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Elizabeth Prentiss
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Elizabeth Payson Prentiss (Portland, Maine, October 26, 1818 – August 13, 1878) was an American author, well known for her hymn "More Love to Thee, O Christ" and the religious novel Stepping Heavenward (1869). Her writings enjoyed renewed popularity in the late 20th century. Elizabeth Payson was born in Portland, Maine, United States, the fifth of eight children (only six survived infancy) of the eminent Congregationalist pastor Edward Payson

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Stepping Heavenward book. Maybe that’s why people are still reading Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss, a fictional journal that follows the life of Katherine Mortimer from her first entry at age 16 to her final entry just before her death. Like the author, Katherine lost her father at a young Write what you know. It’s good counsel, and, if followed, results in a kind of authenticity that can’t happen if the author attempts to write outside her realm of real-life experience.

E Elizabeth Prentiss. Excerpt from book: III. July 16. M. .school-days are over ! I have come off with flying colours, and mother is pleased at my success. I said to her to-day that I should now have time to draw and practice to my heart's content. You will not find your heart content with either," she said. Why, mother! " I cried ; " I thought you liked to see me happy!'".

The reader, Theresa Downing has gentle, respectful tone and did justice to the book. Her reading did not distract from the content of the book, in fact it added to it.

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LibriVox recording of Stepping Heavenward, by Elizabeth Prentiss. Read by Theresa Downey.

I discovered this book several years ago and bought a copy for myself. The journalistic style of the story made it seem so realistic. It spoke to my heart. Since then I have bought copies for all the.

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The classic Stepping Heavenward will lead you on your own unforgettable journey as you follow Katherine through her life from sweet sixteen to her grown-up later years. As she learns that true happiness is found in giving oneself to others, you, too, will be immeasurably encouraged to step heavenward—to live with greater godliness, humility, tranquility, and hope.
  • Priotian
“Write what you know.”
It’s good counsel, and, if followed, results in a kind of authenticity that can’t happen if the author attempts to write outside her realm of real-life experience. Maybe that’s why people are still reading Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss, a fictional journal that follows the life of Katherine Mortimer from her first entry at age 16 [“How dreadfully old I am getting!”] to her final entry just before her death.

Like the author, Katherine lost her father at a young age and suffered from a variety of physical ailments. The intersection between fiction and reality becomes even more pronounced as Katherine struggles to allow her suffering to “do its perfect work” in her life. Through weariness and discouragement, through joy and fresh resolve, the message of Stepping Heavenward is ageless and relevant to wives and mothers set in all times (and might just encourage their men-folk, too). Written in 1869, the quaint style and slow pace is charming, and I smiled at the extreme modesty of that era in which babies just appeared in the narrative with only veiled references to pregnancy (and certainly none whatsoever to the delivery!), and I winced at the eagerness of mothers to have their children’s gums lanced to ease teething discomfort [really??] and at the prevalence of infant mortality and debilitating illnesses.

These were hard times compared to the 21st century, and yet Elizabeth harnesses Katie’s sufferings and points her readers to a God who “notices the most trivial act, accepts the poorest, most threadbare little service, listens to the coldest, feeblest petition, and gathers up with parental fondness all our fragmentary desires and attempts at good works. Oh, if only we could begin to conceive how much He loves us, what different creatures we should be!”

It was heartening to see Katie’s trajectory of growth and to receive her offerings of homely wisdom:

“One must either stop reading the Bible altogether, or else leave off spending one’s whole time in just doing easy, pleasant things one likes to do.”
(And this was written in the days before binge-watching Netflix was a thing . . .)

In an era when women were not encouraged to read deeply or to flex their theological muscles, Elizabeth Prentiss offered solid teaching on various topics, all embedded within the narrative arc of Katie’s life.

On the sacred versus secular dichotomy:

“You speak of going back to your music as if that implied going away from God. You rush from one extreme to another. The only true way to live in this world, constituted just as we are, is to make all our employments subserve the one great end and aim of existence, namely , to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”
On mothering:

“What a fearful thing it is to be a mother! But I have given my children to God.”

