Friday, October 15, 2010

Mrs. Chas. E. Cowman

One of the fun things about rummaging in thrift stores is the books you might find.  Old classics and interesting out of print books are almost the norm.  One such book – published in 1925 – also gives a glimpse of the culture of the era.

The book is Streams in the Desert and the author is Mrs. Chas. E. Cowman.  It isn’t until the Forward of the book, where the author signs her name in her own handwriting, do we learn her name is actually Lettie B. Cowman.

That was the reason I picked the book up but I bought it (for 50 cents) because of the content.

From the dust jacket:  Streams in the Desert offers
- 365 inspired meditations of encouragement
- Practical directives for inner peace and certainty
– A tried formula for successful living.

How could I not buy Mrs. Chas E. Cowman’s book!



  1. Oh Sandy, you've got a treasure there. I have a very special spot in my heart for Streams in the Desert and Mrs. Chas E. Cowman!

    I remember reading bits and pieces of my mom's brilliant blue copy when I was a little girl. I must admit the thing that really intrigued me about that book was the fact that it had my mother's full maiden name in the front, which means it was something she had before she was married. As a little girl, there was always a delightful mystery of wondering about this person called my mom who had a life before me!

    Anyways, enjoy.................

  2. That’s so neat Brenda that you know this book and have such a memorable tie to it. The few selections I’ve read so far are so beautiful and encouraging. I am really looking forward to working my way through it for the next year.

    In the back of the book readers were invited to become a member of the Streams in the Desert Prayer Fellowship. “Send in your name and address and a membership card will be sent admitting you into a fellowship with thousands of readers who pray daily for one another. You will also receive each issue of the Streams in the Desert Fellowship Letter.

    I wonder if your mom was a member!

    I also see from the back of the book that there is a companion book – Springs in the Valley – along with several other books by Mrs. Cowman. I will now be on the lookout for those.

    Thanks Brenda!