I love to read.
It is my favorite pastime!
But books can be expensive sometimes and I don’t like to spend a lot of money on a book that I may not like! Some of my favorite books are published by Lamplighter but they are very pricey so when Sarah gave me a Kindle for Purim several years ago, I was delighted to find many of these books could actually be downloaded for free.
So I am going to start reviewing some of my favorites. And by the way, if you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle app on your smartphone or computer and still read the books for free! I often use the Kindle app on my phone but I really prefer the Kindle since there is no artificial light on the screen – so it’s very much like a book.
Without further ado, here are a few of the books I would recommend … I’m going to have to split these up on several posts!
Books by G.A. Henty
I have over 80 books on my Kindle that were all free! I have favorites among these but I will save that list for a future blog post. If you enjoy history with a little fiction mixed in, you might want to download his books.
The Hidden Hand and Capitola’s Peril by E.D.E.N Southworth
These are two separate books on Kindle, whereas the hardcopy is only one book, but they are really good! Set in the mid 1800’s, the main character is a young lady named Capitola and the story centers around her being separated from her family and friends as an infant, and eventually reuniting with them. There are many other characters, including several villains, and there is mystery laced throughout the plot. My father has read these aloud to the whole family and we all enjoy them. My only issue with the books is that in some parts you can pick up on a little bit of feminism … it’s very slight and some people may not notice … but it did cause a discussion in our family. To be honest though, it’s been awhile and I don’t remember exactly what it was, so it must not have been too bad!
Ishmael In The Depths and Self Raised by E.D.E.N. Southworth
Written by the same author as The Hidden Hand, these are also a prequel and sequel and they are very good. Ishmael is the main character … he is born in the depths of despair and makes his way in a cruel and unfriendly world. This is a good story about determination and persevering in the face of the odds. There are many examples of good and bad character traits throughout the pages. Parts of the book are sad and other parts are happy. Unlike The Hidden Hand, there isn’t a lot of mystery in this story but there definitely is suspense! These have been read-aloud family books too and everyone enjoyed them.
That Printer Of Udell’s by Harold Bell Wright
This is a really good read! It is set in the early 1900s and is the story of a young man named Dick, a tramp, who desired to overcome the addiction to alcohol and a life of … well .. tramping! After being turned away by the “good people” in town, he was given a job by a professing unbeliever and began to work his way up in life. He became born again and began reaching out to others around him. At the same time, the story follows a young lady who was a Christian when Dick first came to town and was an inspiration to him, and yet she turned away from a Godly lifestyle for a life of self-pleasure and sin. I won’t tell you the end of the story but it is a beautiful account of forgiveness, redemption, restoration and dedication to the Heavenly Father. This is my favorite of Harold Bell Wright’s books, so far!
The Calling Of Dan Matthews by Harold Bell Wright
It has been awhile since I read this book but I saw it on my Kindle and remember that I enjoyed it. As I remember it, Dan Matthews was a young man who came in from the country to get an education and become a pastor. Raised with a simplistic, childlike faith, he was astounded by the worldliness and selfishness of professing church members. He also couldn’t reconcile the way that so-called Christians treated the lost … instead of reaching out to them in love, they were harsh, judgmental and refused to have anything to do with them. I honestly don’t remember much about the end of this story, but it was a good one! This book really focused on calling out the church and spoke boldly about its failure to minister to and save those who were lost in sin.
The Recreation Of Brian Kent by Harold Bell Wright
This is another one that I haven’t read in awhile so I can’t remember all the details. It involved a lost young man who was guilty of a crime, and a grandmotherly lady who “rescued” him and taught him to live and love for the glory of the Almighty. This book had a good deal of mystery about it too, as best as I can remember.
That will be all for today … I’ll share more soon!