Happy Hours at Home

Copyright 1914 by Gospel Trumpet Company,
written by Isabel C. Byrum,
and found in the "free box" at my third favorite thrift store....
Its illustrations are wonderfully detailed...
its message compelling.
"That book had been examined by the careful mother, and her criticisms were still fresh in the minds of her children.  She had explained the great evils produced upon the young mind by the reading of books of such a wild and adventurous nature, and had advised them always to try to select something from which they could derive some good.  She had told them that stories were all right if they would lead the mind to higher things and more noble thoughts, but that books which describe evil characters and picture their cruel and vile actions in a manner that place them as heroes in the minds of the reader were harmful and should be avoided."
May God protect and establish the homes of His children!
May mothers and fathers (and grandparents) continually be tuned in
 to what's happening with their children
and inspire and direct their lives and minds
toward what is honorable and righteous!

18 comments:

  1. I'm glad you finally got to go thrifting Rebecca! Love the book, I have one that was published in the 1800's, similarly, called "Common Sense in the Household". It's a hoot to read!!
    I wish we could go thrifting together. This new shop has old books too.
    The message in the book was a good one. We should be ever mindful of what our children do and read. My Katie Facebooked a few weeks back "I wish my mom didn't care so MUCH". That should tell you something, LOL!!! Love Ya Di ♥

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    1. A teen in this old book felt the same way as your Katie - but later said, "I am sure it has been for our good. It did seem hard, though, at the time; but I am glad that we have learned how to spend our evenings profitably at home..."

      This book is kind of a "hoot" to read...but the more I read, the more I wished for a contemporary version of it to be lived out in the lives of today's families....

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  2. What a neat find! It is charming...but more importantly, it seems that there are treasures within!

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  3. You always find such treasures...and in this treasure is a truth that is timeless and well needed in our society today, it is so easy to become comfortable with societies standards, which rob our children's innocence

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    1. Kudos to YOU, Janette, for remaining faithful in your home & family. We should be constantly vigilant about the content of our children's books, TV viewing, videos, music or any OTHER media that cross their paths.

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  4. This book sounds wonderful and needed in every home. I've always loved illustrations such as those and what you wrote could be used as a prayer over our families.

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    1. It IS my prayer, Sandy. (Prayed with the 40 Days for America this morning - focus was America's families!)

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  5. We had some books illustrated this way (Five Little Peppers, for one) and Mother allowed us to color the pictures carefully with wooden pencils. Good advice for a child's reading.

    One thing that I tried to do was buy some nonfiction book for our girls. But they read good novels, too. They loved missionary stories. Did you ever read the story of the missionary volkswagon? I loved that one.

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  6. What a treasure you found, Rebecca!

    Such timeless truths...

    Deanna

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  7. You lucky lou :) I love this kind of book♥

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  8. "May God protect and establish the homes of His children."

    I like that line, Rebecca. What a charming book.

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  9. Hi Rebecca,
    Amen, Amen and Amen.........what great advice. Looks like a lovely book,
    loved the drawings....bet it is a neat and fun read.

    So glad you enjoy my tablescapes and vignettes. I do have such fun doing them, and enjoying them too..............

    Hope all is well with you and yours hon,
    blessings, Nellie

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  10. Love the book! Really have to go back to enjoy these kinds of books. I picked up some nice vintage children books, including Little Golden Books I don't have. Score! I will show you Monday. Still thinking on my blog. Forgot how to put pics on from my facebook photo's. (this poor little memory) Have a good week-end.

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    1. I'm wondering where the facebook pictures are stored. How did they get to facebook. Do you have picasa or photoshop or anything?

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  11. How wonderfully refreshing that quote is. I hope as a mother I might be as wise and guard my own home so well. :)

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    1. Colleen, I'm coming to see you. Not sure how you slipped off my radar & I've missed you. I'm sure you ARE a wise mother and guard your home conscientiously....

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  12. When I was a young teenager there was a very popular and worldly book out, and the pastor's wife noticed that some of us girls were reading it. She called us out on it, explaining how we were feeding our hearts and minds on a trashy novel. At the time I thought "who does she think she is?" but I gave up on reading it. Today I still admire her for loving us enough and caring enough to risk our rebellious scorn...This old book looks delightful! Great find, Rebecca!

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Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)