Saturday, April 4, 2015

Millie’s Unsettled Season by Martha Finley; adaption written by Kersten Hamilton

~Saturday Stories~

“Oh, Aunt Wealthy,” Millie cried. ... “It’s decided!” “My child, what is it?” asked the older lady, dropping the letter to take the girl’s hand and draw her to the sofa. “What is decided?” Millie spoke with a determined effort to be calm. “This morning at breakfast, Pappa told us- us children, I mean- he and Mamma had talked it over last night, and you know they have been praying about it, and…” “And?” Wealthy clasped Millie’s hand to her heart. “We are going to move … to…to… Pleasant Plains, Indiana.” “The frontier!” Wealthy gasped, sinking back on the coach.

In 1833, 12-year-old Millie Keith’s family is moving from their comfortable house in Lansdale, Ohio to Indiana, the frontier. Millie is leaving everything she has ever known behind. A trip so far in the 1830s is perilous. Even if all her seven siblings get to Pleasant Planes safely, Millie isn’t certain it will ever feel like home.

Genre: Historical, adventure. For girls ages 10-14. Issues dealt with: family relationships, friendships, trust in God, obedience to God, outreach, standing up for your faith, being nice to others, moving.

In Millie's Unsettled Season Millie struggles to understand God’s plan for her. But, looking at her parents and great-aunt as brilliant examples, Millie constantly grows in her faith. She gets into heated discussions about the joy of being God’s children and looking at others as God would. Millie is an excellent example of standing up for your faith and helping others. Even when she does do wrong, she understands it, asks God and others to forgive her.

This is book 1 of the 8 books in the A Life of Faith: Millie Keith series. The others are Millie's Courageous DaysMillie's Remarkable JourneyMillie's Faithful Heart, Millie's Steadfast LoveMillie's Grand Adventure, Millie's Reluctant Sacrifice, and Millie's Fiery Trial.

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22

Learn more about Martha Finley, the 19th-century author of the story. For more on Kersten Hamilton, who beautifully adapted Finley's story, visit her website.

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