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Little Britches: Shaking the Nickel Bush

“Nobody likes to go back to his hometown dead broke, but I’d made up my mind to do it anyway. That was in St. Joseph, Missouri, and the night before the Fourth of July, in 1919. And that's why I was lying flat in a ditch in the freight yards, a couple of blocks beyond… Continue reading Little Britches: Shaking the Nickel Bush

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Little Britches #5: Fields of Home

In my review of the fourth book in Ralph Moody’s Little Britches series, Mary Emma and Company, I said goodbye to young Ralph. That book closed the chapter on Ralph’s childhood. Fields of Home chronicles Ralph’s debut into young manhood. No longer a child but not yet a man, this chapter of Ralph’s life extends… Continue reading Little Britches #5: Fields of Home

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Little Britches #4: Mary Emma and Company

Mentoring is a critical theme woven throughout the first half of the Little Britches series. Despite the incredible hardships that his family endures, Ralph Moody is very clear that God always looked out for them and rewarded their faithfulness in interesting ways. In new places and new circumstances, God not only provided the work requisite… Continue reading Little Britches #4: Mary Emma and Company

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Little Britches #3: The Home Ranch

This article is going to be shorter than the others in the Little Britches series because this book is pretty unique for the series. Near the end of Man of the Family, we learned that Ralph spent his last summer in Colorado working for Mr. Batchlet. That summer proved to be a very important season in… Continue reading Little Britches #3: The Home Ranch

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Little Britches #2: Man of the Family

When Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers closes, we are left with an overwhelming sense of grief. It is near to impossible not to love Charles Moody and the ethic that he instilled in his family. Understandably, Ralph chooses to focus his first memoir on the father who was so crucial to his moral… Continue reading Little Britches #2: Man of the Family

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Little Britches #1: Father and I Were Ranchers

"Ralph Moody’s books should be read aloud in every family circle in America"—Sterling North In 1950, Ralph Moody enrolled in a writing class at a local community college and was inspired to write his first book, Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers. The book went on to serve as the first of an eight… Continue reading Little Britches #1: Father and I Were Ranchers