The first great book is:
I don't want to go into a big, detailed review, but I'll just tell you, I was riveted. And I will never look at American history the same way again. I recommend this book to you! (I admit I didn't like it at first. If you don't get into it right away, hang in there. It gets better!)
I also read:
Okay. This lady's story is absolutely amazing. As I read I kept thinking, someone couldn't possibly even write fiction as exciting and unpredictable as this. God's fingerprints are all over every instance in Gladys Aylward's life. I challenge a non-believer to read these Christian heroes of the faith biographies and still not believe that God is real and Christianity is true! This whole series of books is excellent, and I intend to collect them all. That is if my hubby will let me get more shelves. : ) I am reading this to the boys right now, and they are loving every minute as much as I did. When I stop for the night they groan, and sometimes get downright angry at me. Hee Hee Hee...It's fun to be a mom.
Before the Gladys book, I read to the boys:
I am always on the lookout for novels that boys will find exciting. This one came highly recommended, and I was not disappointed. It is a really great story of a family working to succeed on a Colorado farm. I thought it was very good. It teaches a hard work ethic and gives a wonderful example of a father/son relationship that ought to be sought after. I admit I found a lot of the cowboy and farming blah blah blah boring. But the boys loved it. Lots of cowboy stuff. Lots.
Alert: There is swearing in this book. I'm not sure why an author would put swearing in a book written for children. It is a true story, and I suppose he wanted to be make the story as accurate as possible, but frankly, I was annoyed and thought it completely unneccesary. Since I read it aloud, I of course skipped right over it. You might want to do that too.