Superior Books To Read This Month

I am so excited to share with you my picks for superior Books to Read this month!  This month had me reading and writing many reviews but here are my top picks for the month.  I hope you will enjoy these edifying choices!

Everyone has different opinions on what a good book is and isn’t…rightly so.  Christian Book Reviews are slightly easier to write because you are not just giving your personal opinion but also examining whether or not the book is written from a Christian Worldview.  Not all the books you see featured in The Peaceful Havens monthly book reviews are published by Christian publishers or even written by Christians, but will always approach a book review from a Biblical Worldview.  If there is something objectionable in a book it will be noted.




Death at Thorburn Hall is set in and around the charming British countryside in the years prior to World War II.  Although it may be contrary to say, Book 6 in the Drew Farthering Mystery series is a wholesome murder mystery that I found myself smiling my way through.  I am hard pressed to think of a book that I enjoyed reading in recent years more than this fascinating mystery. The lovable main characters are a husband and wife amateur detective team whose love for each other and helping others in need makes for an utterly enjoyable read.  A wide range of near misses with the annoyed police and intriguing scrapes with other charismatic characters leads to justice and a neatly solved murder case.






After previewing, Unwrapping the Names of Jesus my husband and I decided it would be a perfect family devotional this Advent season. This beautiful hardback can be used for individual or family worship and although it is marketed for use in the Christmas season would be appropriate for devotional use throughout the year.  Suffice it to say I have greatly enjoyed learning more in-depth about the names of Jesus.  Unwrapping the Names of Jesus is appropriate for all age levels and even has a list of personal or family activities based on the weekly theme.  Well written and more importantly transformational!




Your Gluten-Free Cookie Jar

Three words…DELICIOUS, DELIGHTFUL, and DELECTABLE describes the plethora of gluten-free cookie recipes that are mouthwatering and perfect for the Christmas Season!  We have had an enjoyable few months while baking our way through this little gem of a cookbook!  I guarantee you and your family are going to love these gluten-free cookie recipes!




Be Still My Soul is a compilation of essays about pain written by giants of the Christian faith and edited by Nancy Guthrie.  I found myself reading this meaty book while I was quite ill with Lupus this past month.  It may seem conflicted to say a book about pain and suffering is beautiful but I find myself hard pressed for another word.  Be Still my Soul will be an encouragement to anyone who is sick, depressed or grieving from the lost of a loved one.  Why?  Because when we are in the thick of suffering it is transformational to see that there is purpose and love in our pain.




Staying Stylish 

is a beautiful book written by a lovely Christian woman Candace Cameron Bure.  Although, our families standards of modesty is different than hers I highly recommend going through this book with your daughters.  The discussions you will engage in with your daughters will draw you closer together and you will have a ton of fun making wardrobes, shopping for makeup and styling each others hair!




The Boxcar Children is a pick from my children who are now grown and still have fond memories of these endearing stories of the four boxcar children.  Detailed and dynamic mysteries that will engage even a reluctant readers.   A beautiful model for siblings loving and taking care of each other.




What Can I Bring? 

Do you struggle to find the perfect dish to bring to potlucks, friends homes, meals to bring to the sick or new mom?  Look no more because Southern Living once again has your back for providing the absolutely BEST tasting recipes around that are perfect for everything from impressing your in-laws to providing your ladies Bible study with healthy and nutritious snacks.  As far as delicious goes no one can beat Elizabeth Heiskell.




Natural Beauty Skin Care 

Purchasing natural organic skin care can be expensive and quite frankly who can afford that?  This book is chocked full of healthy organic recipes for every skincare issue you may have!  Recipes are easy and cost-effective.




Make Yourself at Home 

This is a new release that is chocked full of inspiration for your home.  Written with the aim that you can have a gorgeous home using thrift store finds, your own personality and creativity and that no home should look alike.  I love this premise that our homes should be a reflection of who you are as a family and values you reflect.  A bonus to this graphically beautiful book is that it is loaded with questions, ideas, and projects!











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About The Author

Janelle Esker

Janelle Esker is the grateful wife of Michael and homeschooling mother of six amazing children. She lives with her family, 4 cats, 1 dog, 3 ducks and 12 chickens in scenic Ohio. Janelle received her B.A. in Education from Ohio Northern University. She is the author of CHOSEN: One Family’s Journey with Autism.