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Are you searching for a good holiday read? I tend to read mainly non-fiction and here are some interesting or inspirational books that I have enjoyed recently. I don’t tend to buy books, preferring rather to use our local library, however I have just discovered Book Depository, reputed to be the most inexpensive site, with free shipping to NZ. See: http://www.bookdepository.com.

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Parenting

Toxic Childhood: How the Modern World is Damaging Our Children and What We Can Do About It. By Sue Palmer. Highly recommended.

Beyond the Sling: A real-life guide to raising confident, loving children the attachment parenting way by Mayim Bialik (who plays Amy on the Big Bang Theory).

Cinderella Ate My Daugher: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie Girl Culture: Peggy Orenstein.

Mothers Raising Sons by Nigel Latta. I enjoy Nigel Latta’s light hearted and humorous perspective on parenting.

History

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We All Wore Stars: Memories of Anne Frank from Her Classmates by Theo Coster.

The Violinist: Clare Galambos Winter: Holocaust Survivor: by Sarah Gatanos (2011). This lady came to NZ as a Jewish refugee and played violin in the NZ Symphony Orchestra.

Holocaust Exposed: The Bible Enigma. A Biblical Account of the Jewish Tragedy by Pastor Nigel Woodley, a NZ pastor (2009).

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas (2010, New York Times Best Seller).

Art

Akiane: Her Life, her Art, Her Poetry by Akiane & Foreli Kramarik. ‘Born in a shack on the edge of a cornfield….World-renowned artist and celebrated poet…..Regular appreances on prime-time TV….Original paintings worth upwards of $100,000…And all this by the age of ten. ‘I want my art to draw people’s attention to God’. This is her life story. Also see http://www.akiane.com.

Loss

Breaking the Silence: The Kahui Case: by Ian Wishart. A sad & sobering but interesting read.

Madeleine: Our Daughter’s Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her: Kate McCann.

Princess Kezia and the Shining Light by Rebecca and Adrian Low (2013). This is the story of a close friends who have suffered the heart breaking loss of their eldest beautiful daughter. This a beautiful tribute to her life.

A Common Thread: 16 Personal Accounts of Faith, Fertility Issues and Miscarriage by Catherine Sylvester (2010). Good reading for anyone who has experienced the heartbreak of miscarriage.

Faith

Healing the Nations: A Call to Global Intercession by John Loren Sandford. Recommended.

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. “To be honest, I didn’t want to believe that Christianity could radically transform someone’s character and values. It was much easier to raise doubts and manufacture outrageous objections that to consider the possibility that God actually could trigger a revolutionary turn-around in such a depraved and degenerate life.”

Revealing Heaven: An Eyewitness Account by Kat Kerr. Very inspiring.

Heaven is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of his trip to Heaven and Back. By Todd Burpo.

A Churchless Faith by Alan Jamieson.

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Miscellaneous

Affluenza by Oliver James. This book discusses the epidemic of ‘Affluenza’ throughout the Western World and how it is affecting our health.

Eve’s Bite by Ian Wishart (2007). A very politically incorrect book looking at the dangers of media.

Escape by Caroline Jessop. One woman’s dramatic account of life inside an extreme American fundamentalist sect and how she escaped with her eight children.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon. This is about a boy with Asperger Syndrome.

Fiction

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Here are some reads by Jodi Picoult that I have enjoyed. She writes about family & relationships. I find her books hard to put down.

Plain Truth: This is interesting as it is about Amish culture.

Handle with Care.

Sing you Home.

My Sister’s Keeper.

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