Okay, so I’ve never done a favorite books post, so today, I’m sharing my top 10 favorites! I’m thinking about expanding this into a genre/theme-related post in the future, so if you would like to see that, please drop us a line and let us know!
1| The Holy War by John Bunyan
This book has been at the top of my list ever since I read it. I’ve never read Pilgrim’s Progress all the way through, but I’ve heard the audio version dozens of times, but it just doesn’t compare with The Holy War. The allegory, the symbolism, the deep spiritual truths…this book is way underrated and deserves to be read and loved to pieces.
2| Three People by Isabella Alden
My favorite book by my favorite Author! Three People is the story of three young men from three classes of society and how the evils of alcohol have a devastating impact on each of their lives. It shows how birth status doesn’t matter; who you are on the inside is what counts. And when you have a Mighty and Righteous God fighting on your side, there is no way you can lose! An inspiring read for the whole family and one that should be shared with the world!
3| Let’s Roll! by Lisa Beamer
I thought I knew 9/11 before reading this book. Let’s Roll! makes it personal. The story of a young mother widowed by terrorism and the husband she loved and adored will rip your heart out. Lisa shares their life stories, showing their faith boldly and their struggles. She paints a devastatingly detailed account of Flight 93 and the heroes onboard as the vilians as well. To anyone who says our fight in the Middle East is unjustified and says they are ashamed to be an American, read this book. To those who love their country and support our troops and want a closer look at the American tragedy, read this book.
4| O To Be Like Thee by Kassie Angle
I will not fangirl, I will not fangirl…this book made me cry so hard. I love the military. I love the U.S. Army. And this book deepened that love tenfold…and taught me so much. People…we have no right to disrespect our troops. We have no right to ignore them. We have no right to burn the flag they fight and die for. That is not a right. That is a disgusting crime. Read this book. Wake up.
5| Tattered Wings by Kassie Ange
Wow, Kass, you made the list twice! This book broke my heart even more than OTBLT. Service dogs, Rangers, amputees, Law Enforement…missing someone, and not knowing who they are or why…I shouldn’t understand this book as much as I do. I literally have nothing in common with these characters…but maybe in a deeper since I do…Anyway, this book is eye-opening and needs to be read like yesterday.
6| Iron Scouts of the Confederacy by Lee McGiffin
A true story of the Fane brothers, novelized for today’s readers, this is a classic favorite of mine! I read this book once a year, usually, and I plan to pull it out soon! If you want to know what the War Between the States was like on a deeper level, plus learn the story of Taps, read this book. It’s from Southern POV, but please, if you support the Union, read it anyway. It really doesn’t talk about the cause of the war as much as it does the soldiers' lives. Just read it, please.
7| Worth Dying For by Roarke Denver
This one will need a little editing (language), but it is sooooo worth it. This needs to be read by every high school student as required reading. There are more ways to serve your country than in the military; it’s not a good fit for everyone. But just because you can’t do the military doesn’t give you an excuse not to make a difference. If you are in high school or beyond, read this book, change your ways.
8| Wounded Tiger by T. Martin Bennett
This book opened my eyes to a lot of things about WWII Japan. Eastern reasoning and culture is way different than Western and alarmingly so. This book showed me that while Japan was soooo wrong, the FDR administration was part of the problem. I refuse to say America because FDR does NOT represent who we are or what we stand for, thank God! Everyone has their issues, and so many things could have been avoided, but they weren’t. We were right to fight, but they have a story too. It’s essential to look at both sides. Don’t condone their sin, but learn from their mistakes. (This one is 18+, and requires minor edits for language.)
9| The Last Day I Remember by Andrew Klavan
This book hit me hard because it was so close to home. I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone; it is super intense, and I don’t agree with everything said in the series. But seeing how a terrorist organization could overtake our great nation from the inside was disturbing and sobering. We need to stand by our Judeo Christian values. We need to fight for our country to remain great and never give in to the evil that would love to swallow us whole. And this book shows that we can still make a difference. 18+ and again, minor edits for content and mild language.
10| The South Was Right! By Ron and Don Kennedy
This book just makes me smile so much. And before you get turned off by the title, hear me out. This book does not say we are right because we are the South. We were right because the Founding Fathers were right. This book dives into the incatracies of why the War Between the States happened, exposes the propaganda of the era, and dives deep into the culture of the North and South, using not only Souther documents but mostly official Federal documents. It deals with myths of American Slavery, so things you might not know about Northern and Southern leaders and how all of this impacts us today. There are a couple of things I didn’t fully agree with, but overall, I recommend this book to everyone! Even if you don’t agree with the Confederacy, or even if you take issue with the Colonials, please, just give it a read with an open mind 😉 It will change your life!
So that’s it for today! Hope you have a blessed week!
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