Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Little Help Please

We're going to be heading to Colorado in a few weeks and I need some new reading material for the trip. I've been on one of my non-fiction kicks for awhile now and I'm ready for some good fiction. Francine Rivers is my favorite fiction author, but I've read everything she's written. Do you know any books like her style (fiction, but also convicting) that you could recommend?

We'll also be listening to audio books on the way as a family. What do you think: Chronicles of Narnia series (The Magician's Nephew is the current "anointed book") or Pilgrim's Progress? Both are on our literature reading list for this school year. ;) (I like to kill two birds with one stone.)

9 comments:

Kelly said...

For audio stories --which may be too serious for little kids, Diet Eman's Things We Could Not Say and Darlene Deibler Rose's Evidence Not Seen are great. Their "stories" can be obtained from Focus on the Family. Each is wonderful. The FotF version of Rose's story is called (I think) I will never leave thee.

I'm saving The Hawk and the Dove by Wilcock(a Carole Joy Seid recommendation) for my trip. Let us know what you read.

Paulina said...

Hmmm...I don't know that author so I don't have any books to recommend that might be similar.

But as far as the last question goes, I'd go with Pilgrim's Progress. It was one of my most favorite books as a child.

Angela said...

Hey Ginger,
Have fun on your family trip. As far as the audio books go, I would listen to Narnia. There are some beautifully illustrated editions of Pilgrim's Progress and I think it would be a shame to miss out on those pictures. Also, Pilgrim's Progress might be better in small doses so you can discuss the book and its applications together as a family.

Pippin said...

Bring both! My family LOVES the chronicles of Narnia series, and on any given day, you'll find one or more of my siblings popping in a cd. We also listen to audio books (or "stories on tape" as we fondly refer to them) on long trips, and have found it's nice to have a bit of variety. Hope you have a blessed, safe trip!

Ginger said...

Angela,

Tell me about the beautifully illustrated Pilgrim's Progress editions? I've only seen children's versions that had wonderful illustrations. Please share! :)

Kelly said...

I've thought of another one for you... The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr. If you get it as an audio book from the library, it's read by Campbell Scott (nice voice). Probably not suitable for the car btw, but a great read for you. Reads as a novel, though it's non-fiction.

rachel said...

We don't do Narnia stuff, but my children have been listening to a dramatized version of Pilgrim's Progress and love it very much. It provides many opportunities for teaching. I enjoy it greatly myself and am encouraged and challenged by it.
They also enjoy The Railway Children, Little Men, Heidi, Treasures of the Snow and many more.

lambechops said...

Not sure about childrens' books, but how about Lori Wick books for yourself? I've read a few of those, and really enjoyed them. Sophie's heart is one of the books I read recently, it was a really nice book. Or Liz Curtis Higgs? I read a trilogy of hers, I'd have to look for the titles if you want them. The first one was really hard to get into, I almost gave up, but about 3/4 of the way I 'got' it, and was lifting the next book as soon as I finished the first! I also like Karen Kingsbury books, not sure if you have read any of those. Just a few suggestions!

Kidcraze said...

We love the audio version of Pilgrim's Progress.
I'm thinking you'll have plenty of time in the car to listen to both of those stories, though.