Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss – Forgotten Classic – Paperback Edition



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Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss

This is the complete and unabridged text of Elizabeth Prentiss’s novel, Stepping Heavenward. This beautiful paperback edition features original cover art by Haleigh DeRocher and is sold exclusively in this shop.

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The Forgotten Classics Collection is an ever growing collection of public domain books that deserve the title of Classic but have been largely overlooked by the general public – forgotten, as it were. These books may be obscure titles from popular classic authors, or books by authors that were popular in their time but have since fallen into obscurity. All of these books are worth reading, which is why I’ve decided to bring them back into print in hopes to grow their audience!

Elizabeth Payson Prentiss (1818-1878) was daughter of Congregationalist pastor, Edward Payson. In 1945 she married a pastor, Edward Prentiss, and submitted herself to a life of housewifery, motherhood, and devotion to God. Along with taking care of the home, she was a published author and penned many works, including the popular hymn “More Love to Thee, O Christ”. Stepping Heavenward, first published in 1869, was Elizabeth’s most popular novel, selling over 300,000 copies worldwide. It became a staple in Sunday school libraries. Elizabeth, who had undergone intense suffering in her life, wrote the story of Kate as a way to show the reader how to build a personal relationship with God even in the midst of bodily and emotional suffering. Of the book, Elizabeth said,  “Every word of that book was a prayer, and seemed to come of itself.” This book was popular upon its first publication and surged in popularity again in the 20th century, but has fallen out of popularity and is no longer widely published. 


“This is the testimony of all the good books, sermons, hymns, and memoirs I read–that God’s ways are infinitely perfect; that we are to love Him for what He is and therefore equally as much when He afflicts as when He prospers us; that there is no real happiness but in doing and suffering His will; and that this life is but a scene of probation through which we pass to the real life above.”

This is the diary of Kate and her quest to live a better life. Spanning from her teenage years to young motherhood to seasoned motherhood, Stepping Heavenward is a reflection on eternal matters and a celebration of the joys and trials of raising children. In this novel, Prentiss shows us how to build a personal relationship with God, and how to accept suffering as a way to glorify Him. 

Stepping Heavenward, published in 1869, was wildly popular at the time, selling over 300,000 copies worldwide and becoming a staple in Sunday school libraries. 

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