“As the Heavens Are Higher” // Book Review

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“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”- Isaiah 55:9

Adelaide Westall had always believed that God’s ways were higher than earthly ways. She had just always imagined that God’s plan and her plan would have some similarities. A family of penniless orphans facing a hopeless future in a factory city—a heartbroken noblewoman shut up inside a forbidding fortress of grief and reserve—and a mysterious painting of a calm-faced pilgrim were all destined to challenge Adelaide’s faith in unexpected ways. Only God could orchestrate a plan high enough to reach them all. Set amongst the rolling hills of the English border country, this story of Victorian life is a poignant reminder that we serve a God who brings light out of darkness, who works good out of evil, whose ways are higher than our ways—as the heavens are higher than the earth.

Book Info

Author: Courtenay Burden

Rating: 5/5 stars

Publisher: SAW Publishing

Age: All ages! 10+ if reading by self, though if you read classics when you’re eight (like my sister), you could read it younger.

My Thoughts


Enough said. When I started reading this book, I had no idea what to expect. I knew Courtenay’s writing was good, and I knew this would probably be a good book, but for her first published book, this book was amazing! But….enough of my rambling and onto the review!

I don’t read a lot of Victorian-style books, so this was a different type of book for me. I can tell Miss Burden did a LOT of research to make it historically accurate, which I liked. The descriptions were great; I could easily picture myself in England countryside.

The children’s adventures sometimes made me smile, sometimes made me sad, and sometimes made me want to yell “you’re going to get in trouble!”. The children did learn some important lessons through their adventures, and they did get in trouble a couple of times.

I have to say I relate to Adelaide a lot. (By the way, isn’t Adelaide a beautiful name!?) It’s so easy to worry and wonder why God is allowing _______ to happen. I also relate to Anna a lot too; I can be very shy when I want to be, but I can also be like Gail–happy and talkative.

This book was a great reminder God’s plans are better than ours and He knows what’s best for us, even when we can’t see it. I’d recommend this book to anyone who want a fun, but meaningful read!

Bible Version Used

KJV (1611 included)


The children do forget a rule here and there, but they do get in trouble. The book is written from an Anabaptist perspective, and the book talks about the Anabaptists. However, it’s not pushy and non-Anabaptist readers will still thoroughly enjoy the book. No romance I can remember.

Language/Inappropriate Content


What are you waiting for? Go pick up a copy of As the Heavens are Higher. It’s a great book, and with 98k words, you’ll have something to read for the next couple of days!

I received a free copy in exchange for a honest review. I was not required to leave a positive review.

14 thoughts on ““As the Heavens Are Higher” // Book Review”

  1. Hey Lily! I just found your blog after you moved😂 I wasn’t really present in the blogging world the past few months😂 it looks awesome!! I saw that you did the king’s daughters writing camp! How did that do? I remember that you were doing NaNoWriMo, but you decided not to. What was the reason for that? I’m sorta looking at doing a writing camp, and thinking about NaNoWriMo but I want to make sure it’s good before I make a decision🙃 thanks!! Annika😀

    1. Hi Annika! No problem. I like The King’s Daughters’ Writing Camp. The girls there are great and I am always super encouraged. I left NaNo because they supported things I disagree with. The King’s Daughters’ Writing Camp is great if you want a good, Christian writing group.

    1. I believe God and His Word is our ultimate authority. The Bible expressly forbids the things of which the LGBTQ+ community stands for. (Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, and Romans 1:26–27.) It’s also VERY unnatural and perverted. You can believe what you like, but I’m standing firm on God’s Word and my convictions. You’re free to hang around this blog and comment, but I will not be publishing/responding to anymore comments in this discussion. I highly encourage you to find good Bible version (I prefer KJV and NKJV, but be careful, newer “translations” are NOT sound) and study the issue out yourself.

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