Hello all! Welcome to the Five Fall Favorites party 2017 edition! 😀 I’m so excited to share book recommendations with you from six different genres every day this week! (And if you want to share some with me that would be fun too, because the more books the better, right? 😛 ) Rebekah wrote a really awesome welcome post that details the prizes and links out to all the participating blogs. Be sure to check it out! 😉
And in case you wanted to see it… Here’s a picture of the Grand Prize.
(O.o. Is that awesome or what?)
Anyways, on to today’s genre. 😀
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and the subgenre of biblical fiction is especially fun. Too often though, I find books set in Bible times to be disrespectful, inaccurate, or both. I do have some favorites, though, and here they are! 😀
1. Little Miriam of Galilee by Edith Martin is written mainly for younger children, but still a sweet favorite of mine. I enjoyed the illustrations, the details of regular family life in Bible times, and the family’s very real and poignant experience of the Messiah. It’s also really neat to see how a very minor character in the Bible could affect the lives of so many other people. 😉
2. Tirzah by Lucille Travis is a book we always look forward to when it’s assigned for our school reading. 😉 It’s all about the Exodus from the perspective of young teens who fortunately don’t have modern attitudes. 😀 One thing that really stuck with me as I read about their journey to Mount Sinai was the clear difference between those who were following Yahweh and those who were not. It was neat to see how people put their faith in God before Christ came. Just a note that there are few instances of teenage romantic interest (although people did get married earlier back then 😛 ) and some vague references to the infamous golden calf incident.
3. My mom started reading us Vinegar Boy by Alberta Hawse during Eastertime. Since she was reading it aloud to everyone, she did do a little editing during the crucifixion, but most of the story was all right for everyone. 😉 It was neat to see representations of a few of the apostles and some of the more minor characters, but the story mostly followed a young boy looking for a miracle. One of the things that really stood out to us as we looked at the events with new eyes was the story of Barabbas. Talk about Christ taking your place!
4. & 5. These two lovely books, Titus: A Comrade of the Cross and Stephen: A Soldier of the Cross by Florence M. Kingsley are actually a series. The second one is my favorite, but some of the characters from the first one carry over and their backstories are so beautiful. ❤ (I blame this book for making Stephen one of my favorite names. *sobs*) My dad read these aloud to us, and we had some great discussions about what was strictly Biblical and what was a little artistic elaboration on the author’s part. (Like I don’t think it was wrong for the apostles to cast lots to find out who would replace Judas…) 😉 Anyways, they are family favorites, and I can’t wait to read them again soon. 😀 Just a note that because of martyrdom and some historically accurate evil thieves, it can get a little rough sometimes.
Have you read any of these books? If not, find yourself a nice barn loft, attic, or treehouse and cozy up with a new read! If you have read any of these books or have favorites of your own, tell me in the comments. 😉
For links to all the other blogs, Rebekah’s five favorites, and more info on that AMAZING Grand Prize, visit our hostess blog. 😉