I recently read The Golden Thread by Norman MacLeod to the kids during our morning read aloud time. The kids were so captivated by the story that we finished the book in three days. The publisher’s summary of the story is as follows:
There was once a kingdom near the treacherous Hemlock Forest where an evil king and his followers dwelt. Only those who held on to the Golden Thread could wander past the boundaries of the kingdom and return safely. It is a fearful thing to lose one’s way, and Prince Phillip must learn the lessons of the Golden Thread if he is ever to return.
This story reminds me of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and The Squire and the Scroll both of which depicts elements of the Christian life in an allegorical fashion. Even though we can’t know for sure what the author intended the Golden Thread to serve as a reference to, there are many reasons to compare it to the Word of God in a believer’s life.
This book is published by Lamplighter Publishing that reprints classic stories with the purpose of building character. Even though the Lamplighter books are expensive, I think they are worth the extra cost. All the books are hardback and beautifully bound with gold etchings. Besides the beautiful appearance, the stories are excellent. I highly recommend Lamplighter books.
Note: as it happens, my husband discovered that this book, as well as others published by Lamplighter, is online for free at Project Gutenberg.