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Kregel Tour: The First Principle by Marissa Shrock


About the book:

In the not-too-distant future, the United Regions of America has formed. Governors hold territories instead of states, and while Washington, DC, is gone, the government has more control than ever before. For fifteen-year-old Vivica Wilkins, the daughter of a governor, this is life as usual. High school seems pretty much the same–until one day, that controlling power steps right through the door during study hall.

When Vivica speaks out to defend her pregnant friend against the harsh treatment of Population Management Officer Marina Ward, she has no idea she’s sowing the seeds of a revolution in her own life. But it isn’t long before she discovers her own illegal pregnancy. Now she has to decide whether to get the mandatory abortion–or follow her heart, try to keep the baby, and possibly ruin her mother’s chances at becoming president.

A rebel group called the Emancipation Warriors, who are fighting to restore freedoms once held unalienable, offer her asylum. Can Vivica trust these rebels to help her or will they bring everything crashing down around her? Accepting their help may come with consequences she isn’t ready to face.

Marissa Shrock’s debut novel crafts a chilling story of what may be to come if we allow the economic and moral crises currently facing our country to change the foundations on which we built our independence–and of the difference one person can make when they choose to trust God’s lead.

My Opinion:

Imagine the United State of America as we know it is no longer as we know it – divided into regions and there is no such thing as thinking for oneself because the government tells you what to do, how to do it and even when to do it.  Farmers forced to give parts of their crops to the government before they can use anything for their families, forced vaccinations for all diseases and even pregnancy – but that one isn’t working so great.  Teens are becoming pregnant even with the forced vaccine for this – so the Population Management comes and takes away the girls to be forced to undergo an abortion.  Some fight back. This book was a real page turner for me, I read it in two days and it was fast paced and there was much in it that showed how God’s Word and His people will never be silenced even when powers that be desire for it to be so. As Vivica begins to understand that her unborn child is a child and not just a clump of cells she knows she must protect the baby at all costs.

Even as much as I enjoyed it, it’s a young adult novel and dystopian books are quite popular right now so this may be a good one to add to your library if you have a young adult who likes these futuristic books. There were two times that sex was mentioned in how the girls came to be pregnant and I would not mind my oldest daughter reading this book, although she refused as she said, “the cover makes me not interested”, so I won’t force the issue.  I’d definitely read more of this book and I’d love to read more about what Vivica does after she gives birth and makes a choice born out of love and sacrifice and how the ‘rebels’ work to restore the United Regions of America back to the United States of America.  Eerily a lot of the issues in this book have already come to fruition such as forced health care, beginning to see more forced vaccination politicians as well as revising history to make it say what the government wants.  So maybe it’s not all fiction?

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Kregel Tour: Defy the Night by Heather Munn and Lydia Munn #grow4christ #bookreview


About the Book:
In the midst of war, one teenager is determined to make a difference.

If no one will do anything, she’ll have to do it herself.

In 1941 France is still “free.” But fifteen-year-old Magali is frustrated by the cruel irony of pretending life is normal when food is rationed, new clothes are a rarity, and most of her friends are refugees. And now the government is actually helping the Nazis. Someone has got to do something, but it seems like no one has the guts–until Paquerette arrives.

Smuggling refugee children is Paquerette’s job. And she asks Magali to help.

Working with Paquerette is scary and exhausting, but Magali never doubts that it is the right thing to do. Until her brash actions put those she loves in danger.

 

You can purchase a copy at Kregel’s website.

 

My Opinion:

 

Historical books, whether fact or fiction, intrigue me – this book had several factual events but names and places were changed and Defy the Night is one of those books that will stay with you long after you close the cover.  I read How Huge the Night back in 2011 and that book sort of starts the reader off, however you don’t have to read it to figure out what is going on in Magali Losier’s (Julien’s sister from How Huge the Night) life.  Magali is 15 years old and wants to do something – anything to help those who are caught up in the war that doesn’t seem to be affecting her small French town.  Her parents are resistant to her pleas but eventually, even though it’s a selfish act, relent and let her travel with Paquerette to an internment camp (before camps became death AKA concentration camps) to rescue the children who are being released.  This of course means a whole network of people who write fake documents, teaching the children their new names, and more – all of which Magali is unaware of until she finds a local girl who is helping.

