Or, In the Depths
Eden Southworth considered Ishmael her finest written work, based on the life of one of the noblest men who ever lived, suffered, toiled, and triumphed in her land. Its inspirations of wisdom and goodness were drawn from the examples of heroic warriors and statesmen of the Revolution.
Ishmael – born in the depths of poverty, misery, and humiliation and raised to the summit of fame – was good as well as great. His life is proof that there is no depth of human misery from which we may not, by virtue, energy, and perseverance, rise to earthly honors, and by God’s grace, attain eternal glory.
Themes: Perseverance, integrity, honor, valor, courage and purity.
Other stories by favorite Lamplighter author Eden Southworth:
- The Hidden Hand
“Both Ishmael and Self-Raised (you must read both or the story is incomplete) are life impacting. The character of Ishmael is inspiring. But it’s not just a lesson. You are with him all the way, rooting for him and crying with him. He has to work through a-lot of very high hurdles in his life and shows in the most believable way why God wants us to persevere and keep a check on our behavior, that it is always above reproach. Ishmael shows that in obedience to that, we can overcome anything. Great for girls to see such an honorable man. Great for boys to have a role model! Awesome book!” — Sandy of Loomis, California
“I’m often asked what my favorite Lamplighter is, and this – Ishmael – is it, along with its sequel, Self-Raised. Nothing compares to this epic drama with fascinating characters, grand plots, and adventures that take you around the world. As I often share, “Ishmael is the young man we want our sons to become and the young man we would like our daughters to marry.” — J. Enriquez, southern California