Five Fall Favourites Day 4: Hope!

Welcome back to day 4! I love the category for today–HOPE! As believers we have every reason to be full of hope–no matter what. Because in God, our future is sure.

It’s such a beautiful sunny Autumn day–the sun is shining, the sky is a delightful shade of blue with a few fluffy clouds, and there’s a gorgeous crispness in the air! Days like this just make you glad to be alive!! And they’re also the perfect sort of day to go for a boat ride. So jump in (carefully!), and I’ll row you across to the other side of the lake where a group is gathering to read books in the shade. I only hope the lapping water won’t lull us all to sleep. 😉

There! We made it without getting too wet! Though I’m sorry if I splashed you a little while I was rowing. 😀 Feel free to relax on a picnic rug and enjoy God’s lovely creation, while I share some more great books with you.

Five Fall Favourites Day 4: Hope!

Defying Jihad by Esther Ahmad

Defying Jihad is the true story of a girl growing up under radical Islamic rule, trained to believe her ultimate purpose was to serve Allah by dying as a jihadist. But two nights before she was to leave forever, she had a dream . . . one that would change the course of her destiny.

Against all odds, Esther became a follower of Jesus—even though leaving Islam meant her death sentence. But rather than kill her immediately, Esther’s furious father challenged her to a series of public debates with Muslim scholars: the Bible versus the Quran. If Esther won, she might yet survive. But if the Muslim clerics won, Esther must renounce her Christian faith. For an entire month—if she lived that long—Esther would be brought before the mob daily to defend her newfound faith. Would God give her the words to argue against Muslim leaders, former friends, and even her own family?

Okay, so this one is also on my all-time favourites list! 😀 It is written with the same author as Til We Meet Again that I mentioned in my Day 1 list. And once again I love the writing style! This story is so amazing and is definitely filled with hope–the hope that God cares so much about us, that he would reach down and lovingly reveal Himself to us even while we are walking in darkness and hopelessly lost. You can read my full review here.

I had no fear swelling in me, no panic. The words of my Lord were all I needed. I trusted my faithful God–the One who is true to all his promises.

Esther Ahmad, Defying Jihad

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

At one time Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that there would ever be a story to tell. For the first fifty years of her life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ever happened to her. She was an old-maid watchmaker living contentedly with her spinster sister and their elderly father in the tiny Dutch house over their shop. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. However, with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, a story did ensue.

This book is worth reading at least once, as it is such a good and eye-opening read. In many ways I found it a hard book when I read it (perhaps because I was younger, and it was my first proper glimpse of what happened in the Holocaust). I didn’t “enjoy” reading it then. But I’m so, so glad that I did, because it’s stuck with me ever since in a good way. Parts are blatant, but I think we need to know (to some degree) just how horrible the Holocaust was. This book does a good job of painting an ugly picture without going too far overboard. Even amidst the horrors of the concentration camps, God was faithful to Corrie and Betsie. And God’s faithfulness is the same today as it was then! Which gives us unspeakable HOPE!

You can find another post I did about this book here.

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a know God.

Corrie ten Boom

Through All Things by Malachi Cyr

Loved ones must be rescued.
His brothers depend on him for survival.
The trail behind him is already stained with pain and loss.

Allen is only seventeen, but tragedy and a strong sense of duty already weigh on his shoulders. As the French and Indians wage brutal warfare on the English settlers, Allen embarks on a treacherous journey to free his captive sister and her friend.

With little hope of survival and even less for success, Allen knows he needs God to do the impossible. But if God is able to do all things, why does everything seem to be going wrong?

This is a book that I’d like to re-read sometime. I read it aloud with some of my family, and for me it was one of those books that I wished would keep going a little longer! I came away with a fresh realisation that “through all things” God is indeed faithful. You can see a post I did after reading it here.

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Matthew 19:26

Out of the Depths by Edgar Harrell

The Inspiring Story of a World War II Hero’s Miraculous Survival at Sea

July 30, 1945–The USS “Indianapolis” and its 1,196-man crew is making its way toward a small island in the South Pacific. The ship is sailing unescorted, assured by headquarters the waters are safe. It is midnight, and Marine Edgar Harrell and several others have sacked out on deck rather than spend the night in their hot and muggy quarters below. Fresh off a top-secret mission to deliver uranium for the atomic bombs that would ultimately end World War II, they are unaware their ship is being watched. Minutes later, six torpedoes are slicing toward the “Indy” . . .

For five horrifying days and nights after their ship went down, Harrell and his shipmates had to fend for themselves in the open seas. Plagued by dehydration, exposure, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks, their numbers were cruelly depleted before they were miraculously rescued. This is one man’s story of courage, ingenuity, and faith in God’s providence in the midst of the worst naval disaster in U.S. history.

