A children’s book from the 1970s or earlier. I am not sure of the title but it might be ‘Mr. Down’ or include the words ‘Mr. Down’. The setting is possibly medieval England. Townspeople are trying to build churches to pray in but every time they complete one, Mr. Down (a little troll-like guy or gremlin type character) comes in the night to stomp on the roof and destroy the church. They go through several designs all of which Mr. Down stomps on until they finally design an arch with a ‘keystone’ at the top. This is a classic Gothic style arch and no matter how much Mr. Down stomps, it will not collapse. I used to check this book out of a small Methodist church library in North Carolina every single summer of my childhood. It would mean the WORLD to me to find this book again.
The book was divided into several sections, most or all narrated in first person and each about one of the Biblical matriarchs: Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Leah, etc. Along the lines of “The Red Tent” but young adult and published somewhere around 1980, give or take a couple of years. The author was female, and I think it was published in US (though possibly UK or other British Commonwealth, since I got it out of a Canadian library).
A book from the 1960’s! It is about Angel Uriel directing Heaven’s music. Middle grade level, blue and gold cover. Earthly part takes place in Germany, I think.
I was elementary-school-age in the 70’s, and I read a series of short stories with Christian morality themes. Each story was in its own book, each book had a white glossy paper cover, and featured the same family of four (I think): mom dad brother sister.
Children’s story about an angel who was looking out for one of the thieves who was crucified with Jesus. The book was in the library of a Catholic school. Publication date pre-1976.