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All Endorsements by Catherine MacKenzie

1.

Christian Heroines

Christian Heroines
When writing summaries of these women's lives I wanted to give other young women the opportunity to put themselves in a heroine's shoes - to see if they'd fit as it were. Because these heroines were just like us... what makes them special is God and his purposes. Who knows what God has planned for our lives? It could easily be persecution like it was for Blandina or the Two Margarets - it could be fearlessly standing up for the truth like Elizabeth Welch. Or it could be a more anonymous testimony to God's strength and faithfulness in our lives... where only our Lord and Saviour witnesses the sacrifices we make for him.

 

2.

Ten Boys Who Changed the World

Ten Boys Who Changed the World
"This is a wonderful book - in fact it's a wonderful series. Irene Howat writes with a real warmth and insight. People that you have never met come alive on the page. Christian legends and unsung heroes all become friends you can understand and look up to. In a world where role models of real integrity are few and far between the Lightkeeper's series fills the gap!"

 

3.

Ten Girls Who Didn't Give in

Ten Girls Who Didn't Give in
One little girl read these stories and wondered about how these girls could be so brave! That is what hits you in the face when you read about these characters - their courage, their uncompromising stance for God's truth and the God who gave them that truth in the first place. At a time when young christians around the world know what real persecution is, help your child to understand that not compromising is something that they can do.
Irene Howat writes with a real warmth and insight. In a world where role models of real integrity are few and far between the Lightkeeper's series fills the gap!

 

4.

The Two Margarets

The Two Margarets
I think I can honestly say that I wrote Danger on the Hill in the space of about ten or twelve days in total. I spent a day at the National Library in Edinburgh and then it just happened. Not much is known about the Wilson children and after Margaret's death the other two just disappear off the pages of history - but this story needed to be told. And those facts that we do know can't fail to touch our hearts. I found my own background of Psalm singing essential to understanding this young girl and her history. I've used that extensively throughout the book to give that necessary authenticity to the struggle of the Covenanter church of the 1600's.

 

5.

Jim Elliot

Jim Elliot
I've had feedback from several readers which says this is the best book that Irene Howat has ever written. On that basis alone you should get this book.

 

6.

Monks and Mystics

Monks and Mystics
"There is nothing new under the sun - that is definitely true with church history. Many of the same issues and problems face us today that faced the medieval church. So not only does this book give a good, fast-paced narrative through early christian history - it also highlights some of the mistakes and problems that have raised their heads again today."

 

7.

Big Green Tree At No. 11

Big Green Tree At No. 11
I wrote this book because we needed it. I'd seen children trying to get their heads round the whole death thing, and I'd seen adults try to explain it to them. I wanted to write something that you could give to a child who was mourning. But I didn't want the book to make them any more sadder than they were already. I also wanted to be able to give the book to a child who was simply curious, as children often are, about something which we know very little about. But as it turns out God tells us everything we need to know about death and the life to come in his Word. So there, I've named my source, and trust that you will find this book helpful.

 

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Dark Blue Bike At No. 17

Dark Blue Bike At No. 17
Bullying is a problem, it's everywhere. It's in our schools and classrooms, boardrooms and shopfloors. Children need to know about how to deal with bullying in their own situations. I've tried to give simple, practical advice which a child can use, but as well as that I encourage children not to look at the various characters as goodies and baddies. The bible has a lot of people who had direct experience of bullying - and God helped them often to help themselves. With confidence in God and in his word children can be encouraged to tackle bullying in a biblical and God honouring way.

 

9.

Deep Black Pond At No. 12

Deep Black Pond At No. 12
We keep hearing about children's health, eating habits, and levels of exercise. I often think about the poor advice I received as a youngster regarding what was considered then to be a 'healthy diet.' We can get obsessed with things, but more often than not today our children haven't a clue about what health means for them and how God wants them to use their bodies to glorify him. I hope this book goes some way to helping children to focus on a healthy lifestyle in what is a healthy way. I also hope that I really do practice what I write :-)

 

10.

Amy Carmichael

Amy Carmichael
"My own nieces and nephews love books and being read to. The older ones are now wanting to read books for themselves. Fiction is all very well but I love it when children catch the thrill from real life. That's what people like Amy Carmichael do - they show you how what happens in our day to day can change a life and change a world. To start a life that honours God in meaningful way, try introducing that life to those believers who have been there and done that."

 

11.

