Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Salem Ridge Press



Salem Ridge Press is a company republishing children's books from the 1800's and early 1900's. They desire to share wholesome, old fashioned books with the families of today. From reading the letter enclosed with the sample books, it seems to me that this is as much of a ministry for this family as it is a business.

I'd like to share some of the excerpt owner Daniel Mills shared from their most recent newsletter; "I feel very responsible for the content of the books we republish. If I am going to bring a book back into print, I want to be able to stand behind it with no reservations. Very early on we realized that we were going to have to decide carefully what was appropriate in our books and what was not. I sometimes joke that our number one rule is, "No Kissing!". While many books from the 1800's and early 1900's are no problem at all this way, in several cases we have slightly edited passages which included a brief kiss or embrace. We want to be an encouragement to young people to maintain the highest standards of purity in their relationships..."

These are not necessarily the same standards we set for our family, and my personal taste doesn't usually run to those books written in the 1800's and early 1900's (with a few exceptions). However, I know that this will be very appealing to some and want to accurately portray the passion with which this company seeks to provide literature they feel good about sharing with others. If the quote above reflects your standards and beliefs, you will definitely want to support this company. If you just happen to like older books, you'll be happy as well.

They currently have eighteen books available, which you can check out on their web site (along with sample chapters!). I received three books myself, Glaucia the Greek Slave, The White Seneca, and Mary Jane- Her Book. The first is church history based, the second historical fiction, and the last is one of the titles for younger readers.

Mary Jane-Her Book is the biggest hit at our house. My ten year old daughter is currently reading it and loving every minute. It tells the story of five year old Mary Jane and her everyday adventures. When I handed my daughter the book she said, "That looks boring." Once she started reading it though, she enjoyed it. I just asked her what she thinks of the book now and she said, "It's good, it's funny, it's sad. I love it!". I guess that says it all! The old saying is correct, "You can't judge a book by it's cover." and Salem Ridge Press has won her over with a great story. Maybe you'll find a great story there as well.

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