• Pocket Moral Story Index

    American Sunday School Union

     Howe Benning

     Emma Leslie

     Annette Lyster

     Hannah More

     Mary Martha Sherwood

    Religious Tract Society

     Hesba Stretton

  • '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 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.

  • 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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  • Duty Is Safety or Troublesome Tom

    Duty Is SafetyDuty Is Safety or Troublesome Tom by Mary Martha Sherwood.

    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;

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  • 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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  • 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. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281291; 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. 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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  • 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.

  • Mrs. Burton's Best Bedroom

    Mrs. Burton's Best BedroomMrs. Burton's Best Bedroom by Hesba Stretton.

    Mrs. Burton was very proud of the her bedroom, "if pride of any kind or degree is allowable to a Christian." One morning she woke up and found a very big surprise. Hesba Stretton called this story "strictly true, and happened within the writer's knowledge." The moral in this story involves pride of possessions and knowing God's love no matter what a person has done. Important Scriptures are Genesis 16:13— "Thou God seest me," and 1 John 4:8—"God is love."

    Paperback 4X6, 1 illustration, 32 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281239; 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. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781941281314; Pocket Moral Stories.

  • Poison in the Packet

    Poison in the PacketPoison in the Packet by Hesba Stretton.

    The Beamond household received a package wrapped in brown paper and labeled "Poison." After the package was opened they thought it was a joke because it contained nice clothes for the children. When troubles came they had to reconsider what it meant. The moral in this story is the vanity of nice clothing and the trouble it causes. Important scripture is Matthew 5:3—"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

    Paperback 4X6, 2 illustrations, 38 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281246; Pocket Moral Stories

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  • Rebecca the Peacemaker: Coals of Fire

    Rebecca the PeacemakerRebecca the Peacemaker: Coals of Fire by the Religious Tract Society.

    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

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  • Sam Franklin's Savings Bank

    Sam Franklin's Savings BankSam Franklin's Savings Bank by Hesba Stretton.

    Sam Franklin liked to secretly keep money hidden away. He had no faith in banks, so he kept the money at home and he would not even tell his wife. As the money grew so did his concern for it. But when his wife mistakenly disrupted his plans, the truth came out. The Biblical moral principles are "love of money," and "charitable giving."

    Paperback 4X6, 2 illustrations, 46 pages. Amazon.com link; ISBN  9781941281222; Pocket Moral Stories.

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  • Slim Jack: The History of a Circus Boy

    Slim JackSlim Jack: The History of a Circus Boy by The American Sunday School Union.

    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

  • The Boy Who Never Lost a Chance

    The Boy Who Never Lost a ChanceThe Boy Who Never Lost a Chance by Annette Lyster.

    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

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  • The Naughty Girl Won

    The Naughty Girl WonThe Naughty Girl Won by The Religious Tract Society.

    Kitty Willis had a painful choke in her throat and a tear in her eye when she was left alone because she was so naughty. Lucy Burn, a sincere Christian, felt sorry for Kitty and made friends with her. The other school girls were "Christians" but they were proud and vain. When Kitty fell sick, Lucy became her nurse and read out of the Bible and prayed for her which led to a work of the Spirit in Kitty.

    Paperback 4X6, 140 pages, 2 illustrations. Amazon.com link; ISBN 9781941281437; Pocket Moral Stories