• 'Tis All for the Best

    "Tis All for the Best'Tis All for the Best by Hannah More.

    Mrs. Simpson believed that "the honor of God was dearer to her than her own credit, and her chief desire was to turn all events to his glory." And also "her chief care was to convince herself and others, that however great might be her sufferings, and however little they could be accounted for at present, yet that the Judge of all the earth could not but do right." Betty, her friend, simply gave up hope over tragedies. The moral is to trust in God's providence. An important verse is Psalm 118:23—"This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes."

    Paperback 4X6, 2 illustrations, 64 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281284; Pocket Moral Stories

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  • A Daughter of the Sea

    A Daughter of the SeaA Daughter of the Sea by Amy Le Feuvre.

    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."

    Paperback 6X9, 278 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281369

  • A Man of His Word

    amohw2 2A Man of His Word by Hesba Stretton.

    Christmas Williams was well respected in his town, but he despised the new prayer meetings, psalm-singing and talk of a Savior. When Christmas' daughter, Easter, believed in Jesus as her Savior he threw her out of the house and promised never to talk with her again. She became married and had a son, but he kept his word and did not speak to them. The story continues and Christmas must be a "man of his word." When "keeping his word" becomes hypocritical, pride and reputation are seen for what they are in God's sight.

    Paperback 4X6, 90 pages; Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281192; Pocket Moral Stories

  • A Miserable Christmas and a Happy New Year

    A Miserable Christmas and a Happy New YearA Miserable Christmas and a Happy New Year by Hesba Stretton.

    Kate was a beautiful daughter who helped comfort her father's patients. When the doctors assistant, Dr. Carey, took an interest in her, he sent a letter of his feelings. Unfortunate events started immediately. Mrs. Duffy was shot and taken to Dr. Carey's Hospital and Kate and Philip barely talked. But the story was not over. Kate was learning that in order to bear her own burden well, it was necessary to share that of another. Another moral principle is the forgiveness of serious sin.

    Paperback 4X6, 3 illustrations, 86 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281253; Pocket Moral Stories; Look inside with Google Preview!

  • A Night and a Day

    A Night and a DayA Night and a Day by Hesba Stretton.

    Disaster came to the coal mine one day when it flooded with water. Simeon, Rueben's brother, was trapped along with several other people. Rueben went into the mine to save them, but not all went as planned. This story illustrates the Biblical principle of "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."—John 15:13.

    Paperback 4X6, 1 illustration, 108 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781941281215; Pocket Moral Stories.

  • Angus Tarlton: Illustrations of the Fruits of the Spirit

    at1 1Angus Tarlton: Illustrations of the Fruits of the Spirit by A.L.O.E.

    The fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, etc. are exemplified throughout the book, one to a chapter. Angus Tarlton was a sixteen year old boy who was a prideful, disagreeable person that had lost his enthusiasm for life because of a crippling accident. The story shows how he learned to be a comfort and companion to others. He was able to accomplish a brave, heroic deed which exemplified many fruits of the Spirit. Also contained in this book is the short story “Don’t Be Too Sure” by A.L.O.E., which is about trusting in God’s Providence instead of your own plans and abilities.

    Paperback 6X9, 102 pages, 2 illustrations. ISBN 9781941281499; Amazon.com link

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  • Cassy

    CasseyCassy by Hesba Stretton.

    Young Cassy set forth from her forest camp alone and made a dear friend of a crippled man. She found employment with a rather odd family in London and met a grandfather convinced he is a character in The Pilgrims Progress. Cassy passionately searched for the truth about God's existence.

    This edition contains the bonus short story "A Man of His Word" by Hesba Stretton.

    Paperback, 7 illus., 155 p., Amazon.com link; ISBN  9780981750545; LCCN  2009939229

  • Divine and Moral Songs for Children

    Divine and Moral SOngs for ChildrenDivine and Moral Songs for Children by Isaac Watts.

    Divine Songs, the first part of this collection, was published in 1715. It was several years later when the Moral Songs were added. Isaac Watts points to Ephesians 5:19, to "teach and admonish one another by hymns and songs," as his motivation for writing the hymns. In the past, this song collection was very popular and the editions numbered in the hundreds. We are instructed by Isaac Watts, in his preface, to sing these songs with well-known psalm tunes that were popular in his day.

    Paperback 6X9, 60 pages, 10 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626367

  • Enoch Roden's Training

    Enoch Roden's TrainingEnoch Roden's Training by Hesba Stretton.

    Enoch Roden began his apprenticeship in printing with a bad accident, but as the story progresses, his training becomes more spiritual. Mr. Drury, his boss, trusted in God's provision for his business but when business went bad, it led to confession of his faults. Enoch questioned his attitude of despising God's daily gifts, thinking he was in rebellion like the Israelites. Trusting God's providence when it doesn't seem like He is paying attention is a training many go through. An important verse is Psalm 37:7—"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him."

    Paperback 6X9, 146 pages, 4 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781935626756

  • Essie's Journey and What She Found in It

    Essie's JouneyEssie's Journey and What She Found in It by Howe Benning.

    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.

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  • Ester Ried: Asleep and Awake

    Ester RiedEster Ried: Asleep and Awake by Pansy.

