Five Fall Favourites Final Day: Top Five for 2019!

Today is the last day of Five Fall Favourites already! But there’s good news–today is also the day that the giveaway winner is being announced!! So be sure to head to the Literary Lodge to find out who gets to claim the prize! πŸ˜‰ And while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the other bloggers’ recommendations!

After spending the week exploring the Literary Lodge, you must all be ready to sit down and rest! So it’s a good thing you’re here. πŸ˜€ Feel free to relax on one of these lovely wooden benches and take in God’s amazing creation! I just love the colours of these autumn leaves! Oh! And don’t forget to grab some more books to add to that stack you’re carrying! πŸ™‚

Five Fall Favourites: Day 6–Top 5 for 2019

Within These Walls by Robyn Bavati

Whatever is coming, we’ll face it together, as a family. As long as we’re together, we’ll be okay.

For Miri and her family, life in Warsaw is full of simple joys. The smell of freshly baked challah, the promise of summer holidays, and Fridays when everyone comes together to celebrate the Sabbath. But when the Germans march into Warsaw with their campaign of hatred against the Jews, Miri and her family must move to the ghetto. One by one her family are taken from her, and Miri finds herself alone.
Based on true events, WITHIN THESE WALLS gives a realistic account of what is was like to be a Jewish child in Warsaw during the Holocaust.

Although the characters in this book are entirely fictional, the author wove lots of different things that actually happened in people’s lives into the story. So it’s a great look at what life was like for a Jewish child living in the Warsaw ghetto! And the author is actually Australian, though she spend several years living in Israel (yep, it’s VERY rare for me to read books by Aussie authors! πŸ˜‰ ). I did a post on this book earlier in the year.

β€œMy goal was to capture not just the well-documented, large-scale historical events that affected the Jews of Warsaw, but the minutiae of the victims’ lives.”

Robyn Bavati, author of Within These Walls

Admirable by Sarah Holman

William returns home to find his family threatened with attack from a neighbouring Earl. Will he be able to protect his sister and the rest of his family from this threat? Will he be able to trust God no matter what?

A prequel story for Adventures and Adversities.

This is the first story I read (or rather listened to!) by Sarah. And I was quite pleasantly surprised by what I heard! I loved the values that were woven into the story (children are a blessing, honouring parents, and boys protecting girls) and the characters were very likeable. You can see my review here!

The Gospel in Bonds: 8 years in the Soviet Gulags–Imprisoned for His Faith by Georgi Vins

Georgi Vins, a Baptist pastor living in the U.S.S.R., was 37-years-old the first time he was imprisoned for his faith in a Soviet prison camp. He left behind his wife, his children, and his church. Over the course of thirteen years, Pastor Vins spent a total of eight years in the gulags.
But in the pages of this book, you won’t read about a man who felt sorry for himself or who wallowed in the misery of his sufferings. Rather, you will hear the true stories of believers whose faith in Jesus Christ took preeminence in their lives and who allowed nothing, not even a Communist government, to take away their faith and their hope.
Threaded through The Gospel in Bonds is an intricately woven theme of love for God’s Word and faith in the Gospel, even in the midst of severe punishment and deprivation.

I really loved this book! I would highly recommend reading Children of the Storm by Natasha Vins (his daughter) before you read this one, as it gives this book so much more depth! Reading that one first also helps you realise just what this man was leaving behind and gives an understanding of how his imprisonments affected his family. I appreciate how this book doesn’t focus so much on the horrors of being imprisoned (I don’t enjoy reading about people being mistreated and such details!), but rather on his faith, the ups and downs of prison life, and the people he comes in contact with. Yes, life wasn’t easy for him, but his faith in God remained, and God always sustained him. It was an uplifting book that I’m glad to have read and can imagine reading again– even though I’ve still got a few chapters left to read! πŸ˜€

“It has always been my goal to imitate Jesus. I’m not sure to what degree I’ve succeeded, but that has always been my goal.”

Georgie Vins

Mother by Kathleen Thompson Norris, Jennie Chancey (Editor)

(I’ve only read the revised addition that is pictured.)

This is a difficult age to be a woman. The woman who aspires to raise children for the glory of God, to develop the ministry of the home, or to co-labor with her husband is deemed β€œold-fashioned” or β€œunfulfilled.” The modern lure of independence and career has bewitched an entire generation to exchange the beauty of Christian womanhood for the temporary enticements of a society at war with the family.
Amidst this confusion, Kathleen Norris’s Mother is a refreshing call to sanity. Mother is the fictional tale of a young lady who leaves home and repudiates family life in the hope of finding personal fulfilment through independence and a career. She decides that home life is a poor choice in the face of life in the big city. But God dramatically changes her heart as she realises that wealth and position are illusory and that independence can enslave a young lady. She discovers that the greatest woman she has ever known is her mother and now she longs for home and motherhood.

