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Stepping Heavenward

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  4,008 ratings  ·  270 reviews
"Stepping Heavenward" is the fictional coming of age story of a young Christian girl named Katherine. The story follows her life from when she is sixteen, though courtship, engagement, marriage, having children, and the many challenges that she confronts in her adult life. This classic Christian story is told through a series of journal entries by Katherine and is an inspi ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Barbour Books (first published 1880)
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Hannah C.
Jun 01, 2007 Hannah C. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian girls/women AND guys!
a fictional diary from the point of view of a Christian teenage girl who is hot-tempered and overanalytical (sounds like me!)... the story follows her as she truly dedicates her life to Christ, although she grew up in a believing family, and as she goes through life. first love, marriage, family and more... loved this book.

brothers... it's not just a book for girls. if ur interested in figuring out a little of the way the mind of a gal works, please read it. she's so honest with her feelings and
Written in 1869, this is a fictional journal of a young woman--her beginning, doubts, disobedience, growth, marriage, difficult in-laws, children, and her older days--and is still pertinent to women today.

It's good to read a book (the second time) in which the main character, at least in the main, listens to and learns from her mother and other older and wiser people. The main character has a lot of flaws, yet she wants to please God, and slowly grows. I can relate to many of her struggles, so I
Katie Ann
This book is awesome!!! It is my all time favorite book! I recommend it for every girl 13 and up! You can never outgrow this book! wonderful Christian insight! At twelve years old it shaped my views on girlhood, young womanhood, womanhood, motherhood, life and death. Prentiss is a intriguing writer and she keeps your attention. Though the book was written in a very different time, it very relatable to girls now days. Best book ever! Read it, you won't regret it!
Carol Bassford
Spelling and punctuation

I found it was very difficult to read because of all of the spelling and punctuation errors. Not sure if the original version was like this but the Kindle version is.
Lady Jori
This is one of my FAVORITE books EVER! It's a really good book for us girls and our relationship with our mom and how it should look; and it's a good book for what kind of wife we should be to our husbands.I think it's a good book for many things. Like how we deal with hardships and struggles. Do we praise God when he gives as as well as we praise Him when He chooses to take away? Great book for my fellow brothers in Christ to read on how they can be sensitive to their wives. (well when they gro ...more
I didn't feel like I had anything in common with the main character, Katherine. The book begins on her sixteenth birthday and she has a little tiff with her mother on whether or not she should wear her boots out in the snow! I have never seen anyone do that over the age of six.

None of the temptations I face were present in her life, and none of the temptations she faced are present in my life.

I know a lot of people really like this book, and I'm sure they have good reasons. It's just not for me.
This is a deeply thoughtful book on the life of a young Christian as she struggles to understand what it means to follow Christ. I found this book very encouraging as I could relate with the difficulties and questions about the Lord that life brought to the main character. I found it very edifying and helpful to anyone going through trials.
This was an excellent read. The heroine reminded me much of myself, so it was a blessing to read about how her Christian walk progressed and to see hoe she grew in the knowledge of Christ.
I'd be interested in reading this again some day after I'm married and have children.
One of my favorite books. Written as a journal, it follows the spiritual journey of a girl from about 16 years well into motherhood... It challenged my walk with Christ more than anything I've read in a long time. It's worth reading every couple of years.

Some Favorite quotes:

You will imagine that it is best that He should at once enable you to see clearly. If it is, you may be sure He will do it. He never makes mistakes. But he often deals far differently with his discisples. He lets them grope
Aug 25, 2010 Caroline rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Every girl
Recommended to Caroline by: Mom
Shelves: favorite
This is probably one of the most excellent, most encouraging books I have ever read! My mom suggested it to me several years ago, but I just recently picked it off the shelf. Stepping Heavenward follows Katherine Eliot’s life from the age of sixteen until her death as she pours out her soul through her journal. Although written in the 1800’s, the issues she deals with (such as doubts about her salvation, an unruly temper, disrespect to parents, death of loved ones, marriage, etc.) are as relevan ...more
STEPPING HEAVENWARD by Elizabeth Prentiss is definitely a keeper-shelf book - it is a classic after all! I imagine it's the kind of book that grows with you, and would be something that would speak to you and bless you at any age in your journey heavenward.

Every girl will be able to see herself in the heroine, Katherine (a.k.a. Katy). I could identify with so much of what she felt and what she struggled with. She spills out every heart ache, every desire, every stumbling block, every insecurity
Stepping Heavenward is the journal of a woman who lived in the 1800's. We follow her life from her first entry as a 16 year old until her last entry shortly before her death. Sometimes, her journal lies unwritten in for months, even years at a time. But always, she returns to it and the entries it contains combine to make a coherent & really quite glorious story when it's all said and done.

