(29 customer reviews)

You will never read a story that is more inspiring and challenging than Ishmael. The heights of success achieved by this young man reveal little of the utter poverty into which he was born. He enters life motherless and poor, and despite the wishes of everyone around, he survives and flourishes in his paltry environment. His commitment to integrity and his singular focus on preserving his mother’s name give his life focus and purpose. His perseverance and determination to educate himself in law give him the opportunity to influence the highest levels of government. E.D.E.N. Southworth captures the rich panorama of sights and sounds in rural Maryland in the decades prior to the Civil War. When you reach the end, don’t despair; the drama continues in the sequel, Self Raised!

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29 reviews for Ishmael

  1. anonymous (verified owner)

    Highly Recommended Thoroughly enjoyed this story… one that was hard to put down.

  2. anonymous (verified owner)

    Great Story Absolutely loved this book… a “hard-to-put down” story.

  3. anonymous (verified owner)

    Ishmael I loved this book… I didn’t put it down!

  4. anonymous (verified owner)

    Lamplighter’s Very Best I’m often asked what my favorite Lamplighter is, and this is it, along with its sequel, Self-Raised. Nothing compares to this epic drama with fascinating characters, grand plots, and adventures that take you around the world. As I often share, “Ishmael is the young man we want our sons to become and the young man we would like our daughters to marry.”

  5. anonymous (verified owner)

    Ishmael Worth What a blessed story! Ishmael represents a Christ like attitude by the way he lives, loves, forgives, by the way he acts. I love this book!

  6. anonymous (verified owner)

    Highly recommended I have really enjoyed this book and its sequel Self Rasied, it has challenged me and encouraged me. I grew up right along with Ishmael relishing in his triumphs and success, it’s amazing how God can use anyone who is willing and transform them into something beautiful! I would recommend this to everyone.

  7. anonymous (verified owner)

    Ishmael is Just a Little .. .. too perfect. He has few sins to recount in the 20+ years of his life that are related in the story, and he experiences almost no failures in character. Those that do occur are brief and have no lasting impact or consequence. The pitfalls he encounters are not due to his failures but, generally, to his goodness. I could not relate to such a flawlessly true individual.

    That said, this is a great story and we found ourselves wrapped up in the characters. Self-Raised is on the way and we look forward to the next “chapter” in young Ishmael’s life.

  8. anonymous (verified owner)

    Wonderful! 10 Stars! All the above. What a wonderful book! An amazing, inspiring story! Very highly recommended! Extremely hard to put down!

  9. anonymous (verified owner)

    AWSOME READ!!! This is a perfect story for the family to enjoy.
    It is a touching story of a young boy who goes through many trials. I highly recommend this wonderful book. I also recommend the sequel to Ishmael. It has tons of thrilling, exhilarating, exciting, and suspenceful adventure!!!
    Both books are wonderful reads.

  10. anonymous (verified owner)

    Ishmael Borrowed this book from a friend to read and could not put it down. So when I saw the sale I just had to purchase it. So excited that I was able to get the sequel to this book and can’t wait to dive into it.

  11. anonymous (verified owner)

    Highly Recommend! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love how Ishmael chooses to do the right thing almost every single time, and how the right thing will sometimes be the hardest, but it still doesn’t deter him. He suffers much, and still chooses to do God’s will. Ishmael is a very good example for our children to learn as well as the parents!

  12. anonymous (verified owner)

    Amazing! All I can say is wow, wow, wow! I absolutely loved this book! It is very well written and very interesting. All throughout the book I was so inspired and challenged by Ishmael’s character and integrity! A must read!

  13. anonymous (verified owner)

    Great Not for young children.

  14. anonymous (verified owner)

    Highly Recomended Very entertaining! Hard to put this book down!

  15. anonymous (verified owner)

    My Favorite Lamplighter Book I have loved every book I’ve read by Lamplighter but Ishmael is probably my favorite. It’s inspiring and holds the reader’s attention. And its sequel, Self Raised, is just as good. I actually had my 2nd son read it as part of his American history curriculum and it’s one of his favorites too.

