What’s on my Bookshelf (p. 3)


And welcome to another blog post about my bookshelf.  Today is the last and final shelf.  Before I begin, I wish to apologize if I offended anyone by including the final snip-it on the last blog post.  As an admission, real people do kiss in the real world.

If you haven’t read my last two blog posts about my book shelf, you can find them here and here.  Let’s get started!

Memory with the Meadows by Anna Pustai

Anna is a really good friend of mine, so of course I have her novel.  A sweet story for a younger audience, you can follow the Meadow children as disaster strikes, and the Meadows have to trust God.  This is an excellent book if you’re looking for a story for your 7-9 year old.

The Princess Adelina

Oh, this book was published be Vision Form.  Bringing me back to the old days.  Lol!  Anyway, this story takes place early in history (I don’t know the date.), and it is about a poor, Christian girl living in a Heathen land.  Adelina is a fair girl, and one day Prince Hedan sees her, and falls desperately in love with her.  He commands that she becomes his wife, and that begins the struggles of a Christian girl in her pagan husband’s court.

Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul

My dad is a huge Sproul fan, though I must admit I am not.  To me, it is rather too simple.  I mean, so simple that it’s boring.  After reading Augustine, Athanasius, and A’Kempis*, Sproul is like a picnic on a summer after noon.  Anyway, this is a needed Christian classic about the importance of knowing the Word of God, ’cause even the Devil knows the Word of God.  How can we fight if we don’t even know our own sword?

*I did not read those willingly.  Thanks, Mr. Swanson, for an amazing school course.

Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper

Someone in our church really admires Mr. Piper.  I’m not much of a fan of him, though. If you want a really good book on this subject, read Do Hard Things by the Brett brothers.  But, anyway, about this book.  Piper warns all people never to waste their lives.  If you feel you are wasting your life, this might be the book for you.

Life Lesson from a Horse Whisperer by Lew Sterrett

If I ever met an amazing man, it would be Mr. Sterrett.  I was privileged to be able to eat dinner with him, and talk to him.  He is a man burning with a passion for the Lord, and this shows in his book.  He weaves his life story into what he knows best, horses.  If you’re never seen A Sermon On the Mount demonstration, you absolutely have to.  For all horse-lovers like me out there, this is Biblical wisdom placed with horses, in an arena right in front of your eyes.  I can’t even review this book well enough!  It’s one of those books you just HAVE to read yourself.  So what are you waiting there?  Go order yourself a copy!

The Family Daughter by Sarah L. Bryant

Is anyone else in the audience KBR subscribers?  Anyone as DEVASTATED as I am about it ending?  Oh, I’m supposed to be reviewing this, not talking about the *sniff* ending of KBR.  This book is about becoming pillars of strength in our father’s houses.  In this day and age when men aren’t real men, and women are pressured to take the lead, we need to live by the word of God and show the world what true Biblical womanhood looks like. It’s not just for men…Girls, we’re doing this for God.  It will affect the rest of our lives, these decisions we make now.  Will you do the hard thing and live life for God?  Will you submit to your father? Read this book to learn how.

The A-Z of C.S.Lewis by Colin Duriez

Anyone else a fan of C.S.Lewis?  Okay, maybe I’ll fangirl alone.  This book is absolutely necessary for any Lewis’ fan library.  It just makes your library seem so complete.  And it’s so much fun to flip through and read about each thing in this book.

Christy by Catherine Marshall

Oh, do you have that one book where you just absolutely hate the ending?  The story is superb, but the ending?  Oh, the ending!!!!!!  This book is about a sheltered Southern gal in 1912 heading to the rural Smokies in Tennessee.  The cultural shock isn’t the only thing that toughens poor Christy as she begins to minister to these people.  She becomes not only the school teacher, but a nurse, a friend, and a missionary to these people.  This book is NOT for a younger audience.  I’d say 12 is the youngest that this should be read.  To give you a hint at the ending, it’s pretty much she wakes up, and the guy that loves her is there, and he goes, “Christy!” and the joy of a child was in his voice.  THE END!  Oh my, after 501 pages you end with “Christy”?  GRRR! Such an anticlimactic ending!  What a rip off.  What a….I don’t even know the right word.  But this is still an awesome story.

