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Millie's Remarkable Journey

A book review for parents

This third 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 Remarkable Journey is written for kids ages 10 to 14. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.



Plot Summary


Millie has been sick for two years and has not fully recovered. She has a debilitating cough that worsens in the winter months. Millie's great-uncle offers to escort her to his plantation in the South so she can recover. On the plantation, she struggles to understand slavery and put up with Uncle Horace's difficult wife, Isabel. A little girl named Laylie is assigned to be Millie's slave, which upsets Millie. She befriends the girl and tries to help her and the child's brother. The way Millie lives her life challenges Uncle Horace to reconsider his views on slavery.



Christian Beliefs


The Keith family members are strong believers. As Millie leaves home, they counsel their daughter to give her heart fully to Jesus, even in the area of romance. Millie prays for God's guidance in all circumstances and believes the promises of the Bible. She calls verses to mind in her daily activities. Millie speaks out about her anti-slavery convictions and tries to help her young maid, Laylie, and Laylie's brother. By demonstrating godly character, she gently challenges her Uncle Horace's views on Christianity and slavery.



Authority Roles


Millie's father is a strong, gentle, godly man who leads his family in Christian principles and love. Millie respects her Uncle Horace even when she does not agree with him. Uncle Horace's family, on the other hand, is disrespectful to him.



Other Belief Systems


None



Profanity/Graphic Violence


The slave, Luke, is whipped by the foreman for a minor infraction and Millie tends to his injuries.



Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality


Millie's relationships with young men are closely watched.



Awards


Unknown



Discussion Topics


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

  • What choice does Millie have to make in regard to slave ownership?
    Do you think she should have refused to allow Laylie to be her slave?
    How do they both benefit from their relationship?
  • Do you think Millie is right in deciding to teach Laylie the Bible even though the law forbids the teaching of it?
    How does Laylie change after reading God's Word?
    Have you ever taught someone the Bible under difficult circumstances?
    What was the result?
  • How does Millie voice her beliefs against slavery?
    How does Uncle Horace react?
    How would you have approached Uncle Horace differently?
    Why did some slave owners forbid the teaching of Christianity on their plantations?
  • Did Millie do the right thing when she helped her uncle's slaves escape via the Underground Railroad?
    What circumstances would merit that kind of disobedience?


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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