Or, From the Depths
In this suspenseful sequel to her first book, Ishmael, you will follow the valiant perseverance of our hero, Ishmael. As his uncompromising propensity to do well was clearly seen in Ishmael, you will now be introduced to his secret struggle.
Though conceived in secrecy, born in adversity, lived in poverty, and redeemed through honesty and perseverance, the life of Ishmael Worth resonates with the truth that true riches come through humility and selfless service to others.
Themes: Perseverance, integrity, honesty, valor, courage and purity.
Originally printed in 1876.
“Our daughter asked if we would get her Self-Raised, the sequel to Ishmael, which she had just finished. Her birthday is a month away but she desperately wanted to finish the series! It did not disappoint! She read it in 5 days and loved the story. Such beautiful lessons of character to discuss with her afterwards! And she was so passionate about the lessons she learned. Thank you Lamplighter for your ministry. It is such a help to parents and a joy to our children!” — Lisa Lockman, Elizabeth, Colorado
“This is a rich and edifying sequel to the story of Ishmael. You need to read the story to understand the significance of the title. I read Ishmael aloud to our children who spanned ages 7-15 at that time. Then we wanted to know what happened to the boy who was born into poverty and disgrace through no fault of his own as he grew older. His strong moral character kept him from falling into several snares through his life. As we follow him into Self-Raised we see the fulfillment of his purpose. As he faithfully does the right thing (with an occasional misstep), we see that he earns the respect and admiration of all in his ever-expanding circle of influence.
My only caution would be to explain the time of the writing (mid-1800s) and the handling of the characters who are servants (perhaps slaves, but that is not addressed much). I thought these characters were handled in a charming and respectful manner, but others may be more sensitive to this issue and may wish to use these parts of the story for commentary on the difference of perspective from one point in history to another. It is an incredibly inspiring story.” — D. Prieffer, Utopia, Texas