“When you speak contemptuously of the vocation of maternity, you dishonor, not only the mother who bore you, but the Lord Jesus Himself, who chose to be born of a woman, and to be ministered unto by her through a helpless infancy.”
On perfectionism:

“I am a little afraid of ‘good people.’ I fancy that they are always criticizing me and expecting me to imitate their perfection.”
On prayer:

“I have learned, at least, to face and fight such distractions, instead of running away from them as I used to do. My faith in prayer, my resort to it, becomes more and more the foundation of my life, and I believe . . . that nothing but prayer stands between my soul and the best gifts of God.”
On perseverance through trials:

“There is no wilderness so dreary but that His love can illuminate it, no desolation so desolate but that He can sweeten it. I know what I am saying. It is no delusion. I believe that the highest, purest happiness is known only to those who have learned Christ in sick-rooms, in poverty, in racking suspense and anxiety, amid hardships, and at the open grave.”
If the author’s name, Elizabeth Prentiss, rings a bell, check your nearest hymnal, for in addition to Stepping Heavenward, Elizabeth also wrote “More Love to Thee,” and I will share the lyrics below. You can also click here to see a YouTube video of the hymn sung by Fernando Ortega.

More love to Thee, oh Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea
More love, oh Christ, to Thee
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!
Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest
Now Thee alone I seek, give what is best.
This all my prayer shall be
More love, oh Christ to Thee
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!
Elizabeth Prentiss wrote with the aim of encouraging others along the path of a fierce discipleship. I’ve been intending to read Stepping Heavenward ever since the days when Elisabeth Elliot was recommending it on her radio program, and now, since it is in public domain, it is available very inexpensively in various editions. The author joins Peter in exhorting her readers to “think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.” The struggle to pray, to be patient, and to care for others is very real, but so is the comfort that God brings to the heart that looks to Him for daily strength.
  • Nten
SO THANKFUL to see this version back in print. One of my top favorite books of all time. Don't know how many times I've read it or given it away as a gift--have lost count. This particular version is so very pretty, it makes a beautiful keepsake too--and this is a book that most readers will make a keepsake. I've even said before that a test of whether a person can be my friend is whether or not she loves this book. When my brother first met his now wife 20 years ago, he called me and said, "I think I met the girl I'm going to marry." I said, "Really?" He said, "Yes. Guess what her favorite book is?" I knew right away it had to be this one! As another favorite writer wrote in the forward of another version--Elisabeth Elliott--she said every woman should read this book and every man who wants to understand the women in his life. It's so good, I've even made an index in the back of favorite quotes.

Elizabeth Prentiss loved the Lord and was so transparent and honest in her writing. Stepping Heavenward is a novel that is written like a journal beginning when Katy Mortimer turns 16. Oh the tumultuous teen years when everything is such high drama! Though it was written over a hundred years ago, teenage girl drama is nothing new! And as I related to it, I thought "Just call me Katy Mortimer." My sister-in-law said the same thing.:)
  • Bedy
First, I must say that I love this book. It gives me hope in my difficulties, and helps to keep me from my habit of self-pity. I admire the strength of the main character, who goes through many injustices with grace, which is the opposite of how I handle them. That said, I’m giving this 2017 Okitos Press edition only one star. It is horrible. It looks like a self-published book. The margins are very small, the print is small and faint.
  • Malalrajas
This book is the thought provoking story of one woman's journey through life and growth in faith. It's easy to identify with Katy as she struggles to be good and kind, to love the Lord and other people as she ought. It gives the reader hope to see her "stepping heavenward," slowly, by inches, learning and growing and maturing in her spiritual walk. Highly recommended.
  • Fordredor
This book is an absolute gem, however, this edition is a disgrace. Buyer beware. The grammatical errors are so numerous and severe that I found myself struggling to understand the meaning of whole passages. I don't know how anything of this quality ever made it to press. Shameful!
  • Gagas
This is a timeless story. This is the second copy I have bought. I have one for myself and bought this as a gift for a graduate. I did find the story slow at first, but once it got going, I could not put it down. This story challenged me and convicted me in my walk. This is one I will definitely read over and over. And will be my go to gift for graduates.