Friday, April 11, 2008

Rilla of Ingleside

I am just finishing reading this great book. It is a sequel to Anne of Green Gables, and I love it. It is very insightful and it is one of my all-time favorites.

I have been reading the Anne of Green Gables series since my mom reccomended the first book to me. The other books are as well-written, but there seems to be something more in this book. Something that there cannot be peace always.

This book was written by L.M. Montgomery, who lived from 1874-1942. Her book takes place in 1914-1918, during the times of WW 2. It's amazing how much impact a war can have on people.

" 'And two years ago this morning I woke wondering what delightful gift the new day would give me. These are the two years I thought would be filled with fun.'

'Would you exchange them -now- for two years filled with fun?'

'No,' said Rilla slowly. 'I wouldn't. It's strange- isn't it?- They have been two terrible years- and yet I have a queer feeling of thankfullness for them- as if they had brought me something very precious, with all their pain. I wouldn't want to go back and be the girl I was two years ago, not even if I could. Not that I've made any wonderful progress- but I'm not quite the selfish, frivolous little doll I was then. I suppose I had a soul then, Miss Oliver- but I didn't know it. I know it now- and that is worth a great deal- worth all the suffering of the past two years."

One thing I learned from this book is that war makes people older in spirit. And that makes me feel sure that we are in a war today.


Kako said...

I love that quote. What a thoughtful response to whether or not hard things can help us change and mature for the better. Did you read the comment April wrote on my blog, she quoted CS Lewis who said "We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be." Hardship and pain can be a powerful teacher . . . if we are willing to learn.

Gymnast Girl said...

I have two things to say the first thing is that I did not know that there was a sequal to ASnne of Green Gables and second you wrote,"... since my mom recomended this "boo"..." Is think you meant to put "book" but instead forgot to put the "k".

Gymnast Girl said...

Lane said,"Hi!"

Lindsey said...

There are 8 books in the Anne of Green Gables Series. Most people don't realize that. Thank you for the typo fix. I changed it. Hi Lane!

April said...

Hi Lindsey...I just found your blog this morning. I really liked your review of Rilla of Ingleside and can't wait until my girls are old enough to enjoy it. Olivia is right in the middle of the Little House on the Prarie series and I am so happy to see her enjoying the same books I did as a girl.

My favorite line from your post was: "One thing I learned from this book is that war makes people older in spirit. And that makes me feel sure that we are in a war today." I thought this was very insightful and I agree with you completely!

I'm so glad you found the body image information on my blog...I hope you will always believe "I am an awesome person" like you wrote on your side bar. Because you most certainly are!!

VikiViki said...

Lindsey - you are so insighful and mature - No wonder my kids long to hang around you all the time!

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