Friday, November 18, 2011

Flickering Hope by Naomi Kinsman

Recommendation: Recommended

Young Sadie is settling into her new life. She has made some new friends and is learning much about herself as well. However distress and drama are never too far out of reach. It seems her enemy Frankie wants to be friends, but why? Who can she trust and how does she know what the "right" thing to do is?

Positives: Sadie is growing up and trying to navigate these difficult years in life, I think the author has done a great job of portraying her character. She continues to ask questions about who God is and pursues involvement with the local youth group. This story continued right where the first book "Shades of Truth" left off.

Negatives: Sadie is still seeking answers to her questions about God and I feel like she is receiving "religious" answers, but not "gospel" answers. The youth group she is involved in takes on a Christmas service project. While this is great, there is still no Jesus and no gospel presented to Sadie and her unsaved family and friends. I hope it's coming in future books!

Talking Points: There is a boy/girl relationship developing between Sadie and Andrew and at the end of the story they have a picnic in the woods together. Talk to your daughter about your expectations for her relationships with boys as she grows older. Hopefully you have already prayerfully considered how you will handle these relationships, but communicate lovingly and clearly to her your Scriptural viewpoint and tell her you want to always be available to talk about boys, or anything for that matter! Sadie also seems to have difficulties with friendships. A good place to start is the book of Proverbs to see what a good friend is or isn't. Talk about what it means to be a good friend and help her cultivate godly friendships. Here are some good verses to start with - Prov. 17:17, Prov. 27:6, Prov. 27:9, Prov. 16:28, Prov. 17:9.

Agel Level: Girls 10-14 years of age

I  received a free copy of this book from Zonderkidz in exchange for this review.

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