• 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.

  • A Thorny Path

    A Thorny PathA Thorny Path by Hesba Stretton.

    A Thorny Path, the title taken from a German hymn, refers to a life that is not always rosy. Chance meetings, charitable deeds and hardships on London's streets combine into a heartwarming story. We follow a life weary Hagar that made a bad decision because of her extreme circumstances, a woman in whom blossomed spiritual renewal, and a person that modeled the love of Christ. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"-John 15:13.

    Paperback, 134 pages, 9 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626015

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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. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281277; Pocket Moral Stories

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  • Alone in London

    ail1 1Alone in London by Hesba Stretton.

    James Oliver lived alone in London and worked in his newspaper shop. He had an unusually open relationship with Jesus, whom he talked to as a personal friend. One day he found Dolly, a little girl, alone in the shop. Tony, a street boy, had fended for himself and needed a place to sleep at night. These three isolated people came together and formed a family. Tension came between Oliver who wanted to care for the downtrodden, and Aunt Charlotte who wanted to maintain a life of respectability. An important verse is Matthew 25:40: "Inasmuch as ye did it to one of the least of these, ye did it unto me."—Curiosmith (2013).

    Paperback 6X9, 102 pages, 4 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781935626732

  • Bede's Charity

    Bede's CharityBede's Charity by Hesba Stretton.

    When Margery Bede stayed at home to care for her father and brother Stephen, she sacrificed all hope of marriage. Her father died, Stephen went off to Australia, and Margery moved to London where she poured her life into raising Cor, a street boy. Broken-hearted Margery gave her life to others but was left alone and unappreciated. The story's theme is maintaining faith and joy in the midst of disappointment. A quote from the book: "I cannot be anything but happy," I said, "because I believe the Lord Christ has given me the right and the power to become one of the daughters of the Lord God almighty; and there never was a father, even a king upon his throne, who cares for his children as my heavenly Father cares for me. Could I be anything else but happy and at peace."

    Paperback 6X9, 182 pages, 4 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281000

  • 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

  • Cobwebs and Cables

    Cobwebs and CablesCobwebs and Cables by Hesba Stretton.

    Roland Sefton fled England mysteriously after he stole 10,00 pounds from his own bank. As time progressed the widely varied effects of this wrongdoing included isolation, ruined lives, shame and death. Toward the end of the story only time, circumstances, forgiveness and the grace of God could heal what had occurred. "He could not unravel the warp and woof of his life. The gossamer threads of the webs he had begun to weave about himself so lightly in the heyday of his youth and prosperity and happiness had thickened into cables and petrified; it was impossible to break through the coil of them or find a way out of it."

    Paperback 6X9, 304 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781935626749

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281321; Pocket Moral Stories.

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  • Jessica's First Prayer

    Jessica's First PrayerJessica's First Prayer by Hesba Stretton.

    Jessica, an inquisitive barefoot girl, took an interest in the coffee stall run by Daniel. Following Daniel into a strange building she began an adventure that will change her life. Jessica knows little about God's love, but has an inquisitive mind showing that a person who seeks eventually finds God. This is one of Hesba Stretton's most popular tales, a touching story first published in 1867.

    Paperback, 9 illus., 54 p.; ISBN  9780981750521; LCCN  2008939470; Amazon.com link

  • Jessica's Mother (Illustrated)

    Jessica's MotherJessica's Mother by Hesba Stretton.

    In this sequel to "Jessica's First Prayer," Jessica, Daniel and the minister were at the church when a tragedy occurred. Daniel went home and discovered Jessica's mother crouching on his doorsill. She looked like a heap of rags and defiantly demanded Jessica. Daniel grew spiritually closer to God as he sought to know how Jesus might respond. This edition includes the five illustrations from the initial publication of Jessica's Mother in "Sunday at Home" magazine in 1867.

    Paperback 6X9, 62 Pages, 5 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626763

  • 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.

  • Little Meg's Children

    Little Meg's ChildrenLittle Meg's Children by Hesba Stretton.

    Ten year old Meg struggled to take care of the children until father's ship arrived. Over time, their belongings went to the pawnshop. Quite by accident, they met a friendly shopkeeper who fed and employed Little Meg. She developed faith that God answers prayer, and explained life accordingly. Published soon after Jessica's First Prayer, this story became very popular as well. This edition has 13 illustrations. Important Scripture: "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him!"—Matthew 7:11.

    Paperback, 112 pages, 13 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781935626107

  • Lost Gip

    lg 1 3Lost Gip by Hesba Stretton.

    One stormy night Gip was missing. "Gip" is short for Gipsy because she had dark black eyes and black hair. Sandy continued to search for Gip and made good friends with John and Mrs. Shafto, who became his spiritual mentors. Mr. Shafto, a Scrooge-like character, badly needed a change of heart and is helped by Sandy. A street preacher spoke of Christ seeking those that are lost, which becomes the theme of the story, with John 19:10: "The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. "

    Paperback 6X9, 114 pages, 6 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781935626688

  • 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