I love a great story and enjoy telling one myself. However, if I am reading alone, educational books are what you will find in my hands ninety-nine percent of the time. I simply LOVE to learn! You would think by now, I would be a genius! Unfortunately, somewhere along the busy road of life while raising all these children and animals, I have lost my memory! Perhaps, I have misplaced it in the basement while looking for that missing piece to the loom? Then again, maybe I lost it when I was searching behind the secretary desk for the missing letter that I finally got around to finishing!

IF ONLY, I had misplaced my memory in the bookshelf, for it is there I frequent most.

My children, on the other hand, love to spend time reading novels and short stories. I never imagined I would have to tell my children to stop reading. You will often hear me say, “put that book down and go do your chores!” I think it is of the utmost importance to develop within a young child’s heart a strong desire to read. By the teenage years, that desire will mature into a passion that will be with the youth for a lifetime. So much can be learned through quality books.

During the winter, we do spend many evenings reading before the warmth of the fire. While the fire paints dancing shadows throughout the room, we find ourselves transported into someone else’s world. Often, a world full of triumphs, trials and a love for God. I want to encourage you to take time to read to your children! It is one of my family’s favorite activities.

I have listed just some of our favorites under the following categories: Spiritual, Family, Farming, Health, and Nutrition. Simply scroll down. I will make additions when the good old Michigan wind is howling and the temperature is below 30!

Just the thought of it makes me shiver! Just so you know, I am NOT compensated for referring you to them. I simply highly recommend them :)




The Bible is our most precious book. It is where we begin our relationship with our Father Creator. Within its pages, we learn who He is and who we are. His story of love towards us unfolds as Christ Jesus willing accepts the horrific penalty of our sin. I highly recommend studying this book on a daily basis. We prefer the New American Standard and the New King James.

it_equippedtolovenewNorm WakefieldEquipped to Love, This book really helped us love unconditionally!Nothing glorifies God more than when we love with His kind of love. In a self-centered world such as ours, nothing stands out more than someone who knows how to love from a pure heart. Healthy, God-glorifying, enduring relationships depend upon the flow of God’s love. But that’s not an easy thing to facilitate. Although we know we ought to love, we don’t come by it naturally. Equipped to Love presents practical insights into the dynamic of what hinders                                               one’s freedom to love with God’s kind of love!


TFYMJ.C. RYLE: Thoughts for Young Men, My husband and sons read this together. Great father son time. Based on Titus 2:6, this powerful little book makes a great devotional for teens and young men.



it_anchoredNorm WakefieldAnchored in Christ, the Solid Rock in the Storms of Life,  This book was so helpful to Jeff & I. We bought many so to be able to encourage others.  It will help prepared for a Category 4 or 5 trial? Ask yourself, “Is your theological and spiritual foundation solid enough that when you face daily trials or temptations, your faith keeps you anchored in peace?” Being firmly anchored in biblical truth is vital to your witness for Christ and your ability to glorify God in life. Your heart will be encouraged and challenged as you study God’s Word and apply it to daily events.                                                  The result will be an unshakable faith anchored in Christ.


90-7-517These  series of pocket guides from Answers in Genesis. These tiny books are excellent in effectively dealing with critical questions facing our culture today. Here you will find concise, illustrated answers. Our boys enjoy rereading them. Got questions about the Bible, world wide flood, Darwin? This is a great resource for finding the answers.



the Following book were written by great authors of the past. Therefore, the language is a bit different than what your children maybe accustom to. However, their content is of such good quality I think they will still be of interest to your children. Especially, if read as a family. Our children have enjoyed them; especially  the Lamplighter series.

Charlotte Maria Tucker, an English author, who wrote under the pseudonym A.L.O.E. (a Lady of England) www.keepersofthefaith.com

The Giant Killer, The Lost Jewel, The Mine, True Heroism, A Friend in Need,….

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Isabella Alden (PANSY): She authored about 100 books from 1865 to 1929. Her books were enormously popular during the late nineteenth century; in 1900, sales were estimated at around 100,000 copies annually. Some titles like Esther Ried were translated into several languages, including French, German, Russian and Japanese. www.keepersofthefaith.com

A Hedge Fence, Man Of The House, The King’s Daughter, Ester Reid, Reuben’s Hindrances, Chrissy and so many more

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Below are several titles we read through last winter. The children LOVED these books. The link will take you to Lamplighter, the publishing company store,  http://lamplighter.net/c/

However, we purchased them cheaper in Grand Rapids at the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; Reformation Heritage Books : http://www.heritagebooks.org/


RCSBNLDundasShipwrecked But Not Lost, “Experience the utter fear of abandonment, the tension of frigid desolation, and the resolute determination to survive in Shipwrecked, But Not Lost. This breathtaking episode will keep you on the edge of your seat as you follow the spectacular events of a life-threatening voyage. The crashing of icebergs and the raging tempest will strike terror in the bravest heart. You’ll be mesmerized, captivated, and awestruck as you give attention to the unexpected voyage of our three forsaken companions on their perilous journey.” My children loved this!!