The Original Mildred Classics by Martha Finley

Anyone an Elsie Dinsmore fan?  I AM!  Oh, was that a little too loud?  I practically lived off Elsie when I was younger.  I read all 28 books twice, and my favorites up to four times.  Yes, when I’m obsessed, I’m obsessed.  Well, I found out about the Mildred books by mistake.  You have no clue how many good finds you stumble across at the thrift store.  But these books are so much better than Elsie.  I love her love story, and then her children!  The last book is THE BEST.  And I’m not talking about the Life of Faith Millie, y’all.  I’m talking about the real Mildred.  Anyway, this is a really good book series!

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

One of my favorite books.  Who couldn’t love Paul and Maureen?  And their love of horses is certainly contagious.  This is a thrilling story about two children who dream about capturing the “Phantom”.  Phantom is the wildest mare on Assateague island.  One day, the world is in for a surprise when Paul not only brings in the Phantom, but the Phantom’s newborn colt as well.  Can the children actually earn enough money to buy them both?

The Black Stallion Returns by Walter Farley

I have no clue where the other books of this series are.  My brothers probably borrowed them and didn’t put them back.  Anyway, I am a huge fan of Walter Farley’s books.  Who doesn’t love the mysterious Arabian horse that is thrown into Alec Ramsey’s life?  Well, in this book, The Black is back.  Join Alec’s sorrow as The Black is claimed by his real owner, Abu Ja’ Ku ben Ishak. (Try saying that five times fast. :0) Will Alec ever see The Black again?  Has Alec’s life of horses ended?  Will his dreams ever become true?

Millie’s Unsettles Season by A Life of Faith

Sorry to break it to you, Life of Faith fans, but Millie has BROWN hair.  And no, she’s not called Millie AT ALL in the real books.  A lot of the names are changed, and even the story line is changed.  Basically, this is a book where they took the main character of the Mildred Series, and stuck her in this book.

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Ahhh!  Anne!  Lol, some people call me Anne of my city.  It’s pretty funny, but I personally don’t think I’m that much like Anne.  Anyway, this book is actually not my favorite book in the eight books Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote about Anne.  My favorite is probably the Seventh and Eighth books.  Anyway, this book is such a charming story that is a true classic!  I love it.  ❤

Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery

Okay, before I review this book, if you’re a true Anne fan, you absolutely HAVE to read “The Chronicles of Avonlea.”  It helps the Anne books make a lot more sense, since Lucy Maud Montgomery talks about the different stories in the various Anne books.  In this Anne book, you continue to hear of my absolute favorite characters, Davy and Dora!  Oh, my!  How I love Davy.  Maybe he’s the reason I like this book so much.  But, you also meet Phillipa, and who doesn’t just love good ole’ Phil.  She’s a hoot.  Anyway, this book is so good, that if I said anything I know I’d give a spoiler.  So, next book!

The Runaway by Patricia St. John*

I have a lot of St. John’s books.  She’s a good writer.  In this book, a young Gentile hears about the teacher in Nazareth.  Maybe, just maybe, that teacher can help his family.  His family home is covered by the cloud of darkness.  Will this teacher be able to help them?

Twice Freed by Patricia St. John*

A slave boy’s thoughts are full of one idea…Freedom.  Finally, he makes a mad dash for freedom, and makes his way to Rome where he meets a man who forever changes his life.  How can you become twice freed?  Who is this man?