 

I found it very hard to like Magali’s character – she is whiny, she thinks she is better, smarter, more world wise than others and even gets mad at a friend when she is taken on a rescue mission over her.  However, she is 15 and I can understand that she wants to do something instead of sit at home and help her mother who is plagued with migraines.  I won’t give spoilers but I will say I did like seeing how Magali transforms herself and even begins to own her faith and lets God lead her to how she is supposed to help.  Filled with details about the internment camps, nothing too descriptive and I’d feel safe giving this to my 12 year old to read, but enough that it gets the point across as to how horrible these places were and mothers were so wanting to have a hope that their child or children would survive would release them to organizations – some to never know or see their children again.

 

It wasn’t a quick read – it is very detailed so some areas were a bit long and drawn out but I can understand the reasoning behind it because if we didn’t have some of the descriptions we would lose some of what the book has to teach us.  While I didn’t get attached to the characters in the book, Magali was just frustrating and my 12 often is more mature than this girl is – I enjoyed it for the history that I didn’t learn.  We all know about concentration camps but I had no idea that there were relief organizations who rescued children, Jewish, Gypsy, mentally ill or handicapped from camps – it was the Nazi way of trying to get citizens to see them as caring – before the real truth came out.  The brave people who worked this network, reminds of those who worked the Underground Railroad, it took faith, guts and a lot of prayer to do a good work – even though it was ‘legal’ to get the children out if they got caught with fake papers and found out, it would all end.  If you enjoy books set in the time frame of WW2 then definitely this book will give you a dimension to that war.

 

 

 

 

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Kregel Tour: Highway to Hell: The Road Where Childhoods are Stolen by Matt Roper #grow4christ


About the Book:

The black heart of human exploitation and the brave few seeking change

A child is sold for sex every ten miles on Brazil’s BR-116 motorway. This 2,700-mile road is “The Highway to Hell” for the thousands of children, some as young as nine, who are trapped in sophisticated child prostitution rackets organized by businessmen and politicians.

An experienced journalist, Matt Roper has witnessed the extent of the trafficking firsthand. Highway to Hell documents his journey on this road. He meets the girls and hears their stories; he interviews truck drivers, pimps, brothel owners, and traffickers; and talks to the brave souls who are trying to make a difference.

Part documentary, part personal memoir, Matt honestly shares his struggles to understand what his Christian faith has to say about the things he encounters and how God wants him to respond.

You can purchase a copy at Kregel.

My Opinion:

It’s hard for me to write about this book – not because it wasn’t good but because I have two daughters who are or are very close to being the ages of the girls in this book – and my heart broke while reading it.  I even hate to say, “this was a good book”, because of the subject matter – however this needs to be out there and everyone needs to be made aware of what is going on in Brazil, since even their government there is turning a blind eye.  Imagine sending your 9 year old daughter out to prostitute herself because it’s what your mom did, it’s what you did and so that is what your daughter will do and it’s seen as normal, it’s seen as normal that some of these girls are never seen or heard from again.  Can you?  I can’t.  I can’t imagine being that grandma (one of which acts almost like a pimp for her grand daughter!), I can’t imagine being that mom but unfortunately when a girl baby is born it’s almost a given that she will become a child prostitute.

Hard to read.  Heart breaking.  Eye opening.  I am so glad that Matt Roper has written this book, I have never before heard of this travesty in Brazil, I’ve heard of human trafficking (I even hate to refer to it as trafficking and call it what it is slavery) and yes I know some are children but to have a whole country and the politicians and even those that are supposed to be protecting these children turn their backs and refuse to admit there is a problem – it’s horrendous to even think about.  Not only are these girls selling themselves, they are becoming pregnant, they are thrown out of trucks, involved in horrific car accidents while the man is distracted during their ‘programme’ and left maimed or dead, or just out right killed.  Matt works to open houses that seek to get the girls off the street and into a place where they are given tools to become more, such as dance which promotes self esteem (many girls have been abused by male relatives long before they begin selling and their self esteem is non-existent), and other tools and the message that God does love them even if their parents don’t and they can turn to Him.

As a mission minded person I wanted to hop on the next plane to Brazil and start grabbing these girls and give them help – but of course that is not feasible nor is it logical – but I’d love to find someway to help these girls, such as giving money to help build more houses and providing people to staff them.  Is it a good book?  Yes, but not in the way a fictional book is good – it’s totally different and I can say only read it if you are willing to have your eyes and your heart opened and then also be prepared to see how God is working through the people who are trying to help these girls and get the people of Brazil to realize just how wrong the whole situation is.

