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Little Britches by Ralph Moody
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Jul 07, 11

Read from June 01 to July 05, 2011

"A man's character is like his house. If he tears boards off his house and burns them to keep himself warm and comfortable, his house soon becomes a ruin. If he tells lies to be able to do the things he shouldn't do but wants to, his character will soon become a ruin. A man with a ruined character is a shame on the face of the earth."

"Always remember, Son, the best boss is the one who bosses the least. Whether it's cattle, or horses, or men; the least government is the best government."

I just loved Ralph's father in this book. He offered solid, principled instruction and discipleship to his son. He let Ralph make his own mistakes, but made sure he learned from them. He let him fall off horses and bruise and batter himself generally, but when Ralph was really hurt, he was right there beside him, caring for him. He was a true father.

While there were several curse words in the book (those macho cowboys!), I would still recommend the book as the story of a young boy learning to be a man under the watchful eye of his father. Add to that the delightful sense of humor Mr. Moody displays throughout the book, and you have a moving, heart-warming story.

"The lessons you remember longest are the ones that hurt you the most when you learn 'em."
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