Jeremy's Cottage is a collection of short stories, all fictional, in which ordinary people become ensnared in dilemmas, sometimes not of their own making. Each person asks for help and receives a message through a chance meeting, a dream, a fleeting thought, or even what at first appears to be a tragedy. A beloved pet might hold the solution at times. Each answer sets that person on a path out of the dilemma.
Legh Richmond was called upon by a naval officer, who had an African servant that desired to be baptized. He proceeded to interview William and found that he had a firm grasp of Christian principals and was indeed worthy of baptism. Impressed with his simple sincere religion, Rev. Richmond took him to a meeting with other Christians. He spoke of his unworthiness and all hearts warmed to him. "This I do know, he was a monument to the Lord's praise. He bore the impression of the Savior's image on his heart, and exhibited the marks of divine grace in his life and conversation, with singular simplicity and unfeigned sincerity."-Legh Richmond speaking of The African Servant. This title is also called The Negro Servant. "The Cottage Conversation" is a narrative about contentment in poverty. "A Visit to the Infirmary" involves a dying old man that is very thankful and wants nothing more but grace to praise the Lord.
Wanzalara's Cottage consists of three interconnected tales: Wendie's Tears; The Witch of Darkwood Forrest; and Trouble in the Forest flow together into a heart-wrenching story of misery that culminates in joy. Wanzalara's Cottage illustrates God's goodness in the face of human cruelty, and also that wicked people can be redeemed. It is gratifying to the author that Part One, Wendie's Tears, has helped a number of people deal with their anger toward God, engendered by abuses suffered early in life. Part Two, The Witch of Darkwood Forest, illustrates the fact that God's power is greater than the power of the enemy of our souls. Part Three, Trouble in the Forest, reveals how one life can influence another and how God changes lives. Wanzalara's Cottage is an engaging read that gives pause to think about significant life issues.
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