Toby the Lighthouse Keeper

Christian-themed Stories with Animals and a Lighthouse Keeper

Toby the Lighthouse Keeper is the story of Toby, a young, former slave who runs a New England lighthouse.

With only a dog and a cat for company, he worked around the clock to make certain that his lighthouse beacon was always on.

Toby worked seven days a week to keep his lighthouse standing up to the pounding of the sea. He did not complain because he believed he was put on the island by God to keep ships safely away from the rocky shore. 

The Lighthouse keeper’s responsibility was to keep the lighthouse operating, not to try and rescue people whose boats were floundering at sea.

When Toby spots a fishing boat sinking during a storm, will he use his small rowboat to try and save them?

Excerpts from the book:

Buddy started barking to also alert the
boat to danger. “They are going to hit the rocks soon,”
Toby told Buddy, who seemed to understand. “We can’t
just stand here, and watch people die.”

give me the strength to get my boat to them before
they drown,” he prayed.

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  1. Michael J Adams

    I found Leland’s book, “Toby the Lighthouse Keeper”, an effective story for conveying the values of diligence, dependability, self-sacrifice and gratitude. Leland does a great job in weaving these together in the character of Toby, and how these values are held together by Toby’s strong faith in God. Toby depicts what a humble, brave servant of Jesus looks like, along with showing how the living Christ watches over his servants. I’m confident that this story, coupled with its simple but poignant illustrations, has what it takes for stimulating the moral imagination of young readers.

    • Leland P. Gamson

      Thank you for your kind words about my book.

      They are appreciated.



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