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Title: Reading Ideas?
Post by: reaching4heaven on July 22, 2008, 11:33:51 AM
We like to read aloud in our household. The last book we read aloud on 2 Sabbath afternoons when it was too hot to go anywhere or do much besides sit & swelter was A Brand From the Burning by Alcyon Ruth Fleck(1960, Pacific Press). It was about a Catholic Priests conversion to Christianity. I just realized that the book I just finished reading was also by the same author Child of the Crossfire, (1999, R&H). Although a true story, interesting & an eye-opener of what evil is capable of, I wouldn't want to make it one of our read-aloud books because it dwelt more on the afflictions the boy experienced during a time of war than on scripture & his conversion.

I've really enjoyed going through our churches library and reading the old missionary stories. We've read several by Josephine Cunnington Edwards (I've assumed they were true?). We like to have books that are true missionary or personal conversion experiences so there is plenty of scripture or character building material to dwell on.

Reading through the last catalog from the ABC I couldn't tell which stories were true and which were fiction. Has anyone read anything lately that they could recommend? (One of the listeners is a 7 year old child.)

We read A Thousand Shall Fall several years ago when it 1st came out and I remember it was excellent...but it took place in a war & I don't remember if it would be appropriate for a child to hear. Has anyone read it recently that could tell me?

Title: Re: Reading Ideas?
Post by: Raven on July 22, 2008, 12:30:19 PM
We like to read aloud in our household. The last book we read aloud on 2 Sabbath afternoons when it was too hot to go anywhere or do much besides sit & swelter was A Brand From the Burning by Alcyon Ruth Fleck(1960, Pacific Press). It was about a Catholic Priests conversion to Christianity. I just realized that the book I just finished reading was also by the same author Child of the Crossfire, (1999, R&H). Although a true story, interesting & an eye-opener of what evil is capable of, I wouldn't want to make it one of our read-aloud books because it dwelt more on the afflictions the boy experienced during a time of war than on scripture & his conversion.

I've really enjoyed going through our churches library and reading the old missionary stories. We've read several by Josephine Cunnington Edwards (I've assumed they were true?). We like to have books that are true missionary or personal conversion experiences so there is plenty of scripture or character building material to dwell on.

Reading through the last catalog from the ABC I couldn't tell which stories were true and which were fiction. Has anyone read anything lately that they could recommend? (One of the listeners is a 7 year old child.)

We read A Thousand Shall Fall several years ago when it 1st came out and I remember it was excellent...but it took place in a war & I don't remember if it would be appropriate for a child to hear. Has anyone read it recently that could tell me?



TEACH Services has a lot of the good old missonary books which are wonderful for children on a Sabbath afternoon--or any other time.

I don't remember A Thousand Shall Fall being full of gory stuff, but it's been a few years since I read it.  I should ask my daughter; she read it not long ago.
Title: Re: Reading Ideas?
Post by: Dora on July 22, 2008, 07:55:38 PM
Yes, "A Thousand Shall Fall" is a very inspiring book, and I have read it recently.  No, I, personally would not recommend it for a younger child, it could be pretty traumatic for a child who is not exposed to the everyday "horrors" on TV.

Have you tried our SDA Lost N' Found Books? I buy quite a bit from there.  The book "Uncle Uriah and Tad" by Eileen Lantry, I believe, is a very good book, and I believe it is true.  It gives a lot of facts about Battle Creek, the Review, etc. interwoven with the story.  "Lydia, Seller of Purple," is good.  And, I bought a new one this year at campmeeting by Paul B. Ricchiuti, "Four Boys in the White House."  It is very interesting, well written, yet factual, according to other accounts I have read of Ellen and James' sons.

All of Josephine C. Edwards books I have read have been good ones, and I like any of Eric Hare's books.  If you have not checked out L 'N Found, you should.  You can browse through categories there and find just about anything you need.
Title: Re: Reading Ideas?
Post by: lily-of-the-field on July 23, 2008, 06:06:00 AM
Hi Reaching.  "A Thousand Shall Fall" is an excellent book, but it's a few years since I borrowed it to read.  From memory it's probably one I would read to my children if I had it.  At the moment I am reading at bedtime to my children a book called, "Lightkeepers:Ten Girls Who Didn't Give In."  We've only read about the first three - Perpetua and Blandina (early Christian martyrs) and Lady Jane Grey.  Very inspiring.  I'm going to buy the whole Lighthouse series.  "A Burn From the Branding" I read years ago, haven't read "Child of the Crossfire".  You might like "Mary Jones And Her Bible."  We don't have a church library so I have to buy our books...and we end up with a library : )
Title: Re: Reading Ideas?
Post by: Jim on July 23, 2008, 06:36:36 AM
You also might think of acquiring a copy of Sabbath Readings for the Home Circle. It's a collection of stories that Mrs. White collected. It's geared towards kids but I still love the stories. My favorite story in the book is called "Herrings for Nothing"

It is out of print but you can find it at most used Adventist books websites.
Title: Re: Reading Ideas?
Post by: Raven on July 23, 2008, 05:04:56 PM
Another thought occurred to me:  Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories.  There are many good stories for children in those books, and although they are from a different era, they still teach good Christian morals.  I know my kids enjoyed them when they were younger.
Title: Re: Reading Ideas?
Post by: adventmom2_4 on July 24, 2008, 01:42:28 PM
Another thought occurred to me:  Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories.  There are many good stories for children in those books, and although they are from a different era, they still teach good Christian morals.  I know my kids enjoyed them when they were younger.

