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The Angelic Avengers

THE ANGELIC AVENGERS by Pierre Andrezel Lucan was an orphan who was employed as governess by a widower with three children.  When the employer became romantically inclined toward Lucan and asked her to become his wife, she fled and found shelter at the home of her boarding-school friend, Zosine.  Just at that time Zosine’s father […]

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My Friend Flicka & Thunderhead

My Friend Flicka & Thunderhead by Mary O’Hara. These are two books which belong together; the second one is a sequel to the first and is written about the same people and some of the same horses.  Both Flicka and Thunderhead are horses belonging to Ken McLaughlin who was the son of an army captain […]

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With a Dutch Accent

With a Dutch Accent by David Cornell DeJong  This book is the author’s attempt to write the story of part of his own life, the time from his earliest memories to the adolescent years which found him in a new country.  He writes of the town of Blija in Friesland, where he was born, and […]

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Burma Surgeon

Burma Surgeon by Gordon S. Seagrave, M.D. When the author of this book left for Burma with his young wife, the only surgical instruments he had were some broken ones salvaged from the wastebasket at John Hopkins.  He began his work in Burma as a medical missionary in the North Shan States.  Energetically he went […]

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Blessed are the Meek

“Blessed are the Meek” by Zofia Kossak. This is an historical novel which restores one of the critical periods of Christian history. It has as its background the history of the end of the twelfth and the beginnings of the thirteenth centuries. Francis of Assisi is the hero of the story, but Jean de Brienne […]

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Western Star

“Western Star” by Stephen Vincent Benet. This is a narrative poem about the “Spirit and the beginnings of America”, as the short write-up on the paper jacket of the book puts it. The first line of the poem is: “Americans are always moving on”. And after a thirteen-page prelude, the author tells the story of […]

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Paris Underground

Paris Underground by Etta Shiber It was purely by accident that Mrs. Shiber and her friend, Kitty, became involved in aiding British soldiers to escape from the German occupied territory around Paris. Mrs. Shiber is the widow of an American newspaper man, who after the death of her husband made her home in a Paris […]

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Look to the Mountains

Look to the Mountains by Le Grand Cannon, Jr. The story begins in Kettleford, New Hampshire, in the year 1769. Whit Livingstone shyly courts Melissa Butler and before they take the marriage vow, goes up the Merrimac River to find a new place to live. Melissa waits for him three months, after which he comes […]

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Small Sects in America

“Small Sects in America” by Elmer T. Clark. This book is the result of a lengthy and extensive investigation covering a period of fifteen years, in which the author studied the official literature and doctrinal pronouncements of the sects about which he writes, and even paid personal visits to the headquarters of some of these […]

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Robe

The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas The author of this rather popular novel has woven a story around the seamless robe of Christ, for which lots were cast at the time of the crucifixion.  Marcellus, a Roman tribune, through some political maneuvering, is sent to Minoa as commander of the fort there.  Part of his […]

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Popular Magazines

Tons and tons of paper are converted into magazines every week and every month of the year.  Drug stores, cigar stores, and even some large grocery markets display hundreds of magazines of every sort.  When the new issues of these periodicals appear, children, adolescents, and adults crowd the racks to obtain the latest numbers.  Especially […]

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John G. Paton

John G. Paton by Theodore Mueller. Published by Zondervan Publishing House This is a missionary biography, material for which was obtained from John G. Paton’s Autobiography, which was published by his brother James.  The author relates the high spots in Paton’s missionary labors and does so in a way that is interesting and not too […]

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Conquest after Battle

Conquest after Battle   by Dan Gilbert. Zondervan Publishing Company The author of this novel uses his story as a means of propaganda against the materialistic, modern professors in a worldly university.  The plot centers around four young people, Alex, Esther, Dudley and Marilyn, who have been brought up in Christian homes, were sent to […]

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Mystery of Mar Saba

The Mystery of Mar Saba by J. H. Hunter Jerusalem is the city in which most of the action of this novel takes place.  The Nazi government has a plot to upset the entire Christian world by having a document cleverly forged to show that the resurrection of the Lord did not actually take place, […]

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What to Do About Difficult Reading Matter

Among the books and magazines that constitute our reading mater­ial, it happens not infrequently that we run across something that is too deep, something beyond our comprehension. There are several factors which might make a book or article difficult to read. The subject matter treated may be very profound — dealing perhaps with philosophy or […]

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The Selection of Books

The books you choose to read will be dependent in a very great measure upon the kind of person you are, and upon your personal interests. If you are interested in theology, much of your reading material will be devoted to that subject. If you are interested in education, many of the books you read […]

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Girl Rebel

“Girl Rebel — the autobiography of Hseith Pingying”. Published by John Day Company, New York. The literary simplicity of this book is due to the fact that it was translated from the Chinese by two young girls who studied in the United States, and I imagine we would appreciate the book far more if it […]

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The Place of the Novel on the Christian’s Book List

Fiction is often defined as that form of prose narrative in which the characters, scenes, and inci­dents are partly or entirely imagin­ary. The novel and the romance are the two kinds of fiction, al­though they are not often consist­ently differentiated. There is, however, a slight difference be­tween a novel and a romance. A novel deals […]

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Instead of the Thorn

“Instead of the Thorn” by Bastian Kruithof, Publsihed by Half Moon Publ. Co., Fifth Ave., New York. This historical novel, very re­cently written, goes back a century into the history of the settlement of this country to give us a pic­ture of the hardships undergone by the Dutch and of their indomitable spirit and courage […]

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Why Should We Read?

The lives of most young people today are so overcrowded with duties and pleasures that, they will say, there is simply no time just to sit down peaceably to read. And if occasionally there are just a few unoccupied moments, they are too tired, and “Ho Hum!” I guess I’ll go to bed early tonight […]

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Reaching for the Stars

Reaching For The Stars, by Nora Wain. Little, Brown, and Com­pany, Boston. This is not a novel, as the title would perhaps lead you into sur­mising. It is more like a travel­ogue than a novel, but it isn’t ex­actly that either. The author’s husband went to Germany in 1934 to study music and she accompan­ied […]

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