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Review: The 40 Most Influential Christians by Daryl Aaron

For over 20 centuries, Christian thinkers have been struggling to understand the meaning of the Bible and its relationship to life.  Yes, the message of the Bible is simple.  As Karl Barth, one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century summed up, the Christian faith is simply this:  “Jesus loves me, this I […]

Review: Safe as Houses by Eric Walters

I often wonder, when I get a new library book by an author I do not know well, which of my kids can read it.  Miss 13 read this one—a quick skim showed me it was fine for her—but when I asked her if it was alright for her little sister, she was not sure. […]

Review: Daisies are Forever by Liz Tolsma

Twenty-year-old Gisela Cramer, an American, is living in a nightmare.  In 1945, as the Third Reich is crumbling, Prussian Germans are fleeing west, always west, to escape the cruelty of the invading Russians.  Gisela is among them, taking along her cousin’s two daughters, her Opa’s best friend, two senile sisters, a disguised British POW, and her own anguished memories of a […]

Review: Henry Hudson by Ronald Syme

What a moving biography Syme has written of the tragic explorer Henry Hudson!  This story for middle school children, the best I have read about Hudson, is unusual for this age range.  Very few children’s biographies attempt to present a person’s complex character in the way Syme did in this book.  For that reason, Henry […]

Review: The Pelican Bride by Beth White

It is 1704 and Genevieve Gaillain, fleeing horrors in France, steps out of the frigate Pelican at the new Louisiana colony and straight into the arms of Tristan Lanier.  Actually, she steps into water over her head and Tristan, a widower, rescues her from drowning by carrying her to shore like a sack of potatoes.  […]

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