 

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Kregel Tour: Re-Creatable: How God Heals the Brokeness of Life by Kevin Scott #grow4christ


About the Book:

ReCreatable begins with the story of a glass baking dish, the delectable aroma of tantalizing brownies, and an unseen defect that turns the promise of something delicious into a minor disaster, leaving glass fragments and brownies irretrievably intermingled. Both the dish and brownies are irrevocably lost.

The implications for us are inescapable: created by God to reflect his glory and for his pleasure, we have been broken by sin to the point that we are completely useless to accomplish the purpose for which we were made. But, unlike the shattered brownie dish that gets discarded as worthless, God takes the shards of our lives and does the miraculous. He does not simply fit us back together. He takes those splinters of our destruction and uses them to re-create us: complete, restored, redeemed, and fitted to do and be all that he ever intended for us.

ReCreatable leads us progressively through the impact of the creative genius of God in our lives. It points us to the reality of restored relationships, the resurrection of our role as true reflectors of God’s glory, and the revolutionary life that can be ours when we learn to be true disciples—re-created to live well for God.

You can purchase a copy at Kregel.

My Opinion:

 

I wish I had had more time to actually work through this study because I think I would have gotten more out of it if I had had the time to sit down and work through the questions at the end of each chapter.  This study is so relevant today in our culture that tells us we are only worth how much we weigh, how we look or what we do for a living – but God isn’t about that, no matter what you’ve done in the past, how much you weigh or what you look like the Lord can and will redeem us and recreate us in His image and how He wants us.  Is it hard to believe and hard to see – yes it is – our flesh rebels and wants that instant gratification of being in the in crowd with our peers but God has something so much better.  At this time in my life I feel broken, the broken baking dish with the ruined brownies – I’m floundering and that is why this study hit home because I know the Lord wants to recreate me but it’s the idea that He can and will, on His time that makes me pause.

 

There are three parts of the book: reflect His glory, by living well and in a pocket of the kingdom divided into 12 chapters that go even further into the ideas of the part you’re reading.  I really liked the idea that there are places where the spiritual realm is so much closer to us than we realize – it’s based on a Celtic idea that the veil of Heaven is lifted and so there is a ‘pocket’ that allows us to be closer to the Lord.  If we listen and are aware we too can find those pockets – I know I’ve personally had an encounter like that many years ago.  The chapters may be fairly short but the whole book is one that will have you delving deep into your life and allowing God to recreate you – as the book description says He can take those broken shards that you think are un-usable and He can put them back together into something beautiful, and even better than before – if only we get out of the way and allow Him to do His work.

 

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Kregel Tour: Rest Not in Peace (Hugh de Singleton chronicles) by Mel Starr #grow4christ


About the Book:

Master Hugh, surgeon and bailiff, is asked to provide a sleeping potion for Sir Henry Burley, a friend and guest of Lord Gilbert at Bampton Castle. Sir Henry—with his current wife, a daughter by a first wife, two knights, two squires, and assorted servants—has outstayed his welcome at Bampton.

The next morning, Sir Henry is found dead, eyes open, in his bed. Master Hugh, despite shrill accusations from the grieving widow, is asked by Lord Gilbert to determine the cause of death . . . which had nothing to do with the potion.

The sixth tale following Hugh de Singleton, Rest Not in Peace is sure to find its place among fans of detective and medieval historical fiction.

You may purchase a copy from Kregel or on Amazon.

My Opinion:

This is the sixth installment of the Hugh de Singleton chronicles, surgeon and bailiff to Lord Gilbert and as in the other three that I’ve read I enjoyed this one as much, if not more.  At first I must admit I was a bit put off since there is some talk of rumors of how King Edward II was killed upon his death – the which I have never heard but in fact are based on historical rumors, whether they are true or not still remains a mystery.  As a history buff, this intrigued as much as it horrified me, so I looked up more information regarding this and while some refute it there are some who do believe the rumors to be correct – but I digress as that isn’t the intent of this book.  Hugh is called upon to hurry to the castle of Lord Gilbert to look after the death of Sir Henry, a knight who was in financial trouble and not at all liked by his family or his villeins or commons.

