Thomas Nelson has a little series of books that they have recently published by Laura Ingalls Wilder. They have taken excerpts that Laura wrote from various pieces between the years of 1916 and 1924 and put them in a new collection. This collection of writings focus on topics of interest to young (and old!) women and offer a fun perspective on life from the author of the Little House on the Prairie series.
In Volume One of Wisdom & Virtues, Laura writes about indulging in overeating (“We Keep Right on Eating, January 1922), and the value of a man (or a woman’s!) word and how important it is for one to keep it! There are excerpts from writings talking about tact vs. trickery, and the power of a simple smile.
I think one of the articles that I enjoyed the most was “Lessons from an Irish Fable” (November 1922) in which she writes:
“If we would win success in anything, when we come to a wall that bars our way, we must throw our hearts over and then follow confidently. It is fairy advice, you know, and savors of magic, so following it we will ride with the fairies of good fortune and so safely over.”
Isn’t that so very frequently the case? In order to accomplish something, we have to take a risk and decide that we’re going to throw our hearts into the projects. Then we accept the challenges and difficulties the task presents – but the rewards in such instances are great indeed.
There are few people who I would imagine are unfamiliar with the Little House on the Prairie series. It is a part of American History and American Literature. However, Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote a great deal more in her lifetime and it’s fun to explore some things that she penned that are more “off the beaten path” if you will. Thomas Nelson offers three volumes in this series if you are curious to read more of Wilder’s thoughts on various topics. They are fast, but fun reads wherein you can feel like you are visiting with an old friend and catching up on the latest aspects of their life and thoughts, plans and dreams. This is not Laura of the prairie but Laura of an ever changing society that is writing in these volumes. A curiosity read? A comfort read? Take your pick! And have fun!