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A Prairie Girl's Faith: The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder

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The beloved author of the Little House books was not only one of America's great pioneer storytellers but a woman of vibrant faith.

A Prairie Girl's Faith provides the first extended, in depth discussion of the Christian faith of one of America's most beloved pioneer women--Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although the faith of the Ingalls' family pervades books in the Little House se
Hardcover, 218 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Waterbrook Press
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Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review.

A longtime fan of all things Little House relate, this book was an insta-click. The author was certainly a fan and no doubt combed through many months and years of research to present this book to reading audiences. Pioneer families leaned heavily on their religious beliefs to help them through the challenges they faced and the Ingalls family was no different. The moving from place to place, the loss of an infant son, th
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to read this book. I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder when I was younger. So to get to read the book that takes us down the spiritual road and shows us Laura's back ground was a thrill.

This book was so well researched and touched on so many things in young Laura's life.

It tales us way back before Laura wrote the Little House series. You get to look into her life and see why she was such a blessing to us.

Laura had such and authentic faith and from a very young age.

If you, like me are
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am a big Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. I’ve read all of her books, and many more about her. So when I saw a new book exploring her spiritual beliefs, I was really excited. I didn’t know much about the Ingalls family’s Christianity, although of course I remembered the Little House stories about going to church, Reverend Alden, and of course the hymns Pa played on his fiddle. Sadly, this book was pretty much a bust for me. Turns out that there really isn’t much more than that known about Laura’s fai ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book on the role faith played in Laura’s life. It gives more facts on how hard her life was and how she got through it. Several of her writings are included. There are also recipes from a church cookbook.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Do you often wonder why so many people are still watching beloved reruns of Little House on the Prairie? Why so many mothers still read the books to their children? What has been the lasting impact on why so many people are still drawn to the woman who shared her stories of life living on the prairie for so many generations to enjoy? You just might be interested in A Prairie Girl's Faith by Stephen W. Hines, to discover the spiritual legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

In a world of vastly different
Jalynn Patterson
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

The beloved author of the Little House books was not only one of America's great pioneer storytellers but a woman of vibrant faith.

A Prairie Girl's Faith provides the first extended, in depth discussion of the Christian faith of one of America's most beloved pioneer women--Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although the faith of the Ingalls' family pervades books in the Little House series, the more specific details of Laura's faith have never been fully explored. It took extraordinary pluck f
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Prairie Girl's Faith, by Stephen W. Hines, is a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The author has done years of research to write this story showing the spiritual and religious upbringing that Laura and her family had. The author has written this book to show us how Laura's and her family's faith brought them through all the difficult times in their lives. He explains to the reader that the Ingalls girls more than likely learned their Christian teaching from their mother, in their home, and th ...more
Rachel McKitterick
*thank you to Netgalley and WaterBrook & Multnomah for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

3 stars.

I LOVED nothing more than getting up really early in the morning (quite alot earlier than I was ment to!) and sneak out to watch 'The Little House on the Prairie' on TV. It was New Zealand, it was freezing but I didnt care. The show was amazing, it was so worth it so as soon as I saw this book on NetGalley I had to request it. Reading through this brought up some wonderful memo
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Little House on the Prairie themed things. I love the books and the TV shows. I love the Laura Ingalls Wilder museums and the cute gifts I have gotten from their gift shops. So it is no surprise that I also loved the book A Prairie Girl’s Faith: The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Stephen H. Hines.

What I sometimes like about the Little House brand are its superficial elements. I like the quaint images of log cabins and pioneer living – even though, realistically, Laura Ingalls
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Prairie Girl's Faith: The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder has a unique focus on the faith of Laura Ingalls Wilder, as a person and a writer. The book also looks at faith as it is presented in the beloved Little House on the Prairie book series.

