What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Monday, May 07, 2012

30 books


A few favorite reads, despite the fact that picking just a few is as painful as pulling off my fingernails one by horrible one.

On Education:

* Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
* A Different Kind of Teacher by John Taylor Gatto
* For the Children's Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
* Home Education by Charlotte Mason

For Pleasure:

Little House in the Ozarks: A collection of rediscovered writings by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression

Kildee House by Rutherford Montgomery
* The Terrestria Chronicles by Ed Dunlop (I would be remiss not to include Corynn's most favorite book series EVER. She adores these allegorical tales!)
* Understood Betsy by Dorothy Fisher
* Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris (a must read for pre-teens/teenagers)
* Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan

Great Read-Alouds:

Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D. Wyss

For Encouraging Womanly Pursuits:

 * My Life for Yours by Doug Wilson
Home-making by J.R.Miller
* Christian Living in the Home by Jay Adams
* Keeping House:  The Litany of Everyday Life by Margaret Kim Peterson
* The Duties of Parents by J.C.Ryle

For the Hobbyist:

* Embroidery Companion by Alicia Paulson
* FOXFIRE books (yes, all of them.)
* AUSTENtatious Crochet by Melissa Horozewski
* Back to Basics by Readers Digest

* Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family

These are just a very, very few of my favorites.  It is sad to think of all the favorites I didn't write down.

Any favorites you'd like to share?  
I'd love to add some new inspiration to my list of Must-Reads!


Catie said...

Oooh! Thanks! I LOVE book lists! I've been working on my own list for my blog. I'll have to check a few of these out.

Are you on Goodreads? That's a great way to find new reading material. :)

I have a bajillion favorites but here are a few--Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and The Princess Bride by William Goldman.

Cathy said...

A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken, but only if you can handle crying over the sad parts.

Bobbi Anderson said...

I Love all Francine Rivers, and im currently reading Shepherding a Child's heart. Good!

thanks for the home-school portion... ill be ordering some of those! YEAH!

Davene Grace said...

Understood Betsy - yes! Fantastic book that I've loved since I was a child and still love to this day!

Another of my favorites is A Lantern in Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich. Same Kind of Different as Me was good, too.

It's so hard to stop when thinking of books I've loved!!! :)

Davene Grace said...

OK, I CAN'T stop... :)

For poetry, Sleeping Preacher by Julia Kasdorf.

In Christian fiction, Safely Home by Randy Alcorn. Way deeper than most Christian fiction.

Have you read anything by Philip Gulley, the Quaker minister? I enjoy his books.

I'll try to really stop this time... ;-)

Father's Grace Ministries said...

We are currently loving the original Elsie Dinsmore series- just finished book3,LOVE Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St John, and also Saved at Sea by O.F.Walton,AND I love The Dairyman's Daughter by Legh Richmond.

Mari said...

All 8 books in the Anne of Green Gables series and To Kill a Mockingbird are the first that jump to mind. I love listening to mystery/spy writers on CD, such as James Patterson and John Higgins. Anything by Nelson Demille that features John Corey and his wife are great, too.

On the non-fiction side, I'm currently reading "Be Thrifty, not cheap" and It's All Too Much, an organization book that deals with the mind before it deals with the stuff. My daughter is FINALLY impressed with The Tightwad Gazette because it has a recipe for homemade condensed milk, one of her new favorite "foods".

Kaylee Hicks said...

I love the Elsie Dinsmore series especially for young girls.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham.
At the Back of the North Wind & Lilith by George MacDonald.

...they call me mommy... said...

Can't wait to check some of these out! I have some of our favorites listed at the old blog and I'm also on Goodreads with like almost 300 books I want to read! ;)

A couple favorites with the children (especially Annie) lately were Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat!

...they call me mommy... said...

I can't wait to check out the Terrestria Series!!! Sounds awesome! :)

aeolian said...

Ooh! "A Lantern in Her Hand" is a great one. And "A Severe Mercy" is one of the best books I've ever read, although it IS a tear-jerker. I've read it several times and I cry every time.

And I LOVE the Herriot books! Those are the best. :D

Do you like Dickens at all? One of my absolute favorite books by him is "Our Mutual Friend." Not sure how easy it'd be to read with kiddos though.

Also, a non-fiction book that my husband and I have been working through that we find excellent is "Radical" by David Platt. Very convicting, but very good.

Leah T. said...

So many favorites! I can't wait to check out some of the books you mentioned that I haven't read yet. :)

The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook, The Knitter's Book of Wool and Start Spinning are all great for learning about sheep, wool, and spinning.

I love all my bread baking books by Peter Reinhart.

So many of the fiction books you mentioned are on my favorites list, too! A few others are The Family Under the Bridge, the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, The Ox-cart Man, ...

Homeschooling books we love are our Island Story (the history of Great Britian), This Country of Ours (the history of America), Trial & Triumph ( the history of Christianity), The Handbook of Nature Study, ...