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"My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning, and may be many; but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one. The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom. His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong peace, happiness, and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother."
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Synopsis: The four March girls live The Pilgrim's Progress in their daily lives: carrying their burdens, fighting Apollyon, visiting the Palace Beautiful, etc.
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Little girls in America should never have to grow up without Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. For my part, I sympathize with all four of the primary characters in different ways.
I have no idea how many times I read this book growing up--or how many times I've read it since, for that matter. And like all good children's books, the story is just as readable now as it was when I was ten.