Chapter 11

Christian Fiction

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We see no precedent in Scripture for fiction, either Christian fiction or secular novels. Time spent reading fiction is time lost from learning more scriptural truth with the finite amount of time we are given. However, if the mind is fatigued and needs rest and recreation, then do choose Christian biography or Christian fiction over the novel, over the theater, and over the media. Remember the Jesuits have always used the theater, and now Hollywood, to influence the masses with their heretical message.



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CHRISTIAN FICTION
CLASSIC FICTION BY GEORGE MACDONALD
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Chapter 11
Christian Fiction




CHRISTIAN FICTION

The Elsie Books 28 book set, in its original, unmodernized text, models the Christain family better probably than any other fiction. Likewise, the example of Elsie's life is one of the best models for Christian girls.
Notice the original text of this series is becoming available free in Project Gutenberg etext. We have added links to the etext as of May 2007.

Blythe, LeGette, Alexandriana (Harrisburgh, PA: Stackpole Sons, c1940).
A work of fiction about Covenanters. Description: 445 p.

*Bunyan, John, The Holy War made by Shaddai upon Diabolus for the regaining of the metropolis of the world : or, The losing and taking again of the town of Mansoul. A Christian classic.
"I have read this novel before, and it is as good as PILGRIM'S PROGRESS. John Bunyan shows how Satan constantly tries to keep our souls, and uses all of the tricks in the book to try to keep our souls. This book is for Christians and non-Christians alike, the same is true with the THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS. John Bunyan knows how to keep you entertained and thinking about what kind of shape your spirit is in. This book is a true masterpiece and is the best book about Spiritual Warfare that I have read so far." -- Reader Comment
"Bunyan's second and most loved work after Pilgrim's Progress. Also allegorical, this work tells the story of mankind's redemption by comparing it to a besieged city." -- Book Description
"Forget Frank Peretti! Bunyan's allegory on spiritual warfare is absolutely profound. The old tinker of Bedford knew whereof he spoke. The chronicles of Mansoul and the great battle for its mind, heart and spirit make difficult reading to be sure, but you will be rewarded for your perseverance a hundredfold!
"BONUS: Bunyan uses real army stratagems and tactics in his descriptions of the symbolic battles. He is believed to have picked up these details while a soldier in Cromwell's New Model Army." -- Reader Comment

*Bunyan, John, The Life and Death of Mr. Badman [30965]

*Bunyan, John, The Pilgrim's Progress, complete and unabridged (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1979, 1895). A Christian classic.
Said to be "the greatest book, other than Scripture, which an Englishman has given to mankind." -- GCB
The Banner of Truth Trust publication is recommended. It is facsimile reprinted from the unabridged edition of 1895 published by John C. Nimmo, Ltd. containing the original marginal notes and Scripture references and illustrated with etchings by William Strang.
"Bunyan had better insight into the human heart than modern psychology; namely, because he did not study man apart from his Creator and apart from his deep inward problem." -- Ernest Reisinger
The Pilgrim's Progress
http://www.ccel.org/b/bunyan/pilgrims_progress/title.html
Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan (audio files)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John%5EBunyan

*Bunyan, John, The Pilgrim's Progress (Cassettes)
"The entire book, virtually unabridged -- rewritten for the modern ear by Jim Pappas and brought to life by 77 actors with original music and sound effects -- is now available on audio cassette." -- GCB. A Christian classic.
Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan (audio files)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John%5EBunyan

Carmichael, G. Wade, Jack's Resolve: A True Patriot's Tale (United, Inc.).
"Historic novel about the courier of the first recorded declaration of independence in the American Colonies in 1775. Follow the trials and challenges of Captain James Jack, of the Mecklenburg County, North Carolina militia in his attempt to deliver the Mecklenburg documents to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The story, drawn from historic archives and Jack family documents, chronicles the intrigue, danger and betrayal found in the American colonies in the months preceding the national Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the American Revolutionary War." -- Book Description
"G. Wade Carmichael is the Executive Director of the Charlotte Museum of History and has written several articles on historic events and topics. As a graduate of Indiana University, at the Herron School of Art, he majored in Fine Art Painting with particular attention to historic painting techniques and materials. Wade currently resides in North Carolina where he conducts tours of Revolutionary War sites, as well as being a public speaker on various historic topics." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Dostoevsky, Fyodor, The Brothers Karamazov (Chicago, IL: Random House, 1991).
Brothers Karamozov, by Dostoevsky
http://www.ccel.org/d/dostoevsky/karamozov/karamozov.txt

*Dostoevsky, Fyodor, Crime and Punishment (Chicago, IL: Random House, 1991).
Crime and Punishment, by Dostoevsky
http://www.ccel.org/d/dostoevsky/crime/crime.txt

*Elliot, Elisabeth, No Graven Image: A Novel (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books]).
"J.I. Packer says that this is a book which will rivet your attention from the start, and at the end blow your mind." -- GCB

*Finley, Martha [aka Martha Farquharson] (1828-1909), Annandale: A Story of the Times of the Covenanters (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1858).