My kids all love, love, love Uncle Arthur :-D  All three like to pick out stories and then want to all pick out stories again if I'd let them.  They also really enjoyed the Sam Campbell series.  Jungle Thorn is a favorite missionary story and we also liked These Fords Still Run which we came across in a church library.  I know their are more but they are not coming to mind right now.
Title: Re: Reading Ideas?
Post by: Raven on July 25, 2008, 05:21:51 AM
My kids all love, love, love Uncle Arthur :-D  All three like to pick out stories and then want to all pick out stories again if I'd let them.  They also really enjoyed the Sam Campbell series.  Jungle Thorn is a favorite missionary story and we also liked These Fords Still Run which we came across in a church library.  I know their are more but they are not coming to mind right now.

Yes, the Sam Campbell series is excellent.  My grandparents read them to me, and we've read them to our kids.  Hard to find that kind of literature anymore.  Seems like most of the best stuff is at least 50 years old.
Title: Re: Reading Ideas?
Post by: reaching4heaven on July 25, 2008, 08:13:59 AM
Yes, the Sam Campbell series is excellent.  My grandparents read them to me, and we've read them to our kids.  Hard to find that kind of literature anymore.  Seems like most of the best stuff is at least 50 years old.

Yes, the Sam Campbell books are excellent! I started reading through them with our son this past winter on week days. Parents should replace their child's Harry Potter books with these. I wish my parents had been more reasonable with the books I was allowed to read...it would have saved much grief in later years.

Thank you all for the suggestions, there have been many good ones. If you remember more titles let me know!
Title: Re: Reading Ideas?
Post by: Dalfie on July 25, 2008, 09:35:37 AM
I grew up on the stories that are now printed in "A Thousand Shall Fall", and I have had no scarring a a result. (what gave me nightmares was some Jack Chick publications I got a hold of).

I love the old out of print missionary stories. Favorites: Missionaries Don't Cry, The Little Missionary Truck That Could Do Anything, Dookie Sookie and Big Mo, Singer on the Sand, Nyla and the White Crocodile, Spotted Boy and the Comanches (not as spiritual).

I also adored ALL of Sam Campbell's books, Eric B. Hare's books, and the Really Truly Stories books that I happened to have.
Title: Re: Reading Ideas?
Post by: reaching4heaven on July 25, 2008, 09:48:40 AM
I grew up on the stories that are now printed in "A Thousand Shall Fall", and I have had no scarring a a result. (what gave me nightmares was some Jack Chick publications I got a hold of).

I love the old out of print missionary stories. Favorites: Missionaries Don't Cry, The Little Missionary Truck That Could Do Anything, Dookie Sookie and Big Mo, Singer on the Sand, Nyla and the White Crocodile, Spotted Boy and the Comanches (not as spiritual).

I also adored ... Eric B. Hare's books ...

We're reading through Eric B. Hare's Make God First children's devotional and I've often thought there must be complete books these stories have come from. I'll look for them for sure. It does seem the old missionary books have better stories than many of the newer books I've read. I've been digging books out of the church's storage area more than it's new library.  :| After we're done with them I tell others and put them in the new library section.  :wink: Others are checking them out again.  :-)

A bit off topic...just who is this Jack Chick person anyway? A SDA? I came across his publications long ago and after a brief thumbing-through put them out of the house. Every now and then I hear about him again. I'm not curious enough to read his stuff, just want to know what he's about..?
Title: Re: Reading Ideas?
Post by: Dalfie on July 25, 2008, 09:56:57 AM
Here's a listing of Hare's books...  http://www.bookfinder.com/author/eric-b-hare/

There are quite a few of them, and some are very thick....


Jack Chick is not Adventist.  http://www.chick.com/reading/?wpc=reading/default.asp  He has some good info on the history of the inquisition, etc. However, fairly graphic descriptions of ritual sacrifices etc. are really hard on young minds.
Title: Re: Reading Ideas?
Post by: Raven on July 25, 2008, 03:46:48 PM
I grew up on the stories that are now printed in "A Thousand Shall Fall", and I have had no scarring a a result. (what gave me nightmares was some Jack Chick publications I got a hold of).

I love the old out of print missionary stories. Favorites: Missionaries Don't Cry, The Little Missionary Truck That Could Do Anything, Dookie Sookie and Big Mo, Singer on the Sand, Nyla and the White Crocodile, Spotted Boy and the Comanches (not as spiritual).

I also adored ALL of Sam Campbell's books, Eric B. Hare's books, and the Really Truly Stories books that I happened to have.

Some of those "out of print' books are available from TEACH Services.  They've been reprinted.
Title: Re: Reading Ideas?
Post by: CONCRETE on July 25, 2008, 04:00:24 PM
Some ABC's take old books on trade. It may be helpful to ask if they have any in the back.
Title: Re: Reading Ideas?
Post by: colporteur on July 25, 2008, 06:05:31 PM
"Leaves of Autumn" carries alot of used books. I don't have their address anymore but they may have a web site. I quit carrying there catalog years ago. While they carry many good old SDA books they were also advertizing books like Blackbeard's Ghost and other novels. When I quized them on it they got real hot and raked me good so I backed away. You may find what you are looking for there.