  16. anonymous (verified owner)

    Ishamel My family’s favorite lamplighter book!!! Ishmael’s character is so inspiring. I read it aloud to my kids who range in age from 5-12. They all loved it!

  17. anonymous (verified owner)

    My All Time Favorite Lamplighter!!!!!!!! This is my very favorite Lamplighter, out of all of the ones I have read! When I began reading it, I literally could not put it down! I was engulfed in the inspiring characters, the suspenseful plots, and the unfolding story. I was challenged and inspired by the life of Ishmael and his family. I found the sequel equally as thrilling. I would recommend this amazing book to anyone!!!

  18. anonymous (verified owner)

    WONDERFUL Loved it. I found it hard to put down. I am now reading it with a close friend over the phone. SO Awesome!

  19. anonymous (verified owner)

    Made My Top 5 Books of All Time Both Ishmael and Self Raised (you must read both or the story is incomplete) are life impacting. The character of Ishmael is inspiring. But it’s not just a lesson. You are with him all the way, rooting for him and crying with him. He has to work through a-lot of very high hurdles in his life and shows in the most believable way why God wants us to persevere and keep a check on our behavior, that it is always above reproach. Ishmael shows that in obedience to that, we can overcome anything. Great for girls to see such an honorable man. Great for boys to have a role model! Awesome book!

  20. anonymous (verified owner)

    Wonderful Book I thoroughly enjoyed Ishmael. He is a great role model for us all! He is a man of integrity no matter what life threw at him. I would encourage young and old to read this. I now need to read Self Raised as I was left wondering what happens to Ishmael!

  21. anonymous (verified owner)

    Wonderful Book I thoroughly enjoyed Ishmael. He us a great role model for us all ! He is a man of integrity.

  22. anonymous (verified owner)

    Ishmael This might have become my most favorite book! The only problem I have is that the gold lettering is already rubbing off. I can’t wait for the sequel to come.

  23. anonymous (verified owner)

    Most Unique Book I Have Ever Read After reading the overwhelming reviews I expected to be pulled into this story immediately. But instead it was a slow start for me. Make yourself plow through the first couple of chapters knowing that there are many characters that are necessary to this web of intrigue and adventure.I don’t think I have ever read a book that follows one man’s life from before birth, with detail like this book does. The time period (pre-civil war America) and the setting (aristocracy) are unique in my reading. I kept thinking for awhile the setting was England, but no. The characters are thoroughly developed and every one important. So if you think a character is just an ‘extra’ when they appear in the story, think again. You’ll want to put your thinking cap on. Few novels are worth a second read, but this one needs a second read as there are so many foreshadows and intricate details woven throughout.

  24. anonymous (verified owner)

    Excellent! I love this book and the sequel, “Self Raised”. I recommend both of them to all readers, especially if you like a long book. Ishmael is so encouraging and inspiring. I love Lamplighter books!

  25. anonymous (verified owner)

    Love This Author!! Great Story! I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while, only because I knew it would be good and I wanted to save it… You know, the cherry on top you save for last. I was not disappointed! I cried some, I laughed some… I really felt for the characters. E.D.E.N. Southworth knows how to get you to keep your light on late into the night! (Have you read The Hidden Hand?) I like the little chapter introductions that give you a taste of what to expect. Very well written. Highly recommended. Ishmael’s standards are set high, but I like how even he is faced with and gives in to temptations, as do we all, but he immediately regrets giving in and determines in God’s strength never to do so again. We all need such role models in our lives. His determination to study and learn, his work ethic, etc. are examples desperately needed in our society today.

  26. anonymous (verified owner)

    Highly Recommend!!!! A good overall novel

  27. anonymous (verified owner)

    Ishmael I loved this book, so much so I didn’t want it to end. It shows me how God can take the least of these and make much when He is in it!

  28. anonymous (verified owner)

    Ishmael Very excellent quality. We will use Lamplighter in the future.

  29. anonymous (verified owner)

    Gripping Storyline This is a HUGE book (500+ pages) but was hard to put down. Gripping storyline that kept you wondering when the truth would be made known and if the main character would crumble under all the adversity he encountered in life. Morals and virtues were upheld. Highly recommend.

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