Friday, August 3, 2012

Book Review: Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

I just finished reading this wonderful classic and in every way does it live up to expectations and out shine any movie version created. I highly recommend reading this book. While the audience is mainly intended for women it is a wonderful book that men will enjoy and learn something from as well, following the growth of Laurence.

I personally relate to Jo the most, as I have a wild ambition and at times, a terrible temper that I am still working on taming. And like Jo, I have been slow to grow into the woman that God would have me to be. 

Marmee is possibly the most wonderful character in the entire book however, as a model mother, she is an example to us all in how to live, what to strive for  as a woman, how to best run one's house, and life- even how to vacation properly!

Little Women shows us how through life's trials we suffer and grow and are better for that suffering. While not an entirely Christian book as it refers to Aristotle and Socrates for morals at times, it does exemplify the morals/guidelines for life that the Lord has set down for us- especially "Love thy neighbor as thyself".

Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, all thy soul,
and all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Matthew 22: 36-40

I think all young women should read this book as it is a wonderful guide, a how to, that parallels the lessons that women still need to learn today. Each character adds it's own lessons:
      Meg is a wonderful example of how to be a good wife and mother.
      Amy shows us how to be creative, feminine, and a charming woman.
      Beth shows us how to love, and how that brings us the greatest joy.
      Jo shows us how embracing the stuggles, trials, and adventers in ones life allows us to grow to our greatest potential.

Everyone can learn something from this wonderful story- you will laugh and cry. In my opinion Little Women is definitely in the top 5 books of all time.