Mrs. Fitzherbert was asked to take care of Dimple, an eight year old orphaned girl. She gave Dimple a plot of ground to grow her own garden. The book uses garden analogies to teach lessons throughout: "Yes, I see a lot of weeds this afternoon. A nasty ugly one has just cropped up, called disobedience; and impatience and self-will have been up some time, and are growing bigger every day." The story teaches that roses must have a gardener to grow well and so we see the need of God tending our souls.
Paperback 6X9, 148 pages, 4 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281345
Roger Read kept alert for a "chance" or an opportunity of an available job because his grandfather told him: "Never lose a chance," and "Earn your dinner before you eat it." After Jack Sparling told Roger not to miss the chance to go to heaven; Roger began seeking spiritual chances as well as employment chances. Roger's story is about growing successful spiritually, professionally and personally.
Paperback 4X6, 140 pages, 4 illustrations. Amazon.com; ISBN 9781941281406; Pocket Moral Stories
Jack Ward was an orphaned twelve year old who was raised by Mr. Martin. The circus came to town and Mr. Martin sold Jack to the circus men. After many years of this unhealthy lifestyle, Jack recovered in the hospital and his rebellious spirt was softened by God. As the book states: "If any of my readers come to the same determination that Sally made, which was, never to encourage amusements of a sinful nature, or such as are afforded at the expense of danger and suffering to others, Aunt Fanny will not have related the story of "Slim Jack" in vain."
Paperback 4X6, 122 pages, 3 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281390; Pocket Moral Stories
A playfully written story about twenty year old shopkeeper named Rebecca who was wronged in love and friendships. She made peace by forgiving others, but also went further by giving to meet their needs. Also included is the story of "Coffee Pot Sam." Sam worked a construction job and liked to drink his coffee while his rough coworkers spent their time at the local pub. Sam shared his faith, preached abstinence and bore trials with patience. The moral is that good character wins in the end.
Paperback 4X6, 140 pages, 2 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281352; Pocket Moral Stories
Ten year old Tom Page found trouble very easily. When he ran away from angry boys he became lost and examined his ways. Tom's heart changed and turned to God. "Duty is Safety: let a child act dutifully, that is, in obedience to the will of his parents, and masters and he is on the way of safety—let him go against their will and he makes to himself as many foes as he has acquaintances." Also included is the story of "Betsy Bartlett." Fourteen year old Betsy could not bear being found fault with, and she had a bad temper. She took a job as a nursemaid, and when corrected in her duties, she started to cry. She was given good advice: "Ask for God's help and put your trust in him alone." "Pray for grace to look upon the favor of your heavenly Father as the chief end in all you do."
Paperback 4X6, 140 pages, 21 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281376;
Fourteen year old Essie was proud and envious and she often compared herself to her schoolmates. But when she visited relatives she was given helpful advice: "If you go out into life with all these earnest aspirings centering in self, you will be only one of the many ambitious, whose lives prove but failures. If, dear Essie, you are willing to take into your heart a higher motive, and the Name above all others, then you will find rest yourself, and bring it to others. Is not this what you want?"
Paperback 4X6, 120 pages, 2 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281338; Pocket Moral Stories.
This book is a combination of the four Gospels into one storyline of Christ's life. Included are his birth, miracles, teachings, death, and resurrection. It "has been written for those who have not the leisure, or the books, needed for threading together the fragmentary and scattered incidents recorded in the four Gospels." Thirty two works of art by Heinrich Hofmann, Bernard Plockhorst and others, help visualize this rich time in history. The text is updated to modern language.
Paperback 8X10, 178 pages, 32 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281178
Una Carteret is an independent tomboy who loves shrimping and lobster-pots. When storms arise the fisher folk of the town collect at the beach to plunder pieces of the wrecked ships. Una is enraged by this injustice but fighting against it proves very dangerous. Many people are drifting in this small village and Jesus Christ is seen as a Lifeboat. Una said: "I know what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for me. This little boat I am standing in is a very poor type of what He is able to do for you. You are making shipwrecks of your souls, and He is the Lifeboat of the world. I found no real joy or peace till I stepped in."
Victoria was fresh from a last minute wedding when her husband died during a sea voyage. She had nowhere to go but to finish the journey to his home. But at home she found that great emotions were bound up in the legal directives of his father's will. The story is about not being angry with providence but only "decide upon what is right, and leave the rest to God!"
Paperback 4X6, 70 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281321; Pocket Moral Stories.
Latimer Churchill loved his dog Jock and they had many good times together. When he married Nelly, she found a jealous pain began to take root because of Jock. The question is asked, "Does sin stop with ourselves; or does it descend as an evil influence upon the lower animals which we associate closely with our own habit and lives?" This story illustrates repenting from jealousy and asking forgiveness.
Paperback 4X6, 54 pages, 1 illustration. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281314; Pocket Moral Stories.