Issacharian Daughters – ID052

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Monday, 20 August 2007

Dear Girls,

Recommended Reading List

In the previous newsletter Kedesh shared a testimony regarding how she came to choose more edifying reading material. The types of things that I have read have changed as I have matured. When I was a child I read a lot of fiction (Enid Blyton and Milly Molly Mandy). These were children’s stories about animals and toys and pixies and brownies and children and the adventures they had. In my early teens I would scour the library for books, but the pickings were very slim. I ended up reading a lot nonChristian fiction. My parents wisely guided me from books with unedifying content or themes such as divorce or having boyfriends. When I was 15, my parents discovered Christian fiction and gave me the first book in the Russian series by Michael Phillips and Judith Pella. I couldn’t believe there was such a thing as Christian fiction. Reading books which actually showed a character’s spiritual growth and journey in faithfulness was remarkable to me. I was hooked! But as I grew and matured, I began to look for books which were better written and dealt with deeper matters. I began to read classics and at my Dad’s encouragement, histories and biographies. Then in my late teens and early twenties I began to read theology and Christian living books. Books became more to me than entertainment or an enjoyable past-time. They became a source of information, a help in research and an aid to my spiritual growth. I have heard Doug Phillips of Vision Forum say that you are the same person at the end of the year as the beginning of the year apart from the people you meet and the books you read. How true! And how important then to make sure that the books you read are edifying and challenging in the right direction.

Following is a list of books I have really appreciated. None are perfect. They don’t all come from my theological perspective. But they are helpful in many ways. Some are fiction. Some are non-fiction. Some are even simply cookbooks or books about things like oils and vinegars. I read one like this and discovered that it really aided my understanding of those substances and as an added bonus also my ability to prepare delicious meals!

I have a list of categories and you can cross reference the category number with the number before the books to get an idea of what sort of book I’m recommending. These are all good books, but I can’t help but draw your attention to some in particular and so I have bolded some that I think are particularly wonderful.


1 Theology

2 History

3 Child Training

4 Christian living

5 Relationship with God

6 Christian Devotion

7 Worldviews

8 Creation

9 Church History

10 Homemaking

11 Home education

12 Marriage

13 Reconstruction

14 Theonomy

15 Dominion

16 Social commentary

17 Public speaking/conversation

18 Skill Building

19 Logic

20 Wholesome fiction

21 Poetry

22 Bible Commentary/Helps/Aids/Hermeneutics

23 Law

24 Daughterhood

25 Women’s Role/Womanhood

26 Motherhood/Wifehood

27 Man’s Role/Manhood

28 Children’s Books

29 Biography

30 Doctrine

31 Courtship

Recommended Books

1 The Sovereignty of God by A W Pink

1 The Fear of God by John Bunyan

2 Christianity Among the New Zealanders by William Williams

3 The Duties of Parents by J C Ryle

4 Keep Yourself Pure by B Charles Hostetter

4 Looking at Myself Before Loving Another by John Coblentz

4, 5, 6 Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S Whitney

4, 5, 6 Becoming a Woman of Grace by Cynthia Heald

4, 5, 6 Becoming a Woman of Excellence by Cynthia Heald

4, 12 Emotional Purity by Heather Paulsen

1, 5 The Attributes of God by A W Pink

5 Journeys of Faithfulness by Sarah Clarkson

5 Gift Wrapped by God by Linda Dillow (for you or your friends who have compromised in the area of physical purity).

6 How God Wants Us to Worship Him by Dr Joe Morecraft, III

7 Understanding the Times by Dr David Noebel

7 How to Be Your Own Selfish Pig by Susan Schaeffer Macauley

8 Refuting Evolution volumes I and II by Jonathan Sarfati

8 Evolution: a Theory in Crisis by Michael Denton (recommended by my father and brother)

9 The Genius of Puritanism by Peter Lewis

3, 10, 12 Home-Making by J R Miller

10 The Hidden Art of Home-Making by Edith Schaeffer (my sister Charmagne recommends this)

10 Intimate Home published by Victoria Magazine

10 Disciplines of the Home by Anne Ortlund

10 Chicken Cookbook by R & R Publications

10 What’s Cooking? published by Tormont

10 Oils and Vinegars by Karen Farrington and published by Carlton

10 Bread by Ingram and Shapter

10 Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots by Lovejoy

10 The Family Meal Table and Hospitality by Nancy Campbell

10 Bedrooms by Victoria Magazine

10, 18 Romantic Touches by Victoria Magazine

11 When You Rise Up by R C Sproul Jr

11 Safely Home by Tom Eldredge

12 Creating a Beautiful Wedding published by Victoria Magazine

12 Me? Obey Him? by Elizabeth Rice Handford

12 Preparing for Marriage by Dr Wayne Mack

12 Reforming Marriage by Douglas Wilson

13, 15 Outside Hollywood by Isaac Botkin

16 The New Maori Myth by Michael Drake

16 Fear and Fallacy by Michael Drake

16 The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto

16 Discussions of Robert Lewis Dabney

17, 18 From Playpen to Podium by Jeff Myers

17, 18 Ethel Cotton’s Course in Conversation

18 Scope English, Grammar and Composition, Level four

18 How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler

19 The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn

19 The Thinking Toolbox by Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn

16, 20 Animal Farm by George Orwell

16, 20 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

20 He Fell In Love With His Wife by Rev Roe

20 The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (your brothers will enjoy this too!)

20 The Adventures of David Simple by Sarah Fielding

20 The Following of the Star by Florence Barclay

20 Mother by Kathleen Norris

20 Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz (with caution. Does have romantic sub-plot so may be better for those 18+)

