Book Review: “The Basket of Flowers” by Christoph von Schmid.

the-basket-of-flowersWhat can I say about this book other than I absolutely loved it. This was the very first book published in the Lamplighter series and was the Lamplighter series “book of the year” in 1996. This continues to be my favorite Lamplighter book (see all Lamplighter books here) and is easily one of my favorite books of all time. I couldn’t put it down and now I can’t stop raving about it.

I was skeptical at first–reading a book first published in 1878 with the title The Basket of Flowers tends to lead one to believe it’s chick-lit (for lack of a better term). However, was I very, very surprised.

This is Christian literature at its finest. Each chapter imparts lifelong lessons and leaves you feeling like you just received a doctrinally sound sermon. The gripping story drives home the lesson to remain faithful and thankful to God even in the midst of great trials and especially when standing in the face of false accusation and persecution for crimes you didn’t commit. I cannot recommend this book enough for the Christian reader and even Dr. Tedd Tripp (who wrote Shepherding a Child’s Heart) wrote an endorsement for the book on page 4.

This book needs to be on the bookshelf in every Christian home and read by young and old, boy and girl, mother and father. You and your family will not be disappointed.

The publisher says:

This first book of the Lamplighter Rare Collector Series continues to be a best-seller. James, the king’s gardener, teaches his 15-year-old daughter Mary all the principles of godliness through his flowers. She is falsely accused of stealing, and the penalty is death. Mary remembers what her father had taught her: that it is better to die for the truth than to live for a lie, and that the worst pillow to sleep on is the pillow of a guilty conscience! This story will change your life forever!

Vision Forum says:

Within this simple, unassuming book is an inspirational story for young ladies not to be rivaled by any of the novels currently circulating in Christian bookstores. Set in Germany 100 years ago, The Basket of Flowers is the tale of a godly young woman and her father who wrongly suffer great persecution, but who learn to trust the sovereign hand of God through every difficult circumstance. My wife was so transfixed by this story that she read it in one sitting.

Other reviews:

“I am giving The Basket of Flowers to my grandchildren. I have no doubt they will devour it.” -Elisabeth Elliot

“I would like to express my thanks for printing The Basket of Flowers. It is a wonderful book with many virtues we need today in this world. The The Basket of Flowers has given me a new perspective of the Bible and at the same time making a better Christian out of me and my family. Thank you so much!” -Carissa

This is the touching story of a young girl and her father. Originally written by a french author, and later translated into english, this is a book that is sure to be passed down from generation to generation. I am 12 years old and my mother just recently purchased this book for me. I wish every girl could have a copy of this book!Also recommended: The Elsie Dinsmore Series, any books by Martha Finley, any books by Oliver Optic, C.H. Pearson, or Horatio Alger Jr. Please, if you want your daughter to read wholesome, enjoyable, thought-provoking, and character building books I suggest you purchase A Basket of Flowers immediately! (Reviewer unknown)

When I fist read this book I was only 9. Having been taught to read by my great grandfather, who embodied education. This was one of his favourite books. I found it very sad and at times depressing however, it teaches one that goodness always prevails even in the shadows of death. One learns courage and the depths of love that one can have for their family. This is a book that I will forever share with my great grandfather even though he has left this earth 13 years ago. I could still smell the old hard cover text with the neat engraving on a small basket of flowers. ( I had a very old version). It’s a book that I will always cherish. – Andrea Paul McPherson

I found this book on the library shelf. It caught my eye because it was small and old looking. (I like vintage things) The first chapter into this book I instantly knew it was going to be one of my few favorites!
This tale is about a father teaching his daughter about her Heavenly Father. I am seventeen and found this book as intriguing as my favorite classic Pride and Prejudice.
What this book has to offer is character building, and a learning passion for the Lord our Father in Heaven, who always hears our prayers and cares for us far beyond our understanding! – Alli

You can purchase this book at Family Faith Books by clicking here.

12 thoughts on “Book Review: “The Basket of Flowers” by Christoph von Schmid.

  1. Ya went and caused me to buy some MORE books! I’m still in Part of Calvin’s Institutes; taking Baxter’s “Reformed Pastor” with me on vacation; and Reymond’s “Systematic Theology” waits patiently on the book shelf, beneath Grudem’s once-read volume.

    Now I’ve 4 copies of this book en-route. One for my 21 year-old daughter, one for her older brother, one for my wife, and one to give away.

    There’s so much evil and deception in the world – it’s good to have truly good books made known.


  2. This is an excellent book! One to which I would highly recommend to anyone who is a Christian. I also know a couple who sell this book (along with many more that are very spiritually helpful) and their website is:

    Please visit their website for any future books as they send a percentage of their profits to missions! They are a precious couple who are seeking to serve the Lord and do what is right!


  3. Manfred:

    I trust that you will not be disappointed. Please feel free to stop back by and let us know how you liked it.

    – The Pilgrim


  4. Pilgrim,

    I read this book while on my camping trip, taking a break from “City of God”. It wasn’t until I was nealy half-way through (best as recall) that it dawned on me how this story was being developed – a subtle, yet unmistakable proclamation of Christ’s sufficiency, His grace, His glory, and man’s sinfulness. By the end, I was near tears of joy at how beautifully the author succeeded.

    It’s on my wife’s “to read” pile, in my daughter’s hands, soon to be en route to my son, and in the hands of my pastor. I’ll let you know what Voddie tells me, if he does.


  5. it indicates our joys and sorrows
    it says about a girl who never did a mistake but was always
    it tells that even by crossing the lines of sorrows
    joy is waiting after it

    it is my favourite novel


  6. i love this book ,my son brougt it for me twenty five years ago it was given to may harris in 1910 for her attendance ,at the railway mission children services,it still has the leaves inside that may must have put in ,i would love to know who she was


  7. I wanted to give my grand daughter a book to read, and I remembered reading this book when I was about 9 I am now 60 and can still remember how much I loved this book. I am sure she will enjoy it.


  8. hello. I have a copy of this book. The inscription inside says, “Presented to Miss Ellen Hope by the Roseville Sabbath School 1876” This fascinates me because I collect old books. There is no date of publishing. I would love to know the date of my book. It is an orange rusty color with embossing on the front and back. The publisher is William Oliphant &Co, Edinburgh. If anyone can help, I would appreciate it.


  9. hello. I have a copy of this book. The inscription inside says, “Presented to Miss Ellen Hope by the Roseville Sabbath School 1876″ This fascinates me because I collect old books. There is no date of publishing. I would love to know the date of my book. It is an orange rusty color with embossing on the front and back. The publisher is William Oliphant &Co, Edinburgh. If anyone can help, I would appreciate it.


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