HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Living Story of a Welsh Girl and Her Bible: The True Story of Mary Jones
Author: Mary Emily Ropes Carter
Illustrator: Jenneta Vise
Publisher: Scripture Memory Fellowship International, republished in 2000
Related website: http://www.scripturememory.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Carter, Mary Emily Ropes. The Living Story of a Welsh Girl and Her Bible: The True Story of Mary Jones (originally published in 1882 by The Bible House; republished in 2000 by Scripture Memory Fellowship International, P.O. Box 568, Hannibal, MO 63401). Mary Jones is a young Welsh girl who lived from1784 to 1866 at Llanfinhangel near Abergynolwyn. With her parents, Jacob and Molly, she regularly attends chapel services and hears many Bible stories. She even retells the stories to younger children, but she longs to be able to read the Bible for herself. A school is finally opened in her area, and she begins to be taught. After learning how to read, she studies from a neighbor’s Bible but works and saves for several years to afford a copy of her own. Bibles in the Welsh language are rare and expensive. When she eventually has enough laid by, she walks 25 miles to Bala to purchase a Welsh Bible from Thomas Charles of the Religious Tract Society. Alas, there are not enough Bibles. Mr. Charles has only two left, and they are promised to other people. Will Mary Jones ever get her own Bible?
A Welsh Girl and Her Bible is the incredible, heartwarming, real-life story of a little girl whose strongest desire was to possess her very own Bible whatever it took. Oh that more people today revered the Bible as much as she did! Her determination to get a copy of God’s Word inspired the setting up of The British and Foreign Bible Society to provide translations of the Bible in Welsh and other languages throughout the world for many years. Other editions of this book are available, such as one from Remnant Publications (2010), but the one from Scripture Memory Fellowship which I purchased at a homeschooling conference contains an introduction and an extra chapter detailing the rest of Mary Jones’s life by S.M.F. founder N. A. Woychuk. We did this as a family read aloud and found it very encouraging to learn about the trials which others in days gone by have experienced just to obtain a single copy of the Scriptures.