Real girls who made a difference . . .
Each book in the Daughters of the Faith series features a heroine who solves a nearly insurmountable situation. In the process, she discovers or deepens her personal faith in God. The stories are written using fiction techniques, but the characters and situations are taken right from the pages of history. An epilogue separates fact from fiction and a glossary helps with any unfamiliar words.
The Daughters of the Faith books are Middle-Grade standalone novels, recommended for girls age 8 — 12.
Imagine growing up in a new country, far from family or familiar places. When Eliza Spalding Warren's parents crossed the continent as pioneer missionaries in the early 1800's, they broke so much new ground that young Eliza became the first white baby to be born in the Pacific Northwest.
Growing up in the Northwest was no hardship for Eliza who loved the Nez Perce Indians like family. Whether she was playing with the tribal children or fording swollen rivers with her father, Eliza lived a rich and wonderful life in her native surroundings. She even earned the deep respect of the Indians by learning their language. So great was their respect for her that, at ten years old, she served as translator during the massacre at the Whitman Mission where she attended school.
Like the Indian Paintbrush wildflower, Eliza Spalding Warren flourished in the untamed and rugged territory she knew only as "home."
In 1761 Phillis Wheatley was a little girl of seven or eight years old when she was captured in Gambia and brought to America as a slave. But she didn’t let her circumstances keep her down. She learned to read and write in English and Latin and showed a natural gift for poetry. By the time she was twelve, her elegy at the death of the great pastor George Whitefield brought her world-wide acclaim.
Phillis became known to heads of state, including George Washington himself, speaking out for American independence and the end of slavery. She became the first African American to publish a book, and her writings would eventually win her freedom. But more importantly, her poetry still proclaims Christ almost 250 years later.
Once upon a time there was an Algonquin princess named Pocahontas, a curious 10-year-old who loved exploring the tidewater lands of her people.
One day she encounters strangers, a group of people that look different from her own. She befriends them, and when her people come into conflict with these new settlers, Pocahontas steps in to save the life of one of them by offering her own.
Based on the true story of Pocahontas' early life.
“Pocahontas has longe been a favorite character of mine, and Wendy Lawton brings her to glorious life in The Captive Princess. Through Lawton's excellent research and vivid writing, Pocahontas walked out of the dense forest and into my heart. This book is a treasure!” — Angela Hunt, author of Uncharted
Mary Bunyan, the blind daughter of jailed Pilgrim’s Progress author, John Bunyan, learns that depending solely on her own strength, leads to disaster for her family. Only when she finally admits that she needs help does she tap into the Source of all strength.
“John Bunyan, the author of Pilgrim’s Progress, had six children — among them Mary, who was born blind, yet still brought her father soup every day when he was imprisoned for preaching the gospel. Lawton deftly brings to life the dirt, danger, and turbulence of 17th-century England, as "seen" by a plucky 10-year-old. While the book is listed for an 8-to-12 audience, any lover of inspiring fictionalized history would be hooked by the brave little heroine.” — Review by Moody Magazine May/June 2002
Harriet Tubman is born into slavery on a plantation in Tidewater Maryland. More than anything, she yearns for freedom. Acknowledged as one of America’s greatest heroes, it is Harriet’s vibrant faith in God that prepares her to become a legendary conductor of the Underground Railroad.
“Harriet Tubman overcame terrible fears by forging ahead with her belief in God and not allowing anything or anyone to keep her from her mission and ministry of faith, hope and love. What an inspiration for the young, and the old.” — Kathy Lennon Daris, Author, singer with the Lennon Sisters
What do you do when all you ever wanted was to belong — to really belong — yet you find yourself all alone in a strange new world?
Mary Chilton is one of 102 passengers who steps aboard the Mayflower on September 16, 1620, for the long-awaited journey to the New World. Adventure awaits but all Mary can think about is finally finding a home—a place to belong. As she experiences the hardship of the ocean voyage, the struggle of starting the new Plymouth colony, and the happiness of the first harvest celebration, she learns that home has a bigger meaning than she thought…
“This well-researched and well-written book tells the Pilgrim story— a story of persecution, hardship, determination and faith in God — as seen through the eyes of 13-year-old Mary Chilton. Must reading for young ladies.” — Eugene A. Fortine, Governor General of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants
Ransom’s Mark recounts the story of thirteen-year-old Olive Oatman’s journey west by wagon train. Renegade Yavapais capture Olive and her sister in 1851 after the massacre of their family. A year later the Mohaves rescue the sisters and tattoo them with the mark of ransom. The cruelty of Olive’s early captivity and the death of her sister from starvation bring Olive to the edge of despair before she discovers what ransom really means.
Ransom’s Mark is a middle grade novel, and will appeal to girls from ages 8 - 11.
“[Wendy Lawton] uses historical terms and words, with a parent/ teacher's dream-- a glossary. All the while the child is learning, they're also transported effortlessly into history. The dialogue and writing are as good as it gets. Highly recommended for home and school.” — Crystal Miller, Freelance writer and book reviewer for Church Libraries
As a teenager growing up in nineteenth-century England, Eliza Shirley is the picture of a prim Victorian girl— gloves, crinolines and all. Who would ever have guessed that when she finally met God, her circumspect existence would be turned upside down? Proper Eliza certainly never expected to live in rundown tenements, dodge rotten tomatoes, fight off rioting crowds or— even more unthinkable— single-handedly bring the fledgling Salvation Army across the ocean to America.
“What an exciting and thorough work Wendy Lawton has done on The Hallelujah Lass. We are honored by her careful research and dramatic rendition of Eliza Shirley’s story. It will enrich the lives of young girls who read it.” —Lt. Colonel Marlene Chase
Editor-in-Chief and Literary Secretary for the Salvation Army in America
Anita Dittman dreams of becoming a ballerina. It’s not long until the reality of being a Jewish girl in Nazi-ruled Germany dashes those dreams. When her Aryan father abandons his Jewish family, Anita’s life becomes the stuff of nightmares. “Don’t draw attention to yourself,” her mother often whispers. “If they don’t notice you, they’ll leave you alone.” But no one hides from Hitler’s fury.
As the persecution intensifies, Anita and her family must leave everything and everyone they love—even each other. Will no one hide them from this Holocaust? In the midst of unimaginable suffering, Anita discovers that even when the whole world dissolves into chaos, her heavenly Father continues to hide her in the shadow of His hand.
“A captivating story of a courageous and sensitive Jewish-Aryan girl who longs for a father's love and finds it in a faith not her own. I cried both tears of sadness and joy with Anita, and I couldn't put the book down. This is a shining contribution of Christian faith despite hardships during the Holocaust.” —Tricia Goyer, Author of acclaimed W.W.II novels From Dust and Ashes and Night Song
To commemorate the courage and complete the stories of these young women, Wendy also created a whole line of dolls for the Daughters of the Faith series.
“For years I’ve been drawing on literature to inspire dolls," says Wendy, "From Alice in Wonderland to Anne of Green Gables to Laura Ingalls, books have been the inspiration for much of my work. You cannot imagine how exciting it was to research these characters for my books, to come to admire these girls of faith and then to be able to take clay and sculpt their portraits. It felt as if I came full circle from discovery to having something to hold in my hands."
For more information about the Daughters of the Faith dolls, visit Wendy’s Dolls page.
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