Book Review: “For Both Devoted Alcott Fans and any Christian Little Woman, Here’s a Devotional to Cherish.”

Here is a perfect gift for the Little Women fan in your life, young or old, who enjoys the spiritual nature of Louisa May Alcott’s classic coming-of-age story:

In her latest work, The Little Women Devotional: A Chapter-By-Chapter Companion to Louisa May Alcott’s Beloved Classic (Barbour Books), Rachel Dodge matches a cherished girl’s book with a core concept often overshadowed by feminism and social justice issues. While these ideas are crucial aspects of Little Women, Dodge’s focus on faith and family gets to the heart and foundation of Louisa May Alcott’s story of four sisters coming of age during the Civil War.

The Little Women Devotional by Rachel Dodge

Alcott’s references to faith are loosely Christian since the March sisters don’t attend church services or refer specifically to Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy do, however, read the little books they received from Marmee at Christmas, “that beautiful old story of the best life ever lived … a true guidebook for any pilgrim going on a long journey” (Little Women, Chapter 2). Whether that book was the New Testament or John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress matters little, for the message is the same: staying close to your Heavenly Father each day and leading a life in imitation of Jesus.

A CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER SPIRITUAL REFLECTION

Dodge’s structure is simple. Each chapter summarizes the corresponding chapter of Little Women, where she unveils a spiritual truth. Click here to continue reading.

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