In true Hugh fashion, he tires of Church rhetoric, I especially agreed with him on his views of purgatory on page 59, “If Sir Henry had not lived a life worthy of heaven I doubt that my prayers, or any man’s, would send him there.  But I keep such heretical views to myself.”  He also tires of the futility of trying to figure out the human condition of such evil that allows one man to kill another – but he knows that with a wife and child he needs the work so he keeps his views and thoughts to himself.  While everyone around is rushing him to find the killer so that Lord Gilbert’s guests can leave, Hugh does not want to send an innocent man to the gallows so he perseveres and sees the case through to certainty.

I was glad again of all the detail that Mel Starr provides his readers – it adds so much to the story and makes one feel they are reading a book from the old English countryside instead of a book written now.  Some may find the descriptions of the meals, the holidays and even the caste system boring but not I, I enjoyed this one immensely and I do recommend these books, even with as graphic as the rumor of King Edward was I eventually saw how it played into the whole story and since it seems to be historical fact and/or rumor I was able to look at it through the eyes of a history buff.

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Kregel Tour: The Advent of Murder by Martha Ockley #grow4christ


About the Book:

Faith Morgan, former policewoman and vicar of the small English village of Little Worthy, goes to visit one of her parishioners at his farm, only to discover the house surrounded by police cars. A body has been found in the local river and farmer Markham is charged with murder.

Though busy with preparations for Christmas, Faith is called on to investigate when it’s found out that the victim is also a member of her congregation—Lucas Kemp, a member of the choir.

Faith’s informal inquiries lead her to uncover a hotbed of tensions and romantic rivalries in the choir, questions about drugs, and a run-in with an unsavory uncle—which leads to a dramatic rescue by Ben, Faith’s former detective partner and ex-boyfriend.

In the tradition of Father Brown and Miss Marple, The Advent of Murder brings readers an authentic picture of English rural and church life combined with a satisfying mystery that will keep readers guessing until the end.

The book can be purchase at Kregel, Amazon and other retailers.

My Opinion:

I’m becoming quite a fan of British authors and books, although one can definitely tell that they are a bit more liberal with their use of colorful language (the D word is used twice but an non-Believer and the B word is used to describe a female dog, used in context) and having female clergy.  This is book 2 but even though I haven’t read Martha Ockley (her real name is Rebecca Jenkins) before and didn’t have any background on Faith Morgan I was able to jump right in and know what was going on, complete with feeling like I was at home in this English Village.  Faith is a police woman turned vicar who is still finding her way in how to manage the parish as well as her personal life all while caught up in helping to investigate the murder of a young man.

Despite my two reservations above I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Faith is a delightful young woman who I feel we would be good friends, if she were real even with our differences in how we view women pastorates.  I immediately became wrapped up in the story line and there was enough information given that those who were in the first book are easy enough to figure out in this book, which made for a pleasant read.  I will be seeking out others of Martha/Rebecca’s books because if The Advent of Murder is any indication her other books will be a pleasure to read as well.  If you enjoy suspense, faith and the English country side then I would suggest you grab yourself and copy, cozy up with some tea and begin reading!

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Kregel Tour: The Reichenbach Problem (Reichenbach Trilogy #1) by Martin Allison Booth #grow4christ


About the Book:

Arthur Conan Doyle is on the run from his own fame. Taking a much needed holiday, Doyle flees to a picturesque village in Switzerland nestled beneath the imposing Reichenbach Falls. There he hopes to find anonymity, but even in this beautiful rural setting, peace eludes him when he finds himself immediately recognized by a fan who pressures him into looking into the death of a fellow visitor.

All too soon, Doyle’s somewhat unwilling gentle probing into the case begins to cause the finger of suspicion to turn towards him. But can the creator of the famous detective actually do the sleuthing himself? Although able to pen the character of Sherlock, he soon begins to learn he does not share his leading creation’s characteristics, but rather Watson’s. Can the “sidekick” see enough of the picture to solve the case for once?

Sherlock Holmes has fascinated readers ever since he first burst into fiction, over one hundred years ago. In this novel, the first in a trilogy, we meet his author and discover the difficult relationship between them.

 

My Opinion:

 

I was thrilled to get this book because here in our house we enjoy BBC television (what we can get on Netflix, anyway) and we enjoy the old black and white as well as the modern Sherlock Holmes shows, so needless to say I was thinking this was a book both my 11 year old and I could enjoy reading and talking about.  I have never read any Sherlock Holmes books, I know, I’m a bibliophile and never read Sir Conan Doyle books before – so I was thinking oh, I’ll read this and get to know Doyle a little and jump into reading his books.  This book begins with Conan Doyle on a train and doing some site seeing while his wife Touie is pregnant at home with their other child and he meets up with Holloway who, is to say the least very annoying.