Voices Against Slavery

Voices Against Slavery
Anthony Benezet, Elizabeth Heyrick, Baroness Cox, David Livingstone, Granville Sharp, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Olaudah Equiano, Samuel Sharpe, William Wilberforce. You will know some of these characters and others will be new discoveries to you. With the increased interest in the Anti-slavery issue in the run up to the anniversary of the abolition of slavery act this book is a must for school libraries as well as prize givings. A new film on Wilberforce due to come out in 2006/2007 will mean that this issue will be prominent in people's minds.

 

12.

John G. Paton

John G. Paton
The Christian legacy of this amazing missionary is still felt today in the South Sea Islands. Reading true life stories like this help us realise what difficulties really are. John G Paton was no stranger to struggle. This is not the story of a gentleman missionary who wilts at the first hardship. This man went through the school of hard knocks to become a missionary in one of the toughest areas of Glasgow - and then on to the savage tribes of the South Sea Islands. Being a missionary is hard - it certainly was back then. For many their very life was in the balance and John G Paton was no exception. Cannibals and warring tribes were daily dangers.

 

13.

Amy Carmichael

Amy Carmichael
"Amy Carmichael is one of those women who should be every young girl's heroine. Her childhood escapades and journey of faith are wonderful stories in their own right. Her adventures in India are the concluding part to this extraordinary life."

 

14.

William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce
"The abolition of slavery in the U.K. has an anniversary in the year 2007. This is why teachers, sunday school teachers and children's workers should make sure they stock up on Wilberforce material in the run up to this. A film on Wilberforce's life is also being launched in 2006. Make the most of these events and get Christian books into children's homes on the back of them!"

 

15.

Ten Girls Who Didn't Give in

Ten Girls Who Didn't Give in
If you like this, you'll love these:

Take a look at the Torchbearer series, in particular -
Danger on the Hill - the story of Margaret Wilson.
A story of an eighteen year old girl's struggle with persecution. Her story lives on and it tells us to stand firm too.

 

16.

Voices Against Slavery

Voices Against Slavery
If you like this, you'll love this: "The Freedom Fighter" by Derick Bingham. A full length youth biography on the life of William Wilberforce. "Ten Girls who used their talents" by Irene Howat. Another short story on the abolitionist, Harriet Beacher Stowe, the writer of Uncle Tom's Cabin, aimed at younger readers. "A slave set free" by Irene Howat A full length youth biography on John Newton.

 

17.

Amy Carmichael

Amy Carmichael
If you like this, you'll love this: When buying the Amy Carmichael Trailblazer for 9-14 year olds check out the Amy Carmichael Little Lights for 4-8 year olds. Amy Carmichael: Can brown eyes be made blue? A fully illustrated children's book for younger readers. Amy Carmichael also features in Ten girls who changed the World by Irene Howat.

 

18.

Ten Girls Who Changed the World

Ten Girls Who Changed the World
This is a wonderful book - in fact it's a wonderful series. Irene Howat writes with a real warmth and insight. People that you have never met come alive on the page. Christian legends and unsung heroes all become friends you can understand and look up to. In a world where role models of real integrity are few and far between the Lightkeeper's series fills the gap!

 

19.

Ten Girls Who Made a Difference

Ten Girls Who Made a Difference
"If you like this; you'll love these: Adoniram Judson - Danger on the streets of gold. Martin Lloyd Jones - From Wales to Westminster. Hudson Taylor - An Adventure Begins Richard Wurmbrand - A Voice in the Dark."

 

20.

Ten Boys Who Made History

Ten Boys Who Made History
"If you like this, you'll love these: Martin Lloyd Jones - From Wales to Westminster. Robert Murray McCheyne - Life is An Adventure."

 

21.

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis
If you like this, you'll love this: Ten boys who used their talents by Irene Howat. This title includes a chapter on C. S. Lewis. Also why not look at the title: Talking about Dragons by William Chad Newsom. This is a review of the work of Tolkien and Lewis and how to use these to develop and encourage family devotional times.

 

22.

Richard Wurmbrand

Richard Wurmbrand
"If you like this, you'll love this! Check out Ten Girls who made a difference by Irene Howat. This includes a chapter on Sabina Wurmbrand, Richard's wife."

 

23.

Isobel Kuhn

Isobel Kuhn
Try another Trailblazer: No Mountain too High - Gladys Aylward by Myrna Grant. Gladys Aylward was another trailblazing Christian who changed the lives of the people around her. She was also a missionary in the Far East. Both Gladys and Isobel are good role models and heroines that girls can believe in.

 

24.

George Müller

George Müller
Younger children can enjoy these stories too. Take a look at George Muller: Does Money Grow on Trees. This title in the Little Lights Series is a fully illustrated part of a fun and practical series for early readers. Ten Boys who changed the world by Irene Howat includes a chapter on George Muller.

