A Sweet Fragrance

    Books Worth Reading

    If by Amy Carmichael
    If I covet any place on earth but the dust at the foot of the cross, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
    This convicting book, in short, pointed sentences, reveals the true meaning of Calvary love.

    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.

    Aunt Jane's Hero by Elizabeth Prentiss
    The heartwarming story of a Christian couple seeking to establish a home whose happiness flows from a beautiful relationship with the Lord Jesus. Biblical truths about marriage and family life are interwoven throughout this lovely story.

    Gold Cord by Amy Carmichael
    The story of the Dohnavur Fellowship in Amy Carmichael's own words. An amazing testimony of the work of God.

    They Found the Secret by V. Raymond Edman
    This is a book about the exchanged life, the life that is of Christ. This collection of 20 short biographies of men and women who discovered the power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit will increase your desire to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in your own life. The Christian life is, first and foremost, about a mighty, resurrected Lord whose Spirit can indwell and completely transform those who surrender to Him.

    Whispers of His Power by Amy Carmichael
    A collection of 366 devotional readings taken from Amy Carmichael's previously unpublished writings.

    Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World by Carolyn McCulley
    An excellent book on living out Godly womanhood in a modern world. Packed with research and information on the development of feminism over the last 200 years.

    By Searching: My Journey Through Doubt Into Faith
    In this autobiography, Isobel Kuhn documents a journey of faith that will give every hungry soul a vision for the life that God offers. Although she walked this journey almost a century ago, her story of struggle and growth is written with a simplicity and clarity that is timeless.

    Thoughts Concerning the King by Elizabeth Prentiss
    Originally published in 1890, these selections from Elizabeth Prentiss' private papers represent the cream of her thoughts and relationship with the Lord. While simply a collection of quotes and poetry, the depth and insight of these quotations make this book a treasure indeed.

    Children of the Storm by Natasha Vins
    Natasha Vins tells the story of life as the daughter of the persecuted Russian pastor Georgi Vins.

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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