The Tanglewood’s Secret by Patricia St. John*

I loved this book when I first read it.  Maybe it was because I liked the characters names…Or maybe just because it’s a magical story.  Ruth is tired of always being the bad child.  Her life is full of do this, do that.  She envies her older brother’s apparent ease with her aunt, and she wants the love that her aunt gives to her brother.  One day, Ruth tell her aunt, “I shan’t go.  I shall run away, and I shan’t come back.”  With that, she runs out the door.  What happens to Ruth?  What is the tanglewood’s secret?  You should find out!

The Secret of the Fourth Candle by Patricia St. John*

I found this book rather boring, but that’s just me.  It’s three short stories about Christmas, and I’m not a fan of short stories, so that’s my review.  Get the book and read them for yourself.

Rainbow Garden by Patricia St. John*

This is my favorite book by St. John.  It’s even better than The Secret Garden!  Elaine has never had a godly example in her life.  When her mother takes a job in France, and decides to leave Elaine in the country, Elaine is selfish, bitter, and afraid.  Elaine often escapes to a secret garden where she discovers some exciting things.

Survey of Historic Costume by Phyllis G. Tortora and Keith Eubank

Oh, this book is one of my favorites!  I’m into history (if you couldn’t tell) and what’s more exciting than the way they dress?  Plus, you need to know if you’re writing a historical fiction.  This book covers from 3000 B.C. to 2003 A.D.  It has so many cool pictures, sketches, fashion plates, and of course, descriptions.  It is an amazing book!

Costume in Detail by Nacy Bradfield

Another book like the one before, except this only covers 1730-1930 A.D.  It has much more sketches.  In fact, it’s only sketches.  This book gives you a better in-depth idea of what the dress looked like, and how sharply the men dressed. 😉

Homesteading by Abigail R. Gehring

My dream is to farm.  But if I can’t grow up and farm, why not grow up and homestead?  So, this is my go-to guide about lots of different things.  It’s a good book.

Compiling of Journal Entries by Amie

Haha!  Lastly we have my old journal that I never consistently wrote in.  I’m not good at journaling at all.  It’s kinda sad, but that’s the point?  Who wants to read my thoughts when I’m dead and buried anyway?  Well, here’s a few snippets.

Ooh, the first page is intimidating.  😂  It says, “Top Secet Amie’s Prayer Diary keep out please Return to Amie.”  Okay, let’s see what I say next.  Ooh, juicy.  This is about my younger sister Rose.  “Rose is 5 today.  (So I would have been 7.) And a bitty baby she is had a little she Ikes unicorn she loves dolls baby dolls.”  Hey, I’m better at spelling than I thought!  But my punctuation? 😬

Here’s a good one!  ” Today we went to wander world and made a new brig.  I’m tired of Rose laughing at me! I went to my room to get you.  I or got that Vi was in there and she scared me.  [In where?  I am making no sense.] Daddy worked late today.”  Well, I guess Rose laughed at me even back then.  Why did I let it bother me, though?

Okay, here’s another one.  “Hi!  Its me again! [Like anyone else would be writing here, young me?] I know I haven’t written in a while.  My life is the same [I’m sorry, but I started dying here.  This was so me!  Oh, my.] but I have to tell you how much I want to be an actor for aventers in odesseay.”  If you made sense of that, I applaud you, and I ask you to please tell me what I was talking about.

Okay, I’m older here…I guess I’d be eleven in this part.  “I don’t know what to tell you.  I mean, If someday you were published, I dought [????] anyone would read you.  Maybe the cover should be “Woman from 2000″!  or something else.  In a hundred years maybe somebody would read it.” Uh, yeah.  Not me.  LOL!

After I turned twelve, it isn’t as funny.  Oh, I just found a song.  Here it is, “Raise in song thanksgiving give, Up to God sing praises.  The world is painted bright, By God’s beauty falling right.  Sing his praises high, Daring this our thanksgiving tide.  Sing his praises, praises sing For ever more eternally!”  Hmm, not too bad.

