey,
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