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William Kelly: The Happy Christian

William KellyWilliam Kelly: The Happy Christian by Rev. Hugh Stowell.

WILLIAM KELLY (1731–1808), was a man of the world with many immoral habits. He spent more than he made and was reduced to shame. In the thirtieth year of his life, his hat was seized as security for a down payment of a debt and out of desperation he looked to God. His attitude improved and his life turned around. The furniture of his home was a bed, a table, a stool, and a candlestick, yet he was perpetually cheerful, and thankful. Here is an example of a happy Christian living a simple life.

Paperback 4X6, 58 pages, 1 illustration, Look inside at, ISBN 9781941281932

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The Child's Life of Christ

tcloc1 1The Child's Life of Christ: The Wonderful Life by Hesba Stretton.

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. link; ISBN 9781941281178


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. link; ISBN 9781941281369


Humphrey Grainger's Losses

hgl1 1Humphrey Grainger's Losses by Hesba Stretton.

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. link; ISBN 9781941281321; Pocket Moral Stories.

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Only a Dog

Only a DogOnly a Dog by Hesba Stretton.

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. link; ISBN  9781941281314; Pocket Moral Stories.


The Worth of a Baby

The Worth of a BabyThe Worth of a Baby by Hesba Stretton.

Dr. Reed who liked gardening, employed John Ledbury to tend his garden. They had an argument about plants, and John was let go. John left town to find work and his baby became sick because of the stress, poverty and unforgiving spirit of the father. This story is about how a person's stubborn pride might affect those they love.

Paperback 4X6, 38 pages. link; ISBN 9781941281307; Pocket Moral Stories.


Esther's Regret

Esther's RegretEsther's Regret by Emma Leslie.

Vanity, worldly possessions and the pride of life are the substance of Esther's life. She was "fond of dress" and a yielding mother left this passion unchecked. Consequently she taunted her brother and drove him away from home. Then Esther left home in a fit of anger. "The foundation of all this trouble that had come, not only upon Esther but upon her family, had its root in this—to seem what they were not."—Esther's Regret.

Paperback 4X6, 1 illustration, 126 pages. link; ISBN 9781941281291; Pocket Moral Stories

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'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. link; ISBN 9781941281284; Pocket Moral Stories

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Alice Gilbert's Confession

Alice Gilbert's ConfessionAlice Gilbert's Confession by Hesba Stretton.

Alice Windsor falls in love with Dr. Gilbert, but Dr. Gilbert confesses that his wife, Joanna, is still alive. Alice's confession is that she is "fighting forbidden love" and is being "wrecked upon that treacherous deep." The agony of sin and the need for God's forgiveness is felt by everyone. Important verses are Luke 18:13—"God be merciful to me a sinner," (NIV) also Hebrews 4:15—"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin." (NIV)

Paperback 4X6, 64 pages. link; ISBN 9781941281277; Pocket Moral Stories

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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. link; ISBN 9781941281260; Pocket Moral Stories