MY FAVOURITE BOOKS
A MARK OF THE LION SERIES – By Francine Rivers
The story is Christian based portraying love, revenge and faith. Based in Rome after the fall and destruction of Jerusalem, it focuses on how a simple Jewish slave can change the lives of many.
The slave comes to an aristocratic valerian household and everyone is intrigued by her peaceful and loving manner despite all she has gone through. Marcus Valerian the young aristocratic son is particularly intrigued by her.He tries to fill the empty void in his life with everything Rome has to offer, yet the peace he is looking for is only reflected in the face of the young woman who has nothing but God left.
REDEEMING LOVE – By Francine Rivers
This is a historical romance novel set in the 1850s Gold Rush in California. The story is inspired by the book of Hosea from the Bible. Its central theme is the redeeming love of God towards sinners. Seven-year-old Sarah learns that she is the product of Stafford's adulterous affair with her mother, Mae. At seven years of age Sarah had already learned just how harsh and cruel this world can be. Her father did not want her and her mother, fighting poverty, resorted to prostitution to make ends meet. When Sarah is eight years old, her mother dies, leaving Sarah in the care of her “Uncle Rab” who sells her into prostitution. From here it turns into a beautiful love story
THE GLASS CASTLE – Jeannette Walls
This is Jeanette Walls’ Memoir. Her father, Rex Walls, was an ingenious adventurer and a hopeless alcoholic. Her mother was an artist who abhorred domestic routine and the chores of motherhood. “Why should I cook a meal that will be gone in an hour when I can do a painting that will last forever?” Funny, sad, quirky and loving, The Glass Castle is an almost incredible story of a nomadic impoverished childhood. Later in her life, while Jeanette was living on Park Avenue, covering the Academy Awards and attending black-tie parties at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, her parents were squatting in an abandoned building on the Lower East Side.
I DARED TO CALL HIM FATHER – Bilquis Sheikh
I Dared to Call Him Father is the fascinating true story of Bilquis Sheikh, a prominent Muslim woman. Her unusual journey to a personal relationship with God turned her world upside down-and put her life in danger.
HEAVENLY MAN – Brother Yun
The book is a true story which chronicles decades of persecution that Brother Yun endured under China’s Communist regime and the remarkable ways that the Lord consistently rescued his ministry and preserved his life. This intensely dramatic true story is not for the faint hearted. The process of reading this book would be quite masochistic if Yun did not also describe how the Lord would give him strength to endure each and every trial.
HIDING PALCE, IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE, TRAMP FOR THE LORD – Corrie Ten Boom.
The book is a true story which chronicles the life of Corrie Ten Boom. During the Second World War , the Ten Boom home became a refuge, a hiding place, for fugitives and those hunted by the Nazis. By protecting these people, Casper and his daughters, Corrie and Betsie, risked their lives. This non-violent resistance against the Nazi-oppressors was the Ten Booms' way of living out their Christian faith. This faith led them to hide Jews, students who refused to cooperate with the Nazis, and members of the Dutch underground resistance movement. The story goes on to describe her life in the concentration camps which was almost unbearable, and how she and Betsie spent their time sharing Jesus’ love with their fellow prisoners. Corrie received many tributes and she was knighted by the Queen of Holland. In 1968, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem (YadVashem) asked Corrie to plant a tree in the Garden of Righteousness, in honour of the many Jewish lives her family saved. Corrie’s tree stands there today.
THE CROSS AND THE SWITCHBLADE – David Wilkerson
"Go to New York City and help those boys." When David Wilkerson heard those words in his heart late one night as he glanced at a picture in Life magazine, he was dumbfounded. The boys in question were members of a violent gang and on trial for murder. He, on the other hand, was a country preacher settled comfortably in a little mountain church in Pennsylvania. What could God possibly expect him to accomplish in New York City, of all places? But the thought would not let him go. His life and the lives of countless despairing teens were changed forever on account of it. This is a true testimony.by David Wilkerson.
RUN BABY RUN – Nicky Cruz
This is the thrilling true story of Nicky Cruz's desperate battle against drugs, alcoholism, and a violent environment, as he searched for a better way of life on the streets of New York City.