The Pastor's Daughter; Or, Conversations Between E. Payson and His Child on the Way of Salvation by Jesus Christ

The Pastor's Daughter; Or, Conversations Between E. Payson and His Child on the Way of Salvation by Jesus Christ

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ...wrong!" was the improper reply, for which Maria was again sent to the solitude of her own room. CHAPTER XVI. "We must have had a small experience in life, and less in religion, if we do not know how very difficult it is, with every motive and inclination to the work, to subdue one evil propensity." Maria was in the habit of reading many of the juvenile books of which the design is to convey moral and religious instruction in the form of stories. She was passionately fond of this kind of reading, and had she not been prevented, she would have devoted all her time to it. The works of Miss Edgeworth particularly fascinated her, and she read them again and again with fresh pleasure. In some of these books, the child who was the subject of the story, was represented as having some one prominent fault, such as carelessness, peevishness, or obstinacy. The fault is noticed by a parent or some other friend, the child is reproved for it; and after a few trials, it is corrected. The child has thus overcome by its own unaided efforts, and becomes at once amiable and happy. In others, the parent informs his child, that it is necessary to seek divine assistance, and that God is ready to grant it: the child prays once or twice, and success follows. In very few was the total depravity of the heart, and the necessity of the regenerating influences of the Spirit, fully recognized. So long as Maria read merely for amusement, and without reflection, she derived nothing but pleasure from the reading of such books. And they were in some sense useful to her, as they always excited her to renew her efforts for improvement. But after she had begun to reflect on her own moral character, and to compare it with that of the little girls whose history she read, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236580672
  • 9781236580672