    Ester endured life as a half-hearted Christian, unhappily going through the motions of her housework. "O, Ester was asleep! She went to church on the Sabbath, and to preparatory lecture on a week day; she read a few verses in her Bible, frequently, not every day; she knelt at her bedside every night, and said a few words of prayer—and this was all!" She traveled to New York and was excited to be in her cousin's wedding. Abbie, a strong Christian, brought much reflection into Ester's life. "Ester saw with wide, open eyes, and thoroughly awakened soul, that there was a something in this Christian religion that Abbie had and she had not." This popular story by Pansy illustrates Ester's journey to become a stronger, more committed Christian.

    Paperback 6X9, 214 pages. ISBN  9781935626961; Amazon.com link

  • Fern's Hollow

    fh 2 2Fern's Hollow by Hesba Stretton.

    The Fern family lived peaceably in their hollow for two generations. Stephen was a hardworking coal miner and cared for his family. When a miserly landowner told them they must move out, he stood upon his vow to his father. Love for his enemies proved difficult to accomplish. This wonderful story is filled with many Bible verses and spiritual discussions. Five illustrations compliment this edition.

    Paperback 6X9, 5 illustrations, 126 pages. Amazon.com link;ISBN  9781935626329

  • Fred, and Maria, and Me

    Fred, Maria, and MeFred, and Maria, and Me by Elizabeth Prentiss.

    This is an amusing story of Aunt Avery and her nephew, Fred, who was always asking for help. Her soft heart gave him money to get his business going and for whatever else. Aunt Avery, who had never been 20 miles from where she was born, lacked knowledge in the ways of the world. She was unsettled when she went to New York and saw what Fred was doing with the money, but Aunt Avery's quaint ways that were based on the Bible were honored by God.

    Paperback 6X9, 52 pages, 5 illustrations. ISBN 9781941281024; Amazon.com link

  • Her Only Son

    Her Only SonHer Only Son by Hesba Stretton.

    Joanna Fleming packed up her bags to go to London to help raise her son's children. She found him living in a poor hovel in an attic and was astounded. She stayed as she had planned, but the money ran out and events went bad. Through desperation the son's life is brought to a reckoning point. This story is allegorical of Christ's sacrifice for salvation.

    Paperback 8X5.25, 82 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626145

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  • How Apple-tree Court Was Won

    hatcww1 1How Apple-tree Court Was Won by Hesba Stretton.

    Apple-tree Court was a rough neighborhood that even the police would not visit. George Lancaster who ran a local mission house considered how he might connect with the people. After several failed attempts he was baffled. When his son offered to help, he reluctantly let him try. The story shows the value of sacrificial love, a parallel to Christ's sacrifice. Another Biblical principal is forgiving others; Colossians 3:13—Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (NIV). Also Romans 8:32—He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (NIV);

    Paperback 4X6, 64 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281260; Pocket Moral Stories

  • Left Alone

    la1 1Left Alone by Hesba Stretton.

    Suzzanne Perrier was an outcast of the village because she was a Protestant and the village was Catholic. When her adopted daughter, Fantine, became sick the village people would not help her, because she was an immoral heathen. The village was simply living out their Christian beliefs. The Biblical morals illustrated are "religious hypocrisy," and "forgiveness."

    Paperback 4X6, 2 illustrations, 54 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781941281123; Pocket Moral Stories.

  • Mabel or the Bitter Root: A Tale of the Times of James the First

    Mable or the Bitter RootMabel or the Bitter Root: A Tale in the Times of James the First by Lucy Ellen Guernsey.

    The witch hunt days of King James I are the setting of this historical fiction story. In the year 1625, Mabel was fifteen years old and head girl of the school of Stantoun-Corbet. A new schoolmate came and aroused her ego unintentionally. Mabel was a good person but had a bitter root of envy, and eventually turned to find forgiveness in Christ. This book is part of the Children of Stantoun-Corbet Series or Tales of English Children, from the Reign of Queen Mary to that of Queen Anne.

    Paperback, 132 pages, 3 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626039

  • Mabel's Faith

    Mabel's FaithMabel's Faith by Eliza Coates.

    Twelve year old Mabel shows how her faith in God affected her life. Mabel prayed not to be ill during the coach ride and she enjoyed a refreshing sleep; but also God awakened her fellow passengers in their faith. Mabel gives little Christian books to her friend Alice and God uses them to build her faith. Mabel's simple faith is an example how to approach life's difficulties.

    Paperback 6X9, 104 pages, 2 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781941281444

  • Max Krömer

    Max KromerMax Krömer: A Story of the Siege of Strasbourg by Hesba Stretton.

    Max Krömer, a fourteen year old boy, relates the horrors of the Siege of Strasbourg in this work of historical fiction. The actual siege, during the 1870 Franco-Prussian War, consisted of surrounding the city and then bombing and starving the inhabitants, until they surrendered. In this story, Max and his sister Sylvie, went to their grandmother's house in Strasbourg while their father traveled. It was quite unknown to them they would have to endure six weeks of "the dreadful noise of the war." They looked to God for answers. An important verse is John 14:18—I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you."

    Paperback 6X9, 88 pages, 8 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781935626770

  • Michel Lorio's Cross

    Michel Lorio's CrossMichel Lorio's Cross by Hesba Stretton.

    Michel Lorio was a lonely Protestant who lived in an isolated Catholic community. Few residents greeted, or bothered with him at all. He found a friendship with the daring and spirited Delphine that brought out the best in him. A similar event was recorded in Miss Stretton's travelogue to Mont St. Michel, which is included in this edition. The travelogue was published in Leisure Hour Magazine in 1873, three years before Michel Lorio's Cross.

    Paperback (8X5.25), 52 pages; Amazon.com link; ISBN 978-1935626114.