Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Just Finished Reading ~ The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins


"It was the result of Mrs. Sullivan's, Kate's, and Gerty's combined labour which astonished True on his return from his work; and the pleasure he manifested made the day a memorable one in Gerty's life, one to be marked in her memory as long as she lived, as being the first in which she had known that happiness—perhaps the highest earth, affords—of feeling that she had been instrumental in giving joy to another."
~ Maria S. Cummings, The Lamplighter (Page 30)


"The sky was bright with stars; and they revived her old wonder and curiosity as to the Author of such distant and brilliant lights. As she gazed, there darted through her mind the thought, "God lit them! Oh, how great He must be! But a child might pray to Him!" She rose from her little bed, approached the window, and, falling on her knees and clasping her hands precisely in the attitude of Samuel, she looked up to heaven. She spoke no word, but her eyes glistened with a tear that stood in each. Was not each tear a prayer? She breathed no petition, but she longed for God and virtue. Was not that very wish a prayer? Her little, uplifted heart throbbed vehemently. Was not each throb a prayer? And did not God in heaven, without whom not a sparrow falls to the ground, hear and accept that first homage of a little, untaught child; and did it not call a blessing down?"
~ Maria S. Cummings, The Lamplighter (Page 40)



"Emily Graham never forgot the sufferings, the wants, the necessities of others. She could not see the world without, but there was a world of love and sympathy within her, which manifested itself in abundant charity, both of heart and deed. She loved God with her whole heart, and her neighbour as herself. Her own great misfortunes and trials were borne without repining; but the misfortunes and trials of others became her care, the alleviation of them her greatest delight." (Page 51)


~ Maria S. Cummings, The Lamplighter, 1854



{Recommended ages: 13-100 years}

Have you ever read this nourishing novel? It is beautiful.

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21 comments:

  1. I never heard of it ... But thank you so much for sharing it's beautiful words. 🙂

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    1. Glad too! And thank you for stopping by Mari :)

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  2. Hi JES! I found your link on Raising Homemakers and had to click on it. It looked so much like the style I use for book reviews. I have read the public domain version of this book. I would be interested in looking at the Lamplighter edition as they edit out some of the more graphic scenes. I love how you take snippets from the book. It gives a real glimpse into the story. Have a blessed day!

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    1. Thank you Margaret. I could never do the author justice and find the snippets give a sample that my review never could :) Have a lovely week!

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  3. I love Lamplighter books - and my children have enjoyed reading many of them. We have this one, but I have not yet read it. Thanks for sharing this review. It sounds very lovely!

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    1. Glad you have it! It had been on my bookshelf for years and I was thrilled to finally enjoy it. I passed it on to my daughter directly and she finished it in a day. It is just a wonderful story!

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  4. Love this book. It's one of my favorites and it's second only to The Hidden Hand, Ishmael & Self Raised. ;) It's been several years since I read it so I may read it again soon. It's awfully nice to have a small library of decent reading available at home.
    Have a great day!

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    1. I have to agree with your order of the assessment of the Lamplighter books. However, I would have to place Ishmael first :) And somewhere in between, Stepping Heavenward (although it is of a different nature than the mystery and intrigue of the others). And yes, there is nothing like a solid home library for instant pleasure! These books are gems.

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  5. My niece just texted me saying I might enjoy your blog and she was right! I've already learned some great tips on dill pickle canning and I love to read and always looking for suggestions. I'm thrilled that my library has this book and I have it requested. Thanks so much! I'm a retired homeschool mom who loves all things country life. I will enjoy reading your past posts, I'm sure!

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    1. So glad you found us Teresa! Looks like we have much in common! I do hope you enjoy the book, please let me know when you have completed it and if you enjoyed it! :) I hope your week is going well and thank you for taking the time to share here today!

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  6. Thanks for hosting your great linkup each week!

    I've never read "The Lamplighter," but it sounds very interesting. I'll have to check it out.

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    1. It is a delightful read Donna! Do check it out! :)

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  7. I've never heard of this book, but based on the quotes it seems like a lovely and extremely edifying story.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are most welcome! Thank you for taking the time to share here today. Have a lovely week Karen! :)

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  8. JES, we love Lamplighter titles. You just can't go wrong with these great stories. Thanks for this wonderful post. What we read is SOOOOOO important!
    Janis

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    1. I agree, the Lamplighter stories are all wonderful. If only these were still read in the schools today!

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  9. I found your blog through a "The Art of Homemaking Mondays" button on The Enchanting Rose blog.

    I'm not familiar with this book, but judging by your sidebar, I wish I would have found your blog AGES ago! (I am also a new subscriber.) I am also what I call domestically challenged - so having this resource really gives me hope!

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    1. Hi LuAnn! Glad to have you! I think we are all domestically challenged in certain areas but I hope you will find some homemaking encouragement here. It is a lot of fun! :)

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  10. I have never heard of that book either, Jes. Thanks for letting us know about it. I love the book cover too. Have a peaceful weekend.

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    1. Beautiful book and a beautiful cover :) Nice hearing from you and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  11. I always appreciate the books you feature here.

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