Friday, May 4, 2012

The Black Circle by Patrick Carman

Recommendation: ***** (5-star)

The hunt for the 39 clues continues and Dan and Amy Cahill find themselves traveling to Russia and finding danger around every corner. As the quest continues Dan and Amy decide to try and join forces with another team, at least temporarily, to follow the trails the clues lead them on. They also discover help from an anonymous source and while still not able to completely trust others, at times they have to choose what seems to be the lesser of two evils.

Positives: I enjoyed the development of some of the other characters in the story, especially Irina. She is still a mystery, but is she softening toward Dan and Amy? What secrets is she protecting? Who is she protecting?

Negatives: None

Talking Points: While reading this I was brought back to thoughts on the sovereignty of God. This story weaves an amazing web of history and fiction and it is fun to read  about the adventures of Dan and Amy. There will always be conspiracy theories, government upheavals and uncertainty. How comforting to know that my God is in complete control over His creation! There isn't a secret He doesn't know. There isn't a king he doesn't rule over. There isn't a family so powerful that He cannot control. There isn't a child so small that He doesn't care for. God has always been and always will be in control. Read Psalm 90 with your kids and talk about the amazing God that we worship who is "from everlasting to everlasting!"

Age Level: 9 years of age and up

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