Millie's Courageous Days
A book review for parents
This second historical fiction book in the "A Life of Faith: Millie Keith" series based on the original novel by Martha Finley is published by Zonderkidz.
Millie's Courageous Days is written for kids ages 10 to 14. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
Millie and her family are devastated after an accident leaves her sister Fan near death. They hold a four-day prayer vigil, and Fan miraculously recovers. This creates a crisis for Millie's friend Rhoda Jane, whose father died of a fever the year before. Rhoda Jane's doubts deepen after her brother sustains a terrible injury and gives his life to Jesus in the aftermath. Damaris Drybread, their judgmental and angry schoolteacher, becomes the mother of an orphan baby. Meanwhile, Celestia Ann and Reverend Lord are married in the Keith's newly completed home. When a fever strikes Pleasant Plains, causing sickness and death in many families, the faith of the family is tested. God uses the sickness to show Damaris and Rhoda Jane His love and to strengthen Millie's faith.
The Keith family members are strong believers. They go to church regularly and pray at home. Millie prays for God's guidance in all circumstances and believes the promises of the Bible. Millie chooses to take a godly stand in the areas of friendship, slavery and loving her enemies. Mr. and Mrs. Keith pray for a miracle when their daughter Fan is injured in an accident. God heals Fan.
Millie's father is a strong, gentle, godly man who leads his family through the use of Christian principles. The family respects Mr. Keith, and they go to him with their problems. Mr. and Mrs. Keith encourage Millie to love Damaris as God would love him, and she eventually offers her friendship to him.
Other Belief Systems
Rhoda Jane's brother, Gordon, is injured when exploding gunpowder propels a ramrod through his hand and chest.
Millie's friends are interested in boys and some of them have crushes. The young people only see each other at chaperoned events, and the attitude of the young men is respectful and protective.
If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:
- How is Millie's view of friendship tested through her relationship with Rhoda Jane, Claudina and Damaris?
Have you experienced conflict in your friendships? What was the result?
Are there any friendships that you can mend?
- How does Millie honor Rhoda Jane as Rhoda Jane struggles with the concept of a loving God that let her father die?
Do you know someone who is having a hard time understanding the love of God?
What are some ways in which you can demonstrate this love?
- What choices does Millie have to make in her own heart before she can see Damaris through the eyes of Jesus?
Why does Millie feel she can't fully confide in Claudina?
How does God use Mandy Rose to change Damaris?
How does Damaris' view of God change after Mandy Rose dies?
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.