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Book: Christie, the King’s Servant
Author: Mrs. O. F. Walton
Publisher: Lamplighter Publishing, 1998
Related website: www.lamplighterpublishing.com
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable).
Reading level: Intended for ages 9-14 but suitable for anyone
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Walton, Mrs. O. F. Christie, the King’s Servant (originally written in the 1800’s and republished in 2001 by Lamplighter Publishing, a division of Cornerstone Family Ministries Inc., P. O. Box 777, Waverly, PA 18471). We have read several of the Lamplighter Rare Collectors Series and enjoyed them immensely. This one is a sequel to Christy’s Old Organ which we had previously read, also by Mrs. Walton, in which a young orphan ends up living in a rooming house with an old organ grinder. When the organ grinder become sick, Christy takes the organ out to make money, and meets two other children, Mabel and Charlie Lindesay, who are instrumental in leading him to Christ, and he himself leads the old organ grinder to Christ before he dies. After the children all grow up, Christie becomes a "scripture reader" in the church where Mabel’s husband is minister but eventually marries and moves to another locality.
In Christie, the King’s Servant, a young man named Jack, both of whose parents have died and who has turned away from God, goes for an extended holiday to Runswick Bay in Yorkshire, England, to pursue his work as an artist. There, he is invited by a couple of children to open air religious services and goes just to satisfy them. The preacher is the children’s father, and the family invites Jack to visit them. When he does, he sees his mother’s picture and we learn that Jack is the son of Mabel and the preacher is Christie, and through a series of events Jack is led back to the Lord. There are some typical denominational concepts and terminology, but mostly it is simply a very touching story that emphasizes some very important character traits. After Jack returns to the Lord, his friend Tom comes for a visit and for a while Jack is a little ashamed of his newly restored faith, but eventually starts making attempts to lead Tom to the Lord too.