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A Life of Faith

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A Life of Faith books are based on Martha Finley's Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Keith books. They have been adapted to appeal to modern children. The language has been updated, and the stories have been shortened. The books are published by Mission City Press, located in Franklin, TN.

There are five series so far in the A Life of Faith series.

Elsie Dinsmore Series[edit]

The Elsie series is based on approximately the first six Elsie Dinsmore books. Some things have been changed such as the names of Elsie's two youngest children. In the original books they were Rosie and Walter. In the new version they are Rosemary and Daniel.

The series has eight books, a diary, and two supplement books.

  1. Elsie's Endless Wait (based on the classic Elsie Dinsmore, which was published in 1867)
  2. Elsie's Impossible Choice
  3. Elsie's New Life
  4. Elsie's Stolen Heart
  5. Elsie's True Love
  6. Elsie's Troubled Times
  7. Elsie's Tender Mercies
  8. Elsie's Great Hope (based on Elsie's Widowhood, which was published in 1880)

The supplements are

  1. Elsie's Christmas Party Book
  2. Elsie's Life Lessons
  3. Dear Elsie
  4. Elsie's Daily Diary
  5. Elsie's Paperdoll Collection
  6. Elsie's Endless Wait on Audiobook
  7. Elsie's Impossible Choice on Audiobook

The original books are

  1. Elsie Dinsmore
  2. Elsie's Holiday At Roselands
  3. Elsie's Girlhood
  4. Elsie's Womanhood
  5. Elsie Motherhood
  6. Elsie's Children
  7. Elsie's Widowhood
  8. Grandmother Elsie
  9. Elsie's New Relations
  10. Elsie At Nantucket
  11. The Two Elsies
  12. Elsie's Kith And Kin
  13. Elsie's Friends At Woodburn
  14. Christmas With Grandma Elsie
  15. Elsie At the Raymonds'
  16. Elsie Yachting With the Raymonds
  17. Elsie's Vacation
  18. Elsie At Viamede
  19. Elsie At Ion
  20. Elsie At the World's Fair
  21. Elsie's Journey On Inland Waters
  22. Elsie At Home
  23. Elsie On the Hudson
  24. Elsie In the South
  25. Elsie's Young Folks
  26. Elsie's Winter Trip
  27. Elsie And Her Loved Ones
  28. Elsie And Her Namesakes

Millie Keith[edit]

The Millie Keith books are based on the Mildred Keith books written by Martha Finley. Millie Keith is Elsie Dinsmore's cousin.

The Millie Keith book series consists of eight books, a diary, and three supplements.

  1. Millie's Unsettled Season - Millie and her family moves to frontier Indiana.
  2. Millie's Courageous Days - Millie and her family come down with fevers.
  3. Millie's Remarkable Journey - Millie travels to her uncle Horace Dinsmore, Sr.'s plantation.
  4. Millie's Faithful Heart
  5. Millie's Steadfast Love
  6. Millie's Grand Adventure
  7. Millie's Reluctant Sacrifice
  8. Millie's Fiery Trial

The extras are:

  1. Millie's Life Lessons
  2. Millie's Prayer Projects
  3. Dear Millie
  4. Millie's Daily Diary
  5. Millie's Paperdoll Collection
  6. Millie's Unsettled Season on Audiobook
  7. Millie's Courageous Days on Audiobook

The original books are:

  1. Mildred Keith
  2. Mildred at Roselands
  3. Mildred and Elsie
  4. Mildred's Married Life, and a Winter with Elsie Dinsmore
  5. Mildred at Home: With Something about her Relatives and Friends
  6. Mildred's Boys and Girls
  7. Mildred's New Daughter

Violet Travilla[edit]

The Violet Travilla books focus on Elsie's second daughter Violet. It starts at approximately book seven of the classic "Elsie Dinsmore" series.

The series consists of eight books.

  1. Violet's Hidden Doubts (based on Elsie's Widowhood, which was published in 1880) - Violet's father dies. She faces doubts and hides them to herself. If you have recently experienced a death, this book will help you through it.
  2. Violet's Amazing Summer - Violet visits her relatives.
  3. Violet's Turning Point
  4. Violet's Bold Mission
  5. Violet's Perplexing Puzzles
  6. Violet's Bumpy Ride - Max, Lulu, and Gracie Raymond are introduced.
  7. Violet's Defiant Daughter
  8. Violet's Foreign Intrigue


  1. Violet's Life Lessons
  2. Violet's Devotional Sketchbook
  3. Violet's Daily Diary

Laylie Colbert[edit]

The Laylie book is about a young slave girl, Laylie, who meets Millie Keith and must make some very important decisions.

The series consists of only one book.

  • 1.Laylie's Daring Quest

Laylie Colbert is a 7-year-old girl growing up on Elsie's grandfather's plantation, Roselands, although it is before Elsie comes to live there. Laylie and her brother Luke are orphans, but are well taken care of by other slaves on the plantation. The book follows Laylie through many trials and hardships causing her to reconsider what she truly believes.

Kathleen McKenzie[edit]

Kathleen's books were not written by Martha Finley, but are part of the A Life of Faith series. Kathleen is not related to the other girls.

The series consists of four books.

  1. Kathleen's Shaken Dreams
  2. Kathleen's Unforgettable Winter
  3. Kathleen's Abiding Hope
  4. Kathleen's Enduring Faith

External links[edit]

  • [1] A Life Of Faith Official Website

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