“A Mother’s Face Is Her Child’s First Heaven”

May 7, 2014


Joe L. Wheeler, Ph.D., author/editor/compiler of 85 books, has a new book out: A Mother’s Face Is Her Child’s First Heaven (eChristian/Mission Books, 2014).

Included in this collection are twelve timeless stories of motherhood that bid well to stand the test of time. If you are looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for someone, this might just be it.


In its 120 pages, the following are included:

Introduction: “Our First Heaven” –Joseph Leininger Wheeler
“The Masterpiece,” –Joseph DeFord Terrill
“Yellow on White” –Hattie H. Carpenter
“The Littlest Orphan and the Christ Baby” –Margaret E. Sangster, Jr.
“The Greatest Victory in the World” –Helen Adair
“Vacation–for Mother!” –Beth Bradford Gilchrist
“Finger Bowls and Accomplishments” –Katherine M. Harbaugh
“Bobby Unwelcome” –Annie Hamilton Donnell
“Polly Ann” –Harriet H. Clark
“Wanted–A Real Mother” –Author Unknown
“An Old Mother” –Jessie Frank Stallings
“Red Roses” –John Scott Douglas
“Lucky Girl” –Temple Bailey

Joseph Leininger Wheeler

Each of us spends nine months inside our mothers, flesh of her flesh, an integral part of her—hence our incredibly strong bond with our mothers.
But after that, at our mother’s breast, hers is the face we see every time we nurse, every time we are held. Thus it is that that face becomes our first heaven. Quite simply the dearest face on earth to us. Those mothers who nurse longer than a year—as many do—only deepen that bond. Yet even those mothers who feed by bottle almost invariably hold the baby in essentially the same position, thus her face is also the focal center of her child’s world.
It is because of all this that Mother’s Day is such a deeply sentimental day for the American people. Especially is this true for mothers who retain that closeness all during the child’s growing-up years.
Second only to the nursing-related bond is the one created by mothers who every day and/or evening of the child’s early years read to the child on her lap, or later on, side-by-side, with her arm around the child as she is reading to them. Or listening to the child read to her. Growing up listening to the sound of her voice, that voice ends up becoming part of the adult child’s psyche.
One of the tragedies of our time has to do with mothers who fail to realize how short a time they have before their child bridges to someone else or something else than her. If she is invariably too busy to spend time with her child, farming out son or daughter to babysitters, daycare, or electronic imagery, the end-result is to erode the initial babyhood bonds. For the television set can steal her child away just as surely as a person could. This is a key reason why wise parents who desire to create life-long bonds with their children today, strongly limit electronic exposure and substitute the interactive daily story hour and parental (both parents) activities both inside the house and outside. All too soon the electronic tentacles created by our society will woo our children away from us—but we can delay that separation by our willingness to spend time with our children while they are young.
For our children do not spell love L-O-V-E—, but rather they spell it T-I-M-E.


This is a new collection of motherhood stories. In fact, eleven of the twelve are new; only Margaret Sangster’s “The Littlest Orphan” is brought forward from earlier collections—mainly because it is quintessentially the greatest mother’s face story every written!
Even so, I feel you’ll fall in love with the others as well. In almost all cases, the mother’s face plays a key role in the story. Most of them I have retrieved from that time period I call “The Golden Age of Judeo Christian Stories in America” (1880s through the 1950s). During this period, print ruled supreme, thus our greatest writers wrote for the family, for the children, for the teens. Then, directly after World War I, television came in and began displacing print—and not coincidentally parents as well. The Norman Rockwell years were the era’s swan song.
By the 1960s, stories, novels, and films turned darker; and since so many family magazines died, authors turned to whoever else might hire their services.
Contemporary Authors labels me an archeologist of the old-timey stories, maintaining that I’m almost obsessive about trying to save as many of this period’s great family stories as I possibly can before they crumble out of existence. Since I have spent a lifetime doing so (building on the legacy of my storytelling elocutionist mother, Barbara Leininger Wheeler), I have collected vast holdings of stories that so richly deserve to live on. Back then, authors and editors cherished the values our nation was built on: honesty, kindness, helpfulness, empathy, industriousness, patriotism, spirituality, respect for elders, clean living, avoidance of substance-abuse, friendship, tenderness, constancy, marriage for life, selfless service for others, sacrifice, sportsmanship, homemaking, parenting, thankfulness—and so much more.
Now, think about it: How long do you have to search today (in print or in electronic media) to find stories internalizing such values? Their absence adds up to a national tragedy. But by assisting us to preserve these stories by using them yourselves and giving copies away, you can help us preserve these values for tomorrow’s families.

This collection includes some of the greatest family writers of the last hundred years. The “great ones,” I call them: authors such as Temple Bailey,\; Margaret E. Sangster, Jr.; Beth Bradford Gilchrist; Annie Hamilton Donnell; John Scott Douglas; and Josephine DeFord Terrill.


Binding: Trade Paper
Pages: 200
Price: $12.98
Packing and Mailing: $4.50

Personally signed or inscribed by Joe Wheeler, if requested, at no extra cost.

Mail your request to: Dr. Joe L. Wheeler, P.O. Box 1246, Conifer, CO 80433.
Or Phone: 303-838-2333
Or send an email: mountainauthor@gmail.com

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