After reading this book, editor Jennie Chancey wrote, β€œThat night, I opened the book, intending to read a chapter or two before bed. An hour passed before I realised how far I had read. I could not put the book down and finished it just shortly before midnight. As I turned the last page, tears filled my eyes. I knelt by my bed and asked God to forgive me for my bitterness and my unwillingness to trust and obey Him.”

I can honestly say that I really wasn’t keen when my sister suggested reading this book together! We’ve owned if for years, and it never even remotely interested me. And now here I am putting it on my favourites list for 2019! πŸ˜› Let’s just say that I changed my mind! πŸ˜€ It had a really good point (and wasn’t at all preachy) and also kept my interest. I think what made this book impactful was the stark contrasts presented between different characters and scenarios in the story. And as a disclaimer–obviously God’s plan for every girl won’t include motherhood/being married, but the principals portrayed in the story are still good. πŸ™‚

Kelly’s Search for Family by Bertha Schwartz

It’s 1880 and Kelly lives alone with her Papa, a lighthouse-keeper in Massachusetts. She longs to know more about her Mama, and Papa has finally promised to tell her the truth on her fourteenth birthday. Before Kelly can learn much though, dangerous men the notorious Blackburn Brothers arrive unannounced and take Papa away. Kelly is left alone and responsible for the lighthouse.
Granny, a former slave and family friend, learns of Kelly’s plight and decides to help find the answers to her questions. Mysterious letters, snow storms, and violence threaten Kelly’s safe haven as new friends help unearth old secrets in Kelly’s lighthouse home. How can she bring her papa back? Who is her true family?

This is a stand-alone book (even though it’s part of a series). Bertha is a new-to-me author (this is the first book I’ve read by her), and I quite like her writing style! The series is aimed at a younger audience, but still enjoyable for someone who is older than the target age range. πŸ™‚ Historical fiction, a bit of mystery, and faith = a fun read! I’m sure I would’ve absolutely loved this book when I was younger!! πŸ˜€

And there we have it–the last of my book lists for Five Fall Favourites 2019!! I would love to stay in touch with you though! You can subscribe to my newsletter (if you’re interested) here. πŸ˜€

Thanks so much for stopping by and joining in the Five Fall Favourites’ excitement! And thanks again to Rebekah and Sarah for all the work they put in to organising this book party!

What’s your favourite book of 2019? Have you read any of my favourites? πŸ˜€


12 responses to “Five Fall Favourites Final Day: Top Five for 2019!”

  1. Oh, these look so good!

    My top book of 2019 is O To Be Like Thee by Kassie Angle. I’d have to look back at my list to see my other four…let me think, Let’s Roll by Lisa Beamer…Lincoln Unmasked by Thomas DiLorenzo…and I can’t remember right off the other two, I’ve read so many good ones! Oh! Enemy Brother by Constance Savery was one of them! Now that last one will drive me crazy, lol! But I’m planning to do a top books post in December or January, so prepare for an overload, lol!

    1. Enemy Brother was wonderful!

      1. I have Enemy Brothers on my shelf, but haven’t read it. πŸ™‚

    2. I haven’t read Kassie’s book, but I may have to remedy that at some point! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your 2019 favourites!! I haven’t read any of them! Haha! Hope you manage to think of the last one before you go crazy! πŸ˜› I’ll have to check out your list when you do that post!

  2. That first and last one especially sound so good!! My favorite WWII country to read about is the Netherlands but I’ve always found Poland really intriguing too.

    1. πŸ˜€ It’s interesting to read books that are set in different places during the same time period/event as it gives you a more rounded view of what was going on, I think! Hope you get to read those two sometime!

  3. What a great list! (and thank you for including me). I really need to read Mother.

    1. You’re welcome! I just re-listened to Admirable yesterday with more of my family members! Mum really enjoyed it!

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    Erika Mathews

    Mother! I remember not being extremely impressed when I read it many years ago, but I like the concept. I should reread it to see if it makes my favorites list now!

    1. Yeah! It’s funny how your impressions of a book can change over the years, depending on what season of life you’re in. It would be interesting to see if you enjoy it more now. πŸ™‚

  5. I’ve read “Admirable” but not the others, though “Kelly’s Search for Family” has caught my interest.

    Thanks for being a part of the 2019 Five Fall Favorites blog party, Lauren! I enjoyed reading your posts and seeing what books you’ve enjoyed.

    1. I’m glad I could be a part of it! Thanks for stopping by each day! πŸ˜€

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