*Finley, Martha, Anna Hand, the Meddlesome Girl (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1868).

Finley, Martha, [aka Martha Farquharson] (1828-1909) An Old-Fashioned Boy (M. A. Donohue (1873).

Finley, Martha [aka Martha Farquharson] (1828-1909), Our Fred or Seminary Life at Thurston a Sequel to an Old Fashioned Boy (Dodd, Mead, 1874).

*Finley, Martha, Aunt Hetty's Fowls or, Harry at the Farm (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1876).

*Finley, Martha, Aunt Ruth, or, Persecuted not Forsaken (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1857).

*Finley, Martha, The Broken Basket (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1870).

*Finley, Martha, Brookside Farm-house: From January to December: For the Little Folks (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1865).

*Finley, Martha, Clouds and Sunshine, or, The Faith Brightened Pathway (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1859).

*Finley, Martha, Ella Clinton, or, By Their Fruits ye Shall Know Them (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1856).

*Finley, Martha, Little Patience (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1868).

*Finley, Martha, Marion Harvie, a Tale of Persecution in the Seventeenth Century (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1857).

*Finley, Martha, Maud's two Homes (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1868).

*Finley, Martha, The Peddler of La Grave (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1875).

*Finley, Martha [aka Martha Farquharson] (1828-1909), The Elsie Books, 28 book set (Nashville, TN: Cumberland House Publishers).

*** New sets of the above are now available in the book trade (July 2003). Cumberland House has reprinted the originals in soft cover. These are not abridged or modernized. Steet price for the entire set is $120, individual books, $4.50. See:
Elsie Dinsmore Books
http://www.lvbaptist.org/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=BHCP&Category_Code=ED,
and Christian Book Distributors, Christianbook.com ***

*Finley, Martha [aka Martha Farquharson] (1828-1909), The Elsie Books, 4 book set (Books 1-4) (Elkton, MD: Holly Halls Publications, 1998).
"Originally written in the late 1800's for girls and young women, the Elsie Dinsmore books were bestsellers for over thirty years. When we are introduced to Elsie in the first book she is a sweet and humble eight-year-old whose great desire in life is to be reunited with her father, whom she has never met. Her faith and her obedience to God's commandments uphold her in the great troubles she often faces, and the drama to which we are spectators is as timely for today's girls as it was for the young ladies of the 19th century. A new edition of one of GCB's best sellers, the series offers Christian values and character building examples through stories that are compelling, heartwarming, and enduring. Ages 10 and up." -- GCB
"The Elsie Books -- 28 in all -- are some of the most widely read children's stories ever written. When they first came out more than a hundred years ago, the publisher could scarcely keep them in stock. . ." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Altogether Miss Finley's novels sold more than 28,000,000 copies in the last century. This made them among the best- selling novels of all time. . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Gutenberg, Project
http://www.gutenberg.org/
ClassicReader.com
http://www.classicreader.com/

Book 1: Elsie Dinsmore
"Set amid the sweet blossoms of a southern mansion, this timeless classic delves into the heart of Elsie -- by all counts, an extraordinary little girl. Share in Elsie's quest for love from her earthly father as it leads to a mature understanding of the love of her Father in Heaven. Join Elsie as she suffers through endless hours of scrutiny from Miss Day, her mean-spirited school teacher, taunting from her mischievous young Uncle Arthur, and scoldings from a cold-hearted father she so desires to please -- all with the peace and quiet countenance that comes from knowing she is God's child. This, the first of the heart-warming Elsie Books, will both challenge and inspire you." -- Publisher's Annotation
Elsie Dinsmore: Book 1 Martha Finley
http://www.hshangout.com/elsie.html
Elsie Dinsmore (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=6440

