Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Aunt Jane's Hero- A Review
"They were living to themselves: self, with its hopes, and promises, and dreams, still had hold of them; but the Lord began to fulfill their prayers...They had asked they knew not what, nor how; but He had taken them at their word...They were hardly willing to follow on so far, or to draw so nigh to Him...They could almost pray Him to depart from them, or to hide his awfulness. They found it easier to obey than suffer-to do than to give up- to bear the cross than to hang upon it: but they cannot go back, for they come to near the unseen cross, and its virtues have pierced to deeply within them...Before, they had only heard of the mystery, but now they feel it...They live alone with Him above, in unspeakable fellowship; willing to lack what others own, and to be unlike all, so that they are only like him...Had they chosen for themselves, or their friends chosen for them, they would have chosen otherwise. They would have been brighter here, but less glorious in His kingdom...If they had halted anywhere-if He had taken off his hand, and let them stray back- what would they not have lost? What forfeits in the morning of resurrection? But He stayed them up, even against themselves... It was good for them to suffer here, for they shall reign hereafter-to bear the cross below, for they shall wear the crown above; and that not their will but His was done on them."
The preface of this heart touching tale sets the mood. What follows it is the story of how a young man, through the prayers of his "Aunt" and far away father, comes from loving this world and what high society can give him, to loving Christ and fully devoting himself to Him. As Mrs. Prentiss, author of "More Love to Thee" and Stepping Heavenward, continues to weave this fascinating tale, she tells how he came to love a godly maiden that beautifies his lowly home; and how together, through hardship and toil, they grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Then she ends with a some thought provoking guidance in how to find and be a godly husband/or wife. This book was so intriguing I finished it three days after receiving it for graduation. I shall probably read it many times over. I highly recommend it.
This book is available starting at $3.99 from Amazon.