This fifth 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 Steadfast Love is written for kids ages 10 to 14. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
Sixteen-year-old Mille Keith travels home to Pleasant Plains after spending the winter at her great-uncle's plantation in the South. During the journey, Millie meets a young Romani girl named Gavi who is traveling with her younger brother and sister. They become immediate friends when the two girls stop a runaway stagecoach. Because the person they are supposed to meet is in a home that is quarantined because of an outbreak of smallpox, they travel Pleasant Plains with Millie and care for Millie's younger siblings. Millie and Gavi take on the responsibility of nine siblings while Millie's father and mother help the home that has been quarantined. Meanwhile, Millie learns that the slaves that she had helped escape from the plantation are safe in New York, but they need money to buy their freedom to keep from being captured again.
The Keith family members are strong believers who go to the Bible for wisdom and comfort. When she is in need of divine help, Millie relies on the many Scriptures she has memorized. The family demonstrates their beliefs through their generosity and desire for justice.
Millie's father, Stuart, is a strong, gentle man who understands his role as husband and father under God's authority. The children respect and obey him out of love.
Other Belief Systems
Millie and her friends follow what God's Word says about purity of heart. Millie refuses a marriage proposal because the young man is not a Christian.
If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:
- Why does Cyril see himself as the black sheep of the family?
What event finally helps him see that God values who he is and the gifts he offers to the family?
Have you ever felt worthless?
What does God's Word say about your uniqueness?
What gifts and talents do you think God has given to you?
What can you do to remember your value in Christ?
How can you use your gifts for His glory?
How can you encourage someone else who may be feeling worthless?
- With what do Gavi and Cyril struggle when it comes to God's plan for their lives?
Do you ever struggle with knowing God's purpose for your life?
What does the Bible say we were put on this Earth to do?
What will happen if you seek God's kingdom first?
- What gifts does Gavi offer to Millie and the children as they take care of the household together during Stuart and Marcia's absence?
- What gifts do you see in your family members?
How do you use these gifts to help each other?
What do the Scriptures say about the body of Christ?
How can you encourage others to embrace their gifts?
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