Helen’s Temper (and its consequences)

Damaris graciously allowed me to borrow a Lamplighter book that she received as a gift from an older, male friend of hers.  The book is Helen’s Temper (subtitled "and its consequences") by Mrs. George Gladstone.  This book is probably more along the lines of a children’s or young teen’s book rather than an adult book, but had many good insights that adults would benefit from as well.
I was puzzled through the first half of the book knowing that the title is Helen’s Temper.  Helen played a minor role in the first half with the majority of that section focusing on Helen’s sister, Betty, and her new found friend, Louisa.  But then about 2/3 of the way through the book, Helen’s temper gets the best of her.  Here we saw the fruit of holding a grudge and allowing a root of bitterness to grow in your heart.  I was just a bit shocked at the long term implications that Helen would have to live with because of her act of unkindness committed in a fit of temper, but it’s a great lesson to teach children at a young age.
Betty was truly the center of the book.  Although not the brightest student in the Sunday School class, she certainly would meditate on the lesson and do her best to actually apply it to her life.  Given the trial she faced with making friends with a crippled girl, she showed amazing patience, kindness, and perserverance in light of the ostracism shown her by others including her own sister, Helen.  So while we have an ungodly example of a girl who sits through Sunday School week after week and never applies the lesson, we also have godly examples in the book like Betty, Louisa, and Betty’s mother, Mrs. Smith.  One other gem was Betty and Helen’s grandfather, Mr. Holt, who shows incredible insight into the spiritual condition of his two granddaughters.
Let your 4th through 8th grader read this book, or read it to children just a bit younger.  They’ll get a lot out of it, and so will you.
Have fun and stay busy -Luke 19:13
-The Orange Mailman
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