Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Prairie Girl's Faith: The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder Book Review


 About the Book

The beloved author of the Little House books was not only one of America's great pioneer storytellers but a woman of vibrant faith.

A Prairie Girl's Faith provides the first extended, in depth discussion of the Christian faith of one of America's most beloved pioneer women--Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although the faith of the Ingalls' family pervades books in the Little House series, the more specific details of Laura's faith have never been fully explored. It took extraordinary pluck for anyone to survive the harshness of frontier life--from the heartbreak of sudden crop losses to murderous storms to unrelentling loneliness. This book reveals how in surviving, the brave Laura drew not just on her character, but found encouragement, strength, and hope in her relationship with God. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I was excited to see what this book was all about. I love anything Little House and have read most any book I can find about the Ingalls/Wilder family. I'll be honest in saying this book wasn't a great as I was expecting. It seemed very choppy and random in many chapters and I wasn't totally certain what the overall point of the book was. You do learn the family history in where they attended church but the reality is that we really don't know where everyone was in their faith. We can only know by their actions and what they wrote. Also, the Little House books were by no means completely accurate of their life. Many things that actually happened are completely different in the books. BUT I do think the main thing is that the books teach good morals and for children these books can show them a good example. 
Three Stars. 
"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free. All opinions are my own."

1 comment:

Stephen Hines said...

Thanks for the notice and I do not necessarily disagree with you about weaknesses there are in the book. I both wanted to establish that Laura was indeed a Christian--something I think I should have just assumed I think now--and then what sort of Christian she was: a condemning or and affirming Christian. Of course, I affirm her as a good example for us all.