I have been a great fan of the Little House series since childhood, and was intrigued by this book from first mention. It far surpassed my expectations. The writing by Stephen Hines is lively and engaging, with many anecdotes I have not read be
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I was excited to see what this book was all about. I love anything Little House and have read most any book I can find about the Ingalls/Wilder family. I'll be honest in saying this book wasn't a great as I was expecting. It seemed very choppy and random in many chapters and I wasn't totally certain what the overall point of the book was. You do learn the family history in where they attended church but the reality is that we really don't know where everyone was in their faith. We can only know ...more
Amariah Dixon
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can’t believe this is already over! It’s such a great and informative book. Those looking to strengthen their faith by the motivation of others, or even just to learn more about Laura Ingalls should read this book.

I love the recipes the author mentions! I’ll just be adding them to the list of recipes from the Little House books.

I learned much about Laura and her family, her relationship with her daughter, and the strength in faith her family had.
Definitely a book for people to read!
Jennifer Thompson-Thalasinos
This was an awesome book that looks at Laura’s faith and the faith of her family. If you’re familiar with the books or tv show you know that their faith is a large part of their life. When you think of the hard scrabble life they had as pioneers, it makes sense that they would believe in G-d and feel that He was leading them.
J.M. Powers
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Prairie Girl's Faith, by Stephen W. Hines, is an inspiring read. This biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder warmed my heart. The undying faith of the Ingalls family through very difficult times really depicted the closeness and faith they shared.

The research about the relationship between Laura and her mother was enlightening. I never really thought about the Christian example and teaching of the wonderful wife and mother, Rose. Of course, “Pa” had a hand in their upbringing, as well as their fait
Nathan Albright
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenge-2018
[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Waterbrook Press/Net Gallery.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Like many kids, especially those who grew up in rural areas, I read the Little House In The Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder [1].  Even during my adulthood (before the time I started writing this blog), I had obtained a full set of the novels, including The First Four Years, which I gave to a young woman in Chile I unsuccessfully courted, as she was looking for decent but a
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Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Prairie Girl’s Faith: The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder is a gorgeous look at how faith and love carried the Wilder family through their struggles as an early pioneer family.

I am a longtime fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her experience as an early pioneer woman. I devoured the Little House series as a child, and I have only grown closer to the novels as an adult. Laura’s faith and brilliance shine throughout her work, and I was so excited to get to know her m
I enjoyed this light and readable discussion of the Ingalls' faith, and Laura's in particular, throughout her life. I got it for my mom because she loves all the Little House books, as well as later offshoots, so when I saw it at the library I checked out a copy for myself, and sent her a copy.

One aspect that's interesting is the comparison of various denominations (the Ingalls family was Congregationalist), and in particular a discussion of the "second awakening" through the work of D.L. Moody.
Sherri Smith
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The cover on this book I just love. It captures my interest and is almost like an art piece, beckoning you to pick it up and just imagine. Upon further investigation, I discovered that is painted William Affleck, with the cover designer doing an excellent job with font choices. Kudo's to Kristopher K. Orr on this one. Perfect use for this book.

The book, based on the back cover copy, "offers an in-depth look at the faith journey of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The book, opens a wider window into the lif
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a young Minnesota girl, it was part of school life to read the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. For me, this was definitely not a chore, but an absolute delight. The love for reading was kindled in me from these and similar type books.

This new book by Stephen W. Hines, looks at the insights of Laura's life and legacy. The well written book shares not only a bit about prairie life, both the hard, the wonderful and the real, but also some of the things that made Laura "tick", so to speak. It almo
Dori Stowell
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a young girl I was a huge fan of all the Laura Ingalls’ Books! I read every single book in the series and even tried some of the extra books written by Laura’s daughter, Rose. You can imagine how excited I was as an adult to find this lovely book, “A Prairie Girl’s Faith” by Stephen W. Hines which is an exploration into “The Spiritual Legacy of Laurie Ingall’s Wilder.”