I think one of the most wonderful things about following the life of Katy Elliott is how truly genuine
This is one of the books to which I constantly return. I have read it as a young girl, as a young adult and and young married woman. Each time I go back to it I see different things, I learn something new, and I understand her point of view from the different phases of life. It's like reading my own diary. Her walk with God and honesty is beautiful. This book was believed to be somewhat biographical of Elizabeth Prentiss' life. Love it. One of my all time favorites.
This old-fashioned book is quite thought-provoking and has much to recommend it to the modern Christian. It was a bit of a swallow to down all the "we're all just wretched sinners" piousness but even that was heartfelt and didn't read as hypocritical to me. (I might mention I view this in a slightly different way: yes it's true, we're all sinners, that's a given, but we're also beloved and precious beyond measure to a merciful Father and his loving Son. And so much reveling in the "sinner" label ...more
Kate Hyde
I dare say this is my favorite book. It's not just good reading - it's life-changing. This story of a woman's life journey with God is so inspiring and so REAL. Even though her story takes place in the 1800's, I can easily relate to it today. It's not just one struggle that she overcomes - it's a lifetime of getting to know her Heavenly Father. She has successes and failures, triumphs and tragedies, and through it all, she gradually comes to see God's hand over ever area of her life. This book h ...more
Aug 17, 2014 Robin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Stepping Heavenward
Elizabeth Prentiss
This is my favorite book of all time. I have given this to many people for it is a story that is worth sharing and a book I have read through many times. It is about a young woman and the life she lived written through her journal and some letters. It is so realistic that it seems real and is easy to forget that it is a work of fiction. It is filled with faith, life, death and family the core elements of what day to day life is. Unlike many stories this one m
Jul 17, 2008 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any Age!
Shelves: christianfiction
This is one of the most encouraging and uplifting books that I have read in a long time (besides my Precious Bible!). I found that Katie answered questions that I'd been wondering, without even realizing it! She gave me a mirror to myself, seeing my struggles and how to biblically overcome them.
It's so kindly and thoughtfully written, yet at the same time challenging you to take a stand, to live for God!
I highly recommend it! (Don't let the semi-boring cover deceive you! I put off reading this f
Lisa Johnson
This book has been a favorite for years. I keep telling friends to read it because I love it so much. I even fought with a friend over a beautiful antique copy we spotted in a booth somewhere over ten years ago. I still remember the loss! This story is written in journal form and starts when Katherine turns sixteen. Set in the early 1800's, she writes in a very candid and feather funny way. She exposes her character flaws as she seeks to live more Godly. But she really does struggle beautifully. ...more
It took me a day to absorb this book. Partly because her loss of a child hit close to home and I spent the last 100 pages crying intermittently.

I read Stepping Heavenward in high school and liked it, but only in the way good little girls are supposed to like books about other good little girls.

Now, the honesty of Katherine's daily walk, her struggles, suffering, and growth, send me to look back on my own. As she confronts her silliness, moodiness, and drama unflinchingly, I am encouraged to do
This book was written as a journal covering the period from 1831 to 1858, and the author lived from 1818 to 1878 so she was writing about a time she knew well. I wanted to read the book to see how someone living at the same time as my great-great grandmother spent her days.

The author did a good job with character development of Katy, the main character. It seemed as if the author was describing herself, and perhaps she did to some extent. Katy was a very spiritual person, very concerned with
The book was originally published in 1869 and yet I feel like the sentiments and experiences were very applicable to me. it is the story of one young girl through her womanhood. it is written journal entry style and highlights her struggles with the desire to be good and what she expresses as her natural selfish or moody tendacies. This is a very tender book that beautifully illustrates the progression each of us makes towards our eternal goals.
Wendi Klaiber
Such an endearing story! This book encouraged me in my walk with Christ, relationship with my husband, and role as a mother. This book is a compilation of journal entries from a young woman beginning when she was 16 until her death. The entries are so real with the struggles and questions of life. I would love to read this book at the beginning of each year as a reminder of what is good and true in this life.
Catherine Gillespie
Stepping Heavenward is a semi-autobiographical novel about a young woman’s spiritual growth from her teens through her twenties. Lots of people really love this book, including Elisabeth Elliot, who wrote that she suggested this book to men to better understand their wives.

This perplexes me, because I did not love this book, nor even particularly like it. I certainly would never recommend it to a man, given that men tend to have an even lower threshold for treacly 1800s stuff than I do.

The book
A total downer. Supposedly this is about how a woman finds fulfillment through self-sacrifice and discipline. I found it depressing and hard to relate to--the protagonist begins to feel insipid instead of noble.
This is one of my favorite books!! It really resonated with me. I think she does a wonderful job portraying the ups and downs of the Christian life. I related to the main character very easily.
Brilliant read!! You can really see throughout the story how Katie(the main character) changes in the way she behaves and thinks as she progresses in her Christian walk. A must read!!
Another book I read this summer while away from a computer. I can't believe I forgot about this one.
Profound. One of my all time favorites.
My best guess is I can thank GOODREADS for recommending this to me. Set in the 1840's, the main character is surprisingly like today's teenage girl. Normally I avoid novels written in journal format, but in this case it moved the story along as no other method would have. You will follow her from her teen years to her middle age, when the journal is filled.

I'm sure that the observations on religion in one's life were startling and refreshing at the time this was written and even today offers muc
Amanda Tero
"Stepping Heavenward" is a very realistic journey of the character's life from girlhood to womanhood. As a Christian, I found the points very identifiable. Just like a normal human, Kate struggled to apply Scripture to her life but there were mountain-tops amidst the struggles. As page 109 says, "I am like a child who cannot run to get what he wants but approaches it step by step, slowly, timidly - and yet approaches it. I am amazed at the patience of my blessed Master and Teacher, but how I lov ...more
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ELIZABETH PRENTISS (1818 -1878) was the daughter of an early nineteenth-century revival preacher and began writing as a teenager. Born in 1818 in Portland, Maine, Prentiss was also the writer of the hymn "More Love to Thee, O Christ." Prentiss died in Vermont in 1878.
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