Wisdom & Wonder Week 2 Booklist
Weekly Theme: God’s Word is a Treasure
Additional Proverbs to Read and Think About
- 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
- 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
- 15:32 The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
- 18:1 Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.
- 25:28 A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
Each of these books below ties in with this week’s theme. Pick and choose from what’s available at your local library and what suits your family’s interests.
- Sneaky Sheep by Chris Monroe. Carolrhoda Books, 2010. (picture book)
- Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Zonderkidz, 2012. (picture book)
- Story Bibles (see the Bible Reviews on Redeemed Reader)
- Brother Andrew: Taking Bibles to the World by Renee Taft Meloche. YWAM Publishing, 2009. (picture book; nonfiction missionary biography)
- The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson. HarperCollins, 2016 reissue (realistic fiction). A difficult foster child encounters Christian love for the first time and learns to recognize deceit. See our review for language cautions.
- Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. Dial, 2015. (fantasy). An orphan boy’s imagination is awakened when he enters a magical circus that once changed his grandfather’s life.
- Mountain Dog by Margarita Engle. Henry Holt, 2014 (realistic fiction) A similar story to Circus Mirandus in theme: a deprived orphan boy is introduced to a wider world by his Christian uncle and a sympathetic rescue dog.
- The Book of God by Ben Avery. Kingstone Comics, 2012. (graphic novel) The content, authorship, and history of the Bible in graphic format–lots of information!
- The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis, (the kids must constantly remember Aslan’s words and directions! The silver chair is a terrific metaphor for sin)
- Brother Andrew: Behind Enemy Lines by Nancy Drummond. CF4Kids, 2012. (biography) How Andrew van der Bijl risked his life to bring the word of God to people trapped behind the Iron Curtain.
- Brother Andrew: God’s Secret Agent by Geoff and Janet Benge. YWAM Publishing, 2006. (biography; better for ages 10 and up)
- Eric Liddell: Something Greater Than Gold by Geoff and Janet Benge. YWAM Publishing, 1998. (biography; better for ages 10 and up) The story behind Chariots of Fire!
- Eric Liddell: Finish the Race by John Keddie. CF4Kids, 2014. (biography) The story behind Chariots of Fire!
Ages 12 and up
- The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Pope. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001 (reprint) (historical fiction). Paganism clashes with Christianity in this love story set in Tudor England.
- Calvin by Martine Leavitt. Farrar Strauss and Giroux, 2016. (realistic fiction) A schizophrenic teen and a loyal friend embark on a quest for truth, and while they find no definitive answers, they raise excellent questions.
- Throwing Strikes: My Quest for Truth and the Perfect Knuckleball by R. A. Dickey. Dial, 2013. (autobiography) Dickey’s quest for truth leads him to Christ and the Bible, but it’s a rough road all the way from childhood.
- Eric Liddell: check your library for good biographies!
- God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew. Chosen Books, 2015 (reprint/expanded edition; autobiography)
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien (note the tension Frodo feels between the voice of Sauron and the voice of Gandalf)