Elsie Dinsmore

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The Elsie Dinsmore: A Life of Faith series is an adaptation of the best-selling 19th century Elsie Dinsmore novels written by Martha Finley. Besides updated, modern language, these editions have a stronger Christian message, added historical information, a family tree, and other new features designed to enhance the books. Set in the South in the mid- to-late 1800s, the books tell the story of the life and spiritual commitment of Elsie Dinsmore, a charming young heroine whose Christian faith and hope guide her as ...
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Elsie Dinsmore

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Overview

The Elsie Dinsmore: A Life of Faith series is an adaptation of the best-selling 19th century Elsie Dinsmore novels written by Martha Finley. Besides updated, modern language, these editions have a stronger Christian message, added historical information, a family tree, and other new features designed to enhance the books. Set in the South in the mid- to-late 1800s, the books tell the story of the life and spiritual commitment of Elsie Dinsmore, a charming young heroine whose Christian faith and hope guide her as she grows from childhood to adulthood. This boxed set of the popular fiction books for girls includes the first 4 titles in the series: Elsie's Endless Wait (Book 1), Elsie's Impossible Choice (Book 2), Elsie's New Life (Book 3), Elsie's Stolen Heart (Book 4).

Living with her uncle's family on a southern plantation in the mid-nineteenth century, motherless eight-year-old Elsie finds it difficult to establish a relationship with her worldly father who seems indifferent to her religious principles.

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This novel follows Elsie Dinsmore through a very difficult period in her life. Eight years old and living with her extended family on a southern plantation, she suffers from loneliness, abuse and wont of affection. Elsie relies on her absolute and unwavering Christian faith to survive these trials. Upon her father's return, Elsie imagines finding the parental love she has lacked since her mother's death. However, Mr. Dinsmore demands complete submission to his will and Elsie struggles with her fear of him and her inability to please him. Over time, as Elsie molds herself into her father's notion of perfection, they are finally able to show each other love and affection. While Elsie's travails are pitiable, the character is much too meek and yielding to be admired. Her overly wrought responses make her unrealistic and unsympathetic. Mr. Dinsmore's tyranny and abuse are also quite off-putting. The novel's emphasis on faith and piety make it seem more fitting, perhaps, as a tract for religious edification rather than popular entertainment. This book is a reprint of Book One in "The Original Elsie Classics" published in the mid-nineteenth century. 2000, Cumberland House, Ages 10 up, $5.95. Reviewer: Michele Gable
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781500895228
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/21/2014
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Read this review if you want to... i can't force you(:

    This has to be the best book EVER! I LOVE ELSIE although.......Her father makes me Soooo angry sometimes GOSH! I can guarantee that when you read this book you will want to smack him SILLY! THIS IS A BOOK THAT WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY AND IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN IT WILL MAKE YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD:) I highly reccomend that you read this book

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Love it

    Fall in love with the sweetest little girl

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2014

    A cheer for Elsie

    Gimme an E! Gimme an L! Gimme an S! Gimme an E! Gimme an I! Whaddaya got? ELSIE! Yay! yay! yay! yay! yay!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    I agree

    I agree with some people, that Elsie is VERY perfect. It makes me mad sometimes. And it is like her dad is her husband at times. Its a little weird....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    #love

    Thare is a few mistakes threwout the book but overall it is a great book. Good book to have a better relationship with God. If you do not have a relatinship with God read the seres. Look for more #love!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    !!

    Absolutly amazing! I love these books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Horrid

    Weird

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Don't care for these

    I don't like Elsie cuz she is almost too " perfect " kwim? Her relationship with her dad is like that of a husband and wife almost....
    And hw many 8 yr olds do you know like that? I am a christian girl, and while Elsie relationship with God is wonderful, I don't like her. And wouldn't reccomend these to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    GOOD!!!!!!

    I love the Elsie Dinsmore series!!!! I suggest everyone read this book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    I love this!

    I love these book! This is a touching story. I admit i cried in the end. This is a must read!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Interesting.

    Its not a normal old-timey book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Leah to all

    Go to 20000 leagues unde the sea

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Hjyyhnhnhnhny

    HGTV=Hole Grain TeleVision

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Anonymous

    Phenomenal read!!!!!! An excellent find; highly recommend. Difficult to put down once you begin reading!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    It keeps u reading!!!!!

    I feel that i am right there in the book. 3D And i love good christian books!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    Love it

    This series is really good!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Elsie rocks! By a Christian girl

    Elsie is an excellent example of a good kid!! Whenever i read her i always remember Ephesians 6:1, which says "Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this isright. And when her dad is super mean i think of verse 4 "Fathers do not exasperate yoour children, instead bring them up in the training and insruction of the Lord. This book was very inspiring and great for anybody. It is a breathe of sweet air compared to the stuffy immoral novels deluded souls read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Yes her dad is mean but

    He needs to teach his little girl what and what not to do but yes sometimes he is very mean

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Full of old-time values. Probably not suited to today's youth.

    I first read this entire series when I was very young - probably between ten and twelve, which would have been more than seventy-five years ago. I still find it heart-warming, emotional, and based on a deep Christianity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Love elsie!!

    I love elsie dinsmore books!! Sometimes i wonder how her dad can be so mean to her. I mean he has the perfect girl in the world. I recomend this book for 8year old to 80 year old. This book is awesome!!!!

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