Book 2: Elsie's Holidays at Roselands
"When Elsie's father becomes ill, she takes on the job of nurse-companion, and all goes well until Elsie, because it is the Sabbath, as a matter of conscience refuses to read to him from a secular book. The battle of wills that ensues nearly causes first her father's death, and then Elsie's. Lonely Elsie -- punished, ostracized, and then abandoned by her father -- turns to her heavenly Father for comfort and assurance. Will her father realize that Elsie's obedience to God must be paramount, and submit himself to the same Divine Authority?" -- Publisher's Annotation
Holidays at Roselands (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14280

Book 3: Elsie's Girlhood
"Elsie's father marries her beloved Miss Rose, and after a time, Elsie acquires a younger brother and sister. Growing into a beautiful young lady who adores her father and accords him unquestioning obedience, Elsie falls in love with Bromly Egerton, a man who turns out to be a deceiving, gambling reprobate. Heartbroken, the loss affects her health as well as her spirit, and the Dinsmores decide that a sojourn in Europe is the solution. An unexpected encounter in Naples sets the stage for a romance that surprises almost everyone." -- Publisher's Annotation
Elsie's Girlhood (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=9963

Book 4: Elsie's Womanhood
"As Elsie and her father prepare for her marriage to John Travilla, Elsie moves to Viamede, her mother's childhood home in Louisiana. Overseeing the plantation, Elsie observes the treatment of the slaves and strives to bring them into an awareness of God's love for them. As Mr. and Mrs. Travilla start their life together, Elsie's old boyfriend tries to bring it all to a tragic end. In a fit of jealous rage, he unsuccessfully attempts to shoot the newly married couple. Happy with her life with her new husband, Elsie experiences the wonderful joys of motherhood. Join Elsie as she moves into a wonderful and exciting new phase of her life." -- Publisher's Annotation
Elsie's Womanhood (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14874

Book 5: Elsie's Motherhood
Elsie's Motherhood (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14566

Book 6: Elsie's Children
Elsie's Children (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14875

Book 7: Elsie's Widowhood

Book 8: Grandmother Elsie
Grandmother Elsie (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14883

Book 9: Elsie's New Relations
Elsie's New Relations: What They Did and How They Fared at Ion (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14909

Book 10: Elsie at Nantucket
Elsie at Nantucket (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14379

Book 11: The Two Elsies (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).
The Two Elsies (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=13379

Book 12: Kith and Kin
Elsie's Kith and Kin (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14488

Book 13: Elsie's Friends at Woodburn (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).

Book 14: Elsie's Christmas (Christmas With Grandma Elsie) (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).
Christmas With Grandma Elsie (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14534

Book 15: Elsie and the Raymonds (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).

Book 16: Yachting With the Raymonds (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).

Book 17: Elsie's Vacation (and After Events) (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).
Elsie's Vacation and After Events (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=18058

Book 18: Elsie at Viamede (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).

Book 19: Elsie at Ion (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).

Book 20: Elsie at the World's Fair (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).
Elsie at the World's Fair (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=14910

Book 21: Elsie's Journey on Inland Waters (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).

Book 22: Elsie at Home (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).
Elsie at Home (Gutenberg text)
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=17496

Book 23: Elsie on the Hudson (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).

Book 24: Elsie in the South (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).

Book 25: Elsie's Young Folks (in Peace and War) (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).

Book 26: Elsie's Winter Trip (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).

Book 27: Elsie and Her Loved Ones (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).

Book 28: Elsie and Her Namesakes (Bulverde, TX: Mantle Ministries).

*Finley, Martha [aka Martha Farquharson] (1828-1909), The Mildred Series: A Companion Series of the "Elsie" Books (New York, NY: A.L. Burt Company, 1876).

