Most or all of the books in this bundle were written from a Christian perspective. It is quite easy to find non-Christian novels or other classics at a local library or elsewhere. However, we wanted to offer something different in comparison to what is easily found elsewhere.
Current titles include:
- Teaching to Change Lives (Howard Hendricks)
- Castles in the Sand (Carolyn A. Greene)
- Stories from Indian Wigwams and Northern Campfires (Egerton Ryerson Young)
- Returning Home
- My Father’s House: The Years Before The Hiding Place: (Corrie Ten Boom)
- The Queen’s Bush: A Tale of the Early Days of Bruce County (W.M. Brown, M.D., 1932)
Please also note that a Canadian Reader (a collection of literature in a variety of formats) for grade 8 is available separately and could still be well within appropriate reading levels for your high school student.
Teaching to Change Lives (Formerly published under title “The Seven Laws of the Teacher”) Howard Hendricks One of the best books ever for learning how to be a great teacher! Highly recommended for ANYONE who teaches – from Sunday School and small group classes to Christian educators, home school moms, teens (e.g. volunteers), and parents. Pastor Hendricks’ practical, to-the-point, humourous/memorable/non-dry approach and his deep respect for God’s Word make this teacher training a delight to learn from, whether you are a new or experienced teacher. (To me, it is of far more worth than other “how-to-teach” or “how-to-be-a-leader” books that are typical in the home school or Christian education market.) The reason it appears in our teen bundle is partly because the material was presented in a superb manner and partly because going through it can help with effective oral presentations and any other aspect of future or current teaching in general. Softcover.
Castles in the Sand Carolyn A. Greene (Canadian author) When a young Christian college girl is introduced by her Spiritual Formation professor to the writings of Teresa of Avila, her life is dramatically affected as she plunges into mysticism. Teen to adult. Softcover, 224 pages.
Stories From Indian Wigwams and Northern Campfires Egerton Ryerson Young (1840-1909; Canadian author) This is a reprinted book with stories of Christian mission efforts in the 1800’s in Ontario, Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories. Egerton Ryerson Young was born at Smith Falls, Ontario in 1840. He entered the ministry when he was 27 years old and first served as a missionary at the Norway House in NWT. He faithfully served in Canada with his wife Elizabeth (of Bradford, Ontario) and their children. Young’s deep love and respect for the natives and his efforts to bring to them the Gospel of Jesus Christ are obvious. This book also tells of the incredible ways of survival and existence among the Natives in Canada in the 19th century (1800’s) and of his family life. Find out how they make plum pudding for Christmas wrapped with a “cloth” and a moccasin string. Read about the pet bear that gently rocked the baby in a hammock outside while the mother was away getting needed water. This is a very unique book with historical primary source information you’ll find nowhere else! Paperback – 324 pgs.
My Father’s House: The Years Before the Hiding Place Corrie ten Boom Corrie was a timid girl when she was young, growing up in a busy household with three older siblings, several aunts, and a mother and father wholly devoted to God and their family. This book is a testament to how God prepared one family. Beginning in the years before Corrie was born, the book paints a beautiful picture of “family” from which today’s families can glean valuable and eternally-lasting lessons. Includes many family photos as well as Scriptures that Father (Casper) ten Boom shared with his wife and children.
The Queen’s Bush: A Tale of the Early Days of Bruce County W. M. Brown, M.D. (Canadian author) Through the bush and up the Saugeen River! Pioneering families migrate from Woolwich Township and the Guelph area to settle Bruce and Grey Counties (Southern Ontario) in the mid-1800s. History in story form with an acceptance of God’s forgiveness at the end. Softcover, 295 pgs.
Returning Home Loreen Plett Born in Prussia in 1765, Johann is disowned by his wealthy father because of his marriage to a girl who wasn’t Mennonite born. Leaving his home to find a livelihood for his family, he gets deeply involved in undercover politics including murder, and becomes a heavy drinker. Read about the tragedies that befall him in this story based on historical accounts, and how finally he is driven to despair. Will he turn to God? This is a fast-paced, filled-with-emotions, novel which goes back and forth between 2 settings and related characters. (A copy of the book was originally lent to my parents just because it was a well-written piece of Christian literature. However, my dad quickly discovered that this book actually told the biography of his great, great, great, great grandfather!) Because of the description of the wretched lives of the main characters (e.g. drunkenness, abuse, sudden deaths of family members) before they surrender to Christ, it is only recommended for teen/adult reading (not children). 344 pages.