Yes, we talk about world views, and our books are not all rainbows and sunshine (I mean, what would Prince Caspian be without King Miraz?). But I have always kept my eyes out for lead characters that I would actually want in my house if they were real people.
This has been challenging, girl-wise. But Caddie, dear, awesome Caddie! Not only was she a real person, but she was an adventurous tomboy who did her share of the chores without complaint. She loves exploring, is best buds with two of her brothers, and has a good relationship with her parents. She isn't perfect, though, and there are some practical jokes and you also see her temper at times (though it is well-warrented).
In the midst of all this, she learns to see her tattle-taling little sister with compassion and chooses to seek a better relationship with her. And when her papa comes to her and tells her what he thinks a real lady is, well, let's just say that Mr. Woodlawn would be very welcome in our home too.
I think it's helpful to read accounts like this that encourage us to aim high. Little by little, with intention, we can give our kids a childhood that will serve as an anchor. If we aim at allowing the Holy Spirit to reign in our homes, it gives our kids a chance to experience peace and a strong sense of self through Him.
Susan wrote this book through the perspective that all of our life should be part of our faith, and that rings deep with me. If Christ can wash feet, then we can choose to wash dishes with grace (and help our kids to do the same).
It's an old book, and I may not agree with everything, but I found it to be an encouragement. (I liked this book much better than her other one, For the Children's Sake)
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