Book 1: Mildred Keith

Book 2: Mildred at Roselands

Book 3: Mildred and Elsie

Book 4: Mildred's Married Life and a Winter With Elsie Dinsmore

Book 5: Mildred at Home

Book 6: Mildred's Boys and Girls

Book 7: Mildred's New Daughter

G.A. Henty Collection of Books for Boys
"Hard Bound, Soft Bound, and CD-ROM editions.
"All 99 of G. A. Henty's books are now available in print and digital formats. The CDs also includes 53 short stories by Henty and 216 short stories by his contemporaries.
"Written during the latter part of the 19th Century, G. A. Henty's books were very popular and widely used in the schools of Britain and the United States during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
"While many children's adventure books that emphasize the traits of courage, high moral character, diligence, perseverance and other valuable personal virtues were written during this period, G. A. Henty's books are unique. Each adventure takes place within the setting of some important period in human history. From the fall of Jerusalem to the American Civil War, Henty's heroes live their adventures within exciting historical events. The reader learns much detailed history while he is being entertained and taught by exemplary heroes.
"Moreover, through his personal experiences and careful scholarship, Henty provides very detailed and accurate accounts of history.
"While one might read a section of a history book concerning, for example, the conquering of Mexico by Spain, most such accounts are dry and shallow in comparison with Henty's tale of the primary happenings and of the way of life of the people caught up in those events.
"From the French Revolution to the Great Plague of London, from the Crusades to the American Civil War, Henty readers learn in-depth history, superior vocabulary and literary techniques, and the advantages of high personal character - while they are being entertained by a master storyteller.
"The Robinson Books Henty Collection is outstanding reading for any person - young or old, regardless of educational background."
http://www.henty.com/
Gutenberg, Project
http://www.gutenberg.org/
ClassicReader.com
http://www.classicreader.com/

*Hill, Grace L., Partners (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers).

*Hill, Grace L., The Enchanted Barn (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers).

Keach, Benjamin, The Travels of True Godliness (Solid Ground Christian Books; November 1, 2005).
"For the first time in over 150 years this allegory that once rivaled THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS is coming back again. Hear what others are saying:

After defining godliness and showing its worthy pedigree and antiquity, 'the excellent Benjamin Keach' (as he was fondly called), allegorically personifies 'Godliness,' much as Bunyan did 'Christian.' He introduces us to more than two dozen enemies of godliness, then details Godliness's encounters with several of them, including apostasy, hypocrisy, legalism, antinomianism, worldliness, and Satan. We meet in graphic detail the temptations of youth and old age, of riches and poverty, as well as the joys of contentment, thoughtfulness, kindness, and love. This is a fascinating read by the most important Baptist thinker of his day, designed to stir us up to a greater pursuit of godliness." - Dr. Joel R. Beeke
"Most modern men don't think deeply. If there is something called 'true godliness,' for a contrast to stand, there must also be a form of religion that is not true and straight, but false. The former is rare in the world; the latter abounds even in the churches. THE TRAVELS OF TRUE GODLINESS is a road map for and about those on God's narrow way. For others, if the directions of God go unheard and unheeded, 'true godliness' will remain a quaint curiosity on the road to destruction." -- Dr. Mike Renihan Introduction by Pastor Austin Walker, author of the book THE EXCELLENT BENJAMIN KEACH (Joshua Press, 2004).
*Marshall, Catherine, Christy (New York, NY: Avon Books).
"Christy Huddleston left home at 19 to teach school in the Smoky Mountains. There she came to know and love the wild mountain people with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, their yearning for beauty and truth. Christy found her faith severely challenged in these primitive surroundings: and, confronted with two young men of unique strengths and needs, she found her own growing yearning challenged by love." -- Publisher's Annotation. One of the best-loved of all American novels.

*Peretti, Frank, Piercing the Darkness (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books).
"The amazing author of THIS PRESENT DARKNESS has written another best-seller. Sally Beth Roe, a young loner, a bum-out, a kind of `left-over hippie,' finds herself fleeing for her life . . . Sally's journey is a penetrating portrayal of our times, a reflection of our wanderings and a vivid reminder of the redemptive power of the cross." -- GCB. This is a sequel to THIS PRESENT DARKNESS [110011].

Peretti, Frank, The Oath (Word Books)

*Peretti, Frank, The Prophet: A Novel (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1992). 11009

*Peretti, Frank, "This Present Darkness" (Cassette) (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1986).
"This audio abridgement, read by the author himself, brings to life the thrills, excitement, and spiritual insights of the novel. Presented with dramatic sound and music effects. Two cassettes." -- GCB

*Peretti, Frank, This Present Darkness (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1986).
"Ashton is just a small town. But when a skeptical reporter and a prayerful pastor begin to compare notes, they suddenly find themselves fighting a hideous New Age plot to subjugate the townspeople and, eventually, the entire planet. In this fast-moving thriller, Frank Peretti illustrates the power of demonic forces and the greater power of prayer as a weapon against them." -- CBD.

*Sheldon, Charles M., In His Steps (Greensburg, PA: Barbour Company).
"A man beaten down by life deeply touches a small town congregation when unexpectedly and poignantly he confronts them, asking, `What do you Christians mean by following the steps of Jesus?' This classic work tells the story of congregational members who pledge to walk in Christ's step for one year, asking themselves what He would do at every turn in their daily lives." -- Publisher's Annotation. A Christian classic.

