Recommended Reading

“If the riches of the Indies, or the crowns of all the kingdom of Europe, were laid at my feet in exchange for my love of reading, I would spurn them all.”  ~Francois Fenelon

Here is a list of books that I can heartily recommend which I have read or am currently reading. If anyone has a good book recommendation please send a comment my way. Starred books were my top reads.

My Recommended Reading List 2012

A Passion for the Impossible: The Life of Lilias Trotter by Miriam Huffman Rockneess
☆Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot by Elisabeth Elliot
Sensei: The Life Story of Irene Webster-Smith by Russell T. Hitt
A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot

Biography/ Autobiography
☆Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas
Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line by Abby Johnson
Up From Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington
Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope by Mary Beth Chapman

☆Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami
The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture by Roger J. Davies
☆Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation by Michael Zielenziger
Japan at War: An Oral History by Haruko Taya Cook
Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower
☆☆Belong, Experience, Believe: Pentecostal Mission Strategies for Japan by Noriyuki Miyake
The Anatomy of Dependence by Takeo Doi, M.D.
The Anatomy of Self: The Individual Versus Society by Takeo Doi, M.D.
Two Empires in Japan by John M.L. Young
Dave Barry Does Japan by Dave Barry
So Lovely A Country will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers by Donald Keene
A Diary of Darkness by Kiyosawa Kiyoshi
Straightjacket Society by Masao Miyamoto M.D.

Safely Home by Randy Alcorn
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Gospel and Dostoyevsky: Selected from His Works compiled by Fritz Eichenberg and Malcolm Muggeridge
☆A Lineage of Grace: Five Stories of Unlikely Women Who Changed Eternity by Francine Rivers
Quo Vadis: a narrative of the time of Nero by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent (as well as Cottonwood Whispers, Catching Moondrops)
Crossing Oceans by Gona Holmes

Holocaust/ Genocide
A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Powers
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Romeo Dallaire
What We Knew: Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany by Eric A. Johnson
Gertruda’s Oath: A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II by Ram Oren
Children of the Holocaust: Conversations with Sons and Daughters of Survivors by Helen Epstein
From A Name to A Number: A Holocaust Survivor’s Autobiography by Alter Wiener
☆The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust by Michael Hirsch
The War Against the Jews: 1933-1945 by Lucy S. Dawidowicz
☆Sarah’s Key by Tatiana Rosney

Sex Trafficking
☆The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine by Somaly Mam
God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue by Daniel Walker
☆Sex Trafficking: Into the Business of Modern Slavery by Siddharth Kara

El Salvador/ Latin America
☆From Grandmother to Granddaughter: Salvadoran Women’s Stories by Michael Gorkin
A Dream Compels Us: Voices of Salvadoran Women by New American Press and Grace Paley
The Massacre at El Mozote by Mark Danner
Seeking Refuge: Central American Migration to to Mexico, the United States, and Canada by María Christina García


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