I always thought that …more"If you want someone to hear the truth, tell it to them. If you want someone to know the truth, tell them a story." Eudora Welty
I always thought that Mrs. Prentiss must have understood this and that is why she communicated spiritual truths this way. (less)
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At times, especially in the early going, this approached a four-star read for me. I love character studies, especially ones in historical settings, and since this was of course written at a time conte ...more
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 ...more
Overall I think this book has some amazing points. I especially like the first half, or maybe two thirds. The main character is someone who I relate to on a lot of levels (although I don't get quite as horrified with myself as she does). She learns a lot of good lessons during the books, and therefore it's practical.
Unfortunately, the boo ...more
Am I really the only one who wasn't a huge fan of this book?? It was okay for a while. But it dragged... and dragged... and dragged. I WAS SO DONE. And it was kind of preachy and JUST NOT MY KIND OF BOOK. Sorry.
No, I'm not really sorry.
But don't be mad at me, though. xp ...more
Bad News: I wanted to love this book so much. I stuck it out to the half-way point but then... I was just so mad. Katie has a lot of faults I loved how realistically that was portrayed. However, when she is hurt or frustrated, everyone just said that she has a problem. The last straw came when her father-in-law says she is to attached to her infa ...more
This fictional journal of a young woman's life begins at age 16 and continues through her courtship, marriage, and motherhood. Main character Kate tells the raw details of heartache, despair, and fear as well as her joys as she seeks to devote her whole self to Christ. ...more
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 ...more
This is definitely one of those books that makes you think. Everytime I sat down to read it, I was thinking about my own life and comparing it to the life in the book. This is one girl's journal chronicling her sanctification. Many quit reading the book before the half-way point but that is before she really starts her upward journey so I would encourage you to persevere to the end.
Reading Stepping Heavenward definitely encourage ...more
What I thought I remembered: A little more religious Little Women (Or basically, Little Women meets Elsie Dinsmore)
What it was in actuality: Multiple sermons and preachy excerpts manipulated into "diary" entries, all with the express purpose of showing that EVERYTHING happens for a reason ('cause it's all God's plan), and life is so great if you just accept th ...more
Turning sixteen is a big deal for Katherine. With it brings u ...more
The library copy I read had many typos. I would love to own the Lamplighter version!
A classic novel. ...more
As much as I li ...more
One of my favorite passages reflecting the struggle of accepting what Christ has offered us so freely -
What I Liked: This was a very real look into the main character, Katherine, known fondly as Kate to those closest to her. I appreciated the 'realness' of it. As Katherine lived to the glory of her Creator, she had ups and downs, victories and losses, strengths and struggles. This book began at her sixteenth birthday, and followed through her late teenage years, and throughout he ...more
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. ...more
It’s good counsel, and, if followed, results in a kind of authenticity that can’t happen if the author attempts to write outside her realm of real-life experience. Maybe that’s why people are still reading Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss, a fictional journal that follows the life of Katherine Mortimer from her first entry at age 16 [“How dreadfully old I am getting!”] to her final entry just before her death.
Like the author, Katherine lost her father at a young ag ...more
If you are a person who tends to use the word preachy in a derogatory manner then this one may not be for you. However, I found it very uplifting. There are lots of little encouraging messages scattered throughout the book, and I thought they were hel ...more
I'd be interested in reading this again some day after I'm married and have children. ...more
Overall it was a good book, it kept my interest and I did enjoy the story. There were a few typos that I found (pfinstead of of, etc.)
I liked the story and would read it again. ...more
Fast forward almost 3 decades and I found a whole lot more to appreciate! I have tasted difficulty and sorrow and I understand pain a whole lot more. With more of a tested "faith walk" of my own, I appreciate the beauty of faith in hard circumstances which Prentiss is describing throughout this story. I was ch ...more
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 ...more