When her father is sent to prison for unlawful preaching, 10-year-old Mary feels the burden of her father’s absence. Although she is blind from birth, takes food everyday to her father while he is in prison. This creates problems for her as she is harassed by a neighborhood bully who picks on her because she is blind.
Because the family is poor and needs an income, Mary also feels like she has to help her family financially. Even though she is unable to make money on her own, she plans and schemes to devise a way for her father to earn money while he is behind bars.
Mary’s mother died when she was young and her father remarried, so Mary doesn’t have to do everything herself, but because she is so fiercely independent she feels like she should. Her father has always told her she doesn’t need to do everything herself, she can call upon God for help and let Him carry her burdens. But, Mary is not one to readily rely on other people and especially not on some unseen God she’s not sure even exists. She figures she can do things better her way. But, as mentioned, she runs into many difficulties when she tries to go it alone. It’s not until she accepts the fact she needs assistance that she really learns how to live independently.
What I Like: Everything. As I’ve mentioned several times, I enjoyed historical fiction, especially when it’s well-written like this story is. Also, the author gives the reader valuable insight into the family life of John Bunyan, a subject about which little has been written.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: 9-12.
Publisher Info: Moody Publishers, 2002; ISBN: 9780802440990; Paperback, $6.99.
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Special Info: This book is part of the publisher’s “Daughters of the Faith” series. Read our reviews of other books by Wendy Lawton in the series. Visit the author’s website.