Saturday, May 14, 2011

Pitch Black - Color Me Lost by Melody Carlson

Recommendation: Recommended

 Pitch Black is a fitting title for this book. It is a very sad and depressing glimpse into the life of a teenage girl. Morgan's life has not been a bed of roses. Her parents were divorced when she was a young girl, her brother is a drug addict and now her mother is about to get married to a man that Morgan doesn't care for. Then she learns that her close friend Jason has committed suicide.

As we ride an emotional roller coaster with Morgan we hear the voices of thousands of other young men and women who struggle with the very same thoughts and feelings each day.

Positives: I appreciated the honesty and vulnerability with which the author approached the subject of teen suicide.

Negatives: I was disapointed in the lack of a clear gospel message in the story. As the kids struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts they were encouraged not to go through with their own suicides because "death is permanent." While this is true, I wish that the topics of heaven and hell had been more clearly addressed. Yes, death is permanent, but it is not the end. You will face judgment and end up in heaven with your Lord and Savior, or in hell facing eternal torment and punishment.

Talking Points: Talk to your kids about life and death. Make sure they understand the realities of hell, that it is a very real place and those who are not believers will be punished forever in hell. Look at Scriptures like Matthew 5:25-30, Matt. 10:28, Luke 12:5 and Heb. 9:24-28. Teach your kids to be evangelists as well. Sharing the hope and joy that come only through Jesus will be a great tool in helping others.

Age Level: 14 years old and up

I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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