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About A Prairie Girl's Faith

The beloved author of the Little House books was not only one of America's great pioneer storytellers but a woman of vibrant faith.

A Prairie Girl's Faith provides the first extended, in depth discussion of the Christian faith of one of America's most beloved pioneer women--Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although the faith of the Ingalls' family pervades books in the Little House series, the more specific details of Laura's faith have never been fully explored. It took extraordinary pluck for anyone to survive the harshness of frontier life--from the heartbreak of sudden crop losses to murderous storms to unrelenting loneliness. This book reveals how in surviving, the brave Laura drew not just on her character, but found encouragement, strength, and hope in her relationship with God.

Praise

“Because of my father’s role in the Little House on the Prairie television series, I have long admired Laura Ingalls Wilder and the values she portrayed so memorably in her books. It’s no secret to her readers that faith was central to the Ingalls family. This compelling discussion of Laura’s spiritual journey is most welcome and satisfying.”
—Michael Landon Jr., actor, director, writer, and producer

About Stephen W. Hines

STEPHEN HINES is a recognized authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder and has authored several best-selling volumes on her life, including Little House in the Ozarks. He grew up in the midwest in an area where Wilder once lived. Hines was the founding Director of Communications for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services and has held several editorial positions in magazine, newspaper, and book publishing. The author is a contributor to awww.littlehouseontheprairie.com. He lives with his wife, Gwen, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Product Details

224 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Feb 6, 2018

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 12

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Click Here to download the first pages of A Prairie Girl's Faith. The beloved author of the Little House books was not only one of America's great pioneer storytellers but a woman of vibrant faith. A Prairie Girl's Faith provides the first extended, in depth discussion of the Christian faith of one of America's most beloved pioneer women--Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although the faith of the Ingalls' family pervades books in the Little House series, the more specific details of Laura's faith have never been fully explored. It took extraordinary pluck for anyone to survive the harshness of frontier life--from the heartbreak of sudden crop losses to murderous storms to unrelenting loneliness. This book reveals how in surviving, the brave Laura drew not just on her character, but found encouragement, strength, and hope in her relationship with God.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chelsea Woodward
Associate Publicist
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(719) 268-1915
 
New Laura Ingalls Wilder Biography Provides First Extended, In-Depth Discussion of Wilder’s Faith
 
“Because of my father’s role in the Little House on the Prairie television series, I have long admired Laura Ingalls Wilder and the values she portrayed so memorably in her books. It’s no secret to her readers that faith was central to the Ingalls family. This compelling discussion of Laura’s spiritual journey is most welcome and satisfying.”Michael Landon Jr., actor, director, writer, and producer
 
Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family have captivated generations of readers and television viewers with the Little House stories marked by their pioneer independence and self-reliance. But was it only their courage that helped them survive the harshness of frontier life?
 
In A Prairie Girl’s Faith (WaterBrook, Feb. 6, 2018), Stephen W. Hines, best-selling author and recognized authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder, reveals that Wilder was more than a gifted storyteller and America’s most beloved pioneer—she was a woman of remarkable faith.
 
Hines draws on his extensive research—including his interviews with people who knew her personally and Wilder’s insightful newspaper pieces and life stories—to demonstrate how her faith sustained her in difficult times.
 
From a house fire and numerous crop failures to the loss of a son and Almanzo’s crippling stroke, Wilder clung to the “greatness and goodness” of God during these challenging and often life-altering times.
 
“I like to think we can still learn something from Laura’s accumulated experience and reflection,” writes Hines, “among which is tolerance for other’s failings, courage to start all over again after disaster strikes, and a belief that God holds the future in his hands and intends no ill will for his children.”
 
A Prairie Girl’s Faith also features nearly 30 authentic pioneer recipes from people who knew Laura and her parents—even one from Ma Ingalls herself! These recipes, along with memorable quotes, period music and historical context, open a wider window into the life of pioneers and the beliefs and culture in which Wilder lived.

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By Clare McMurtry

A Prairie Girls' Faith is perfect for Little House on the Prairie and Laura Ingall Wilder fans. It really puts things into perspective for those living in the modern world. Being a pioneer, Ingall's struggled with so many aspects of life that we never will, like crop failure and the hard work of traveling by horse and buggy. Travel back in time by delving into this book. This book was provided to me by Blogging for Books. 

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By Madolyn Drop

I started reading Laura Ingalls Wilder books when I was in elementary school and ever since then I have been hooked. This book was incredibly inspiring and has given me great insight. I would definitely read this again.I received this book from Blogging for Books for an honest reviews.

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By Sharon Wilharm

Laura Ingalls Wilder holds a dear spot in my heart. As a child I read her books and watched Little House on the Prairie each week on tv.  I connected with Laura's character, and since Melissa Gilbert is my age, I felt like we grew up together. Many years later, I discovered that Laura and Almanzo lived in Florida not too far from where I lived but that she only lived there for a year or so, and really didn't like Florida. Nevertheless, that...

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By Natalie Wise

This is a great fiction (but also non-fiction) read for the winter! Perfect for cozying up with by the fire, or taking on a plane ride for the holidays. It is well-paced, interesting and well-written. I also like the cover and find it to be an attractive book with a nice heft that feels good in the hand and looks great on a shelf. A great book to pick up for something that isn't too light or too heavy of reading! 

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By Connie Altomare

As a child I was delighted to hear my fourth grade teacher read "Little House on the Prairie" to the class and later watch the series on television. I continued to read the entire series on my own. Then as an adult I read the series to my children and began to collect all of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books. So to read Stephen W. Hines' book on Laura Ingalls Wilder's faith journey entitled "A Prairie Girl's Faith" was inspirational. Life as a...

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