 

The book started off very slow and I’m unhappy to report that it did not pick up at all – Doyle is way too much into himself in this book and I got tired of examining all his conversations with everyone in the hotel and some of the villagers – as well as his ever changing moods from happy, to sad, to just downright depressed – if I had to diagnose him I’d say he’s a manic-depressive.  I just couldn’t relate to anyone or anything in this book.  I had to look up information on Doyle as in the book he states he’s left his Catholic beliefs behind, and sure enough I found some information that he was, in part, active in the Spiritualism movement of his time (he participates in a seance in the book).  This alone began setting off warning bells, then of course there had to be a homosexual to which Doyle himself doesn’t care one way or the other and he begins to lust after two women he had just met who live in the village.

 

After I got to within ten chapters of the book’s ending I skipped to the last two chapters just so I knew how it would end.  The chapters were long and seemed to go on for an eternity.  Now, lest it sound like I hated this book – I didn’t, I enjoyed the overall theme of it and the setting but there was too much in it for me to relate to the characters or feel connected in any way.  I know there will be those out there who will enjoy this book, but for me it just wasn’t an enjoyable read.  This is one that I won’t let my 11 year old.

 

 

 

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Kregel Tour: Death on Lindisfarne (The Aidan Mysteries) by Fay Sampson #grow4christ


About the Book: Twice each day the holy island of Lindisfarne is cut off from the mainland by the incoming tide. Slight and ginger-bearded, Aidan the photographer and accidental sleuth brings his inquisitive eight-year-old daughter Melangell to the retreat centre on Lindisfarne. There they meet Lucy, a young Methodist minister with a painful past, who is running a course on Northumbrian saints. When one of the course members is found dead on the beach, suspicion falls on one guest, then another. Or could the tides have allowed a murderer to come from the mainland? Then someone from Lucy’s previous life makes a most unwelcome appearance… –

My Opinion:

I read The Hunted Hare which is book 1 in The Aidan Mysteries series last year and if you remember it was a book I both liked and disliked – with Death on Lindisfarne it was completely different.  I liked following Aidan and his daughter Melangell to the island of Lindisfarne, which I’ve read of in other books and enjoy reading to know more about this famed island which is cut off from the mainland each day.  This book takes place 6 months after Aidan loses his wife, which is why they were on holiday in The Hunted Hare so that they could have one last family vacation before she succumbed to her cancer – Aidan is still caught up in the grief of losing his wife but hates all the pitiful looks he gets as many assume he’s a divorced, single father.

The elderly couple in the book, the Cavendishes (if I’ve misspelled their name I apologize), really rubbed me the wrong way from the get go and I found it somewhat odd that no one, including Aidan who left Melangell in their care a couple of times, picked up on the odd behavior until the very end.  I don’t want to give away the whole story and spoil it for everyone else but suffice to say it ended unlike I thought it would but at the same time the suspects were who I thought they were.  There were a couple cuss words in this book, however they came from the ‘bad’ character and therefore I was a bit more able to overlook them and it wasn’t taking the Lord’s name in vain – but my other issue from book 1, was non-extant in this one.

Reverend Lucy was quite a bit more liberal in her approaches to life – such as being a female ordained minister in the Methodist church and also seeming to lean toward other liberal areas whereas the other Pastor who was there for the teaching was made out to be hard hearted and mean in how he dealt with women (because he believed in the Bible’s teaching of women and pastorates) as well as other conservative leanings – it seems there were some biases to these two characters in how each was made to be perceived by the reader.  Regardless I truly enjoyed this book in the series and spent just one day reading – I look forward to book 3, hopefully in the near future.

 

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Kregel Tour: Death Be Not Proud by C.F. Dunn (adult themes addressed) #grow4christ #bookreviews


About the Book: Following the vicious attack by a psychotic colleague, and reeling from the suspicion that Matthew Lynes is not all that he seems, Professor Emma D’Eresby flees her college teaching position in Maine to her hometown in England–taking the mysterious seventeenth–century journal she stole from the college’s archives with her.

