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The Hallelujah Lass: A Story Based on the Life of Salvation Army Pioneer Eliza Shirley (Daughters of the Faith Series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-19 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings
ISBN:0802440738
LANGUAGE:English

" It is a great book about a young girl in England and is a lil' girly girl! but becomes saved! " said.

" I believe this is a children's book. Interesting story about Eliza Shirley. But wished it had more actual history. I needed to do an internet search to find the real details. " said.

" This is a good motivational story for young people, served as a dramatized slice of American history. The main character began life as an upper middle-class English girl who saw a need and wanted to give more than what was expected of girls of her social class during that period. " said.

"My Rating: 3.9 stars

I used to be addicted to this series when I was a little girl. Really, for a book aimed toward a younger audience, The Hallelujah Lass reads well and serves as a fine example of Christian historical fiction for children. The dialogue is somewhat stinted in parts, and Lawton's attempts to use terms from Eliza Shirley's day (such as bengaline and petticoat tapes) can be bit stuffy, but overall the prose is fresh and enjoyable. The book has a glossary in the back to help with some of the late-1800s words.

I recommend reading some of the later books in the series, too. The Shadow of His Hand is my personal favorite.
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"Eliza Shirley is a prim, proper lady who, despite her femininity, despairs of only ever being "just a girl" in life and accomplish nothing but the customary, delicate girly stuff. Her friend Beck provides the backbone that they need for the escapades the girls find themselves in. But in the midst of her comfortable upper-class Victorian life, Eliza can't shake the longing to do something that matters. The Hallelujah Lassies are what push her out of the first and into the second. At first they just present an exciting but taboo spectacle of women preachers. First Beck, then Eliza are captured by the truth of the Word they speak, and now they want to join in spreading the same. Reluctant parents, hostile crowds, and lack of funds are no match for the girls' faith in God.

For all the good they do, the Salvation Army's acceptance and use of women preachers is an aspect that goes against the Bible.

But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
- 1 Timothy 2:12-14


It was surprising then but Catharine Booth was an outspoken proponent of it, and it's touted by feminists now; all that still makes it wrong according to God's Word that Christians must abide by. So that was a disappointing part of the book, even though the author tiptoed rather delicately around it.

A more positive part of the story comes toward the end as Eliza strikes out on her own to help establish new missions in England and then America. The descriptions of fervent prayers and clinging faith that are necessary for them to even survive are inspiring. Writing down prayers provides a real visible victory when they are answered. And another triumph is achieved when Eliza's parents are moved by God to fully join and support the Army's new American mission. Together they dedicate themselves to saving souls, and that's what God does. Thanks to people like these, the Salvation Army is now an integral part of humanitarian and Gospel work in America.
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" This was a very well written book about Eliza Shirley and the Salvation Army. I had no idea that the start of the Salvation Army in the US was begun by a girl not yet seventeen! Written like a fiction story, this is no dry biography and I didn't want it to be over. I would recommend it to anyone. " said.

" Knocking off a star for women preachers—totally disagree with that. xD Otherwise, amazing book. " said.

" In basic story form, but inspiring nonetheless. " said.

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