This book had many interesting thoughts and research on Laurie’s and Rose’s Spirituality, but it also included many findings o
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In A Prairie Girl's Faith, Stephen W. Hines takes an in-depth look at the spiritual legacy left behind by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Searching both her books and other publications, as well as her daughter's writing, Hines delves deep to explore Wilder's personal faith and how it impacted her character, pioneer spirit, and ultimately a far reaching audience. Hines also uncovers how Wilder's faith influenced her daughter, and how the two, although often at odds in viewpoint, came together to write an ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Anything with Laura Ingalls Wilder's name on it will sell. While it's been a few years since Hines published anything about Wilder, I guess he had to jump on the Laura wagon once again. A Prairie Girl's Faith is a fairly weak book. First, he makes two blatant errors that every run of the mill Wilder fan would know. Charles and Caroline Ingalls were married in Concord, WI, not Pepin, and the Wilders'son was born in 1889 not 1888.
Hines just cobbled together the same old story lines and sprinkled
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this was an interesting and well-written book about the spiritual legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The author has done thorough research and gives ample evidence of her faith. I enjoyed reading what other people (outside the family) said about Laura, Manly, and others in the family. I also enjoyed reading snippets of Laura's later writings, which I had never read before. I learned of Laura's daughter Rose's influence on Laura's Little House books. Information on Pa's songs and recipes f ...more
Challice Neipp
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book! I had read the complete Little House series but not much in regards to biographies or additional works. This book was a gift and I enjoyed it so much. I did glance over the reviews and I understand where some of the 3 stars or less, viewpoints are coming from. However, I loved all the additional tidbits of information found from Laura's time working as a contributor to a newspaper, some of the years that are silent in the books, and her relationship with all those aroun ...more
MrsK Books
What I learned, well that might just be easier for you to discover for yourself. What was confirmed, now that is something I can reveal. This book is more than a biography about Laura's faith, you will get a second perspective from her daughter, Rose. As this biography unfolds, Laura's faith is compared with the faith of Rose. I had no idea that Rose helped her mother write some of the books. I did not know that Rose was an accomplished writer. Nor did I know the extent of Laura's writing beyond ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I seen this book about Laura and I knew I had to have it!!
Stephen has done a great job in bringing Laura to life!!
I have loved Laura Ingalls and her family since I was a child! I wanted to be just like her so, one Halloween I dressed up as Laura.
I think I classified Laura as my heroine! Laura was a true Pioneer girl and I think that one of my favorite books by her was On the Banks of Plum Creek.
I enjoyed reading this book and especially the recipes that are in the book is just totally awesome!
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Personal Review:
I picked this book up because I had grown up watching Little House on the Prairie and was familiar with Laura Ingalls Wilder. I always knew it was based on a real person, but to get the details of her was informative and interesting.

I appreciated that the author shared about how tough it was to grow up in the time that she did and to experience what she had experienced. Life was not easy.

I really enjoyed this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

Disclaimer: I was awarded this book a
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Hines pulled together some facts to conclusions that I hadn't thought about before. It's a great read for any Laura fan. There were times when this book felt like the conclusion to I Remember Laura and his collection of her Missouri Ruralist articles to pull together his opinion on the authorship of the book series and other often discussed ideas. At the end was a reprinting of the recipes from I Remember Laura. I'm not sure why that was included aside from tying it i ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good read about Laura, her faith and family. This book isn't totally about her religious, but also about her views and life and how one should life it. I have read all of her books, many books about her and visited her museums in Wisconsin, South Dakota and Missouri. I still learned a few new things from this story. It highlights a few things many of her fans may already know, but delves a little more into her religious experiences and views as well as more about her relationships with family an ...more
Lori Wasson
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I grew up on Laura Ingalls Wilder. I read the series and watched Michael Landon when I was a kid. The school for the blind where Mary Ingalls attended in Iowa was just a few blocks from where my grandparents lived. And as an adult, I read the "story behind the story" type books. This book was a great recap of everything I've read before. It was a very interesting book about the faith of Laura and Almanzo and how that faith got them through the most difficult times.
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STEPHEN HINES is a recognized authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder and has authored several best-selling volumes on her life, including Little House in the Ozarks. He grew up in the midwest in an area where Wilder once lived. Hines was the founding Director of Communications for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services and has held several editorial positions in magazine, newspaper, and book p ...more