Aish, Carolyn Ann, The Frencolian Chronicles Book 1, Treasures; Book 2, Castles; Book 3, Kingdoms (Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications Incorporated, 1992).
"Set in the Medieval Europe in the 1700's, these novels are rich in adventure and overflowing with Biblical truth. The Frencolian Chronicles are novels to be read both for the exciting story as well as the lessons they teach. Adults to adolescents will enjoy this series. In fact, why not read it as a family?" -- GCB

Belcher, Richard P., A Journey in Purity: A Theological Novel (Southbridge, MA: Crown Publications Inc. [Crown MA]).
"This is the challenging story of a young pastor and his difficult and heart-breaking struggle to bring purity to the corrupt and impure church he pastors."

Bridge, Stephanie Marie, Puritan Fairy Tales: Short Stories and Poems for Young and Old [G1013]

Elwood, Roger, Angelwalk (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books]).
"Reminiscent of The Screwtape Letters, Angelwalk weaves power and sentiment into a fascinating story of spiritual warfare. The angel Darien believes Lucifer shouldn't have been expelled from heaven and God grants Darien to go to earth to see what Lucifer has been doing."

Galt, John, 1779-1839, Ringan Gilhaize : or, The covenanters / by the author of "Annals of the Parish," "Sir Andrew Wylie," "The entail," &c. [i.e. J. Galt], first edition, 3 volumes (Edinburgh : Oliver & Boyd, 1823).

Galt, John, 1779-1839, Ringan Gilhaize : or the Covenanters, 3 volumes (Edinburgh : Scottish Academic Press, 1984).
By the author of "Annals of the Parish," "Sir Andrew Wylie," "The entail," &c. [i.e. J. Galt]
Personal author: Wilson, Patricia J.
Subject: Covenanters--Fiction.
Series: (Association for Scottish Literary Studies 1984)
Series: Association for Scottish Literary Studies (Series), No. 14
Includes bibliographical references.

Gay, David, Voyage to Freedom: Story of the Pilgrim Fathers (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1984).
"Excellent book telling about the crossing of the Mayflower through the eyes of an imaginary family." -- GCB

Grow, Donna Fletcher, Glastonbury: The Novel of Christian England (Westchester, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books]).
"Classified as historical fiction this 860-page book covers 1,500 years of tumultuous history. This is a wonderful read. Detailed and well written the writer will catch you up in an exciting saga. Has all the right stuff to become a best-seller." -- GCB

Hill, Grace Livingston, According to the Pattern (New York, NY: Bantam Books, Inc., 1985).

Hill, Grace Livingston, An Unwilling Guest (Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour and Company, Incorporated).

Hill, Grace Livingston, Aunt Crete's Emancipation (Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour and Company, Incorporated).

Hill, Grace Livingston, Because of Stephen (Mattituck, NY: Amereon Limited).

Hill, Grace Livingston, Lone Point (Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour and Company, Incorporated).

Hill, Grace Livingston, Marcia Schuyler (Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour and Company, Incorporated, 1992).

Hill, Grace Livingston, Phoebe Deane (Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour and Company, Incorporated, 1992).

Hill, Grace Livingston, The Girl From Montana (Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour and Company, Incorporated).

Hill, Grace Livingston, The Story of a Whim (Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour and Company, Incorporated).

Kelly, Victor J., Macintosh Mountain (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House).
"This novel is the winner of the Gold Medallion Award. The story is set in the mountains of Vermont and on the New England coast. A warm family saga filled with all the emotions and relationships that will leave you wanting to read a sequel." -- GCB

Lawhead, Stephen, Pendragon Cycle (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books], 1989).

Livingston, Mark Jay, The Peacemaker (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers).
"A mystery in Washington; has the President gone mad? This political thriller is as contemporary as today's headlines, yet never strays from timeless Biblical truths."

Love, Dane, Scottish Covenanter stories : tales from the killing times (Glasgow : Neil Wilson, 2000).

