Back many years ago, books were rare and hard to find. A man who owned a small library was considered rich. We sure are blessed in this day and age. Books are by no means rare. There are so many books out there and everyone has his own opinion whether for good or bad. With so many books on the market, sometimes it’s hard to know where to look to find a really good book. Some of the books I’ve really enjoyed and recommend reading are:
Adam Raccoon series by Glen Keane. I absolutely love this series. Each book is written around a parable or a Scripture verse. (Recommended reading ages are 4-7, though I was older when I heard the series and still loved it.)
- Adam Raccoon and the Circus Master (a rewrite of the prodigal son)
- Adam Raccoon and the Flying Machine (one of my favorites)(Psalm 119:105)
- Adam Raccoon and the King’s Big Dinner (rewrite of Christ’s parable of the wedding feast: Luke 14:23)
- Adam Raccoon and the Mighty Giant (Matthew 24:14)
- Adam Raccoon and the Race to Victory Mountain (Hebrews 12:1,2)
- Adam Raccoon at Forever Falls (salvation allegory. Very well done for children)
- Adam Raccoon in Lost Woods (about following Jesus)
The Chronicles of Narnia. Well-known series by C.S. Lewis (Recommended reading ages 9-12)
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
- The Silver Chair
- The Horse and His Boy
- The Magician’s Nephew
- The Last Battle
Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Helen L. Taylor (It is my opinion that this is better written than the original.)
Darwin’s Black Box by Michael J. Behe. A biochemical challenge to evolution.
More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell. A beginning book on apologetics.
Heidi by Johanna Spyri. Classic tale of the change that a sweet, innocent child brought to the lives of others.
The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers (has also been made into a movie)
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss. In my opinion, Disney did this book much injustice. The book is written about a family of Christian settlers who are shipwrecked and how they survived.
Those Kids in Proverbsville by Elizabeth Rice Handford. Each chapter is a different story that illustrates the truth of a Scripture verse from Proverbs.
The Tombs of Anak by Frank E. Peretti. Archaeologist Dr. Jake Cooper and his children Jay and Lila run into trouble while excavating some ancient ruins.
The Bible Smuggler by Louise A. Vernon. The story of William Tyndale as told by his young apprentice, Collin Hartley.
The Fugitive King by Elizabeth Rice Handford. The story of David of the Bible.
The Martyr of the Catacombs by Accelerated Christian Education. Story of Christians in days of the Roman Empire.
Twice Freed by Patricia M. St. John. The story of Onesimus, the slave Paul wrote about in his epistle to Philemon.
The Ten Commandments Mysteries by Elspeth Campbell Murphy. Each book is written with one of the ten commandments as its theme. Short books written for children.
- The Mystery of the Laughing Cat (“You shall not steal.”)
- The Mystery of the Messed-up Wedding (“You shall not commit adultery.”)
- The Mystery of the Gravestone Riddle (“You shall not murder.”)
- The Mystery of the Carousel Horse (“You shall not covet.”)
- The Mystery of the Vanishing Present (“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”)
- The Mystery of the Silver Dolphin (“You shall not give false testimony.”)
- The Mystery of the Tattletale Parrot (“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.”)
- The Mystery of the Second Map (“You shall have no other gods before me.”)
- The Mystery of the Double Trouble (“Honor your father and mother.”)
- The Mystery of the Silent Idol (“You shall not make for yourself an idol.”)
D.L. Moody by Faith Coxe Bailey. A story about the life of D.L. Moody.
Foxe’s Christian Martyrs of the World by John Foxe. May we never forget those who have suffered in Christ’s name.
God’s Adventurer by Phyllis Thompson. The story of Hudson Taylor, missionary to China.
God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew with John and Elizabeth Sherill. Story of a Bible smuggler to the Iron Curtain.
God’s Tribesman by James and Marti Hefley. The story of Rochunga Pudaite, a tribesman in India who came to Christ.
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherill. This is definitely one of my favorite books. I found Corrie ten Boom’s story both interesting and inspiring. This is the story of a woman who came to understand emit Christ’s love in spite of her life’s circumstances.
Into the Den of Infidels by VOM. I thought this was a very interesting book because it shows how Muslims think and perceive things and how they were brought to Christ.
This Is No Fairy Tale by Dale Tolmasoff. Compares how the Bible might have been written if it were a fairy tale with the truth of what is really written. Meant to show children who Jesus really is: not some fictional character, but God’s Son and our Savior.
Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin. Exposes cults by showing their history and beliefs and comparing them to Scripture.