The best book you’ve never heard of about being a woman is Stepping Heavenward. 

Stepping Heavenward

I first read Stepping Heavenward as a teenage girl. I found comfort in the heroine’s petulant moods and innate desire to be the good girl she wanted to be.

I read Stepping Heavenward again as a young woman and recognized myself in her awkward proceeding and receding down the passageway into adulthood.

I read it again as a young married woman and her woes in early marriage resonated with me.

In short, this is one of the most “re-readable” books I’ve read. In fact last year I re-read a few pages again when I found a copy (that I had gifted) on a friend’s bookshelf while I was spending a few days at her home.

While the book is fiction, it is based on the life of the author Elisabeth Prentiss who lived from 1818 – 1878. Stepping Heavenward was published in 1869 and is the most well-known of her books. It is written in a diary format and is at once amusing, charming, wise, and so very real. In fact, it is also one of the most modern old novels I’ve read. The truths are timeless and you will find yourself reaching for it again and again to read about the season of life you are currently in. It’s a great gift for teenage girls or young women, but it’s an even better gift for yourself.

You can purchase a paperback or read it free through Gutenberg Press.

This post is part of a link-up for The Best Book You’ve Never Heard of… hosted by The Modern Mrs. Darcy

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