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The Minister's Wooing

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Book Overview: 

In The Minister's Wooing, Stowe takes the reader into 18th century New England, and uses that setting to explore themes of slavery and religion as the background to a domestic story. Mary, the heroine of this story, is a woman between several candidates for matrimony. The man she truly loved is lost at sea, and so she finally decides to marry a minister whom she does not love. Will there be a happy end?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Somehow, when I loved him, I grew more serious, and then he always guided and led me. Mary, your father was a wonderful man; he was one of the sort that the world knows not of; sometime I must show you his letters. I always hoped, my daughter, that you would marry such a man.’

‘Don’t speak of marrying, mother. I never shall marry.’

‘You certainly should not, unless you can marry in the Lord. Remember the words, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?”’

‘Mother, James is not an infidel.’


‘He certainly is an unbeliever, Mary, by his own confession; but then God is a Sovereign and hath mercy on whom He will. You do right to pray for him; but if he . . . Read More

Community Reviews

For a book that is sort of historical fiction, it is ok. In some ways, I enjoyed the introduction better than the story. She refers to the book as a comedy, but for 19th century writing, that just means everything turns out ok. I learned more about Calvinism than I knew before. I did enjoy much of t

Written in 1859, the comedy is an interesting examination of slave trade, Calvinism (Jonathan Edwards), Puritan abolitionist Samuel Hopkins, and the role of women in 19th century Newport, RI (where we will vacation soon). The tendency to digress off plot (typical of 19th century writing) interrupts

Stowe has such an insight into people of her time. The characters could be from this time, as well. She can also really turn a phrase.

I first read this book about the time I was newly engaged, and is about as close to a romance novel as I could possibly enjoy. It is a very thoughtful narrative on theology (predestination vs need for evangelism), the evils of slavery, 18th century New England culture, and romance. It gives great in

Not near as intense as her more popular Uncle Tom's Cabin. However, I'd say this book is vastly underrated. Stowe's examination into the problems of Calvinism, slavery, and the role of women in American society are insightful. Stowe offers one of the very few sympathetic critiques of Puritanism. Sin

This one is definately in the top ten for me. I love this book and will continue to reread it throughout my life, when I need to feel connected and valued and not alone as a women and mother. Stowe is magical in her ability to elevate the ordinary woman in this tale. Stowe gives the power to the wom

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