This is not a list of my "top ten,"
or my favourites,
or the best books out there,
but simply some books I either grew up on or grew from...
W. G. Vandehulst's children’s books, always warm, quite Dutch, and yet wrapping up with a cozy ending and the reminder of a God who is willing to forgive.
Piet Prins' children’s books provided the adventure and excitement my ten or twelve year old self craved, also from a Christian perspective.
The Shining Sword by Charles Coleman is a most excellent allegory of the Christian life. I thought John Bunyan had the final say on allegory until I read this. A must-read for kids.
Elizabeth Prentiss’s Stepping Heavenward is a book I read and reread through my later teens. The autobiographical nature of this book and open talk about the spiritual struggles going on inside a young girl (and, as time went on, a married one) are a blessing.
In Trouble and in Joy by Sharon James was one of the first nonchildren’s biographies I read, and I recall really appreciating it.
Maurice Robert’s The Thought of God, The Christian's High Calling, and Great God of Wonders are books I return to over the years. With such a variety of topics, there is a feast for the mind, and with such a warm heart-felt tone throughout, also a feast for the soul.
Jeremiah Burrough’s The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment was a puritan’s thoughts on contentment. In Burrough’s words, “Contentment does not come from addition but from subtraction. Contentment comes from subtracting our sinful desires for more.” Convicting.
Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hanna More - Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Prior is a favourite recent biography.
Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic was a blessing in the years of having a house full of little ones. With humour, Jankovic points busy moms back to the heart-work that should be going on under all the surface activity.
John Flavel’s The Mystery of Providence was a second tackle of the puritans. A view-shaper as Flavel shows how providence is at work through all areas of life.
A Passion for the Impossible: the Life of Lilias Trotter by Miriam Rockness was another grown-up biography favourite. Warm and devotional in style, it is the story of a missionary-artist-writer to the Muslim in North Africa.
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield helped open my eyes to the church’s and Christian’s relationship to the mission field outside our front door. An excellent read for all church-goers.
The Pilgrim's Progress and Christiana by John Bunyan. A dramatized but unabridged audio version of this made the work accessible to the whole family. With excellent spiritual lessons for everyday life, it serves as a constant reminder that there is more to life than what the eye can see.
Sarah Mackenzie’s Teaching From Rest is a book full of rest and reminders of grace for a busy home-educating mom. A great book to read and reread.
Women of the Word was helpful in making study of the Bible more purposeful and less of an aimless reading of chapters. By Jen Wilkins.
At present, my only book available is Wait till you see the Butterfly, but other books are in the works! Wait till you see the Butterfly is a collection of stories that helps children bridge the gap between one’s Christian beliefs on paper and everyday living.
The quick solution to our children’s sinful behaviour is to mend their actions. Reaching their heart, however, takes more work. Ultimately, this can only be done by the Spirit of God softening and convicting and encouraging. But true-to-life stories can help open our children’s ears and hearts to admonishment and correction, and “walking in other kids’ shoes” can awaken our children’s consciences and empathy.
With this in mind, these stories cover a wide range of topics, from coveting and lying, to forgiveness and prayer, from sin and substitution, to our speech and temptation. The index in the back of the book will help parents and teachers find a story relevant to their own situation, and a few sample stories can be read [HERE].
May God bless these truths to your children’s hearts!
“Our family just finished reading through this book for the second time and were blessed by it once again. Tamminga has a real gift at writing a rich variety of stories that point the reader to Christ; whether the reader be two years old or in their adult years. My kids would ask everyday if it was time for the 'butterfly book' yet . This is definitely a book I would recommend to others and plan to pick up once again in the coming years.”–M
FROM THE BACK COVER
Little Becky does not believe her brother when he tells her that caterpillars turn into butterflies, until her mother confirms that it is true—and then she sees a butterfly start to break out of its cocoon… But what does all this have to do with Easter and the death and resurrection of Christ? In Doreen Tamminga’s engaging tale, the first of more than forty short stories for boys and girls in this book, the connection is made clear. ‘Sometimes we read to our children just for pleasure, and sometimes we do so to instruct them’, says Mrs. Tamminga. ‘These stories were written with the intent of pointing children to the Lord Jesus as the only Saviour from sin, and to encourage Christian living. I hope they will be a blessing to many young hearts.’
The stories in this book are arranged in three groups, for 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 year olds. A topical index shows where to find stories on particular themes.
R E V I E W S from banneroftruth.org
“These are stories kids will relate to readily and enjoy thoroughly. The stories avoid mere moralism, and rather point children to the Saviour. Highly recommended.” –R
“I like how there are different stories geared for different ages. My children are young so we are working our way through the 4-6 stories. Looking forward to reading the rest as the kids get older!” –A
“Great book! Every chapter is another story which makes it so easy to pick up. Our kids really enjoy this book and learn good biblical lessons from it. Wish there were more of these books!” –E
“Lovely book which deals with Christian living in the everyday lives of children of a variety of ages. Highly recommended. The author understands the thought world of children and doesn’t talk “down” to them or moralise.” –J
R E V I E W S from christianbook.com
“This is a great Christian family story book. Since it is broken up into three age groups, you can always find stories for your child. The author seeks to draw children to Jesus through the everyday occurrences in children's lives. As the characters struggle with ordinary challenges in their lives they learn to apply Christian truths to their circumstances. The author understands how children think and play and uses this knowledge to good effect. This book is geared towards "churched" children as it assumes some doctrinal knowledge. It's topical index is useful to find stories dealing with particular issues. From dealing with envy to tithing, many pertinent topics are covered.” –L
Favourite Children's Books If you are always on the look-out for a good story and wonderful picture books (like I am), HERE are some of my favourite books for kids. It’s very hard in a life-time of reading to make up a list of favourites, but the criteria I used to decide whether a book was a favourite or not was simple: each book had to be one I would gladly read for the second or third time!
Books to Buy At present, only Wait till you see the Butterfly is available, but other books are in the works, and A Better Ending will be in print very soon! Wait till you see the Butterfly is a collection of stories that help children bridge the gap between one’s Christian beliefs on paper and everyday life. [more...]
Books I Grew On This is not a list of my "top ten," or my favourites, or even the best books out there, but simply some books I either grew up on or grew from. [more...]
Book Reviews I’m always on the look-out for wholesome books and when I find them, I try to share them. You’ll find many reviews by myself and like-minded reviewers over at abcbookreviews.wordpress.com. These are mostly children’s books, but the reading level is creeping higher as our children grow. Use the categories “audiobook,” “history,” “ages 10-12,” and so on, to find another good read!
...putting "hands and feet" on living to God's glory
in print very soon!
Join Maya in her quest
for a dragon to fight,
and grow with her
as she realizes "dragons"
are closer to home
than she thinks...
available in bookstores
A true story based on the
of my grandmother
© 2017 DOREEN TAMMINGA