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Top 10 Books from 2017

Top 10 Books from 2017

This list is a little late, I know, but it's just in time to help you find the perfect read to take along on your summer vacation. These books are listed in the order I read them, not in the order of affection.


1.      Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine. Nonfiction. This book is full of good advice about developing routines, writing down your priorities, pursuing the things that matter to you, meal planning, budgeting, and managing a household.


2.      Endurance by Alfred Lansing. Nonfiction. The breathtaking tale of Ernest Shackleton's failed Antarctic adventure. Shackleton’s boat was crushed by shifting ice, and he and his men were left to survive the harsh elements with whatever provisions they could salvage.


3.      Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. Nonfiction. Katherine spent several years following people who lived in the slums of Mumbai, one of India's major cities. She reports as accurately as possible life, death, hope, sorrows, corruption, and opportunities of the people there. Note: There is some crude language, and it openly discusses things such as prostitution.


4.      The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery. Fiction. Old Maid Valancy discovers she doesn't have long to live so decides to throw off restrictions and traditions and really live (I didn't care for this part where she was being rebellious). Her whole outlook and demeanor radically change, and she finds the adventure of her life.


5.      These Strange Ashes by Elisabeth Elliot. Nonfiction. I love Mrs. Elliot for her ability to tell a story while delivering rich insights and wisdom. In this book she shares her story of her first year as a missionary to Ecuador. Any missionary will be able to identify with some of the thoughts and emotions expressed.


6.      With All Due Respect by Ronald G. Morrish. Nonfiction. Written especially for teachers, there is lots to apply to parenting. His premise is that discipline should be mostly positive. Children need to be trained how to handle situations so they respond correctly rather than just punishing them for not doing it the right way when they might not know what the right way is. He also discourages using phrases like, “Clean up the toys or you’ll get a spanking.” Obedience is not an option.


7.      The Cay by Theodore Taylor. Middle-grade fiction. Philip and his mother are escaping from the Caribbean island where they've been living when their ship is attacked by German submarines. Philip ends up in a raft with an old island resident, Timothy, who teaches him how to survive against the odds.


8.      Animal Vegetable Miracle - a year of food life by Barbara Kingsolver. Nonfiction. For one year this family tried to eat only local food. They had a huge garden and some chickens and shopped at the farmers market often. Her superb writing style made reading it a treat.


9.      The Tech-Wise Family - everyday steps for putting technology in its proper place by Andy Crouch. Nonfiction. Excellent suggestions and aspirations for dealing with technology. This book inspired Davy and I to go on a tech fast. I appreciated Mr. Crouch’s emphasis on developing wisdom and courage.


10.  Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley. Fiction. A short, delightful classic. An old spinster buys a book-peddling cart and ends up with much more than she bargained for.

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