O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Psalms 43:3

And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith. D&C 88:118

The kids

The kids

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Grace and Truth Books- Schoolhouse Review


Grace and Truth Books is a small family-run online Christian bookstore. They started their business distributing the Christian Character building books from the 1800’s which were owned by Triangle Press and eventually bought the company and rights to distribute these books. Eventually they also got into the business of publishing books including children’s character building books.

PhotobucketCollector's Edition: Seven Favorite 19th-Century Children's Stories is a collection of stories which was originally published by the American Tract Society of New York in the 1800’s and is currently published by Grace and Truth Books. This book contains seven stories including:

Farmer Goodwin's Rule: "Never do anything in the day which it will grieve you to think of at night."
Ruth's Reward
Little Bill at the Pump
Who is a Coward?
The Lost Lamb
The Good Shepherd
The Death of Emily

Each story depicts Christian character and commentates on how a good Christian should behave. They are written to the child.

These stories were cute stories with good morals. I was happy to see that Grace and Truth Books has maintained the integrity of the 19th century language and writing. This is great for preparing my children to read more of the classics as they get older.

While my children enjoyed me reading them aloud, at times I found the character explanations to be a bit extensive and preachy. Occasionally I would skip over the paragraph or page of preaching before continuing the story because I would notice my children getting a little restless. Don’t get me wrong, I think some of the explanations on character were good, they were just a little long winded for my taste. This one slight negative is not a negative on the book though. I loved the stories and find them to be a refreshing alternative to the current sappy trite character building books available today.

A paperback copy of Collector's Edition: Seven Favorite 19th-Century Children's Stories sells for $7.50 and is, at the time of this review, currently selling for $6.50.

Be sure to see what other crew members reviewed. the Review Crew reviewed a total of 13 different books ranging from fiction to non-fiction and spanning many ages.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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