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Book Review – Stepping Heavenward

19 Oct

Stepping Heavenward by Mrs. E. Prentiss is, I feel, a book that every woman should read – no matter their age or where they are in life. It was given to me by some dear friends when I graduated from culinary school and I thoroughly enjoyed  it, and learned from it then. But this time reading it as a wife and sufferer of chronic illness, I feel like I gained so much more from it.

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(side note: I’m currently trying to learn a new image editor… bear with me as I figure it out) 

We watch as Katherine grows from a sixteen year old girl, in the year of 1831, to a woman of God with a husband and children. The trials of life beat against her as she seeks to live her life honoring God.

I marked a few sections that I wanted to share in this review:

“I see now that my first desire has not been to please God but to please myself, for I am restless under His restraining hand and find my prison a very narrow one. I would be willing to bear any other trial if I could only have health and strength for my beloved ones. I pray for patience with bitter tears.”

“The scenes of sorrow through which we have been passing have brought (husband) nearer to me than ever… Besides we have modified each other. (He) is more demonstrative, more attentive to those little things that make the happiness of married life; and I am less childish, less vehement- I wish I could say less selfish, but here I seem to have come to a standstill.”

Trying not to give anything away by taking out the name of her husband!

“Bishop Wilson charges us to bear all things ‘as unto God’ and “with the greatest privacy’. How seldom I have met them save as lions in my way that I would avoid if I could, and how I have tormented my friends by tedious complaints about them! Yet when compared with the great tragedies of suffering I have both witnessed and suffered, how petty they seem!”

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I identified so often with Katherine in the struggles of life and seeking to do the right thing, that I ended the book encouraged in the path. It reminded me that we all grow and change, even if we don’t see that growth. That we are not meant to suffer through life but to thrive and to make our will aligned with His. As I said before, I recommend this book to anyone. Yes it’s written in an older style, as you can see in the sections I shared but how deep and rich a meaning of daily faith is weaved throughout this book.

Also – Elizabeth Elliot even recommended it to “men, who need to better understand the wives they live with, and to any woman who wants to walk with God.” 

~Laura

Have you read this book? what did you think of it? Have you read a book like this, that inspired you? 

Book Review – Good-bye, Lover

19 Nov

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Good-bye, Lover by Rachel Britz  – Set in Ireland in 1880. For Honora (Nora) Gallagher, her life is turned upside down when her father unexpectedly dies. The news of his death, and the unlikely requirement for her to inherit the estate, spreads across the country.  His will states that seventeen-year old Nora must marry within a year in order to inherit King’s Castle. Upset, she has to decide whether to follow her dream of attending the music school in Dublin or saving her home. As time passes though, things aren’t quite as they first appeared – money has gone missing and Fair Day has been cancelled – what is going on without her knowledge?

She soon realizes that the only way to solve her problems is through sacrifice.

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Can I officially FREAK OUT now? I adored this book. When I got it I thought of passing it on as a gift, but now it’ll only leave my hands if I know it’ll return! A new favorite!

Things I loved about it:

Set in Ireland.  – I have longed to go there for years and years

Set in the 1800’s – Adore that era, that’s even the time period my novel is in!

Faith is critical but didn’t feel overly done or fake – because, let’s be real, it happens people, even in books.

Talks about an actual composer and songwriter –you’ll have to read it to find out who. I’d never heard of him but I’m listening to one of his songs and WOW. Beautiful.

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Things I didn’t like about it:

When she is thinking (in italics), most of the time it was in the past tense. – This broke the flow for me. I’d go back and read it a few times, then, because I’m ME, I’d change it to the present tense. It would flow better to me and I could move on. 

It ended. – I don’t care if it is 215 pages. I didn’t want it to end!

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I received this book free from the publisher, Ambassador International. Check out Good-bye, Lover here on their site. Or, if you want to snag it from amazon, follow this link and I’ll earn a tid bit of money from the sale =)

~Laura

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