I love Grace Livingston Hill. I began to read her when I was nursing our oldest son, Big Mac. I would exit our church service to nurse him outside the church library. While walking through the library I picked up a book to read. It was Grace Livingston Hill's "Christmas Bride." Since that day I've read many of her books, she wrote more than 90.
Her books can be formulaic. There is usually a hero and a damsel in distress. Sometimes the roles are reversed. Usually one of the main characters is a Christian and the other is not, or is back-slidden. The wealthy rescue the poor, and the saved lead the un-saved to Christ. They are always uplifting and encouraging to me.
I don't feed on a steady diet of Mrs. Hill, but I do return to her every few months for a bit of a respite from other books that may not encourage me as much as she always does.
Last week was no exception when I read "Sunrise." This was the story of a few families in a small town. A scandal rocked the town and the crime was pinned on two young men who were innocent. The families were struggling to believe in their boys, and the women who loved them were on their knees on the young-men's behalf. God brought these boys to the middle of the ocean to get their attention and bring them to Him. It was a great read!
Here are some quotes I've copied from the book. They spoke to me as I was reading. If you haven't read any of Grace Livingston Hill's books, pick one up. Be encouraged!
All quotes are from Sunrise by Grace Livingston Hill, Grosset & Dunlap 1937:
'I'll find a way to stop it or I'll disown him!'
'Father! You know you wouldn't do that! Even God doesn't do that! Not to His real own children!'
"Over across the pastures Hannah Parsons got out the hardest task she could find and sat down to work late. She always did that when there was hard sailing ahead-something to fear or something to bear--she looked for the hardest task she could find and worked at it with all her might. it seemed to make the time go faster.
She longed with all her heart that her son should be a true knight and go on the right kinds of errands, but he was young enough and eager enough to mistake values, and to think a matter of vindicating his own or some friend's rights a sufficient cause for sacrifice.
What would he have wanted her to say about his departure? Oh! she must rather ask herself, what would God want her to say? And she could trust God to teach her waht to say.
'Father in heaven, I'm putting my trust in you!' breathed Hannah softly in her heart, and turned her quiet eyes on the man who questioned her.
She brought him white bread of her own baking, and butter of her own making that smelled of the clover from which it was brewed. She brought a comb of honey from their own hives, and a dish of her yellow tomato preserve, a foaming glass of milk from their own cow, a piece of custard pie and some cottage cheese to which their own hens and cow had contributed, and contentedly he drew up his chair and ate, slowly, deliberately.
Our Father knows just how we feel, and He's putting every one of those tears down in His book, and the time will come when He'll have them in remembrance and make it all right!
The night might be dark now, but Day was prmised and their Guide could see in the dark as well as in the day, and 'He knowethe the end from the beginning.'
What a leveler death was! How it suddenly took the power from villains and brought their evil machinations to an end!
Her tenderness was more like the overshadowing of a bride for her beloved, than the fussing of an elderly married woman over a sick husband.
The captain was a man who used oaths as crutches to get him from one word to another...
When once a man takes Jesus Christ as his Savior the personal relationship must be kept close and vital at all costs or that man is going to show a mighty inconsistant Christan life to the world...
How careful parents ought to be to teach their children not to have fellowship with unbelievers, not to choose their intimate friends from among them, not to marry them!
...weeping over disappointments and not looking up for God's way, and God's appointments.