Or, Honesty and Industry
This story is filled with gems of truth, the value of which cannot be measured. Young Basil takes these treasures to heart and determines to live by them. He learns to pray, not that God would make him rich, but enable him to act honestly and industriously; for this is the way to become independent. His life experiences confirm what he had been told, that perseverance and industry are the two great essentials to success.
Most importantly, Basil understands that outward success can never bring inward peace and happiness apart from the love and acceptance of Christ. You will find this story to be uplifting and personally challenging — the type of story that everyone should read!
Another favorite Lamplighter story by Charlotte Grace O’Brien is
Struck by Lightning
“My 7 year old son could relate to Basil in this story. It’s a great story about the ripple effect of one little boy’s prayer and how his entire family changed for the better. It was a little more difficult for him to read alone, because of the extensive vocabulary, but we enjoyed reading it together.” — Heather Wilson, Panama City Beach, Florida
“This books grabs you as soon as you start reading it. The principles in this book are a treasure. It also makes me want to journal in my Bible as I look up and re-read passages mentioned in the text. So convicting are the words and lives of the characters in the story. Always pointing to our Holy Savior Jesus Christ.” — Katy, Texas
“I loved this character. His integrity shows that age does not determine wisdom. Nor does it dictate the influence we can have in another’s life. Great read for children and prayers that they grasp its lessons and take them to heart. 🙂 Gotta love happy endings, too!” — Tawnya Bulger, North Dakota
“Wow, talk about a convicting little book. A true picture of how honesty is the best policy, even when it might put you in harm’s way. Not only does this story show how important honesty and hard work are, it also gives a convicting account of how lots of times every person in an unhappy home holds a certain amount of responsibility in that unhappiness. Great story to enable young people to see the importance of honesty and hard work, even at a young age. But, a good message for Mom and Dad, as well.” — Jan Kerley, Sparta, Tennessee