Oh, LOL!  This is just what I found.  Sounds so much like me. (Well, I guess it should since it was me.) “I’m writing cold facts so you don’t have to put up with me being all emotional…My personality, which you will learn later, is cheerful on the outside, and wild on the in.  I am wild!”  Okay, you’ve heard enough out of this.

Thanks for reading this post!  Let me know what you though about all the different books on my shelf.

Have you read any of these books?  What do you think about them?  Are you good at journaling?


*I was unable to find links.

42 thoughts on “What’s on my Bookshelf (p. 3)

  1. Laura says:

    Patricia St John books are good and how cool you have a book by Anna P! I think Rainbow Garden is my favorite by Patricia St. John, too! 😱😊 And, yes, I love journaling! 😂😊

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  2. Laura Guenot says:

    Read Christy! I couldn’t believe the ending either….! They made a television series back in the 90s, but only got to the second season before it ended! I was really mad. They made three follow-up movies but they were awful! Different actors! Those costume books look really cool! I’ll have to take a look at them. 🙂

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  3. Carolyn says:

    I’ve read six of these books! The Christy one was okay. I think it might be a series because we had two books about Christy. Love the Anne of Green Gables. At the time I read them I was really young so it was harder to read.
    Patricia St. John’s books are SO good!!!! Twice Freed was one of my favorites because I can still remember who he met. 😉
    When I was younger, I never really journaled. I was terrible at it at first. Now I try to write more. 😂

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  4. Aria Lisette says:

    OOH YAY, MORE BOOKS! Let’s see…

    I read the Princess Adelina. I haven’t read Knowing Scripture, but I’m a huge Sproul fan! Yeah, he makes things simple, but for the average layman who has NOT read Augustine, etc, I think he makes theology and doctrine very accessible. I’m currently in the middle of Everyone’s a Theologian right now, and I did his apologetics course and his philosophy course in high school. And OH MY WORD, I LOVE KEVIN SWANSON. I did his Worldviews in Conflict course and his Freedom course my last year in high school and they were SO. GOOD. I also listen to his radio show.
    I ALSO READ DON’T WASTE YOUR LIFE. My best friend wants me to read Do Hard Things, and I should, but I found DWYL to be quite good…I’m a big Piper fan too.
    I would LOVE the A-Z of C.S. Lewis, but have you read Not a Tame Lion, a biography on him? I didn’t read Christy, but it sounds familiar…
    YES. I AM AN ELSIE DINSMORE FAN TOO! I have, I think, 16 of the books, and have read all twice, most at least five times…and I read all the real Mildred books too! I, unfortunately, don’t have them all, but I’m building my collection in antique ones, preferably first prints. I’m not sure if I like Mildred better than Elsie, but I do love them!
    YES. I AM AN ANNE FAN TOO! In fact, the last book, Rilla of Ingleside, is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BOOK. (Well, with David Copperfield and Jane Eyre.) I love Montgomery’s works, and have the entire Anne series, the Emily series, Chronicles and Further Chronicles, The Blue Castle, and Kilmeny of the Orchard. SO. GOOD.
    AND YES. I AM A PATRICIA ST. JOHN FAN TOO! I’ve read most of her books, and Nothing Else Matters is my favorite, I think.
    And lastly, I’d love that book on homesteading! I should add it to my wishlist. I already farm, but it looks good.
    Also, Amie, ha ha, your diary was so funny. XD Mine were too, when I was younger. Then I got older. XD Anyway, swell post!

