This post contains affiliate links. If you have a daughter, she may want to read Lottie Moon by Janet & Geoff Benge. Although Lottie died over 100 years ago, she can still inspire girls to break barriers and follow their dreams.
About Lottie Moon by Janet & Geoff Benge
From the beginning, I really liked Lottie Moon. She was a Southern raised on a plantation with slaves. Obviously, her family was well to do until the Civil War and her father’s death. After the Civil War and the end of life as they knew it, Lottie’s mother just crumpled. She couldn’t handle the dramatic change in lifestyle.
Lottie, however, was unphased. When she was old enough, she shook off her roots and began working to help others. Eventually, that work led her to be a single woman missionary to China, unheard of before her sister paved the way. However, while her sister burned out quickly and suffered from mental issues, Lottie stayed in China the majority of her life.
Lottie treated the Chinese with respect and sought to exemplify Christian living. In that way, she reminded me of Nate Saint. She was able to convert many Chinese through her example.
My Thoughts on the Book
What I liked about Lottie is that she always questioned her family’s lifestyle and their wealth. She didn’t feel entitled, and when the Civil War dramatically changed her lifestyle, she rose to the challenge of carving out a new life.
This is an inspiring book, and Lottie did an excellent job demonstrating the values of a Christian lifestyle.
In the end, she suffered a death that surprised me. I wondered, after I finished the book, if she had suffered from mental issues at the end of her life. When I searched the web, I discovered that she did suffer from dementia, but it was caused by a cyst she had and needed to have treated. I wish the Benges would have included this update information about Lottie’s death in the book.
I give Lottie Moon by Janet & Geoff Benge 5 out of 5 on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.