Prayer is the key to open the day,
and the bolt to shut in the night.”
– Jeremy Taylor (from the title page)
At the 2018 Living Education retreat last weekend, I shared about a new publishing project that met a very enthusiastic response! The story was told during my talk on Parentcraft: Courage Edition and here’s how it went. (More about the LER to come, including some free audios to nurture your soul, understand the Charlotte Mason philosophy, and encourage you on this journey!)
About 8 months ago I was digging through the Charlotte Mason Digital Archives. Often in the Parents’ Reviews, we find book reviews. In the 1912 PR I see a review for a book called The Golden Key by Lilian Street. The review states that this is a book intended for children founded on the model of The Cloud of Witness. Wait – what?!? There’s a Cloud of Witness for children??? So I keep reading and it states, “Daily readings in prose and verse adapted to the seasons of the Christian year. The extracts come under such headings as watchfulness, humility, fear, gratitude, etc. Some of these are beautiful and some are touching in their simplicity.”
I am always asked for recommendations for children’s devotionals. The Cloud of Witness is very much for adults and maybe high schoolers. What a great resource something like this could be for parents who wish to give their children the same sort of readings as The Cloud!
I look it up online and literally, there is only ONE copy and it’s over in England. I have nothing to lose, so I order it. About a month later, it arrives. I am sure I am not the only one who occasionally cries over book mail. Well, I sure did. I couldn’t believe my eyes.
It was the same small size as The Cloud with over 400 pages, same format, fewer entries, bigger font, and more stories. Every day begins with Scripture and every week has a theme. It includes poetry from Longfellow, Rossetti, and Tennyson, story selections from Parables from Nature and Water Babies and much, much more.
Isn’t that exciting? I am working on getting it republished through Riverbend Press. I have written a new forward, added a special color print of Raphael’s St. George and the Dragon, and am working on a beautiful spine and cover design that will look at home next to The Cloud of Witness and The Great Recognition books. (Purchase The Golden Key here!) Here is part of the new forward:
Whether you are a student wanting daily readings in the right ‘key’ or an adult who wants to return to the golden thoughts of childhood, The Golden Key is full of ideas that point us all to the Truth and remind us that Christ is always nearby, our help, companion, and savior, in whatever age or place we find ourselves.
Be of good courage,