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A Cry From the Streets

30 Nov

A Cry from the Steets was written by Jeanette Lukasse and published by YWAM Publishing in 2002.  It is a part of their International Adventure series.
Here are some paragraphs from the back of the book:  In the dark world of the Brazilian streets, children, toddlers and teenagers search trash cans for food, steal knives to protect themselves at night, and live in fear of being beaten or even killed by the police. For these desperately needy children, nothing was free – until they encountered the love of Jesus through the compassion of Jeannette and Johan Lukasse.
When this young Dutch couple asked God if He could use them to do something about the immense suffering they saw in the world, He led them on a winding path from their home in the Netherlands to the coast of Greece and eventually to the streets of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Their calling was clear: millions of orphaned and abandoned children were living and dying on the streets, caught in the deadly grip of drugs, violence, prostitution, and abuse.
What followed the Lukasses’ step of faith is a stunning example of how God miraculously uses the surrendered lives of believers to transform the lives of others with His hope and healing.
Although I didn’t agree with everything in the book, I enjoyed reading about the work that God performed for the street children in Brazil.  It was heartrending as well as inspiring at times.

Vera The King’s Daughter

24 Nov

From the trauma of childhood abuse to a crippling accident to years of dispair and loneliness, Vera’s early life was a miserable existence indeed.  The story of her journey from despair to faith is an inspiring monument to God’s faithfulness and and love.  You will marvel at Vera’s stories of miraculous feedings, supernatural protection, and amazing provision.  Her irrepressible joy, even in suffering and abject poverty, makes this unlikely princess a credit to her Father and an inspiration to all who will meet her through the pages of this book.  –from the back of the book

I was blessed and inspired by reading Vera The King’s Daughter. It is definately worth your time to read.  It is interesting and captivating.  I read most of it on a Sunday afternoon; I just couldn’t put it down.  This book was written by Harvey Yoder and published by TGS International in 2011.

One paragraph which really stood out to me is as follows:  ” “I’m just a crippled princess in her castle, serving her Master.  I’m doing what any rescued and restored servant would do for the One who brought hope and peace to a sad and neglected life.  Whatever little things I can do for God are only a small token of my eternal thankfulness and love for Him.”  With a smile that lit up her entire face, and with eyes that were filled with life, Vera constatly radiated a depth of character that came from hours with the Master.  ”

This book is not in my library yet.  My friend Rachel sent me a box of her books when she found out I was sick. So this is one of those I have on loan right now.  I guess most people who know me, know I love to read! 🙂

Take my Hands

1 Oct

Take my Hands, the remarkable story of Dr. Mary Verghese

This book tells the inspiring true story of Dr. Mary Verghese, a lady doctor from South India. She overcame many obstacles in order to get her medical education. After an accident that left her paralyzed and unable to walk, she overcame this devastating handicap and became a successful surgeon, performing many hand and face operations from her wheelchair.

I enjoy reading about doctors and others in the medical profession, but this book was especially interesting as it is from a Christian perspective.  We found it in our public library system, but it and Dorothy Clarke Wilson’s other books are available on amazon.com. This book about Mary, published in 1963, is very interesting and is written in a way that really keeps the reader’s attention.

No Longer a Slumdog

22 Aug

No Longer a Slumdog is a book written by K.P. Yohannan.Free Book - No Longer a SlumdogIn this book K.P. Yohannan tells the story of the poor children from India. He describes how the Bridge of Hope organization helps the children to learn about Jesus and find hope for their lives.

From http://www.nolongeraslumdog.com/ :

“Asia’s Children Tell Their
Stories in No Longer a Slumdog

“He would lock me in a small room with the animals. Days turned into weeks, and my stomach would growl. He never gave me enough to eat,” said Nadish. “Weeks turned into months, and my body would ache. The work was hard, and there was never enough time to rest. Months turned into years, and I began to think that this would never end.”

But through a miraculous event, Nadish found his way back into the loving embrace of his mother. Dr. K.P. Yohannan’s newest book, No Longer a Slumdog, unveils the true-life accounts of many of South Asia’s children, like Nadish. The message hits hard. He speaks of “winds of change” and a powerful move of God.

The children’s stories tell of going from a life of heartache and poverty to finding joy, laughter and a bright future. Despite the affliction these children face, Yohannan shows us there’s opportunity for change as many find new life in God‘s redeeming love.

No Longer a Slumdog inspires faith that a better tomorrow is truly possible.”

I read Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan years ago in Bible School. I just found out about No Longer a Slumdog from the MoneySavingMom.com blog.  As far as I know this book is still available for free here. It is definitely a book worth reading!

Meine Reisen

11 Aug

It seems like I haven’t gotten much reading done the last two weeks. I have been jumping around between four different books so that is part of the problem! 😉 I did finish one this week called Meine Reisen -The Travel Memories of Henry H Stutzman-.

