Three good books

Three good books I'm recommending from my summer reading:

Raising Real Men

I came away from this book with a fresh perspective on my boys.  I was reminded to celebrate the qualities God has given them that will result in them being strong men someday, (Lord-willing); qualities that may drive me crazy in the here-and-now-- but that are purposeful in the long run.

Passport Through Darkness

I already shared a bit about this book here.  This is a difficult book to read in that it is about child-trafficking and its horrors, but I think it is an important book to read.   There's a passage in Amos 6 that talks about those who are complacent, those who feel secure, who lounge and dine and drink wine and do not grieve over those who are in need around us.  May we not be guilty of this.


If you've had a conversation with me in the last week (since I finished this book), I've already recommended this one to you.  It's possible that I'm the last person to read it, since I've been on the library hold list for this one for several months.  But I finally got it into my hands and then disappeared into its pages for a few days until I'd finished it.  This is a remarkable story that is so well-written and it is easily my favorite book of the year.

I hope it goes without saying that I'm all ears for your recommendations!


  1. Great recommendations, Stacy! Those first two are topics that have been on my heart for a while--off to the library I go! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Mickey just ordered Unbroken. I hear it is so good and I am looking forward to reading it. I just started attending a book club so I hope to have some suggestions for you soon!! :)

  3. I ordered the last two on Amazon last night after our conversation! :)
    Thinking I should have read the first one 10 years ago already!!!

  4. I'm reading Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson. It's exquisite. Absolutely exquisite.

    Have you ever heard of Jane Kirkpatrick? She writes really, really good historical fiction- such strong women, *real* women, and the incredible journeys and hardships they face. I think you'd enjoy them very much!

    I've been wanting to read Unbroken so badly- it's been on my wishlist when it was still in pre-order stage! But our tiny library here just doesn't have the funds to order new books right now. And (haha, as if I didn't enjoy it!) I used up our summer book fund purchasing curriculum for next school year! :)

    Both of the other books sound incredible as well- I'm going to look into those, too. I trust me some Stacy! :)

  5. I've been reading Raising Real Men for a while now (like for a couple of years b/c I can't seem to just sit down and read it...) You've inspired me to re-start it, and this time read it through!

    I actually got to hear the author and her husband speak at a homeschool convention, and that's when I got her book. Have you heard her speak?

    Thanks again for inspiring me, Stacy!

    Camee XO


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