This is another amazing story that you won’t forget in a hurry! Truly, Edgar Harrell and his comrades’ only hope in this horrifying situation was God. The horrors of being in the ocean for five days and nights is very real, and it’s encouraging to see how God miraculously saved Edgar’s life. It’s certainly a story worth being told (and read!). I did find parts of it a little hard to get into as it goes into army talk and logistics a bit, but as a whole I enjoyed it.

My Brother’s Keeper by Rod Gragg

Thirty captivating profiles of Christians who risked everything to rescue their Jewish neighbors from Nazi terror during the Holocaust.

My Brother’s Keeper unfolds powerful stories of Christians from across denominations who gave everything they had to save the Jewish people from the evils of the Holocaust. This unlikely group of believers, later honored by the nation of Israel as “The Righteous Among the Nations,” includes ordinary teenage girls, pastors, priests, a German army officer, a former Italian fascist, an international spy, and even a princess.

In one gripping profile after another, these extraordinary historical accounts offer stories of steadfast believers who together helped thousands of Jewish individuals and families to safety. Many of these everyday heroes perished alongside the very people they were trying to protect. There is no doubt that all of their stories showcase the best of humanity — even in the face of unthinkable evil.

This book gives me hope when I see how so many people courageously stood up to do what was right, and how God was with them, using them to save His people. I’ve only read a portion of this book so far, but I look forward to reading the rest! 😀

And don’t forget to enter the Five Fall Favourites’ Giveaway! It’s open to international entrants as well (though winners outside of the US won’t be able to receive any physical products). 🙂 And as you can see below, there’s a copy of my novel, Jayne’s Endeavour, up for grabs as part of the prize! 😀 😀

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Click on the button above to be taken back to the Literary Lodge, where you’ll find the links to more book lists full of hope! 😉

Do you have a favourite Scripture verse or quote that is full of hope? Feel free to share below! 😀 And see you back here tomorrow for Day 5 and more book talk!


16 responses to “Five Fall Favourites Day 4: Hope!”

  1. Great post, Lauren!! I loved your opening paragraph. <3 Our hope is in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. <33
    "The Hiding Place" is one of my favorite books, and I also really enjoyed "Through All Things," but I don't recognize the others on your list. 😀 It's nice to find books that carry the message of hope clearly without having a plot that's too long-winded or depressing. 🙂
    Thx for sharing!

    1. We are so blessed!!

      I’m glad you enjoy “The Hiding Place” and “Through All Things” too!! 😀 Yes it is!! I hope you get to read some of the others I listed sometime!

  2. Lydia Coral W Avatar
    Lydia Coral W

    Through All Things especially looks amazing!! I haven’t read any of these 🙂

    1. Oh, then I hope you get to remedy that sometime! I really enjoyed Through All Things it was entertaining with lots of adventure and action as well as encouraging! 😉

  3. Katja Labonté Avatar
    Katja Labonté

    I looove the Hiding Place, and I so wanna read all the others! Through All Things is on my kindle, I just haven’t read it yet lol because I’m afraid it won’t be as good as I hope XD

    1. That’s lovely to hear you like The Hiding Place so much! It’s a really impactful book.

      Oh dear! Well I don’t think you’ll be disappointed–you should definitely go read it!! 😉 😀

  4. HistoryGirl Avatar

    I haven’t read any of them except ” The Hiding Place”, but now I really want to. Thanks! 😀

    1. You’re welcome! I hope you find some new favourites!

  5. I have only read The Hiding Place though I’ve heard of Through All Things. I might have to find that book and read it. I haven’t heard of any of the other books.
    Thanks for the lovely list.

    1. You’re very welcome!! 😀 Yes, you should definitely try to find a copy of Through All Things and give it a read. I think you’d enjoyed it!

  6. Kenzie O'Brennan Avatar
    Kenzie O’Brennan

    WOW! I love your recs for today! Defying Jihad, Through All Things, and Out Of The Depths are really standing out to me! Adding them to my TBR list! 😀

    1. That’s so fun to hear!! I hope you enjoy them! 😀 😀

  7. So many of these books have such a powerful message. The only one I’ve read is the Hiding Place. The others are on my list. Thank you for sharing these.

    1. You’re right–they absolutely do!! I hoe you get to read the others and that they are a blessing and encouragement to you! 😀

  8. CutePolarBear Avatar

    I guess I’ll add my comment to the choruses of “I’ve only read The Hiding Place.” But I do also really want to read Through All Things. And Out of the Depths also looks fascinating (as well as remarkably similar to Unbroken, the story of Louis Zamperini).


    1. Haha! It does seem to be the popular refrain today! 😉 😀 I hope you get to read Through All Things!! It’s a fun tale. I haven’t read or watched Unbroken, but I think you are probably right about them being similar!

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