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Millie's Reluctant Sacrifice

This seventh historical fiction book in the "A Life of Faith: Millie Keith" series based on the classic novel by Martha Finley is published by Zonderkidz.

Millie's Reluctant Sacrifice is written for kids ages 12 to 14. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.

Plot Summary

Millie Keith, a young woman with a strong faith in God, is delighted to be marrying Charles, her love of six years. Charles is a doctor and is eager to practice medicine and share the Gospel. In 1843, Charles and Millie travel as missionaries to the unfamiliar country of Bolivia, a very long way from the small town of Pleasant Plains, Ind. After an arduous journey, they come to a small mining town where they build a clinic. They stand against the extremely hostile pagan belief in the goddess Pachamama and fight a spiritual battle for the life of a young Quechua boy.

Christian Beliefs

Millie and Charles are strong believers who are excited to spread God's Word in Bolivia. Millie relies on God for wisdom, comfort, strength and direction for her life.

Authority Roles

Millie's father, Stuart Keith, is a gentle, strong and godly man who is respected by his family and friends. Millie respects her new husband and his views.

Other Belief Systems

In Bolivia, Millie and Charles encounter the worship of the pagan goddess Pachamama and the witches who worship her. The witches rule the people in that area through the people's fear of sickness and that witches' curses that are believed to cause death.

Profanity/Graphic Violence






Discussion Topics

If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:

  • Where did Millie originally think God was calling her?
    How does God reveal His calling to Charles and Millie?
    What is Millie's reaction to this call? Have you ever felt called by God to do something?
    Did you obey or turn away?
    How were you affected by your decision?
    How can you better prepare yourself to respond positively to God's call in the future?
  • How does Charles want to be a witness for God on their journey to Bolivia?
    What divine appointment does God provide for Charles?
    Has God ever provided a similar divine appointment for you?
  • Does Otis believe in God before the voyage to Bolivia?
    What stands in the way of Otis accepting God?
    What does God do to help Otis evaluate his pride?
    What stands in the way of your belief in Christ and His power?
    What can you do to counteract these obstacles?

Book reviews cover the content, themes and worldviews of fiction books, not their literary merit, and equip parents to decide whether a book is appropriate for their children. A book's inclusion does not constitute an endorsement by Focus on the Family.

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