Thursday, March 15, 2007

"Little Christian's Toilet"

First I need to say "what a difference a day makes"!This book was given to "Gertie" from "Cousin Rose, Christmas 1883".I don't know who Gertie or Rose are but under that in pencil is my Mother's maiden name. It was printed by the "American Tract Society" in 1874.

The front and back of the book are both beautiful.This page is an introduction which says that "life which we are now living on earth is not the whole of our existence. It is but the morning of a long, long day: the toilethour in which we are bidden to make ready for a glorious festival in the upper world".
These contents pages will give you an idea of what is inside. Click on the picture to enlarge so you can read it. It is written as a story about Lilian Williams and her brother Howard. There are Bible verses and poems throughout the book.
The only illustration is at the top of each new chapter page.
This is the last chapter and it starts"Under such daily guidance and instruction, in an atmosphere of love and purity, Lilian Williams grew up as"willows by the watercourses." Her feet early established in life, she bid fair to become a goodly plant in the garden of the Lord."
This is another of my favorite things.


Tracey said...

I think that would be one of my favorite things, too, Jean!

Susie said...

What a treasure! I bet you love reading through it..

Tammy said...

my daughter would love something like this!

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

What interesting keepsakes! And what an interesting title. Just shows how our usage of words has changed. I love old family record books and ledgers, but to have the ones that belong to your own family is really extra special and a true treasure!