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Irene Hunt – Across Five Aprils

Irene Hunt – Across Five Aprils
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Across Five Aprils is a very good book about a boy’s “coming of age” during the Civil War. It tells about how the war affected him, his family, and everyone around him.

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Review by Berean Daughter


Horatio Alger Jr. – Paul Prescott’s Charge

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Paul Prescott’s Charge tells the story of a young boy who is orphaned and his struggles to pay off a debt that his father left behind.

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Find a free eBook of Paul Prescott’s Charge here:  http://manybooks.net/titles/algerhoretext95presc10.html

Review by Berean Daughter


A. A. Milne – The House at Pooh Corner

A. A. Milne – The House at Pooh Corner   full review link

The House at Pooh Corner is the kind of book that the more you read it the better it gets! Adults and children alike will enjoy this classic.

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Review by Berean Daughter



G. K. Chesterton –Trees of Pride

G. K. Chesterton –Trees of Pride – full review link

Trees of Pride is the first book I have ever read by G. K. Chesterton and it will definitely not be the last.  I really enjoyed the way he wrote and his great dry sense of humor.  The start of the book was a slightly challenging read but it got easier the more I got into the book.

“’Ill weeds grow apace,’ observed the gardener. ‘Weeds can grow as houses when somebody plants them.’ Then he added:  ‘Him that sowed tare in the Bible, Squire.’”

Matt 13:25 – But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. (KJV)

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Find a free eBook of Trees of Pride here:  http://manybooks.net/titles/chestertetext99trprd10.html

Review by Berean Daughter


Eleanor Estes – Ginger Pye

Eleanor Estes – Ginger Pye

Ginger Pye was a great book with a good dry sense of humour as in Rachel’s “unreasonable reasonableness” and Jerry’s statement “Yes. He’s purebred, part fox terrier and part collie. There may also be a little bull in him too,”.  Although originally published in the 1950’s, this book is an engaging book that children of all ages will enjoy.

Review by Berean Daughter

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Just a funny note:  Both of my oldest children have spent lots of time reading old books particularly of the British type.  Notice how my daughter spelled humor?  Humour, the British way.   I don’t bother correcting that issue.  I read British books when young also and was always in trouble for writing grey instead of gray.  🙁


Armstrong Sperry – Call It Courage

Armstrong Sperry – Call It Courage

“It happened many years ago, before the traders and missionaries first came into the South Seas, while the Polynesians were still great in numbers and fierce of heart. But even today sing this story in their chants and tell it over the evening fires. It is the story of Mafatu, the Boy Who Was Afraid”

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Review by Berean Daughter


Created To Be His Help Meet – Challies’ Review

Tim Challies has reviewed the book Created To Be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl in a two part review.  It is a very interesting review and discussion and worth considering if you have read the book or had it recommended to you.

Created To Be His Help Meet

Created To Be His Help Meet (Part 2)

I have read many of the Pearl’s books (included this one) and they are very interesting.  There are many “pearls” of wisdom that can be found but along with those is much that must be weeded out and sifted through.  Taken 100% at face value there would be many, many problems that could develop by utilizing their methods of parenting and marriage.

Example:  You cannot physically spank some children until they will obey.  That can and will lead to abuse which has happened with devastating consequences based on supposed instructions from the Pearl’s parenting books.

So because of the issues with the Pearl’s books I have a hard time recommending them to others so I don’t.

What is the problem with the Pearl’s books?

Their doctrine.

Remember the series on doctrine I posted earlier?  Renewing the Attitudes of our Heart Series

Here are two quotes from that series:

A.W. Tozer said in The Knowledge of the Holy:

It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate.”

According to John MacArthur:

Doctrine matters. What you believe about God, the gospel, the nature of man, and every major truth addressed in Scripture filters down to every area of your life. You and I will never rise above our view of God and our understanding of His Word.

That is what happens with the Pearl’s material. Their faulty doctrine shows through and colors their teaching.  A person’s teaching cannot be separated from their doctrine.

Some would say “But the Pearl’s are Biblical and use Scripture to back up their teaching.”  Which is true to an extent.  However, their doctrine is interpreted based on flawed assumptions.

I couldn’t begin to tell all the doctrine issues that occur in their materials but here is a sampling.  Not only that but books will say one thing and then later Micheal Pearl will post a rebuttal to the criticism on their website.  Either they express themselves very poorly or they tone down doctrine at times when confronted.  I could spend time posting quotes from them but that isn’t my point.  Just understand that faulty doctrine can be exhibited in a myriad of ways.

Doctrinal problems with the Pearls:

1)  X + Y = Z  (I only explained this one because it is the most obviously taught but hardest to explain.)

This is a common flaw everyone falls for at times.  If you do X and you do Y the result will be Z, always.  In other words, church plus stay at home mom will lead to saved children.  Or maybe we don’t think life is that simple.  Active church membership plus stay at home mom plus homeschooling plus family devotions plus cutting out TV plus a mission trip will lead to saved children.  Few of us actually think this out but we often unconsciously think that we’ve done all the right things so why isn’t our results working out like we thought.

The Christian Life isn’t a set of hoops we must jump through in order to arrive at the right destination.  Many go through the “hoops” in a different order. Others skipped “hoops” we think are important and achieve better fruit.

The Pearls teach that if  your children are made to be obedient when young that the adult fruit will be good.  Or that if you are the perfect wife your husband won’t divorce you or if he does you can win him back and have an even better marriage.  People do not respond like Pavlov’s dogs.  There are more factors to life than X and Y.  People can choose to sin despite everything.  Other outside influences can affect decisions.  God is Sovereign over all.

2) God’s Sovereignty

3) Christian perfection

4) Gap Theory

5) Infants are born without sin or a sin nature.


Elizabeth George Speare – The Sign of the Beaver

Elizabeth George Speare – The Sign of the Beaver

Left alone to guard the family’s wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.[1]

The Sign of the Beaver is a great book! It is very similar to My Side of the Mountain although I enjoyed Speare’s book even more.

[1] Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data Summary

Review By Berean Daughter

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