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    1. Amie says:

      I love your comments! You are like a ray of sunshine on the blogsphere, Aria! Anyway, we can fan girl together! Oh, don’t you HATE it how W. Shirley um, you know? In Rilla of Ingleside? He’s my absolute favorite character. 😭. Kilmeny of the Orchard is SO GOOD! Oh, my. I’ve read it so much. And the Emily series? Who’s your favorite character in Elsie? Mine is Lulu. She’s so much like me…It’s terrible. Except I’ve never kicked my younger sister off the porch. I’ve kicked her into the pool, though. 😉


      1. Aria Lisette says:

        AWWWW SHUCKS. *blushes* THANKS, DEAR.
        I KNOOOOWWWW. I AM IN LOVE WITH W, HE IS MINE. Only he, well, you know. WAAAHHHH. I wept REAL TEARS in that book probably up to the fifth time I read it. ALSO YESSS IT ISSS.
        Ha ha, oh DEAR, Amie. Tsk tsk. I’m not sure, though I do have a soft spot for Vi. That’s funny though – I’m afraid I can’t relate as I’m one of those rare oddities who was blessed with a super even temper. XD

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      2. Amie says:

        Oh, you’re so blessed. I have a temper that (used to) boils over almost every day. I hope I’ve learned to curve it though. I liked Vi because I know someone that shares her name. 😉
        I know! And I hate/love the Pied Piper analogy! Oh, the agony of the story! What do you think about Ken? (ISn’t that his name?)


      3. Aria Lisette says:

        😦 I can only imagine how hard that must bee, goodness! Ooh, really? I want to name one of my girls Violet.
        I love the Pied Piper analogy too! Also do you remember in…I think, Rainbow Valley, Anne tucks W in one night and the moonlight shone a cross above his head on the wall? SO. GOOD. Yes, I like Ken a lot too! In fact I want to name two of my boys Kenneth and Walter. 🙂 But the really odd thing is, we had a soldier in WWI whose name was KENNETH WALTER. Can you believe that? So they’re family names in our family! Anyway, if I couldn’t have Walter, I’d settle for Ken, but Walter is just…. *sighs romantically* I find I relate very well to Rilla. *nods*

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      4. Amie says:

        I’ve always wanted to name a son Walter too! It’s such a strong nice name. 🙂 Yeah! Rilla is pretty easy to relate too…I like her teacher too. She was nice.


  5. Hannah says:

    Haha, that journal is funny! I used to not be able to spell sunny for some reason, so in my diary I wrote, “sunfull” haha! The things we used to do….XD

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    1. Mandalynn says:

      I love the name Walter too, Amel! But my sisters and a friend of ours said (jokingly) that I can’t name my son Walter since so many Walters die. We have counted several, in real life and fiction.

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  6. Sam(antha) B says:

    I love your (top secret) diary! That was hilarious. I think what you meant was that you wanted to be an ‘actor for Adventures in Oddessy”. 😁 I have several old notebooks that I used to write in, but they’re a bit painful to look back on because most of what I did was complain when I was upset about something. 😏 I also have those Patricia St John books! (Well, most of them). Twice Freed is my favorite. On the subject of Elsie Dinsmore I shall remain silent. If I told you my real opinion, I would be forever expelled from the nice homeschoolery girls’ club.

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    1. Amie says:

      Probably, since I still want to be an actor for Adventures in Oddessy, though not as much as Lamplighter Theatre. No, I know a lot of folks that hate Elsie. I don’t like Elsie that much…I LOVE Lulu. She’s great.


  7. Grace H. says:

    Hmm, let me see… I read the Princess Adelina book (loved it), I’ve read around 15 of the Elsie Dinsmore books (I LOVED them), and I’ve read Misty of Chincoteague before (and loved it too!). I’ve read three of the A Life of Faith Millie books (a long time ago though) and I’ve read all of the Patricia St. John books that you listed except for The Runaway and Twice Freed. I need to read those ones though! We have both. I actually started Twice Freed a while ago, but I was so emotionally overwhelmed by it that I set it down. Haha! I tend to be pretty emotional. 😉

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      1. Amie says:

        Oh, no! I DO NOT! In fact, I usually skip the chapters with them. They’re just…So terrible. Lulu is a good terrible, and Max is amazing, and Gracie? Oh, I feel so sorry for Gracie! And Vi’s so kind, and Captain Raymond is the right mix of stern and loving. But Edward? BLAH! Zoe? She’s terrible. What about you?