Meine Reisen is a German phrase translated My Journeys. This book is a compilation of Henry’s stories about his travels during his 89 years. The reason this book interested me and my family is because Henry is my Great-Uncle (a brother to my Grandma T.) I think that his stories would be interesting for anyone to read though.

Here is the paragraph from the back of the book: From Main Street Berlin in the 1930s to a Turkey under fire in 2008, Henry Stutzman’s adventures span eighty-nine years of traveling. This collection of his stories remembers the old Berlin, life in Civilian Public Service, sailing to post-war Europe with the Merchant Marines, and travels with family, friends, and his dear wife Katie. Grab a comfortable chair, and listen to Hank reminisce.

I love to travel, but I haven’t come anywhere close to putting in as many miles as Henry has!

Faith and Flames

25 Jul

I only got one book finished this week. It is called Faith and Flames in the Shenandoah Valley by Naomi Rosenberry. It was rather exciting to have a book to read that I had never read before!

This is the story of Mennonites who lived in Virginia during the Civil War. It is a clear picture of the things they went through at that time. It shows the blessings of living nonresistance even in the face of terrible hardships. It shows the remarkable peace we can have when our lives are truly surrendered to our all-powerful God! Although those people were human and were by no means perfect, they were able to remain faithful to God in the midst of trials.

from the back of the book:  “Terrified, the Brennemans watched as great leaping flames and thick columns of smoke rose from the Ralston’s barn first, and then the Burkholder’s and Rhode’s.

“They’re coming!” Timothy shrieked when a small contingent [of soldiers] galloped down the Broadway Road.

Father was standing in the driveway when they arrived. “Please don’t burn our buildings!” he begged.

Two Mennonite families, Daniel Wengers and Noah Brennemans, face the horrors and hardships of civil war in the once-peaceful Shenandoah Valley.  Booms of cannon and screams of wounded men shatter the peace.  Raids by alternating armies deplete well-stocked pantries and granaries. Fathers and young men go into hiding. Happy family life suffers strain and disruption. Dreaded diphtheria sends innocent children to the grave.

Through all this, faith in God shines brighter than the flames of destruction. Both young and old find shelter and peace in God’s everlasting arms. Spiritual life in the church is stirred. Convictions on nonresistance are tested to the breaking point yet grow stronger under trial.

Faith and Flames in the Shenandoah Valley opens a window into Mennonite life in Virginia in the mid 1800s. Church history and nineteenth century customs come alive in this well-researched story. This book will prepare readers for the time when our faith may be tested.”

This book is published by Eastern Mennonite Publications.

The Sprouting of God’s Seed

18 Jul

The Sprouting of God’s Seed by Arie Tuinman is another book off my bookshelf. It is just a thin book and has a unique writing style. It is very interesting though. If you have ever wondered if anyone notices your Christian life, or what good it is to be faithful to Him no matter what, this is a good book for you! We often do not realize how God is scattering His seed through us!

This is the true story of Klaas Van der Weele, a 20 year old country boy. After becoming blind, Klaas comes to see his spiritual blindness and inability by nature, to serve God in truth. As a result, Klaas is disowned by his father because he cannot reject his new convictions. Teenagers and adults alike will enjoy this interesting and instructive book. –from the back of the book

I got my copy of this book from Christian Light Publications.

The Tanglewoods’ Secret

18 Jul

The Tanglewoods’ Secret by Patricia St.John is a book from my bookshelf that I just re-read again. It is definitely one of my favorites!

“Ruth,” my aunt said, “I won’t have you grow up as selfish and obstinate and ill-mannered as you are now. I am going to send you to boarding school.”

There was a long silence, and I stood perfectly still. Then I announced, “I shan’t go. I shall run away, and I shan’t come back,” and with that I ran straight out of the door.  –from the back of the book.

This book contains a sweet mixture of adventure and nature with sadness and joy mixed in it. It is the simple story of learning to allow our Shepherd to control our lives.

I don’t remember where I got this book. (Actually, I discovered it has Mom & Dad’s name in it. 🙂  ) I have found some Patricia St.John books on Paperbackswap.com and Amazon. Today I just found this site that has a lot of her books. They are definitely worth reading, even if they are classified as children’s books.


11 Jul


by Emily Smucker

I heard about this book several years ago, but never read it. Recently I thought about it again and found it in our public library system. (I’m in a stage right now where I don’t want to buy a book unless I know it’s a favorite!)

I would say this book is definitely worth reading. It has a different writing style than I am used to, but once I got past that I really enjoyed the book.

Emily was sick all the time and they finally diagnosed her with West Nile. I never knew much about West Nile Virus so I looked it up when I was done reading the book. It sounds miserable! But with God on our side people can make it through these things. This story is Emily’s journey through an ongoing sickness and not being able to live a ‘normal’ life.

I also read some of the other books in the Louder Than Words book series.  I didn’t like them much. The one started out ok and ended really sad.  But since these books are true you can’t really just make up a better ending, right? People have to make their own choices.

 So if you are like me and always looking for a new good book to read, maybe you should check this one out.

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