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Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by the Message (Literary Portals to Prayer) Paperback – November 1, 2015
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Susan Bailey is an author and blogger, professional musician and speaker whose writing appears regularly in The Catholic Free Press, CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers; she has also written for Catholic.net, Catholic Online. She has sung on CatholicTV, EWTN and at World Youth Day 2002. Susan maintains two blogs: Be as One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion. Her first book, River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times will be released by Ave Maria Press October 30, 2015.
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The introduction does a fine job of explaining the oddity of Alcott's background being married now to a Bible-based devotional. It acknowledges that Pilgrim's Progress was more influential in the family. I did pause to wonder why it passages from Bunyan's classic were not also included. In the end, I was well persuaded that this was not necessary.
As I read I also overcame my doubts about the Message being used instead of the lovely Alcott-era King James Version. While the Bible is used, the Message is the appropriate choice for a reader seeking to understand God's word for the first time or for someone who is merely seeking a profound spiritual experience, but not a truly religious one. Belief in Christ as Savior is not a necessity to get the peaceful, contemplative experience that this book aims to provide.
Susan Bailey (author and blogger at Louisa May Alcott Is My Passion) knows and understand Louisa well, and was able to pick beautiful snippets from Miss Alcott's writings and pair them with meaningful verses along the same topics.
I personally enjoyed this little book greatly, reading a few pages each day for some spiritual encouragement. Plus, it helped to whet my literary appetite when I got into reading snippets from some of Miss Alcott's writings that I've never read yet. It makes me want to read more from Louisa May Alcott!
Religious notes: The scriptures used are taken from The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition. Not being Catholic myself, I didn't really find any differences in what I believe and what was laid down as Biblical truth in this book. I recommend it for any Christian who is interested. The Message is so easy to understand, because it feels like it has (and it was) written in modern times, and so brings things out in verses differently than how I remember in other versions of the Bible.
"...and led by her mother's hand, she had drawn nearer to the Friend who always welcomes every child with a love stronger than that of any father, tenderer than that of any mother."
But you, O God, are both tender and kind,
not easily angered, immense in love,
and you never, never quit.
So look me in the eye and show kindness,
give your servant the strength to go on,
save your dear, dear child!