Books. I can’t seem to get enough of them. As a little girl, I raided the library on a regular basis, often getting frustrated that I had reached my max of checking out books (don’t worry, Mama was pretty nice about letting me use her card, too). I devoured those treasures like I was starving. Occasionally I encountered a book with something inappropriate in it. If that happened, I would set it back in my book bag and commence on another choice. My parents wisely taught me the importance of not just reading books, but reading good books. They instilled in me that every book that is good must have some of the following aspects: character, spiritual “food”, strong morals, a meaningful plot, faith, knowledge, encouragement, clean humor, lessons, inspiration, and many more aspects. Granted, not every book has all of those aspects, but each volume must have some of those, or it is entirely lacking and not worthwhile.
Now, over a decade later, my love of books certainly hasn’t waned; if anything, it’s gotten stronger. The Lord even gave me the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream of working in a local library. As I sat behind the desk, shelved, and talked with families, I was shocked to see what little seven and eight year olds were digesting via their reading material. I couldn’t imagine allowing a sibling or friend to read such vulgar things!
So, if you’re like me, you're always on the lookout for a book worth reading - a book that is wholesome and pure. And nowadays they can seem pretty scarce, but let me assure you, they definitely aren’t obsolete! Below are some of my recommendations for good reading. The ones in bold would be especially fun as a read-aloud with siblings or friends.
1. A Chance To Die by Elisabeth Elliot
2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
3. Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
4. Girl Talk by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Mahaney Whitacre
5. Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
6. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
7. The Lost Art of True Beauty by Leslie Ludy
8. Sister Freaks ed. by Rebecca St. James
9. Trevor’s Song by T.A. Beam
10. Violet's Hidden Doubts by Mission City Press
Now go do some wholesome reading and enjoy a good book!