20 The Twenty-Fourth of June by Grace Richmond

20 Robinson Crusoe by Daniel DeFoe

20 Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (book and movie)

20 North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (book and movie)

20 Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

20 The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott

20 John Halifax, Gentleman by Mrs Craik

20 The Pocket Measure by Pansy

20 Moby Dick or The White Whale by Herman Melville

20 Aunt Jane’s Hero by Elizabeth Prentiss

20 Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss

20 The Lamplighter by M S Cummins (my sister Charmagne recommends this)

20, 21 The Family Friend (pre 1900)

20, 21 The Sunday at Home (pre 1900)

20, 21 Mother, Home and Heaven

22 The Chronology of the Old Testament by Floyd Jones

22 The Practical Works of Richard Baxter

22 Understand by Walter A Henrichson

2, 22 The TimeChart History of the World based on Bishop Ussher’s chronology.

6, 22 Topical Memory System put out by NavPress

1, 22, 23 Institutes of Biblical Law by R J Rushdoony

23 Understanding Commercial Law by Gerbic and Lawrence

3, 24 Raising Maidens of Virtue by Stacy McDonald

24 In My Father’s House by Tamara and Naomi Valine

12, 24, 25 More Than a Hope Chest by Amber Dawn Moeller

16, 24 So Much More by Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin

24 Beautiful Girlhood by Mabel Hale

24, 25 Handmaidens of the Lord by Crystal Paine

25 Let Me Be a Woman by Elizabeth Elliot

25 How to Be a Lady by Harvey Newcomb

21, 25 Verses of Virtue edited by Bealle Phillips

10, 15, 25 Bound for Glory by R C Sproul Jr

25 Disciplines of a Beautiful Woman by Anne Ortlund

25 Becoming a Titus 2 Woman by Martha Peace

26 Praise Her in the Gates by Nancy Wilson

10, 16, 25, 26 The Way Home by Mary Pride

10, 16, 25, 26 All The Way Home by Mary Pride

12, 24, 25, 26 As Unto the Lord: a Tool for Wives Who Want to Glorify God by Pam Forster

12, 24, 25, 26 Domestical Duties by William Gouge

27 The Mark of a Man by Elizabeth Elliot

27 Federal Husband by Douglas Wilson

28 Bless the Lord by Johanna Bluedorn

28 The Lord Builds the House by Johanna Bluedorn

28 The Princess and the Kiss by Jennie Bishop

28 The Squire and the Scroll by Jennie Bishop

29 God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew

29 The Autobiography of George Muller

29 The Genius of Puritanism by Peter Lewis

29 Free! by Rita Nightingale

29 Captain My Captain by Deborah Meroff

29 Joni by Joni Eareckson

29 Coronation of Glory by Deborah Meroff

29 Foxes Book of Martyrs

30 The Christian View of War by Lorraine Boettner

30 The Reformed Faith by Lorraine Boettner

30 William the Baptist by James M Chaney

30 A Summary of Christian Doctrine by Louis Berkhoff

30 Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards

30 The Shorter Catechism by G I Williamson

31 Jeff McLean: His Courtship by Mr and Mrs Stephen B Castleberry

31 The Courtship of Sarah McLean by Mr and Mrs Stephen B Castleberry

31 Waiting for Her Isaac by Mr and Mrs Stephen B Castleberry

31 Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris

31 I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris

31 His Perfect Faithfulness by Eric and Leslie Ludy

31 Of Knights and Fair Maidens by Jeff and Danielle Myers

31 Her Hand in Marriage by Douglas Wilson

31 The Art of Choosing Your Love by Pastor Jim West

31 Christian Courtship vs the Dating Game by Pastor Jim West

There are so many good books out there. Every day I’m reading more and more. This is quite an incomplete list. I would like to invite all of you Issacharian Daughters and all mothers who receive this newsletter to email me your book recommendations. You can even use my category numbers to describe what sort of a book it is that you are recommending. Or you can simply email me a list of titles and authors. It may be possible for me to compile these and email them out in a future newsletter.

Although I have tried to limit the books I have included on this list to those which truly are edifying or instructive in some way, my memory of the content may have failed me in some instances, and what I find helpful may not fit within what your parents would want you to read. So may I recommend that prior to reading or acquiring any of these books yourself that you read a description of these books online or have your parents look them over to ensure that they are happy with you reading these.

While we might not live this way, I think many of us will be able to empathise with this sentiment!

When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes. ~ Desiderius Erasmus

For the Greater Glory of God through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,

Genevieve Smith

Issacharian Daughter

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