June 17, 2011

5 Books That Have Changed Who I Am

Caitlin  from Craftycrackpot  has tagged me in a book meme!  I was very excited to be tagged. :) As soon as I began to think of books that 'changed who I am' I thought of quite a few and had trouble deciding which ones to write about! There are just so many amazing books out there. These are my 
choices: (I cheated and got some of the reviews off Shelfari :P) 

God's Smuggler                                                                                    We actually listened to this on an Audio-Book, but I think it still counts. Brother Andrew began his work in 1955 as a one-man mission--visiting, teaching, and taking Bibles to Christians behind the Iron Curtain. It's an amazing story about what God did in this man's life and the many miracles that happened. Brother Andrew also founded the Open Doors Ministries!

The Bronze Bow 
I loved this book! "In this novel, Daniel bar Jamin is fired by only one passion: to avenge his father's death by crucifixion by driving the Roman legions from his land of Israel. He joins an outlaw band and leads a dangerous life of spying, plotting, and impatiently waiting to seek revenge. Headstrong Daniel is devoid of tenderness and forgiveness, heading down a destructive path toward disaster until he hears the lessons taught by Jesus of Nazareth." 

...Then Nothing Will Fail
This book is an autobiographical account of survival in Poland under the Nazi and Soviet Occupation. It's the story of Ted, a young Polish boy who survives the war with his family; the struggles they go through and how they come out in the end.
It is very real and whilst describing human nature at its worst, also describes it at its best.
I've read this book a few times. We met the author, Ted Kazmierski, a few years ago at a market where he was selling this book. He signed ours for us! 

  A Christmas Carol
“External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty.”
This is such an amazing book! I don't know if it 'changed who I am', but it's certainly a well-written book. Ebenezer Scrooge is a wealthy, grumpy old man who despises merriment and Christmas, who would rather sit in a cold, dark, room. On Christmas Eve night the spirit of his late working partner turns up and takes him into the Christmases past, present and future. He shows Scrooge what happens to people like him when they die, and by the end of the book Scrooge is a changed man.

Little Women
Another of my favourite books!
"The four March sisters and their mother, whom they call "Marmee", live in New England during the Civil War. Mr. March is a chaplain in the Union Army and rarely at home. The March girls suffer many privations because of the war and their poverty, but contrive to be happy by performing charitable services for neighbors, staging home theatricals, and attending parties. Theodore "Laurie" Laurence III, the grandson of Mr. Laurence, their wealthy next-door neighbor, makes their acquaintance and falls in love with Jo, the tomboy of the March family. Meg is the eldest, a governess who wishes she were rich. Beth is Jo's pet; she is shy, quiet, and very musical. All she ever wants is to be at home. Amy is the youngest, a selfish, pretty little artist who often fights with Jo."

I tag Big Sister , ElizabethRachaelGrace,  Beth and Moriah!

Here are the rules:
1) Tag between 3 and 6 people
2) Title your post '5 Books That Changed Who I Am'
3) Link back to this post.
4) Enjoy!

God Bless,


  1. Thanks for tagging me, I will try to get to it as soon as I can.

  2. Thanks for the tag, Alice! I don't do much blogging but I might get to it eventually =)