At last, I have finished Stepping Heavenward, and what a beautiful book it is!  I would readily recommend this to any young lady, especially those like me, struggling with contentment, bad attitudes, selfishness.

The poem below is featured in the last few pages of the book.  I thought I'd share it with you. =]

O Gift of Gifts!
Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss

O gift of gifts! O grace of faith!

My God! How can it be
That Thou, who has discerning love,
Shouldst give that gift to me?

How many hearts Thou mightest have had

More innocent than mine!
How many souls more worthy far
Of that sweet touch of Thine?

Oh, grace! Into unlikeliest hearts

It is thy boast to come,
The glory of Thy light to find
In darkness spots a home.

Oh, happy, happy that I am!

If thou canst be, O faith
The treasure that thou art in life
What wilt thou be in death?

Blessings this day!



  1. I really like that poem. Thanks.

  2. That book is so good! Thanks for posting the poem!

  3. I have not totally finished stepping heavenward, but I would really like to someday. :) But my mom says I'll probably not get a lot out of it unless I'm older, so I don't know how long I'll wait to finish it.

  4. Thank you, ladies! I'm very glad you liked it.
    Lady Hannah, thanks for your comment! I hadn't really thought of an age group for this book, but now that I've read it, I would recommend it for ages 16 and up, though it does depend on the maturity of the young lady, and doesn't particularly have to be the age I mentioned. I would definitely give it to any young woman who has decided to become a stay-at-home daughter, training to be a someday helpmeet.

    Thank you all for your comments!


To each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass, and a book of rules,
And each must make, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping stone.