Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Books from HeartThoughts Publications

Looking for good books to read? Check out HeartThoughts Publications!

Their latest publication is entitled Pearl of Beauty, a book encouraging us all to become maidens of purity. This priceless gem is a compilation of short stories that will challenge, inspire, and resonate with heart. The stories are written by timeless authors, from Louisa May Alcott to George MacDonald, and they are truly touching accounts of other maidens learning to live a life of purity. Although the stories are perfect for those in their pre- and early teens, older maidens will find joy in their sweet messages as well.

When the book first came out, I wasn't going to get it, for I'd already read many of the stories it contained. However, the book looked lovely, so I ended up getting it with the gift card Luke gave me for Christmas. I'm ever so glad I did! Though some of the stories were ones I'd already read over and over, they again came alive and inspired me. Pearl of Beauty is compiled with beautiful pictures that really illustrate the stories and make them a treat to read. I know that I shall keep this book around to re-read and be re-inspired!

Pearl of Beauty also contains discussion questions and activities, making it a great book to do with a friend, parents, or as a mother-daughter group.

Quest for the High Places is a book I received from Elijah for my 16th birthday. The message it contains truly is "encouragement for the waiting heart". Natalie is poignant and honest as she reveals things all of us face in our periods of waiting. The book is written for those in older teen years or beyond, as it deals with the struggles of young ladies ready for marriage but still single. Although I probably won't be married for quite a few more years, it was still an encouragement to me. It "explores the intricacies of maidens heart and emotions" really spurring you on to desire to go higher in your relationship with the Lord. I've already read it at least 3 times - it's a book you go back to time and again. The book itself is lovely, with beautiful photos illustrating each chapter.

Quest for the High Places also has a study book available, to chronicle your own journey. This book is great to go through on your own to lead you "further up and further in", or even better to do with a friend, mother or as a ladies study group. The very best would be a mother-daughter study with close friends!

HeartThoughts Publications also carries pure fiction books. I've read I Will Follow, and throughly enjoyed the touching, though heartrending story. I hope to read Journey of the Heart sometime soon.

Natalie also writes for Young Ladies Christian Fellowship and she newly opened HeartThoughts Retreat. She has been a true inspiration and encouragement to me, as I've read her books and articles.


Ella said...

Those books are wonderful! I have read parts of Pearl of Beauty with Mom. Quest For High Places...courtesy of you....I am going to start once I finish I Kissed Dating Good-bye. I do want to ask Natalie; she said there was a sequel to Quest. Wonder if it's come out yet?

Anna Naomi said...

Ella, I also wonder if Quest's sequel has come out. The end of the book mentions it, but I've not seen it for sale. I'd enjoy reading it if she ever publishes it!

Natalie (Nyquist) Klein said...

What a lovely picture collage you made with Pearl! :) Would you object to me using it on our website at some point?

No, the Quest sequel is not out yet--I'm afraid I've been a bit distracted the last year or so. :) But there are a lot of book projects in the works for this spring/summer, including a new edition of Quest and hopefully the beginning of a sequel!

Anna Naomi said...

Natalie, Not at all! Feel free to use the picture. I had fun arranging it. =)

Thanks for letting us know your plans for Quest! I definitely understand your distractions this past year. :) I look forward to reading the new books when they come out!

Rebekah S. said...

Oh wow!!! Those books sound great! Thank you so much for bringing them to my attention-I was really wanting to find some books such as these. I will definitely be purchasing them asap! Thanks again for letting me know about them! :)

Many blessings,

P.S. I had no idea that she was married! :) Oh, where have I been? lol

Rebekah S. said...

I really love the covers of both of the books-they look so feminine!

By the way, I've read Journey of the Heart, and it is simply outstanding! It is such a good book-you'll love it! Have you read the other 3 in that courtship series? They are SOO good. They're some of my very favorite books, and I plan on reading them over and over again in the future.

Anna Naomi said...

Rebekah, they are good books! I think you will enjoy them. No, I haven't read that series, but hope to when I can lay my hands on them! I recently purchased a few books, so I really should wait a while before buying more. =)

Sloan said...

Hi again Anna Naomi! I just wanted to say I JUST finished reading the best book on purity. It's called Before you Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally. It is wonderful.
Great Post!
Sloan <><

Anna Naomi said...

Sloan: I agree, Before You Meet Prince Charming is a wonderful book! I've read it quite a few times, and we did a mother-daughter study on it last year.

Rebekah S. said...

I've only read Before You Meet Prince Charming once, but I plan to many more times in the near future! It is SOOOO good. It's perhaps the best book I've ever read on purity(I haven't read the ones you mentioned, yet, Anna).