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The Poorhouse Waif and His Divine Teacher   By: (1870-1938)

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In "The Poorhouse Waif and His Divine Teacher" by Isabel C. Byrum, readers are presented with a touching and thought-provoking story that explores the power of love, faith, and the impact it can have on one's life.

The novel follows the journey of a young boy who grows up in a destitute poorhouse, facing unimaginable hardships and despair. However, his life takes a dramatic turn when he encounters a divine teacher who becomes the guiding light in his otherwise bleak existence.

Byrum masterfully crafts a narrative that beautifully captures the innocence and resilience of the protagonist. Through vivid descriptions and heartfelt dialogues, readers are transported to the unforgiving world of the poorhouse, where they can feel the protagonist's pain, loneliness, and yearning for a better life.

What sets this book apart is the author's ability to seamlessly weave spiritual elements into the story. The divine teacher serves not only as a source of comfort and guidance for the protagonist but also as a representation of hope and redemption. Byrum's portrayal of the teacher and the spiritual lessons he imparts is both enlightening and captivating, making the reader reflect on their own faith and the power it holds.

The character development in this book is commendable, particularly in the protagonist. As the story progresses, readers witness the transformation of a broken, abandoned child into a determined, compassionate individual. The author skillfully showcases the impact that genuine love and mentorship can have on shaping one's character and restoring their faith in humanity.

The pacing of the plot is well-balanced, keeping readers engaged throughout the novel. Byrum skillfully navigates between poignant moments of reflection and heartwarming interactions, creating a compelling narrative that leaves a lasting impact.

While the book primarily focuses on the protagonist's personal journey, it also sheds light on wider social issues prevalent during the time period. By highlighting the bleak living conditions of the poorhouse and the societal indifference towards the less fortunate, Byrum provokes readers to consider the importance of compassion and social responsibility.

Overall, "The Poorhouse Waif and His Divine Teacher" is a soul-stirring tale that will resonate with readers long after they turn the last page. Byrum's masterful storytelling and meaningful insights into the power of love and faith make this book a true gem. This is a must-read for those seeking a touching and inspiring story that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit.

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This eBook was produced by Joel Erickson, Charles Franks, Juliet Sutherland




A True Story




I The Deserted Child

II Life in the Almshouse

III From Bad to Worse

IV Finding Friends

V Suffering for the Faults of Others

VI The Strange Visitor

VII Mysteries Unfolding

VIII Discovers the Existence of God

IX In the Home of a Witch

X A Contrast

XI Searching for Light

XII A Revelation on Eternity

XIII Puzzled about Prayer

XIV A Prayer Meeting

XV A Star of Hope

XVI A Revelation on Tobacco

XVII The Camp Meeting

XVIII Discovers the Existence of God's Word

XIX Devotion and Works

XX Called to Service

XXI Discovers God's Church

XXII Visits the Poorhouse



In this wide world the fondest and the best Are the most tried, most troubled, and distressed.


"Why, woman, you are not thinking of leaving that child in this place for us to look after, I hope! Our hands are more than full already. You say that the child is scarcely a month old. How do you suppose that we could give it a mother's care? More than this, the board that governs the affairs of this institution has given us orders to accept no children under seven months of age whose mothers are not with them... Continue reading book >>

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