MacLean, Isabelle McCall, The Oath and The Covenant: The 'Killing Times' in Scotland (iUniverse, Inc., June 9, 2006).
"The latter part of the 1600's in Scotland has become known in the annals of time as the "Killing times." THE OATH AND THE COVENANT is a story based on the lives of these brave Scottish Presbyterian Covenanters, their object being to release their beloved Scotland from the strangling grasp of an English king, who claimed he had a "Divine Right" to rule both church and state. The Covenanters never relinquished their determination to gain what they viewed as a God given right to worship freely. They endured inhumane treatment leveled upon them by King Charles II's armies in his attempt to subjugate them.
"John Whitelaw, the Martyr of Monkland, was one of many who was torn from the bosom of his family and finally gave his life to gain religious freedom. The story continues based upon the many accounts of those who were banished to the Americas.
"It was in America that they found friends among the Abeniki tribe of Indians, who taught the Scots needed skills to survive in this new land and drew them into their culture. They also found precious religious freedom to worship according to the dictates of their hearts -- and not that of a king."
From the Author
"I learned to love all things Scottish at the knee of my father James McCall MacLean and my grandfather, Thomas McCall McLean. Through this love of my roots I began writing “Finding Your Tartan Roots” for The Scottish Banner. The Oath and The Covenant sprung from my efforts to find my ancestors’ records. Email the author at immccall@mlode.com." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Just finished reading THE OATH AND THE COVENANT and it is one of the best books I have ever read. This book is very well written and just draws you into the story. The history in this historical novel is a must for anyone with Scottish genealogy. I recommend this to anyone who wants an understanding of what life was like to come to a new foreign country in the late 1600's. -- Reader's Comment
Isabelle McCall MacLean
http://www.isabellemmaclean.com/

Peretti, Frank, All Is Well (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, 1991).
"It is a touching story that will renew your spirit as you discover that all is well because nearly two thousand years ago, in Bethlehem, God wrote Himself into your life." -- CRM

Potter, William, The Boy's Guide to the Historical Adventures of G.A. Henty (Vocabulary of a Warrior) (The Vision Forum, Inc., July 3, 2000).
"This unique book charts Henty's works of historical fiction chronologically and provides both a plot summary and an historical overview of over 70 of his classic tales." -- Publisher's Annotation
"HOME EDUCATORS: If you are trying to put together a history-based curriculum, this volume is very helpful! You can gauge which time periods in your student's course of study need some bolstering up (or livening up) and search in this book for the proper Henty novel to introduce. For example, to bulk up our study on 'Ancient Times,' I needed a novel about Hannibal. This terrific reference book tells me to get Henty's 'The Young Carthaginian' to meet that requirement.
"Another problem it solves is that sometimes a history-based curriculum can get predictable. Everyone seems to be covering the same things and the only variance is how deeply they're studied. This guide covers all of Henty's books and makes it easy to locate his books on obscure subjects and events which you can tantalize your children with. Children seem to love citing these forgotten tales and bedazzling their peers and family with them!
"This volume will also prove invaluable to PEOPLE EDUCATING THEMSELVES. As an adult who is battling her 'learning gaps,' I just page through this reference until I find something that doesn't ring ANY bells! By reading a Henty, I enjoy a terrific adventure (which I can later discuss with my children), educate myself and, if I want to, pursue the subject more deeply later on." -- Reader Comment
"G.A. Henty wrote around 144 books. Many of the books revolve around a fictional character who interacts with real persons from that historical period. Heroism, honor, courage, and leadership are integral characteristics of the main protagonists. I have trouble putting down a Henty story. I highly recommend this resource." -- Reader Comment
A WARRIOR and a GENTLEMAN: G.A. Henty and the True Meaning of Manhood, Curtis Todd Adams
Curtis, age 14, was the winner of "G.A. Henty Essay Contest Winners 2003," a contest sponsored by Vision Forum
"True Christian masculinity is a fine balance of seasoned leaders hip (the tireless warrior) and selfless servanthood (the considerate gentleman). A man comprised of only one of these sides does not function as a true man ought to since his tough side is not counterbalanced with a caring side. Nineteenth century author, G.A. Henty, provides examples of masculine imbalance in too-tough characters such as the Jackson father and son (WITH LEE IN VIRGINIA) and the Spanish Inquisitors (UNDER DRAKE'S FLAG), and in too-soft characters such as the cowardly Robert Rivers (A KNIGHT OF THE WHITE CROSS). As Doug Phillips has written, "There are ten thousand road obstacles to accomplishing a godly vision, but true leadership requires an indefatigueable willingness to work for a righteous cause to the end." The heroes of G.A. Henty's novels are characterized by conquering difficult obstacles with fortitude and compassion, thereby portraying a godly vision of manhood. . . ." -- Curtis Todd Adams
http://www.visionforum.com/hottopics/essaycontests/henty2003/adams.aspx
G.A. Henty Collection of Books for Boys
"Hard Bound, Soft Bound, and CD-ROM editions.
"All 99 of G. A. Henty's books are now available in print and digital formats. The CDs also includes 53 short stories by Henty and 216 short stories by his contemporaries.
"Written during the latter part of the 19th Century, G. A. Henty's books were very popular and widely used in the schools of Britain and the United States during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.
"While many children's adventure books that emphasize the traits of courage, high moral character, diligence, perseverance and other valuable personal virtues were written during this period, G. A. Henty's books are unique. Each adventure takes place within the setting of some important period in human history. From the fall of Jerusalem to the American Civil War, Henty's heroes live their adventures within exciting historical events. The reader learns much detailed history while he is being entertained and taught by exemplary heroes.
"Moreover, through his personal experiences and careful scholarship, Henty provides very detailed and accurate accounts of history.
"While one might read a section of a history book concerning, for example, the conquering of Mexico by Spain, most such accounts are dry and shallow in comparison with Henty's tale of the primary happenings and of the way of life of the people caught up in those events.
"From the French Revolution to the Great Plague of London, from the Crusades to the American Civil War, Henty readers learn in-depth history, superior vocabulary and literary techniques, and the advantages of high personal character - while they are being entertained by a master storyteller.
"The Robinson Books Henty Collection is outstanding reading for any person - young or old, regardless of educational background."
http://www.henty.com/

Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832, Old mortality (Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1923).
General note: On spine: Scott's collected works.
Covenanters--Fiction.

Thoene, Bodie, and Brock Thoene, Saga of the Sierras, boxed set of 4 (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers).
"Like John Wayne and Louis L'Amour? Then you'll love these well-researched tales of four men facing the challenges of the Old West -- challenges that often tempt them to compromise their Christian values. The set includes THE MAN FROM SHADOW RIDGE, RIDERS OF THE SILVER RIM, GOLD RUSH PRODIGAL, and SEQUOIA SCOUT. All four soft-covers are packed in a slipcase." -- CBD

Webb, Michael, Balaam's Error: Giants in the Earth, Book 2 (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books], 1992).
"A novel of cosmic powers at war, the supremacy of love, and the power of the blood of Jesus Christ, with millions of lives at stake." -- GCB

Wiggins, Eric, and Kate Douglas Wiggin, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm: The Child (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers).
"In 1904, author Jack London met a little New England girl who won his heart. Mark Twain was enchanted by the same little girl. Her name is Rebecca. In the first of a three book series, the classic story of Rebeccca is being introduced. You now have the chance to accompany Rebecca as she encounters life and discovers the joy of a relationship with Christ. She struggles with different facets of human nature and learns the lessons of life, sometimes the hard way. A true classic!" -- GCB

Wiggins, Eric, and Kate Douglas Wiggin, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm: The Girl (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers).
"Here is more exciting adventures with Rebecca in this, the second of the three-book series. Little girls of any age can accompany Rebecca as she grows through childhood and discovers the joy of a relationship with Christ. Perfect for girls eleven and older . . ." -- GCB

Wiggins, Eric, and Kate Douglas Wiggin, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms: The Woman (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers).
One of a series of three that has delighted so many people, young and old. Get all three of these.

Wilder, Laura Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie Series (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House).
This series includes nine titles.

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CLASSIC FICTION BY GEORGE MACDONALD

"I never wrote a book in which I did not quote George MacDonald." -- C.S. Lewis

"MacDonald does for late 19th-century Scotland what Lewis does for Narnia: he creates a vibrant world where people of godly character triumph over treachery and deceit. . . ." -- Publisher's Annotation

Notice that, like the Elsie Books series of fiction novels, the works of George Macdonald are becoming available free in Project Gutenberg etext.

*MacDonald, George, At the Back of the North Wind (Whitehorn, CA: Johannesen, 1992).
At the Back of the North Wind, by George MacDonald
http://www.ccel.org/m/macdonald/northwind/northwind.html

*MacDonald, George, Lilith (New York, NY: Schocken Books, 1987).
Lilith, by George MacDonald
http://www.ccel.org/m/macdonald/lilith/Lilith.html

*MacDonald, George, Phantastes (New York, NY: Schocken Books, 1987).
"I regard MacDonald as my master." -- C.S. Lewis
PHANTASTES, LILITH, THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN, and AT THE BACK OF THE NORTH WIND, are said to be his most popular novels.