 

25.

Gladys Aylward

Gladys Aylward
TRY ANOTHER TRAILBLAZER As well as Gladys Aylward No Mountain too High, I'd recommend that you look at Amy Carmichael, Rescuer by night. This makes up a nice set of female role models from a variety of different background. Amy was from Ireland and was a bit of a dreamer. Gladys was from London and definitely working class. Isobel Kuhn was from America and well educated. It just goes to show that it doesn't matter where you are from or what your background is - God has a job for you to do.

 

26.

Robert Murray McCheyne

Robert Murray McCheyne

TRY ANOTHER TRAILBLAZER: Martin Lloyd Jones - From Wales to Westminster.

Two different preachers from two different times of history - but with one calling to preach the word of God and bring lost souls to Christ. Excellent role models for boys. Men with grit and spine and Christ's love.

 

27.

Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada
"If you like this, you'll love this: Ten Girls who changed the World by Irene Howat. This book includes a chapter on Joni Eareckson Tada that is aimed at a 8-12 readership."

 

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Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada
"TRY ANOTHER TRAILBLAZER: Corrie Ten Boom - The Watchmaker's Daughter, by Jean Watson. This title is an ideal companion volume to Swimming against the Tide. Corrie was one of Joni's own heroines and the two women knew each other well before Corrie's death."

 

29.

Mary Slessor

Mary Slessor
If you like this you'll love this: Ten girls who changed the world by Irene Howat includes a chapter on Mary Slessor. The lightkeeper's series is aimed at 8-12 year olds whereas the Trailblazers are aimed at 9-14 year olds.

 

30.

A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God

A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God
"If you like this you'll love these: Twice Freed by Patricia St. John This is an ideal companion book to present to young people who have enjoyed Patricia's stories in A young person's guide. A well written adventure romance that appeals to both boys and girls. For younger children: Take a look at Prayer is an Adventure by Patricia St. John. These are a collection of stories on the theme of prayer and God. Two stories from A young person's guide to knowing God have been illustrated throughout and produced in hardback gift editions: The Safe Place A Home For Virginia."

 

31.

Secrets

Secrets
"If you like this, you'll love this: True Gold by Cliff Rennie A thrilling tale of adventure and excitement for older teens based around the Olympics at the Athens stadium."

 

32.

The Runaway

The Runaway
If you like this, you'll love this: Martin's Last Chance by Heidi Schmidt. Martin is tackling a serious heart condition. He urgently needs surgery but will he receive it in time and how will his friends react? This is a fictional story that is strongly based on real facts. Issues such as death and forgiveness are tackled within the story line as well as a strong gospel message.

 

33.

Goal Behind the Curtain

Goal Behind the Curtain
"If you like this, you'll love these: Offside in Ecuatina by Craig Rennie. This is the next in the series after Goal behind the Curtain. Danger and intrigue are everywhere as Doug has more to tackle than just footballs. There is a plot to assassinate the president of Ecuatina for a start. True Gold by Cliff Rennie The olympics have arrived and the competitors are under starters orders. But one runner's life hangs in the balance in this thrilling tale of adventure and excitement for older teens."

 

34.

Offside in Ecuatina

Offside in Ecuatina
If you like this, you'll love these Goal Behind the Curtain by Craig Rennie The first in the series about Doug Mackay takes him through communist controlled countries in a desperate attempt to bring bibles to the persecuted christians in the Eastern Block. True Gold by Cliff Rennie The olympics have arrived and the competitors are under starters orders. But one runner's life hangs in the balance in this thrilling tale of adventure and excitement for older teens.

 

35.

True Gold

True Gold
"If you like this, you'll love these: Goal Behind the Curtain by Craig Rennie. The first in the series about Doug Mackay takes him through communist controlled countries in a desperate attempt to bring bibles to the persecuted christians in the Eastern Block. Offside in Ecuatina by Craig Rennie. This is the next in the series after Goal behind the Curtain. Danger and intrigue are everywhere as Doug has more to tackle than just footballs. There is a plot to assassinate the president of Ecuatina for a start."

 

36.

Read With Me

Read With Me
"If you like this, you'll love these: Sharing Jesus with Under 5's by Janet Gaukroger. This book is a good volume for any family or church who are trying to reach out to pre-school children. Full of practical tips and ideas. Ideal for church, useful in any situation. Teach your children to Pray by Denise George When introducing family worship to your children start as you mean to go and introduce them to personal prayer. With Denise you will see how you can make this a practical, hands on experience for your family - something that will stay with them."

