Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Five Star Recommendations on The Salt Compass BookshelfBridge of Clay

By Markus Zusak

Reviews for books like this always intimidate me because I feel some kind of silly pressure to do the book justice. I can’t. It’s too good. Too well-written. But I will glow about it anyway.

Within these pages you will meet the Dunbar boys. There’s five of them.

And the fourth brother’s name is Clay. Continue reading

All Things New by John Eldredge

All Things New by John Eldredge

All Things NewFive Star Recommendations on The Salt Compass Bookshelf

by John Eldredge

I have been a huge fan of John Eldredge’s books for a long time. The Sacred Romance, Beautiful Outlaw, Wild At Heart, and Captivating (which is also on the bookshelf here) among many more have all revealed so much to me about the character of God and how He intended us to live and thrive. He has a way of explaining how he sees the world and God that speaks a language I know, yet seldom hear. Continue reading

Come Matter Here by Hannah Brencher

Come Matter Here by Hannah Brencher

Come Matter HereFive Star Recommendations on The Salt Compass Bookshelf

By Hannah Brencher

“This has definitely been the best story I’ve gotten to live so far, though I can’t place a bow on top of it and give it a happy ending or make it sound more complete than it really is. I’m not looking for that any more. This story will keep going. I’m done with thinking I will ‘arrive someday’ and that arrival will somehow fuel my completion. I’m already here.”

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Dawn of Wonder by Jonathan Renshaw

Dawn of Wonder by Jonathan Renshaw

Five Star Recommendations on The Salt Compass BookshelfDawn of Wonder (The Wakening, Book #1)

By Jonathan Renshaw

This book right here: It absolutely blew me away. It’s one of the highest quality fantasy adventures I’ve read in a really long time, and this is going to be a solid 1000 words of me absolutely glowing about it. While there are so many words I could use to describe it, EPIC is at the top of the list and I would give it 6 stars if that was possible. So much ground is covered and so much story is told in these pages, and by the time you finish it you will genuinely feel like you have gone on an adventure that lasted years. Continue reading

Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge

Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge

Five Star Recommendations on The Salt Compass Bookshelf

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul

by John and Stasi Eldredge

I firmly believe that every girl should read this book as many times as possible in their lifetime. It completely changed the way I saw myself by showing the reader what God thinks of women, the crown of His creation, and how He designed them. Continue reading

Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

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Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

The Wingfeather Saga is an absolutely beautiful story that had me laughing the entire way through and sitting in a puddle of happy/sad tears by the end. There’s sea dragons, toothy cows, adventures and more. What more can you ask for?

Books in The Wingfeather Saga:

  1. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

  2. North! Or Be Eaten

  3. The Monster in the Hollows

  4. The Warden and the Wolf King

  • Author: Andrew Peterson

  • Genre: Children’s Fiction

This series is special because it can appeal to so many ages. There’s a ten year gap between me and my youngest sister, and yet all four of us eagerly looked forward to the nights when my dad would read The Wingfeather Saga books to us. The further you get into the chapters of the first book, the more you come to appreciate the genius balance between the simplicity of the names and tone of the story and the depth behind the writing.

The story line follows Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby and their adventures throughout the land during the oppressive rule of creatures called Fangs. They stumble upon a treasure map accidentally and find that they hold the key to the lost jewels of the Shining Isle of Anniera. But events at the Dragon Day Festival end up turning their lives upside down, and the adventures begin. Complete with dragons, tree-house castles, a protective ex-pirate, and a deep magic in music, this story will keep you turning the pages late into stormy nights. Enjoy the adventure!