Today we have the grand finale! We’re posting our Top 5 reads (so far!) from 2021!! So you’ll want to check some of these out for sure!
Phew!! It’s been quite the week of books, hasn’t it!! And we’re not quite finished yet! I’ve just been dusting brilliantly coloured Autumn leaves off some benches. So take a seat, if you’d like. Or if you’re feel energetic, how about jumping in some piles of leaves before diving into another book?! I have the strange feeling this is going to end in a giant leaf fight! 😛 But what better way to end the party!?
I’m quite excited to be sharing some of my favourite reads for the year with you today! So let’s dive in! 😀
Five Fall Favourites Day 6: Top Five for 2021!
Betrayed! By Stan Telchin
Betrayed! is the page-turning account of a loving Jewish family caught on divergent prongs of a historic conflict. When Stan Telchin’s daughter accepts Jesus as her Messiah, she makes a touching plea for him to search out the truth for himself. Intending to prove her wrong, Telchin sets out on a vigorous and critical examination of the claims of Jesus Christ. He is astonished at what he learns and finds himself facing a wrenching and life-changing decision.
As readers travel with Telchin, they too will discover a deeper, fuller awareness of both Judaism and Christianity, as well as how God can heal wounds from the bitterest conflicts. Even more, readers will discover the inexorable power of the gospel. This new edition includes an update from the author and wisdom-filled words on Jewish identity.
I love the Jewish people, and I hope and pray that many more find Messiah like the family in this book. Reading this story was so interesting and worthwhile, because it gave me a deeper understanding of the Jewish thought process in regards to Jesus (Yeshua). I’d highly, highly recommend it for that reason alone! And aside from that, it’s a story of God’s faithfulness and mercy–of how he cares so much about us. (I’d also highly recommend these short Jewish testimonies by One For Israel. They often bring tears to my eyes!)
Silent Road to Rescue by Denise Williamson
When the Japanese invade China, Kwei Er and his family flee their burning village and go to live with Uncle Ma Chuang Fu and his wife. But even in the remote town of Nan Kung, the fingers of war can touch them. Kwei Er begins helping his uncle and a missionary, Eric Liddell, as they transport wounded Chinese from the surrounding villages to the Siaochang hospital. The work is dangerous, and every time Kwei Er leads his mule out of town onto the empty road, he wonders if he will live to come home.
This is a simpler read as it’s aimed at a younger audience, but I still really enjoyed it and the book’s message. It’s was encouraging seeing Eric Liddell’s devotion and trust in God throughout the book and God’s faithfulness. Overall this was a really fun and worthwhile read!
“Don’t let fear chase you. That can tire you quickly. Focus on God. Let Him be your strength.”Silent Road to Rescue
No Surrender (Young Reader’s Edition) by Chris Edmonds
Spanning seven decades and linking a sprawling cast of heroes from every corner of the country, No Surrender is an unforgettable story of a father’s extraordinary acts of valor in the treacherous final days of World War II and a son’s journey to discover them.
Like most members of the Greatest Generation, Roddie Edmonds, a humble American soldier from East Tennessee, rarely spoke about his experiences during World War II. Not even his son Chris—who always considered his father a hero—knew the full details of Roddie’s capture at the Battle of the Bulge or his captivity at Stalag IXA, a Nazi POW camp. But when Chris’s daughter was assigned a family history project, Chris reread Roddie’s wartime diaries, which set in motion a series of life-changing events.
I first heard about this story on a Christians United for Israel show when they interviewed the author (the son of a US solider who fought in WWII). And it captured our attention. 😀 My family is in the process of reading it out loud together, and it’s so well written! I’m looking forward to getting further through it and into the heart of the story (which if it’s anything like what I heard in the interview, it will be amazing!). I know it involves an American soldier in a prison camp boldly standing up for his Jewish companions–even at gunpoint. We’re reading the Young Reader’s Edition (which doesn’t really feel like a Young Reader’s Edition and is still 250ish pages), but there is an adult’s edition too.
Cell 58: Imprisoned in Iran by Dan Baumann
“On every continent, in every nation, God is at work in and through the lives of believers. From the streets of Amsterdam to remote Pacific islands to the jungles of Ecuador and beyond, each international adventure that emerges is a dramatic episode that could be directed only by the hand of God.”
Wrongly accused of espionage and thrown into the most infamous high-security prison in Iran, one American man witnessed the powerful triumph of God’s love over fear.
I love stories that bolster your faith! And reading stories such as this do just that. This book is easy to read, interesting, encouraging, and is tastefully done (because as much as I enjoy reading true stories, I really don’t enjoy too many gory details 😉 ). I’m over half-way through and am really enjoying the adventure! 😀 I’m going to be keen to check out more in this collection once I’m done.
Imprisoned with ISIS: Faith in the Face of Evil by Petr Jasek
As a child, Petr Jasek (Peter Yash-eck) watched Soviet tanks roll through the streets of his village in Czechoslovakia, taking the country by force and subjecting it to decades of Communist oppression. Petr grew up in the underground church and benefitted from financial help and Bibles smuggled in to his family. As an adult living in the free Czech Republic, Petr chose to begin serving persecuted Christians—especially in Islamist hotspots in Africa and the Middle East. In 2015, he was arrested in Sudan, convicted as a war criminal, and sentenced to life in prison, where he was forced to share a group cell with ISIS terrorists. The true story of what God did in and through Petr has already inspired tens of thousands around the world. Now, for the first time, Petr tells the whole story.
This book is definitely at the top of my favourites list for the year and perhaps at the very top of my all-time favourites list too!! So in case you’re wondering, you should look into reading this book!!! It’s so, so encouraging and inspiring. It’s amazing to see how God sustained this man in the face of great evil–even when he was imprisoned with antagonistic ISIS cellmates. We serve such an amazing God and this story is a huge reminder of that. The way God orchestrated things and used Petr’s time in prison is so inspiring. This book is such a blessing to read and also tastefully done! 😀
And now! The moment you’ve been waiting for! 😀 If you haven’t already go check out the winner of the Five Fall Favourites grand prize!!!
And of course, don’t forget to click the button below to go get more Top 5 of the Year book recommendations!
Thank you for stopping by my blog throughout the party! It’s been so much fun sharing books with you and reading through all the lovely comments! I hope you’ve found lots of great books that will encourage and inspire your faith in God. And perhaps a new favourite or two (or three! 😉 ).
What are some of your favourite reads of the year?!