RCDDArcher Wallace: Daring Deeds, “Compelling, true accounts of the dangerous expeditions of courageous men who dared to risk their lives for the sake of murderers, thieves, and even cannibals. Their unrelenting passion moved them onward as they shared the message of hope with ruthless peoples who had never been reached and desperately needed to hear about God’s love and redemption. Indeed, these men are true heroes to emulate.”


RCTBTSShaw: Trapped beneath the surface,  “The disastrous day at the icy lake was just the beginning of their troubles! Jack, Eleanor, and Sylvia each find themselves trapped beneath the surface of difficult circumstances and decisions. Eleanor, who longs to be friends with her sister, finds that they are growing more and more distant. But then a calamitous event stops Sylvia dead in her tracks! The bitter jealousy that has had such a hold on her gives way to humility, forgiveness, and loving sacrifice.”



Sir Malcolm & the missing Prince, “Young Prince Hubert is incorrigible, unmanageable, and tiresomely demanding. What is the good King to do? How will his selfish Prince ever learn to rule the kingdom well? His most trusted friend, Sir Malcolm, has a plan. Prince Hubert is swept away to a land where he is simply known as Hugh, a peasant boy. His silks are replaced with rough work clothes, his castle dwelling with a humble cottage. It is here that Hugh learns valuable life lessons from the widow of the forest.Hugh is a sturdy, likable boy who will undoubtedly take a favorite place in the line of lovable Lamplighter characters.” Yet another book, the children beg to hear more of!


RCSTTUGSCHMID’S TALES:  This a compilation of von Schmid’s short stories, including The Unexpected GuestThe Unexpected Return andThe Silent Girl, beautifully illustrates God’s loving provision and perfect plan. In our darkest hour, we can rest assured that God is an ever-present help in time of need.



51Hs50AMtNL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Lone Star Trail, Captive Trail,  Long Trail HomeA Ranger’sTrail, Cowgirl Trail, and End of the TrailThis series is about four generations of the Morgan family living, fighting, and thriving amidst a turbulent Texas history spanning from 1845 to 1896. The authors have done some research into various aspects of ranching, horses, cattle and combine this with a faith in God to meet their needs. ( I have not read these. AnnaLisa is the only one who                                                         has.) You can get these at Amazon

90-7-517This  series of pocket guides from Answers in Genesis. These tiny books are excellent in effectively dealing with critical questions facing our culture today. Here you will find concise, illustrated answers. Our boys enjoy rereading them. Got questions about the Bible, world wide flood, Darwin? This is a great resource for finding the answers. www.answersingenesis.org


Albert Lee: Thrilling Escapes by Night.  Even though the older children had already read it individually, they still wanted to read it together as a family. Actually it was their idea. Sure sign it is interesting! 




Natasha VinsChildren of the Storm, The Autobiography of Nataha Vins. Excellent book to help American youths to appreciate their freedom. Incredible story that is easy to read. Our children read it several times.





Harvey YoderThey Would Not Be Silent.  Short stories of Christians who lived under communism and suffered for their faith. Every day people who have feelings and emotions just like us. However, they share an uncommon commitment; their faith.  Each of their stories are unique, yet this one  mutual thread is evident throughout. They would not be silent concerning  their devotion  to the Lord Jesus Christ.



The Little Girl  is an unique story about  an Asian bachelor who adopts an abandoned baby girl and experiences the joys and challenges of fatherhood. In 1979, China adopted the One Child Policy. Most often little China girls are aborted or abandoned. This tender story shows the importance of the Father – Daughter relationship and the special love that grows between them. It also quietly shows God’s faithful love surrounding them both as they age together.

My husband gave this book to our daughter while on a special lunch date with her.  After returning home they read the book together.  I would encourage fathers to do something similar with their daughters. My daughter loves the story and the beautiful watercolor paintings.  I would also like to add that the author Phil Wong  plans on using the proceeds from the book towards printing a translation in Chinese. He hopes to distribute it there and that it would help change the One Child Policy which favors male babies.



51C0Y1474NL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Gene Logsdon: In All Flesh Is Grass: The Pleasures and Promises of Pasture Farming. This books explains that well-managed pastures are nutritious and palatable. The book explains historically effective practices and new techniques that have blossomed in recent years for the care and sustenance of horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, and poultry on pasture.



Joel F. Salatin (born 1957) writes about farming because he is an American farmer! :) He raises livestock using holistic methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley.

