During the 1930's, J.B. Lippincott released a series of small books in addition to Grace's regularly published novels. They were called "Pamphlets" in Lippincott's promotional brochures, but the inside cover of "The Best Birthday" lists the others as "Twelve Short Stories". These little treasures are just 4 3/4 inches wide x 6 1/4 inches tall! Some can be found in hardback with dust jackets and others are simply paper.
Their color varies from edition to edition. Often the paper editions are found without the stiff cover. The jacket for "Beggarman"' is illustrated, while other jackets simply bear their title.
While difficult to locate in their first editions, the stories have been reprinted over the years in various collections for GLH readers to enjoy. Check out The Honeymoon House, The Short Stories of Grace Livingston Hill, or Christian Endeavor Stories to find them.
The 1932 Pamphlets
Beggarman • Her Wedding Garment
The House Across The Hedge • The Story of The Lost Star
The 1935 Pamphlets
The Handmaid of The Lord • Life Out of Death • The Old Guard • The Strange God
The 1938 Pamphlets
The Divided Battle • Dwelling • The Lost Message • The Minister's Son • The Best Birthday
The Best Birthday
(A Christmas Entertainment for Children)
The Best Birthday was a Christmas play written by Grace for the Sunday School she began at Leiper Church in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
From the Foreword: "One Christmas we decided that in place of the usual common-place Christmas tree, and the usual "pieces" recited and sung in honor of Christmas, it would be well to have something that would fix in all our minds the real meaning of Christmas, making plain the prophecies concerning Christ's coming and their fulfillment, and making God's plan of salvation the central thought...It grew as we began to practice it, and as other girls and boys came into it.
...So, for three successive Christmases we have given this story of "The Best Birthday" over again, with the same young actors taking the parts. The actual given names of our young people are used in the text...And we, the young people and I who have been giving it, send greetings and glad Christmas wishes to all who shall care to use it hearafter." —Grace Livingston Hill