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Broken on the Back Row: A Journey Through Grace and Forgiveness
3.95
I read this book because I was angry. Sandi Patty was my first exposure to Christian music outside of church, and I was captivated by the contemporary...more
Jan 2005
May 08, 2008
 
George Whitefield: Voice That Woke the World
3.50
This is a tricky review. The story of George Whitefield is interesting and inspiring, and it is a joy to share it with our children.

However, the writ...more
May 02, 2014
Apr 26, 2014
 
Cereal Tycoon: Harry Parsons Crowell Founder of the Quaker Oats Co.
3.61
This would be a great book for a business graduate, or anyone interested in business. It tells the story of Henry Parsons Crowell, a man who was gifte...more
Jun 03, 2008
Jun 03, 2008
 
Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
4.06
An easier read than I expected, the cold, hard, truth is told in this biography without sensation. Documenting the struggles of his (South) Korean fam...more
Mar 31, 2008
Mar 22, 2008
 
Leaving Cold Sassy: The Unfinished Sequel to Cold Sassy Tree
3.12
This book is half fiction, half biography.

The fiction consists of the unfinished sequel that Olive Ann Burns wrote, but was unable to finish before he...more
Jun 20, 2008
Jun 03, 2008
 
John Owen (Christian Biographies for Young Readers)
4.36
A biography for children and adults that provides a single sitting overview of Puritan, John Owen. This is another excellent installment in Carr's ser...more
Feb 2013
Oct 04, 2012
 
Polycarp of Smyrna (Heroes of the Faith)
4.00
There isn't a lot for kids on church fathers, so I was excited to incorporate this series "Heroes of the Faith" into our year on church history. The i...more
Sep 09, 2012
Aug 27, 2012
 
Anselm of Canterbury
4.73
I have to admit, I opened this book to read it with a bit of trepidation. I love the "Christian Biographies for Young Readers" series and recommend it...more
Oct 18, 2013
Oct 18, 2013
 
William Carey: Bearer of Good News (Heroes for Young Readers)
3.50
Earlier in our studies of church history, we read the wonderful work of Simonetta Carr in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers Series. It has r...more
Mar 12, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
 
David Livingstone
3.93
I read this book because I was sick and needed to focus my addled mind for the day. Since I was unable to accomplish anything else, a biography writte...more
Mar 27, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
 
Fine Print
3.44
How do we know about people who lived long ago? The author walks students through challenges of documenting the lives of those who lived long ago.

Star...more
Nov 11, 2013
Nov 11, 2013
 
Sarah Morton's Day: A Day In The Life Of A Pilgrim Girl
3.83
Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy
Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl
Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in...more
not set
Nov 27, 2013
 
Foxe's Book of Martyrs
4.19
Some day, I really will finish this book. Really, I will. I think i've started it 3, maybe 4, times. I think the caustic combination for me is the anc...more
not set
Apr 12, 2008
 
William Bradford: Pilgrim Boy
3.84
The first chapters are encumbered by a belabored comparison of the Bradford family's shepherding to the Good Shepherd, Jesus, and this cost the book a...more
Nov 2013
Dec 09, 2013
 
Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy
3.82
Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy
Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl
Tapenum's Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in...more
Nov 29, 2013
Nov 27, 2013
 
Tales of Persia: Missionary Stories from Islamic Iran
3.91
Have you ever read James Herriot's Treasury for Children? "Tales from Persia" by William McElwee Miller reminded me of Herriot's wholesome, simple, so...more
May 17, 2014
May 13, 2014
 
Not in Front of the Corgis: Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Curtains
3.06
This is a somewhat enlightening, discreet coverage of the Royal Family. That has three failings:

1) The subtitle: "Secrets of Life Behind the Royal Cur...more
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 24, 2013
 
Alabaster Doves: True Stories of Women Whose Lives Were Characterized by Strength and Gentleness
3.80
It's hard to be a Christian feminist. How do you elevate woman to a satisfying place of irreproachable significance without diminishing or destroying...more
not set
Mar 27, 2013
 
The Story of the Orchestra: Listen While You Learn About the Instruments, the Music and the Composers Who Wrote the Music!
4.28
This book has great ideas that are hobbled by inconsistent execution. There is too much to learn for one go at it, so we covered on chapter a day.

We a...more
Apr 23, 2014
Apr 11, 2014
 
Michelangelo
4.13
I am increasingly impressed with Diane Stanley's contribution to elementary biography. Even older, junior high students, parents and grandparents will...more
Nov 2013
Nov 21, 2013
 
Ignatius Of Antioch: The Man who Faced Lions
3.67
There isn't a lot for kids on church fathers, so I was excited to incorporate this series "Heroes of the Faith" into our year on church history. The i...more
Sep 2012
Aug 27, 2012
 
Catching Their Talk in a Box: The Life Story of Joy Ridderhof
3.19
Friend said, "I don't like the name, Joy. Every girl or woman I have ever known with the name Joy has been a bitter, caustic, angry person." Friend ha...more
not set
May 23, 2011
 
There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Her Country's Children
4.30
I was sad to finish this book. If we ever do adopt from Ethiopia, which is a growing dream of mine:
1) I want to purchase a copy of this book for each...more
Jan 09, 2009
May 09, 2008
 
Lady Jane Grey
4.06
This is the story of a young woman, caught up in turbulent times. She seeks to obey the LORD, yet her life ends at a tender age. Her story illuminates...more
Jan 16, 2013
Oct 04, 2012
 
Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy
3.68
An excellent addition to Civil War reading, Elizabeth Varon has not only documented the life of Elizabeth Van Lew, she has given us deep insight into...more
Nov 09, 2008
Oct 03, 2008
 
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
4.05
A brilliant treatment of Luther that doesn't settle for simple caricature, but examines the complexities of this famous man from childhood to death.

Wh...more
Jan 2014
May 15, 2008
 
The English Governess at the Siamese Court: The True Story Behind 'The King and I'
3.33
I read this book a few years ago. I enjoyed it, though i had some reservations about it's accuracy. It is a well written memoir, but such work is only...more
not set
May 25, 2008
 
Famous Men of the Middle Ages
3.35
33 biographies sketch significant characters from the stream of European history during the Middle Ages. Some people are not Europeans, but impacted E...more
Nov 06, 2013
Sep 07, 2013
 
There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
4.23
It's hard to say you 'really liked' a book that covers such deep suffering and conflict. This is the story of two boys and their mother, stuck in the...more
Oct 15, 2008
Oct 08, 2008
 
Trial and Triumph
4.14
In one volume, Hannula provides 46 biographies, arranged in chronological order and separated out by time period sections, that average 6 pages in len...more
Jul 2012
May 21, 2012
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