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I mean, isn’t the title alone enough to make you read this book?!
Listening for Lions is perfect for fans of historical fiction. If you enjoy books by Linda Sue Park or Elizabeth George Speare, give it a read!
I’d like to introduce you to Rachel Sheridan, a sweet, curious tween gal living in Africa with her missionary parents. Her parents run a medical center in a remote African village, but their lives are at risk when the influenza pandemic reaches their sheltered town.
Ok, so let’s skip the sad details, but a few chapters in, Rachel is now an orphan living alone in an influenza-wracked village. Moving on. The richest couple in the town takes her under their wing, but they force Rachel to pretend that she is their daughter, to hide the fact that their daughter just passed away. They force Rachel to travel to England alone and live with the grandfather of their deceased daughter. It’s all a ploy to allow the couple to get back into the man’s good graces (and his large will).
Along the way, Rachel tries to run away as well to reveal the truth to the elderly and ill grandfather, but she can’t bring herself to. Does she...love him? The story winds up beautifully, but even as Rachel grows to love England, she longs for Africa. Will she ever return?
Have fun reading Listening for Lions! It can be sad at times, but definitely not unbearable, and is a great for the historical fiction lover. It’s full to the brim with beautiful descriptions of African life and nature, as well as great stories of determination, following dreams and adapting. ️
Lots of love from,
Happy New Year!!!! 2020 is finally over and a new year means a fresh start. Last week, A talked to you about how to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend doing so! A gives some great tips that are very practical.
Speaking of resolutions, I have a couple myself! Both of which involves reading. The first is to read my Bible more, the second is to read a book a month. The second is what I am going to be talking about today.
My goal is to read a book a month that has 200 pages or more. If I finish a book in less than 2 weeks I will try to read 2 that month. I am officially starting it next month (February) because this month I am winding down from the holidays. That means that by the end of the year I will have read AT LEAST 2,200 pages!
I will be using A’s guide to stick to my goal, but another way that I like to use to stick to my goals is by having an accountability partner. One works fine, but I thought “What if I had a lot of accountability partners?” That’s why I posted my resolution on here. I want you to help me stick to my goal by doing it with me! At the end of each month I will post what book(s) I read and you can put in the comments what you have read.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime to tell me how your doing or ask for ideas of what to read next. I would love to personally respond to you!
What better time to start a new routine with God than at the beginning of January? Today, I’ll be sharing four of my very favorite, easy-to-use devo books for tween and teen girls. I’ve also included a rough age recommendation, though these these books are ideal for a variety of ages!
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Best for: 9-12 Year Old Girls
Perfect for the busy girl, this is a compact, 100-day devotional to increase your faith and courage. Each day includes a Bible verse, a short lesson, a 1-sentence summary and a journaling prompt. Each week also includes a fun craft or activity that relates to what you are learning. It’s a great way to get into a new routine of spending time with God!
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Best for: 9-13 Year Old Girls
This encouraging devotional is the perfect resource to help you gain confidence in the way God made you! It contains 100 easy devos in a gorgeous hardcover book. Each day’s lesson includes a short prayer, quiz, journaling prompt or activity. It’s one of my very favorites!
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Be-Tween You & God
Best for: 10-14 Year Old Girls
I’ve used this 365-day devotional for several years now! It’s unique because each day opens with a question that you might ask God about life, and in the body of the devo, the author helps answer it and offers a relevant Bible verse. It’s very fun and relatable!
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Live in Light
Best for: 12-15 Year Old Girls
This daily devotional book is perfect for the older tween or young teen girl who wants a quick but slightly deeper read! It contains around 100 devotions that discuss issues you care about, like friend and family trouble, anxiety and school. Plus, it is a super cute little book!
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I imagine that you have heard of A Christmas Carol. You have probably seen the many takes on the classic story that are released every Christmas. But have you ever READ the original story? It’s an easy to read tale with a timeless feel.
A Christmas Carol was written 177 years ago and is amazingly popular. The character of Ebenizer Scrooge has been made famous by movies and books for all ages. Since A Christmas Carol is so old, it’s no longer copyrighted, anyone can read it online for free! Be sure to look for the one written by Charles Dickens and not a remake.
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Your name is Annemarie and you live in Copenhagen in 1943 (during World World II). Your best friend, neighbor and confident is Ellen Rosen. Even when there are food rations, soldiers living in town and people being relocated against their will, your friendship is still strong. But, as the war and the Nazis come closer to home, Ellen and her Jewish family are threatened. What would you do if you were Annemarie?
