I have been welcomed into my first book club with a really wonderful group of women. Tonight we discussed the book Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss. There is only one book I have ever reread (Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers) and now I’m adding this one to that very short list.
This novel is so cleaver, and then in some ways so ordinary. It is the journal of a young girl in the 1800s starting at age 16, up throughout her life. She is such a predictable picture of the ups and downs of a spirited woman, as she experiences relationships with others and with God. I really felt like I gained insight into my own life through her banter, and saw so much of myself in her. I love when a book can put words around your own experiences; and though my life is quite different from hers, in many significant ways, certain themes transcend time and are very much the same.