A Sweet Fragrance

    Books Worth Reading

    Release the Power of Prayer by George Muller
    George Muller testified that he had received at 50,000 specific answers to prayer. Read the powerful testimony of a man who looked to God for all needs and believed that God delights in the prayers of His children.

    Rose from Brier by Amy Carmichael
    Written not from the well to the ill, but from the ill to the ill, this book contains the treasures of Amy Carmichael's spiritual life during the final years of her life. This collection of poetry, short stories, and encouragement for fellow-sufferers addresses many aspects of human suffering and points us to Calvary as the only source of peace and comfort.

    Set-Apart Femininity: God's Sacred Intent for Every Young Woman by Leslie Ludy
    In contrast to the shallow, selfish, pleasure seeking femininity found today, Set-Apart Femininity lays out a blueprint for life-changing, world altering femininity that is based on God's sacred call and purpose. This book calls young women to make an eternal impact on this world rather than indulge themselves in today's self-focused culture. Speaking forthrightly to the corruption of today's culture and its infiltration into the church, the message of this book drives deep into the heart of true set-apart femininity and the heart of God.

    Golden hours: Heart-hymns of the Christian life by Elizabeth Prentiss
    In this book, Elizabeth Prentiss puts into verse her experiences of both intense joy and suffering. Born out of a time of the darkest pain, these poems reflect the lessons learned by a life consecrated to God.

    Essays on Various Subjects Principally Designed for Young Ladies by Hannah More
    Written over 200 years ago, this thought-provoking collection of essays expounds on various qualities that are unique to femininity. Chapter topics include conversation, meekness, education, and religion. This book affirms the God-ordained distinctions between men and women and encourages young ladies to pursue excellence. A very refreshing book for those who desire to return to a Biblical pattern for womanhood.

    Vanya by Myrna Grant
    The story of a young Russian soldier whose faith did not die in the face of torture and martyrdom. The amazing miracles God did through his life fanned the flames of Christianity in Russia.

    A Day's Time-Table by E. S. Elliott
    Written over a century ago, this simple tale of one day in a young unmarried woman's life incorporates and reveals powerful truths concerning the relevance of God's Word to every detail of our lives. This fictional story is written in the style of a novel, yet is full of Scripture. God's design for womanhood flows throughout the book, untainted by modern feminism.

    Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot
    A collection of letters written to the author's daughter on the meaning of womanhood.

    No Graven Image by Elisabeth Elliot
    The fictional story of a young single woman missionary who is given the enormous task of starting a work among the Quichuas of the high Andes. As she begins her life as a missionary, she quickly learns that she is supposed to project an image of herself as a successful, spiritual missionary. Then something happens that shatters that image and she learns to put no created image, no matter how "spiritual", in the place of God.

    Studies In The Sermon On The Mount by Oswald Chambers
    The Sermon on the Mount would bring us to despair apart from the work of the Holy Spirit. Oswald Chambers expounds on the meaning of these commands of Christ and shows us that Christ enables us to follow His teachings.

softpink-rose Lotus Buds by Amy Carmichael is one of the first books she wrote about her children and describes the early childhood experiences of some of the first children she rescued from temple dedication. It is, primarily, about children and anyone who reads the detailed descriptions of the children’s individual characters and their daily lives will quickly understand that Amy loved those children very much. The book starts out with an introduction from 1912 by Amy that describes the book as a soldier’s letter straight from the battlefield. I have no doubt that she often felt like a soldier as she daily fought for those children’s lives and safety.

     The first chapter of the book describes in poignant detail how Amy Carmichael learned that these Temple children, seemingly in bondage to an evil power, in fact belonged to God and that she was simply to go and claim His own possession. The second chapter immediately jumps into the stories of the children. Interspersed throughout the book are beautiful photos of the children, their caregivers, and the land surrounding Dohnavur. Each picture tells a story by itself. Even though the pictures are black and white, the children look so happy and alive that it is hard to believe these pictures were taken around 100 years ago.

Child of Dohnavur

     The children were raised at Dohnavur in conditions that would be considered poverty by Western standards, yet happiness was the rule and God provided for their needs through prayer. Older Christian girls and women cared for the children, most of them remaining single for this special work.

Child with Accal

     The book is full of stories of rescuing children from dedication to the temples, which often meant reaching the mothers of those girls before the temple women did. The mothers did not wish to keep their babies, yet persuading them to give their babies to such a place as Dohnavur where the child would be cared for instead of to the temple where little girls were raised to take part in all kinds of vice was very difficult. Yet it was often accomplished, and rescuers frequently returned to Dohnavur with a baby in their arms. You can read some of these stories here and here.

Amy Carmichael's children

     Amy Carmichael did not content herself with simply rescuing children from the temples. The book also tells how she and her coworkers carefully documented whatever evidence they could find regarding the temple trade in little girls in hopes of providing the documentation government officials needed in order to outlaw the practice. At the time the book was printed all of Amy’s efforts to change legislation had been futile, however, I do know that at some point the practice of temple dedication was effectively outlawed. I have no doubt that Amy Carmichael’s work resulted in better lives for little girls throughout India.

     Original copies of this book are rare, but can be found here. You can read the entire book here online as well. Take the time to read the stories of the deliverance of so many children. If you ever struggle with your faith and trusting God, read this book. These stories of a century ago show us today that God is very, very real. He is still working. And He still loves children.

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