One Rich Girl
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: One Rich Girl
Author: Gwenda Smithies
Major Themes: Motherhood, Families, New Zealand, Family Read-Alouds, Memoirs, Christian Non-Fiction, 1950-2000 History, 21st Century History, Books for Women
Synopsis: A mother celebrates her life with many children, proving that she is one of the richest women in the world.
I was rather excited when I heard that Gwenda Smithies had written a book about her life. I met her several years ago at a meeting, and although I have not visited very much with her, I have greatly admired her. I’ve actually had more to do with her children than with her, and also talked to her mother awhile back. I was delighted to be given a copy of her book, One Rich Girl, to read.
Gwenda tells the story of her life from a third-person point of view, in a matter-of-fact way. She grew up in Nelson, and moved to Christchurch for University. There, she eventually met the man she would marry. They went on to have twelve beautiful children! Gwenda tells many stories about raising her children (the youngest of whom is only a couple of years old right now). Her joy in her family is very inspiring. I really loved reading about her experiences as the children came along.
Gwenda’s faith is also inspiring. I appreciated the way she shared about her walk with God and how He worked in her life. God’s provision for the Smithies family’s needs is also amazing—I loved the way He gave them a dishwasher when they needed one. Gwenda’s challenge with forgiveness at one point stood out to me, as well.
One Rich Girl is a great book to read if you enjoy stories of mothers and their children. Read this book to be encouraged to love your husband and to love your children, and to find joy in the little everyday things in life. It will also encourage you in your prayer life. I would have liked this book very much even if I didn’t know the author personally, but since I do, that adds another dimension, of course.
I received a free copy of this book from the author, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
Read Aloud—Ages 10 – 13, Family Read Alouds
Reading Independently—Ages 12 – 15, 15 and Above, Adults
Keywords: Motherhood, Families, New Zealand, Family Read-Alouds, Memoirs, Christian Non-Fiction, 1950-2000 History, 21st Century History, Books for Women