08 November 2009

Stepping Heavenward

Come join with us as we traverse through the book Stepping Heavenward by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss.  Mrs. Sharon White has begun a yahoo group just for this study.  She also created a 37 page study program you can print out and use.  Follow the links below to read more about it.  Oh, and note that membership closes on Monday, November 9th.  Daughters are welcome to participate.

The book is found online HERE if you want to check it out.

HERE is the link to the group.

Below is an excerpt from the book:

 Mother keeps saying I spend too much time in brooding over my sorrow. As for her, she seems to live in heaven. Not that she has long prosy talks about it, but little words that she lets drop now and then show where her thoughts are, and where she would like to be. She seems to think everybody is as eager to go there as she is. For my part, I am not eager at all. I can't make myself feel that it will be nice to sit in rows, all the time singing, fond as I am of music. And when I say to myself, "Of course we shall not always sit in rows singing," then I fancy a multitude of shadowy, phantom-like beings, dressed in white, moving to and fro in golden streets, doing nothing in particular, and having a dreary time, without anything to look forward to.

I told mother so. She said earnestly, and yet in her sweetest, tenderest way,

"Oh, my darling Katy! What you need is such a living, personal love to Christ as shall make the thought of being where He is so delightful as to fill your mind with that single thought!"

What is "personal love to Christ?"

Oh, dear, dear! Why need my father have been snatched away from me, when so many other girls have theirs spared to them? He loved me so! He indulged me so much! He was so proud of me! What have I done that I should have this dreadful thing happen to me? I shall never be as happy as I was before. Now I shall always be expecting trouble. Yes, I dare say mother will go next. Why shouldn't I brood over this sorrow? I like to brood over it; I like to think how wretched I am; I like to have long, furious fits of crying, lying on my face on the bed.


Cinnamon said...

Thanks for posting this great link. Can't wait to check it out~


busymomof10 said...

I love that book! I think I should pick it up and read it again. so, I will add it to the stack of books on my night table, all books that I really want to (re)read, but can't seem to find time to finish! :)