Ester Ried Author:Isabella Alden Isabella MacDonald Alden (Pansy) lived from 1841 to 1930. She was a pastor's wife and quite a prolific writer. She was especially talented at developing characters whose lives exhibit a transparency that allows the reader to plainly recognize the difference between living for Christ and professing Christ. — Generally, each of her books would focu... more »s on some oft-ignored facet of real Christian living, and quietly bring the reader face to face with his or her own obedience, or lack thereof, in that area.
Ester Ried was originally published in 1870. It was one of Mrs. Alden's earliest books and became her most popular work. It is the story of a young woman (18) who claims to be a Christian, but shows a lack of love, patience, and concern for her younger siblings. The work load at home is heavy. She often complains, and is irritable most of the time. The story is about her spiritual awakening to the Lord, and what it means to be a servant with a sweet and willing spirit. After "awakening" she realized what a different effect she might have had on her younger brothers and sisters had she acted like a real Christian. God expects certain behavior from those who claim His name. This is an excellent story and would be a great book for older sisters to read!« less