I've been wanting to share a couple of books that I have really enjoyed reading. I received a Kindle from my dear husband as a gift a while back and have been learning to use it. Nearly all the books I have downloaded have been free ones. There are many classics available for free and I have also found a few more recent books that have been free from time to time. I do read some fiction, but my favorite books are biographies or similar non-fiction books. I didn't want to buy a Kindle book if it was something that I probably wouldn't want to read again.
I read many good reviews about the book Kisses from Katie by Beth Clark and Katie J. Davis and decided it would be a good one to buy. It is a true story about Katie Davis who left her home in Tennessee right after high school to go to Uganda to work with orphans. Initially she was just going to go for a year but she has stayed on and adopted fourteen girls. She is a very selfless young woman. It is amazing to read how the Lord has used a young girl barely out of her teens with no formal training or organizational support to accomplish so much for these girls and many others in her community. She has established schools, feeding stations, and workshops to help the poor support themselves. She was available and the Lord has blessed and used her.
A number of years ago I read the book In the Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham. This book tells the story of Gracia and her husband Martin who were serving as missionaries in the Philippines in 2001 when they were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf. They were held hostage in the jungle for 377 days. During that time their captors beheaded some of the hostages and forced the others to flee from place to place throughout the jungle with only the clothes on their backs. Their captivity ended in a gun battle with the army in which Martin and another hostage were killed and Gracia was wounded.
A few weeks ago I saw that Gracia has written another book entitled To Fly Again. I was able to get this one from the public library. This book briefly recounts her ordeal in the jungle but primarily tells about her life since then. The Lord has miraculously provided for her and her children. She recounts many specific incidents during her captivity that the Lord used to teach her things and also what she has discovered since her release. It was a blessing to read how the Lord has given her peace and the ability to be such an encouragement and blessing to others. This is a book I plan to read again---I may even order it for on my Kindle. 🙂
Have you read any good books lately?
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