Family Ties – a reading challenge

November is a time for family. We Americans gather around our tables the fourth Thursday of the month to celebrate Thanksgiving, during which we appreciate our family perhaps the most of all our blessings. When I was thinking about a reading challenge for this special month, I thought about how we could celebrate family.

What about a reading challenge called Family Ties?

No, not this Family Ties:

Though, I will admit to being addicted to that show when I was growing up. (Reruns were awesome back in the early- to mid-1990s.)

For our Family Ties challenge, our main character’s family ties should be featured.

Whether the main character (MC) has a huge family like this one…

… or a small two-person family like this…

… or is being raised by their grandparents…

the MC must have a family that is a key part of his or her journey through the book.

Some of my favorite Family Ties books are…

Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay
This is a book about sisters, one who’s struggling with cancer, the other who’s attempting to recapture the magic of her job as a chef. It’s raw and painful and joyful all at once, revealing the reality that is often our lives: messy and frustrating but still enjoyable most of the time, even when things don’t go the way we plan.

The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate
The leading lady in this one is a single mother running from a dangerous past. This book moved me to tears on multiple occasions while blowing my mind with the faith angle that reached deep and wide within the MC… and myself. Again, it’s raw and messy and not always pretty. But it’s layered with truth and hope and a renewed sense of self-worth in the presence of God.
An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White
While the family in this one is not blood-related, each member is just as much family to each other (or more so) than had they shared genetics. I love that a bunch of street urchins decided to claim each other as brothers and sisters, as that is so reflective of how Jesus chooses to adopt us into God’s family through salvation. This story has adventure, intrigue, mystery, and, yes, lots of emotion, which you know (or are learning) that I completely melt over.

Note: This is book three in the Shadows Over England series. I recommend reading this series in order for optimum appreciation (and family is involved in all three, so they all work for this month’s challenge): A Name Unknown, A Song Unheard, An Hour Unspent.

When you post your Family Ties books, be sure to tell us what family member(s) was important to your MC’s journey.
How do you show your family that you appreciate and love them?
What books about family have you enjoyed?
In what ways do you celebrate your family?
Last call!
October’s reading challenge will Keep the Lights On.

9 thoughts on “Family Ties – a reading challenge

  1. I just finished reading \”A Daring Escape\” by Tricia Goyer. The main character Amity and her brother Andrew had a special bond and worked together to help the Jewish children in Czechoslovakia.

  2. The Thief, the Damsel, the Dragon by Angela Watts — The main character is from a close-knit family. First Christmas in America by Rebekah A. Morris — Lovely little story about a immigrant family! There was Always Laughter in our House by Sarah Holman — a non-fiction about growing up in a large homeschooling family. 🙂 Fun challenge, Andrea! Looking forward to next month's. 😀

  3. Here's my final tally:1. A Promise Born by Cara Putman 11/1/18Mark's (MC) mom was crucial to several aspects of the story, but particularly the faith thread.2. Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson 11/5/18Uncle Chester, though deceased, played a significant role in Hattie's journey.3. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder 11/9/18Ingalls family must work together to survive the long winter.4. Elvis: The Story of the Rock and Roll King by Bonnie Christensen 11/9/18Elvis's mom was his main support growing up.5. Mandie and the Secret Tunnel by Lois Gladys Leppard 11/13/18Mandie's dad's death spurred on the adventure for this book.6. Pillage by Obert Skye (GM) 11/14/18A parent is crucial to Beck's journey.7. The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart (GM) 11/15/18The MC's brother and sister-in-law kept popping up throughout and doling out advice to the MC.8. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (GM; can't recommend) 11/23/18MC on a journey to save her brother.9. The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert (language) 11/27/18MC loses her family in WWII, so the story is about her journey to find a new family and place to belong.10. Raspberries and Vinegar by Valerie Comer 11/29/18The male MC's dad was in the hospital, which is why the MC came back to his hometown.11. The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green 11/30/18Lead female was on a journey to find her brother, and her marriage was crucial to the story too.

  4. So, I was so busy last week that I totally and completely forgot to list my books! At least it's only the 4th of December. 🙂 Okay, here are my books for the November challenge:1. Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski (family in FL in the early 1900s)2. All-of-a-Kind Family Downtown by Sidney Taylor (A Jewish family in New York)3. More All-of-a-Kind Family by Sidney Taylor4.All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown by Sidney Taylor5. Love's Harvest by Linda Shenton Matchett (Not one I really enjoyed.)6. The Fortunate Calamity by Isabella Alden (Love this one!)7. Kaatje and the Christmas Compass by Alta Halverson Seymour (A family in Holland)8. Coffee Shop Christmas by Ryana Lynn Miller (A widow, but her brother-in-law is in the story multiple times.)9. A Pony for Christmas by Bev Pettersen (Sweet widow and child story.)10. Erik's Christmas Camera by Alta Halverson Seymour (A family in Sweden.)11. Esther Aston's New Dress by Kellyn Roth12. The Quiet Little Woman: A Christmas Story by Louisa May Alcott13. The Romance of a Christmas Card by Kate Douglas Wiggin14. Pieces on Earth by Cathy BryantI read a few other books, but they didn't fit. 🙂

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