      2. Grace H. says:

        When they first came in, I liked them (as in when they got married and moved back), but it was too much before very long. They never grew up. They made the same silly mistakes over and over and over again and Zoe was too childish and foolish for her age. Edward too, for that matter! Martha Finley just left them how they were so that she could repeat the long drama romance over. And over. And over again. If they had come back and had a few smaller and less dramatic and more realistic struggles and a nice character arc, I probably would have liked them better. XD They were characters with great potential but didn’t turn out.

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  8. Mandalynn says:

    Princess Adelina is such a wonderful story! You know it is a true story, right?
    Is that horse guy the one you saw at the retreat two years ago?
    We have that book by Sarah Bryant, but it has been like five years since I read it. And it am so sad that KBR is ending!!
    Christy isn’t as bad as the book Audrey. I have never read it but my friend told me about it. The whole book is about Audrey and then on the last page… she DIES!!!!!!
    I have read the book about Misty and the Black stallion. They were sweet.
    Anne of Green Gables: a timeless classic. I read the first six books like four years ago maybe I can reread them sometime. And you aren’t that much like Anne. She got into a Lot more scrapes than you.
    We own one Patricia St John book and I have read I think three.
    Ooh! Those costume books sound great! I should check the library for them.
    Your diary is funny! I have kept a journal since I was ten.

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    1. Amie says:

      Of course the book is by Mr. Sterrett who I met at the retreat. Thanks. I think it’s a good thing I’m not like her. I certainly don’t want to be. That would mean I’d be doomed to marry the boy I do not like at the moment. 😳


  9. Rosy Marr says:

    Yay!! Okay, of the books you have have here, I have read:

    ~ The Family Daughter. I really enjoyed the one! WHAT???? KBR is ending??? *Covers her face with her hands* *Sobs a bit* That’s so sad… I love that magazine. I even wrote for it once… ):

    ~ I have not read Misty of Chincoteague (sadly), but the movie is pretty good. Have you seen it?

    ~ Oooh, I LOVE Anne of Green Gables! (: Watched the movie?


    ~ I really like Patricia St. John books, but I have only read three of them. The Tanglewoods secret was adorable! Have you seen the movie? Star of Light was great! Iv’e also read (and watched!)Treasures of the Snow, which you didnt have there. Iv’e been REALLY wanting to read Twice Freed.

    AWWWW!!!! Your journal was SO CUTE!! Loo, you wanted to be in Adventures in Odyssey? 😀 I am not that great at journaling, but I do it anyway cuz I like to. Lol, yeah sometimes I look back at things Iv’e written and am like, “What?? That does NOT make any sense at all…”

    Well, that turned out to be kinda long. I hope you like long comments!! (I do!)

    Great post!

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    1. Amie says:

      I love long comments! I’ve only seen the Anne of Green Gables movie. I’m not a huge movie fan. Wait, you wrote for it? I’ll have to go look in old issues. I wrote a Subscribers Script, and I was so proud to be in it. 😂 Yep, I admit, I want to be a voice actor. It’s one passion that’s only grown stronger as I’ve gotten older. That and singing.

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      1. Rosy Marr says:

        Yes, books are usually better than movies. But I do find some movies better than the books, too!
        Lol, yeah I wrote a little something for kbr when I was 11. I don’t remember which issue it’s in, but it’s in the one with the picture of three girls (one of them is Rachel Bryant) on the cover. They got my age wrong and said I was 12, but lol, I didn’t mind… 😀 Wow, that would be fun! I have dreamed of it some, but it’s not really something I’m that interested in, though it would be fun. 🙂 ❤

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  10. Lizzy says:

    I’ve read a lot of those books that are on your bookshelf, Amie…probably about 75% of them. 🙂 And I own probably a third of the books that you have as well!!!

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