Monday, October 24, 2011

Novels by Elizabeth Prentiss ~ A Regal Reading List

If you like to read novels but want something more "nourishing" for the soul, then Elizabeth Prentiss is the answer. What I really appreciate about her books is that she encourages women in their daily walk, routine and relationships. When reading her novels you think, "so I am not the only one with this problem and here is a way to conquer it!" Listed below are some of her writings that I recommend (and own) for women of different ages and stages in their lives:

Age 4 - 6 years
  • Little Susy Stories (Read about five year old Susy and all her tutors in life such as Mrs. Love and Mr. Patience. A delight for little ones which gently instructs.)
Age 6 - 9 years
  • Little Threads ("It was Mrs. Prentiss' intent that this little gem would be a tool for children to learn obedience. Read about the contrasting lives of Tangle Thread and Golden Thread (both young girls), one the cause of much grief for her godly mother, and the other the only bright spot in her poor mother's world." ~ Publisher)
Ages 13 - 99 years
  • The Flower of the Family ~ A Tale of Domestic Life for Girls (If only I had read this as a young lady! Read how Lucy copes with her many struggles while growing up with the guidance of her parents and love of her God.)
Ages 16 - 99 years
  • Stepping Heavenward ("Stepping Heavenward is an intimate journal of a young woman who struggles with ordinary daily life just as we do. Her life is a constant struggle to "step heavenward" as she deals with disappointment, heartache, and tragedy. You'll find it hard to believe that this journal has not be written with your own pen!" ~ Publisher) My favorite!
  • Aunt Jane's Hero (This is a story of a young man in search of a bride and how God works in their marriage to bring them both closer to Him. This is another excellent novel! From the publisher; "Aunt Jane's hero, Horace Wheeler, was handsome, quick-witted and poor. Horace's one desire was to be in love, which lead him even into proposing. Aunt Jane was a sincere, kind-hearted Christian widow who was not always appreciated for her words of wisdom or her little "sermons". Those little sermons interfered with the good times Horace had with the less serious youth he kept company with. Horace's unfailing sense of humor and easy manner made him a favorite in his crowd. Aunt Jane's prayers continually followed Horace after enlisting in the Civil War where he became a different person; not only physically but spiritually. Aunt Jane's Hero is a well told Christian story of how God can work in the life of young people." ~ Publisher)
For Mothers
  • The Home at Greylock (I am currently reading this book and am half way done so far. This novel is gaged toward child rearing and is a little different from her other novels. It is not a book that you devour quickly but rather a book that you read in short intervals. It does have some good insight though some might not agree with all her suggestions.)
Here is a sample quote from this book that I have appreciated thus far:
"Only I want to thank you for not plaguing me with exhortations. It wouldn't have done me any good. And I think a great deal more of how people act than of how they talk. One's words can cheat; one's life can't."
~ Elizabeth Prentiss, The Home at Greylock


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