Broken physically and emotionally, Emma drifts until, fearing for their daughter’s sanity, her parents invite a family friend to assess her. In the course of their conversation, Emma discovers that he spoke to Matthew over thirty years before.

This finally spurs her into action and soon, when she finds what certainly must be a reference to Matthew in the journal, she begins to understand Matthew’s profound secret.

But when Matthew arrives to confess his love for her, she must decide if she can trust him–and he must decide if he can share his extraordinary secret with her. Drawn by a deep connection that both feel but don’t quite understand they find they must set aside their doubts and trust each other.

Readers will be thrilled by the second installment in The Secret of the Journal from British author C. F. Dunn. Mixing suspense, romance, and the supernatural, Death Be Not Proud explores the profound moral implications of a life seemingly invulnerable to time.

 

My Opinion:

 

I read the first book in The Secret of the Journal series so that I would understand the characters and plot better by the time I started the second book Death Be Not Proud.  I enjoy a Christian suspense novel just like the next woman and even some romance is okay but honestly in this book I felt as far from a Christian novel as I could get.  In the first it’s established that Emma has some sort of faith, although it’s not said if that faith is in Christ alone or some other diety and she never goes to church (my attendance is sporadic with three children but Emma never goes).  I knew that this was a book in the supernatural realm but I wasn’t expecting a person who is almost like a vampire (although he never calls himself that, nor is he ever referred to as such – but his immortality is definitely in question).

 

Okay, I’ll admit I did enjoy the book for the simple fact that it was an intriguing read with lots of history interspersed through out and for the fact alone I enjoyed it.  That being said I don’t see this as a ‘Christian’ book – honestly the only time I heard God’s name invoked was in a moment of anger using a term that even the character Emma found antiquated, “***’s teeth”.  There was some other cussing that went on and even Emma, who prided herself in the first book of not having sex before marriage (even though she did make that mistake once), puts herself in compromising positions and even flirts with the idea of not worrying about it anymore.

 

Overall, the book was great up until about the last 5 chapters or so, when some of my main concerns took place – and I think most of my issues could have simply been left out – really cussing takes away from any story, book, show or movie.  This last part may come across as hypocritical, but I’ll risk it, while I did like the book up until the last few chapters I have to say I was uncomfortable in the subject matter of Matthew being immortal and his seemingly hypnotic state over Emma – I just don’t think that books that are marketed towards the Christian audience should deal with things that are so un-Christian.  The only reason why I finished the book was because I have a hard time not finishing a book, so I finished it, but I could not in good conscience recommend it to a Christian friend.

 

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The Book of Books by Trevor Dennis


About the Book:

The Bible, the story of God’s people, has been passed down through the generations. But how often does a combination of the complex or outdated language, the extensive genealogy lists, and the unfamiliar culture stand in the way of young readers’ understanding of a truly great story?

In The Book of Books, Trevor Dennis uses his natural gift for storytelling to create a story everyone can understand and enjoy reading. Young readers will appreciate Dennis honest and simple way of retelling the most famous Bible stories. Written in novel form, each chapter–from the story of creation in Genesis to the description of the Heavenly City found in Revelation–transitions smoothly into the next.

My Opinion:

 

This isn’t the Bible but it’s great to have on hand for those moments where a child, or even an adult has a hard time in understanding what is being said in the Bible.  This is a re-telling of the stories we all know and love in the Bible, but it’s done in a way that makes it accessible and available for those who don’t know much about the Bible or feel that it’s above them.  I admit I too sometimes struggle with all the begats and thous, but I treasure the language and beauty of the Bible, but a good re-telling helps with younger children as I have in my house.

 

Each story remains true to the accounts in the Bible, so as with some retelling of the Bible you don’t have to worry about the Bible’s inspired words being changed to fit an agenda or someone’s doctrine.  The stories are engaging and the few pictures that are scattered throughout are attention getting, so the young child will also have something to look at.  The illustrations are not in color or huge but add a lovely touch to the story and the book overall.  My children enjoy the stories, especially my younger ones, whereas my older prefers to read straight from the Bible – but in my opinion whatever way we can get God’s Word into the hearts and minds of our (His) children is a good thing.

 

The book is also very pretty, it’s cover a beautiful hard back that will look grand on the bookshelf or end table and I think it will truly be a treasured book as it’s read over and over.  If you are wanting a great book that tells Bible stories on a level of understanding for a variety of ages that will also become a treasured story time addition, then look no further than The Book of Books.

 

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