This fourth historical fiction book in the "A Life of Faith: Millie Keith" series based on the classic by Martha Finley is published by Zonderkidz.
Millie's Faithful Heart is written for kids ages 10 to 14. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
While temporarily living on her Uncle Horace's plantation, Millie learns that her Aunt Isabel has tricked her into owning a young slave, Laylie. Millie is determined to offer the child a better life and to teach Laylie about Jesus. Millie defends her young charge and tries to help Laylie's older brother, who is a slave on another plantation. Eventually, she arranges their daring escape north to freedom. Meanwhile, the handsome Charles Landreth attempts to win Millie's heart. He is not a believer, and Millie must decide whether or not to accept his love. She helps her cousin, Elsie Dinsmore, settle on another estate, Roselands, and delays her own return home. Finally, Millie's father takes her home to Pleasant Plains.
Millie is a strong Christian in the middle of a family of nonbelievers. She prays and depends on God for comfort, wisdom and guidance through the Bible. She tries at all times to submit herself to God as she makes decisions under difficult circumstances. A young slave, Laylie, eventually gives her life to Jesus.
Uncle Horace displays integrity and honor as he leads his household. He comes to respect Millie's beliefs, and although he does not become a believer, he defends Millie and her views.
Other Belief Systems
The Dinsmores are not Christians, although, they do attend church.
Millie's relationships with young men are chaperoned.
If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:
- How does Millie fight against slavery?
Why do her efforts fail?
Why is it often difficult to defend what is right?
- What must Millie break to help Luke and Laylie escape?
Do you think she was right in doing so?
- What does Millie mean when she tells Charles she loves him too much to marry him?
Why is this a difficult decision for her to make?
When have you ignored your emotions and based a choice on your belief in Christ?
What was the result?
What does God promise to those who follow His commands instead of human desires?
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