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SIX BOYS: FROM BOYHOOD TO MANHOOD - A Mother's Story of God's FaithfulnessAs Told by Some Extracts from Her Journal
Mary E. Bennett

This touching and instructive title was first published by the American Tract Society in 1871, and expresses the heart of the entire book in the words of the Psalmist: "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord" (Psalm 27:14).

"The American Tract Society has not done amiss in giving to the public, in a very excellent form, "Six Boys: A Mother's Story." It is well conceived, and, in general, has a remarkable naturalness about it. The conversations are home-like. The 'heroic' and the 'tender' sentiments are less prominent than in most books of this class. Many a mother, widowed or not, will find useful and suggestive experiences in this very readable volume. In some particulars they will be reminded of "Stepping Heavenward" which is saying a good deal in commendation of this work." - The Congregational Quarterly

The book commences with a journal entry dated Sunday Evening, December 1st, 1801. It begins by announcing the sad fact that the godly and beloved father of the family of six boys died but four weeks earlier. The opening words of the journal set the tone for the entire work: "This evening, my son Elias came to me, apart from his brothers, and, after standing beside me a moment in silence, asked, with earnest, sorrowful face, if I would write down on paper, for his own keeping, his father's last words to him. I cannot tell why the child made the request; but perhaps he feels the natural lightness of boyish spirits rising fast again from the heavy sorrow that fell upon them four weeks ago, and with a tender, thoughtful heart, fears to lose the impressions and resolves of that sad hour."

"While writing those precious words for my son, I thought it might be a comfort and a help to me also to have recorded here my dear husband's last directions and encouragements to me, lest in the lapse of years, or the pressure of business and cares, they should ever be less distinctly remembered, or less frequently referred to. I would have them the law of my conduct, next to the Holy Scriptures. As I went to him, living, for counsel and cheer, so now I may come here, and read over, for my general help in the conduct of life, the words that he left when dying."

"SIX BOYS reaches back into Christian America to reveal a depth of character and dignity in families that typically escapes our shallow fare. This book affords great opportunity to explore the thoughtful faith of our heritage expressed through the grief of a humble family." -Selah Helms, author of "Small Talks on Big Questions"


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