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Jane Eyre

Isn’t it great how the characters in books become friends?  Friends who never grow old and die, but are there: ever true, always energetic . . . for the next generation to meet and love, too.  Friends can have such a powerful influence! I have often paused to reflect on what Little Britches or Jane Eyre or Little Dorrit or Atticus would do if they had been in my situation, when I have a tough decision to make.  Even though they are literary characters, the virtue of Christ shines through in their choices, and it is very inspiring to know them! I would like to share with you some of my favorite friends.

Some of My Favorite Friends:

Little Britches (Ralph Moody)

Man of the Family  (Ralph Moody)

Laddie: A True Blue Story  (Gene Stratton Porter)

To Kill a Mockingbird  (Harper Lee)

Uncle Tom’s Cabin  (Harriet Beecher Stowe)

The Scarlet Pimpernel  (Baroness Emmuska Orczy)

Anne of Green Gables  (Lucy Maud Montgomery)

Amos Fortune: Free Man  (Elizabeth Yates)

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch  (Jean Lee Latham)

A Lantern in Her Hand  (Bess Streeter Aldrich)

God’s Smuggler  (Brother Andrew)

Little Women  (Louisa Mae Alcott)

Summer of the Monkeys  (Wilson Rawls)

Tom Sawyer  (Mark Twain)

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  (Mark Twain)

Pinocchio  (Carlo Collodi)

Sense and Sensibility  (Jane Austen)

Pride and Prejudice  (Jane Austen)

Jane Eyre  (Charlotte Bronte)

Robinson Crusoe  (Daniel Defoe)

A Tale of Two Cities  (Charles Dickens)

The Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom)

What a collection of excellent people!  People who—even though fictional—inspire me to live better!  And they are there, waiting, to visit again, whenever you need a boost.  They are human. They have their flaws. But consistently they choose the high road;  the hard decision to do the right thing.  We are helped by their example and it strengthens our own resolve to be a good person.

And they are there in movies too.  Have you watched Larkrise to Candleford?  It is hard not to love Miss Lane, with all her compassionate understanding of people. . . .or Luke Skywalker’s control of his anger for the cause of good and his faith in the last spark of goodness in a father who had so badly betrayed him . . . or Sense and Sensibility‘s Eleanor, with all her forbearance, patience and self-control.  These wonderful people—I am happy to know them!


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