Step into Annemarie and Ellen’s world in this realistic, short book. It gives an accurate account of some of the Holocaust, but it’s a bit lighter than other similar books that I’ve read, making it appropriate for most tweens. I found it interesting to read about life for Jewish families trying to stay safe and for those who helped them (plus, they used some cool techniques to escape detection - such as having a fake funeral or posing as sisters)!
After so many near-misses and several precarious situations, will Annemarie and Ellen survive? And will Annemarie work up the courage to do what it takes to keep her friend family safe? Find out in the riveting book Number the Stars.
A few months ago, I touched on The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I really love that book and the rest of the series. The Silver Chair is the 7th book in the series so you might enjoy going back and reading the rest of the series first, but if you aren’t a series kind of gal then this is the perfect one to skip ahead to.
Once upon a time, there was a girl named Jill and a boy named Eustace (Scrubb). They lived in England, in a boarding school called Experiment House. Jill and Scrubb were good children, but the bullies at Experiment House were always after them, and the teachers never went after the bullies. One day, Jill and Scrubb were being chased by bullies. They didn’t know where to go. They were cornered and the only exit was a door that was always locked. Miraculously, when they twisted the knob it opened! They jump through in a hurry and closed the door behind them. What they jumped into was not a part of Experiment House, or even England!
I love all the adventure in this book. Just when it seems to be getting dull, turn to the next page and I promise that adventure will be on it. The whole Chronicles Of Narnia series is so well written. You will love them all.
Looking for a fun new hobby? Here are my five favorite books about DIY projects that I think you will love. Banishing boredom is just a book away!
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Complete Children’s Cookbook
This book is for the girl who loves to cook! The recipes are easy-to-follow with colorful photographs and make super tasty food. I especially love all of the snack, dessert and baked good recipes!
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This book was the first sewing book I ever received and I am still partial to it! Designed for first-time sewers in elementary and middle school, it teaches basic hand-sewing skills through easy projects. Slightly more advanced sewers may enjoy Sewing School 2 (featuring simple machine-sewn projects) or Sewing School Quilts (featuring, yep, easy quilts and patchwork).
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Braids & Buns, Ponies & Pigtails
Find 50 fun hairstyles for girls in this book! Whether you enjoy creating hairdos for your friends and sisters or having them create them for you, you will probably enjoy this step-by-step style guide.
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Fizz Boom Bath (Bercaw)
Packed with creative bath bomb, beauty and body product tutorials, this book is sure to delight teen girls. The projects are simple and use common household ingredients, but the results are colorful, effective and wonderful-smelling.
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Redo Your Room (FaithGirlz)
I love this book! It is jam-packed with super unique, creative and fun crafts you can make to dress up your bedroom. It is super inspiring and fun!
Which of these books will you be reaching for first?
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Giddy up readers! As you have noticed, A and I love historical books. Today I am going to give you another peek at our every growing historical shelf.
Little House On The Prairie is a very popular book series. Written by the main character, Laura Ingalls Wilder, every page of each book gives you detailed insight into the life of a little pioneer girl. The dialogue is easy to follow along and is perfect for a quick read.
This book series is great for any ages. Beginning readers will enjoy the challenge, and well read teens will enjoy the simplicity. It’s truly a timeless read.
Today, I’ve chosen not to review just one book. Instead, I’ll be introducing you to the online home of thousands of book reviews!
Meet Goodreads. This website is full of tons of reviews for pretty much every book on the planet. Plus, you can add books to reading lists, find plot overviews and check out what your friends and favorite authors (those who are on Goodreads, that is) are reading. Essentially, Goodreads is like social media but it’s all about books. And I love it. A LOT.
And the best part? Your Faith, Fun & Fridays gals are now on Goodreads! YAY! So if you are 13 or over, pop on over to Goodreads and check out our shelves and see what we are reading. We are working on loading them up with tons of awesome tween and teen books to keep you entertained and reading all winter! :) You can also friend or follow us to get updates as we read and review new books! Just click on the photo below to check out our profile.
Thanks for reading! We are so excited to see you on Goodreads!
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Wow, whoa, and whew are all great words to describe Seven Dials. It’s an intense mystery that will cause you to hang on to your seat the whole time. I DID NOT want to put this thriller down!
When several men are mysteriously murdered, three amateurs try to solve it. The only clue they have to go on are the words “Seven Dials” which was whispered by one of the men shortly before he died. What could it possibly mean? When they discover a strange nightclub, a few foreigners, and some important papers, the mystery takes on a twist. If you like murder mysteries, thrillers, and adventure books I know you would love it!
I would not recommend this book for younger readers. Seven Dials, being an older book, (published in the very early 1900s) has some foul and offense language that was not considered foul or offensive at the time of publication. The author only included those words because in the time period those words were perfectly acceptable and used casually amongst all people. Please do not read this book if you feel uncomfortable doing so.