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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.

Plot Summary

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.

Christian Beliefs

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.

Authority Roles

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


Profanity/Graphic Violence

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.



Discussion Topics

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

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