 

37.

Ten Boys Who Used Their Talents

Ten Boys Who Used Their Talents
If you like this, you'll love these: Wilfred Grenfell: The Arctic Adventurer by Linda Finlayson. Wilfred Grenfell is the archetype of a boys hero adventurer. His hair raising adventures and near misses are enough to keep anyone gripped to the edges of this book. A full length biography about a full on explorer and Christian. C.S. Lewis - The Storyteller: A full length biography about the best known children's writer of the 20th Century. Read the book about the man who wrote the Narnia books. John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress has been laid out with excellent line drawings. New sections are included to explain vocabulary and concepts as well as giving extra information about the author and his background.

 

38.

Ten Boys Who Didn't Give in

Ten Boys Who Didn't Give in
"If you like this, you'll love these: Try the torchbearers series that is aimed at 7-12 year olds in particular: Jim Elliot: He is no fool. 50 years after Jim Elliot and his four friends were murdered by the Auca indians the work of spreading the gospel still goes on with these people and Christ's name is now honoured."

 

39.

Ten Boys Who Made History

Ten Boys Who Made History
"This is a wonderful book - in fact it's a wonderful series. Irene Howat writes with a real warmth and insight. People that you have never met come alive on the page. Christian legends and unsung heroes all become friends you can understand and look up to. In a world where role models of real integrity are few and far between the Lightkeeper's series fills the gap!"

 

40.

Ten Girls Who Made History

Ten Girls Who Made History
This is a wonderful book - in fact it's a wonderful series. Irene Howat writes with a real warmth and insight. People that you have never met come alive on the page. Christian legends and unsung heroes all become friends you can understand and look up to. In a world where role models of real integrity are few and far between the Lightkeeper's series fills the gap!

 

41.

Ten Boys Who Made a Difference

Ten Boys Who Made a Difference
"If you like this, you'll love these: John Welch - The Man who couldn't be stopped by Ethel Barrett. John Knox's Son in law seems to have inherited some of the famous Knox fire for adventure and excitement. John Welch's story is a fantastic adventure that brings a young man from a gang of robbers to preaching the gospel in hostile situations. William Tyndale: The Smuggler's Flame by Lori Rich William lived a life of adventure and danger in Tudor England. A bible smuggler he operated illegally and under the very noses of the King's officials!"

 

42.

Boot Camp

Boot Camp
"If you like this; you'll love this: The Purple Heart by Barbara Hayley - the first in the series of Darin's adventures. Well worth a read - a laugh out loud sort of book, with a deeper message."

 

43.

Mary Jones and her Bible

Mary Jones and her Bible
If you like this, you'll love this: Martin Lloyd Jones - From Wales to Westminster. Mary Jones to Martin Lloyd Jones - both loved God's word - one did all she could to read it and the other did all he could to preach it - even giving up his career as a top surgeon.

 

44.

Jim Elliot

Jim Elliot
Try another Torchbearer: How about Polycarp: The Crown of Fire by William Chad Newsom. This is well written and chock full of fascinating history and well researched facts.

 

45.

Peril and Peace

Peril and Peace
There is nothing new under the sun - that is definitely true with church history. Many of the same issues and problems face us today that faced the medieval church. So not only does this book give a good, fast-paced narrative through early christian history - it also highlights some of the mistakes and problems that have raised their heads again today.

 

46.

Peril and Peace

Peril and Peace
There is nothing new under the sun - that is definitely true with church history. Many of the same issues and problems face us today that faced the medieval church. So not only does this book give a good, fast-paced narrative through early christian history - it also highlights some of the mistakes and problems that have raised their heads again today.

 

47.

Rescue and Redeem

Rescue and Redeem
There is nothing new under the sun - that is definitely true with church history. Many of the same issues and problems face us today that faced the medieval church. So not only does this book give a good, fast-paced narrative through early christian history - it also highlights some of the mistakes and problems that have raised their heads again today.

 

48.

Lightkeepers Boys Box Set

Lightkeepers Boys Box Set
It's a wonderful series. Irene Howat writes with a real warmth and insight. People that you have never met come alive on the page. Christian legends and unsung heroes all become friends you can understand and look up to. In a world where role models of real integrity are few and far between the Lightkeeper's series fills the gap!

 

49.

Lightkeepers Girls Box Set

Lightkeepers Girls Box Set
It's a wonderful series. Irene Howat writes with a real warmth and insight. People that you have never met come alive on the page. Christian legends and unsung heroes all become friends you can understand and look up to. In a world where role models of real integrity are few and far between the Lightkeeper's series fills the gap!

 


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