The category of book I’ve been reading the last two weeks is: A book someone told you “changed my life”. The book I chose for this category was Stepping Heavenward: One Woman’s Journey to Godliness. Below you’ll find some information about the book, a summary, and some closing thoughts. If you’d like to skip straight to my ratings, click here.
Bibliographic Information: Prentiss, Elizabeth. Stepping Heavenward: One Woman’s Journey to Godliness.
Summary: Stepping Heavenward is the (fictional) journal of Katherine Mortimer, chronicling her journey from being a selfish, immature young girl of 16 to a mature, godly woman who learns to love to serve others. Throughout her life Katherine continuously looks for someone more mature in faith in whom she can confide and by whom she can be advised. There are two people (and eventually a third) whose advice she seeks most diligently: her mother and Rev. Cabot. In the beginning she often ignores their advice or fails to follow it for long. Later in life, however, she clings dearly to their advice and wishes she could have more of it.
Katy experiences a wide range of emotions completely on display for all to read. Among those emotions the primary emotion she feels is a disappointment that her love for God is never what she thinks it ought to be. Though she is eventually convinced that she is indeed a true believer in Jesus, she continues to experience a multitude of (in her opinion) minor trials of taming her emotions. These emotions range from confusion over how to deal with knowing who to fall in love with to frustration at the inability to manage time wisely. She experiences the joys of birth and marriage and the sorrows of sickness and death.
8/10 Katy is an endearing main character with whom, I imagine, many people can relate in one form or another. Most journal entries are shorter than a page (even in the small size of the binding we own) which breaks up the story nicely. The theological advice given in the book is simple if not shallow. It seems like it would be a good jumping off spot for introducing a young lady into a desire for theological improvement. A word of caution to the feminine folks out there: this book is pack with emotion-producing events. Thankfully I’m a man and can withstand these schemes (for the most part). Since I gave an award last time, I will do it again. Mrs. Prentiss’ Stepping Heavenward receives the “impressive subtle growth of the main character” plaque.
Finally, I’ll leave you with a couple of my favorite quotes from the book to help pique your interest:
“I hope you really are a child of God and are trying to please Him. And it is my daily prayer that you may become a lovely, loving, useful woman.”
The main character and her female friend bemoaning their shortcomings as it relates to dealing with men: “It takes less than nothing to annoy us.” “It takes more than everything to please us.”