Monday, March 3, 2008

Before You Meet Prince Charming & Legacy of a Legend

Before You Meet Prince Charming by Sarah Mally (Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Tomorrow’s Forefathers, Inc., 2006).

I absolutely love this book! Sarah Mally not only encourages young ladies to be pure and wait for God’s will for a marriage partner, but also includes the importance of involving the wise counsel of one’s parents. At first, I was put off by the intermittent fairy-tale-like story, but, as I continued to read, I realized what a perfect way it was to illustrate the biblical wisdom Sarah wanted to get across to her young readers.

This is a well thought out book covering all aspects of preparation for a godly courtship. The author is very skilled at being thorough yet concise (I am so jealous), and blends in experiences from her own family life which illustrate her points perfectly in each situation.

Here are a few of the twelve chapter titles:
  • Dangers With the Dating System
  • Guard Your Heart
  • When God Says Wait
  • How Parents Can Help
  • Have a Life Purpose Bigger Than Marriage (very good!)
  • Delighting in the Lord.
“Sarah. . . is the founder of Bright Lights, a discipleship ministry designed to equip young ladies to use the years of their youth fully for Christ.” (Taken from the back cover of the book.)

This would be perfect for any young woman in need of biblical counsel and encouragement in the area of male-female relationships. Though written for middle and high school readers, I would still recommend that adult women who are still seeking for their own Prince Charming to give it a read. I highly recommend it!

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Legacy of a Legend: Spiritual Treasure from the Heart of Edward Payson by Edward Payson (Vestavia Hills, Alabama: Solid Ground Christian Books, 2001)

Edward Payson is better known in the circles of Christendom today as the father of Elizabeth Prentiss, the author of Stepping Heavenward and the well-loved hymn, More Love to Thee, O Christ. However, in his day, he was a pastor of renown in his own right who faithfully led his flock at Second Church in Portland, Maine, for twenty years before his death at age forty-four. Elizabeth was only nine years old when he passed on, but she remembered him all her life with the utmost reverence and affection as did all who knew and loved him.

The book is made up of 82 snippets of his writings from the original book by Lloyd Sprinkle entitled The Complete Works of Edward Payson. Solid Ground Christian Books has added some very interesting material such as letters to his wife, mother, and sister; resolutions he kept and books he found useful to his soul; narratives concerning his last days on earth; sermons delivered at his ordination; and a famous sermon delivered to seaman at the opening of the Portland Marine Bible Society in 1821.

I used this book, one section per day, in my morning devotional reading. It was better to read them a little at a time in order to meditate more on each topic individually. I found it very beneficial to my own soul.

My favorite quote from his works is found on pages 86 and 87 :

“The symptoms of spiritual decline are like those which attend the decay of bodily health. It generally commences with loss of appetite, and a disrelish for spiritual food, prayer, reading the scriptures, and devotional books. Whenever you perceive these symptoms, be alarmed, for your spiritual health is in danger; apply immediately to the great Physician for a cure.”

Using this book as one of your devotional readings would be a good step, indeed, toward better spiritual health.