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Book Review

Millie's Remarkable Journey, based on the classic novel by Martha Finley, has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the third book in the "A Life of Faith: Millie Keith" series.

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Plot Summary

Millie has been sick for two years and has not fully recovered. She has a debilitating cough that worsens in the winter months. Millie's great-uncle offers to escort her to his plantation in the South so she can recover. On the plantation, she struggles to understand slavery and put up with Uncle Horace's difficult wife, Isabel. A little girl named Laylie is assigned to be Millie's slave, which upsets Millie. She befriends the girl and tries to help her and the child's brother. The way Millie lives her life challenges Uncle Horace to reconsider his views on slavery.

Christian Beliefs

The Keith family members are strong believers. As Millie leaves home, they counsel their daughter to give her heart fully to Jesus, even in the area of romance. Millie prays for God's guidance in all circumstances and believes the promises of the Bible. She calls verses to mind in her daily activities. Millie speaks out about her anti-slavery convictions and tries to help her young maid, Laylie, and Laylie's brother. By demonstrating godly character, she gently challenges her Uncle Horace's views on Christianity and slavery.

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Authority Roles

Millie's father is a strong, gentle, godly man who leads his family in Christian principles and love. Millie respects her Uncle Horace even when she does not agree with him. Uncle Horace's family, on the other hand, is disrespectful to him.


The slave, Luke, is whipped by the foreman for a minor infraction and Millie tends to his injuries.


Millie's relationships with young men are closely watched.

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10 to 14


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