*MacDonald, George, The Maiden's Bequest (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers).
"This edition, which is edited by Michael R. Phillips, has been viewed by some critics as MacDonald's best, a classic novel retold for today's readers." -- GCB

*MacDonald, George, The Princess and the Goblin (New York, NY: Dell Publishing Company, 1986).
For children.
The Light Princess, by George MacDonald
http://www.ccel.org/m/macdonald/princess/princess.html

MacDonald, George, The Malcolm Series (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers).
"Meet Malcolm, who believes himself to be only a poor Scottish fisherman. Journey with him as he discovers his true identity and struggles to guard the life of a mysterious young woman. This set of two Gothic romances includes THE FISHERMAN'S LADY and THE MARQUIS' SECRET." -- CBD

MacDonald, George, The Maturing Men Series (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers).
"These four stand-alone novels share a common theme: each tells the dynamic story of one young man's spiritual awakening, and each convey's MacDonald's love for his native Scotland and her proud people. The set includes THE POET'S HOMECOMING, THE MINISTER'S RESTORATION, THE LAIRD'S INHERITANCE, and THE HIGHLANDER'S LAST SONG." -- CBD

MacDonald, George, The Resolute Women Series (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers).
"These five novels are related in theme only: each is the character study of a spirited woman of God. The set includes THE LANDLADY'S MASTER, THE PEASANT GIRL'S DREAM, A DAUGHTER'S DEVOTION, THE GENTLEWOMAN'S CHOICE, and (perhaps MacDonald's best!) THE MAIDEN'S BEQUEST." -- CBD

MacDonald, George, The Robert and David Series
"Here are two classic and compelling MacDonald stories of truth overcoming evil. Each book stands alone, although the hero of THE MUSICIAN'S QUEST, Robert Falconer, MacDonald's favorite character, appears briefly in THE TUTOR'S FIRST LOVE." -- CBD
"David Elginbrod is a remarkable work in that it embodies the finest elements of style, characterization, plot and subplot development, and, of course, content or worth. Without appropriate content a book is a virtual wasteland after which the disillusioned reader feels as though he has sojourned in the desert, and, having encountered numerous mirages that promised but failed to provide relief, finds himself parched in spirit and soul with no oasis in sight.
"This book will elicit the full gamut of emotions as well as provide a welcome array of spiritual and intellectual stimuli. The main character, Hugh Sutherland, is introduced as a congenial young man who wishes no more than to make his way in the world. After the death of his father he is forced by financial constraints to seek employment in order to complete his education. This employment is, of course, as a tutor on a small Scottish estate where he encounters the estate foreman or steward, David Elginbrod and his daughter, Margaret or Maggie.
"Sutherland finds the Elginbrod family, although Christian in word and deed, to his liking when compared with the severe and mean manner of his employer. As a result, he finds himself at the Elginbrod cottage whenever time will permit, and begins tutoring both father and daughter. Although Hugh believes himself to be the educator, he will learn as he matures and discovers the various trials and tribulations that lie in his path that it was David, not he, who was, in fact, the real tutor.
"MacDonald has excelled in the characters of David and Margaret Elginbrod, while providing a practical application of their teachings in the lives of Hugh Sutherland and those with whom he comes in contact.
"Not only an exceptional spiritual work, David Elginbrod weaves a tale of ghosts, mysticism, the supernatural, and love in such a manner as to be both educational, spiritually-uplifting, and spellbinding. My sole regret was when I encountered the final page. I was prepared to begin anew.
"I invite you to join Hugh Sutherland as he learns that it is not position, education, prominence, or power that makes a man, but the willingness to serve, with joy and humility, his fellowman thereby doing his Father's will." -- Reader Comment

MacDonald, George, The Christmas Stories of George MacDonald (Elgin, IL: David C. Cook Publishing Co., 1981).
"I do not write for children, but for the childlike, whether of five, or fifty, or seventy-five.-- George MacDonald
"Illustrated with wonderful color and black and white drawings, here are Christmas stores from the well-loved Scott, George MacDonald. Perfect holiday reading for families." -- CBD

MacDonald, George, The Fisherman's Lady (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1982).
Edited by Michael R. Phillips. "George MacDonald writes of homely things and simple people who saw, in the stuff of a shepherd's cottage or a fisherman's arduous work on the cold sea, the love of God." -- Elisabeth Elliot

MacDonald, George, The Last Castle (Wheaton, IL: Scripture Press Publications, Inc.).
Edited by Dan Hamilton. "A historical novel set in the English Civil War of the 1640's. The events and most of the characters are real. The major incidents in the story have been taken from memoirs and other accounts. Original title, SAINT GEORGE AND SAINT MICHAEL." -- GCB

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Gutenberg, Project
Approximately 60 works by George MacDonald are now available a free online etext at Project Gutenberg. (8/6/07)
http://www.gutenberg.org/



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