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A weekend reading review…because sometimes Pastors need a break from heavy reading also.

Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully. Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway.  Washington D.C.: Potomac Books, November 1st 2005. 612 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Want to read one of the best book on the Battle of Midway?  I remember as a young kid reading about this battle and how it turned the tide of the war in Pacific in favor of the United States in which Japan suffered serious loss in this battle.  This work simply exceeded my expectation and I was thoroughly hooked from page to page, which might sound almost unbelievable concerning a military operational book but the two authors did a good job telling us the story of the Battle of Midway and throughout the book they also critically interact with previous presentation of the battle by historians and popular misconception and argue for their account of what happened in a way that is informative while displaying an attitude of being concern for truth of what really happened.

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A weekend reading review…because sometimes Pastors need a break from heavy reading also.

I am fascinated with history and the history of Asia, including that of China.  Besides the books below readers might want to also check out my reviews of The Beautiful Country and the Middle KingdomRedeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China by XI Lian, Midnight in Peking by Paul French, Collaboration: Japanese Agents and Local Elites in Wartime China by Timothy Brook, God’s Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan, and .

 

Gordon Kerr. A Short History of China.  Harpenden, UK: Pocket Essentials, September 1st, 2013. 160 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Do you want to learn about China in a concise summary fashion?  This book would be for you.  This title is a part of the “Short History” Series published by Pocket Essentials and I thought the 160 page was a reasonable length for a survey, especially considering that there are thousands of years of Chinese history.  I felt it fulfilled the criteria of what I was looking for, of a general introduction to the various Chinese dynasties, which I needed to know and understand as a historical foundation so I can read other books on the history of China in a better informed matter.

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In continuing with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” here’s a review of Children’s books.  While this week’s review of children’s books aren’t Christian works they are still something homeschool kids and parents would appreciate!

I’m posting first my top recommended book…

 

Geronimo Stilton.  The First Samurai. New York, NY: Papercutz, March 19th 2013. 56 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Want your kids to experience a fun way of learning about samurais and Medieval Japan? This is your book!  This is the twelfth volume of the Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel series and is among my top two of the series thus far.  My kids also thought this was one of their top book from this series.

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I love the summer!  I think of vacations, road trips and travel.  They are also the possibility of listening to some audio books!

The following are non-fiction audiobooks and lectures that I listened to recently.  They are not written by Christians but they can be insightful of human nature and history by God’s common grace.

I’m also reviewing this right before 4th of July; in case any of you will be traveling and need to listen to something worthwhile as you travel to your destination!

Which one was interesting to you? What would you add to the list?And which one below would you get? (more…)

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In continuing with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” here’s a review of Children’s books.  While this week’s review of children’s books aren’t Christian works they are still something homeschool kids and parents would appreciate!

Geronimo Stilton.  Play It Again, Mozart! New York, NY: Papercutz, September 13th 2011. 56 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

How much do you know about Mozart the famous composer?  This is a fun kids book about some mouse going back in time through a time machine and along the way readers will learn about Wolfgang Mozart when he was a young child prodigy.  This is the eighth volume of the Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel series, a series my kids and I have grown to love and appreciate.

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Stephen R. Platt. Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War.  New York, NY: Knopf, February 7th, 2012. 512 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Do you know what was the world’s bloodiest civil war?  Most people wouldn’t guess it correctly.  Did you also know that this civil war involved a heretical version of Christianity in which the leader claimed to be the spiritual younger brother of Jesus?  In this book Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom author Stephen R. Platt looks at the Taiping Rebellion that took place in China during the mid-1800s.  The account in this book is simply fascinating!

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In continuing with our blog’s “wee-kids Wednesdays” here’s a review of Children’s books.  While this week’s review of children’s books aren’t Christian works they are still something homeschool kids and parents would appreciate!

Geronimo Stilton.  Who Stole the Mona Lisa? New York, NY: Papercutz, October 26th 2010. 56 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Want a quick and fun way to teach your young kids about who is Leonardo da Vinci, his famous painting of the Mona Lisa and also about Renaissance Italy?  This fictional graphic novel for kids is not only fun but along the way you learn history!  In volume six of the Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel series the mouse and journalist Geronimo Stilton goes back into time along with his friends to stop the Pirate Cats from changing events in history.

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