Family Friendly Farming, Pastured Poultry, You Can Farm.

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51DAE3Vk0uL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Harvey UsseryThe Small-Scale Poultry Flock  I really like this book!!!  The most comprehensive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry for the small-scale farmer, homesteader, and professional grower.


210Iq0pr4uL._AA160_Eliot Coleman: The New Organic Grower.  This is the first book I read about pasturing sheep & chickens together. 



51XQVE4rqxL._AA160_Mel Bartholomew: Square Foot Gardening. I like the idea, but I never really put this into practice. I don’t like to measure. :) However, I do like to plant in small plots. Great ideas that you can use for raised beds.


51ARgJihDkL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Brett Markham: Mini Farming self-sufficiency on 1/4 acres. Great for small homesteads. I like the pictures & use it for quick reference. I think it is a great starting place to educate yourself.




41Wn0IyMQCL._AA160_Mendelsohn: How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of your Doctor: First book I read concerning the health of my children. It is excellent advise from  a pediatrician. I referred to the book over & over. “Dr. Robert Mendelohn, renowned pediatrician and author advises parents on home treatment and diagnosis of colds and flues, childhood illnesses, vision and hearing problems, allergies, and more. PLUS, a complete section on picking the right doctor for your child, step-by-step instructions for knowing when to call a doctor, and much more.” (copied from Amazon)

51ecXrjdCbLDr. Sherry Rogers: Chemical Sensitivity, This is a tiny book but well worth reading, especially if you have just begun to investigate this topic.


41qNfP4Ut8L._BO1,204,203,200_ZAND: Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child.  parents to combine the best of conventional and alternative approaches. Part One explains the full spectrum of techniques that can be employed to effectively treat childhood health problems, providing an overview of the history, fundamentals, and uses of conventional medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupressure, diet, and nutritional supplementation. Part Two contains a comprehensive A-to-Z guide to the various health problems of childhood, from acne to chickenpox to thumb-sucking. Finally, Part Three offers guidance on using the therapies and procedures suggested in Part Two, from locating acupressure points to preparing herbal remedies.(copied from Amazon)

51UF5D8oy3L._AA160_Balch: Prescription for Nutritional HealingWith more than five million copies sold, “Prescription for Nutritional Healing” is the most trusted, comprehensive source on dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals and herbs. A pioneer in the field of nutritional healing, Phyllis Balch passionately and meticulously researched and compiled this groundbreaking book (copied from Amazon)



314v4sr9NSLSally Fallon: Nourishing Traditions.  This book is great. I believe it is right on. However, it did take me awhile to jump into this type of meal preparation. However, once I did, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. “This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Sally Fallon dispels the myths of the current low-fat fad in this practical, entertaining guide to a can-do diet that is both nutritious and delicious” (copied by Amazon)

JJ Virgin: The Virgin Diet. nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin reveals the real secret behind weight gain. It’s not calories, carbs or fat grams. It’s food intolerance. A negative reaction to certain foods like dairy or gluten can sabotage your health by triggering inflammation and causing a host of nasty symptoms like bloating, breakouts, headaches, achy joints and—worst of all—stubborn weight gain.On The Virgin Diet, you’ll eat plenty of anti-inflammatory, healing foods to reclaim your health and reset your metabolism, while avoiding the 7  foods that are most likely to  cause food intolerance.


Shannon Hayes:The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook.Inside The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook.  Discover the unique flavors and distinct characteristics of foods that come from animals raised on pasture.  You’ll learn how meat and dairy products are meant to taste through a multitude of mouth-watering recipes, including Hayes’s own and her favorites from other pasture-based farmers.



51JOYlv4IeL._AA160_Shaudys: Herbal Treasures. A dear friend of my, Kim, gave me this wonderful book years ago.  Each chapter presents a variety of projects pertaining to a specific month. It is great because you can follow the book throughout the year to find inspiring ideas for gardens, kitchens, decorating, and gifts appropriate to the seasons and holidays.

One Response to OUR LIBRARY

  1. Nancy Ullmann says:

    Dear Jeff and Kathy: I thoroughly enjoyed browsing your extensive website. Many of your books caught my eye. My husband, Lee, has severe multiple chemical sensitivity. We are faced with leaving our beloved Knox Church, and Michigan, as Lee can no longer tolerate the cold, mold, pesticides, and fertilizers. I am coming out to your farm on 6/9 and 6/11 for Farm Camp. It will be a blessing and a pleasure to assist you in the chores. Lee and I are seeking God’s plan for us as we contemplate setting up our own Growing By Faith farm in the southwest US. Your experience, shared on your website, is invaluable! God Bless you for following the Creator’s agrarian plan for your life. Nancy

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