Recommendation: **** (4-star)
Positives: I love how the author interwove the story Marty is writing within the story of Marty himself. I also enjoyed the relationship that developed between Marty and his father.
Negatives: I didn't love that Marty and his sister referred to their mother as the "Barn Owl", but her character sure made the story funny and she even began to realize toward the end that she needed to let her son grow up.
Talking Points: While I love the humorous approach this book takes, don't be afraid to address the more serious topic of death. Take the opportunity to talk to your kids about the state of their soul. Do they know where they will go when they die? Do they know that they will face God, their Creator when they die (Heb. 9:27)? Don't miss an opportunity to share the gospel with your kids! Tell them that a holy, perfect God created them yet because of our sin we cannot have a relationship with Him. Because He loves us, He sent Jesus Christ, His only Son to this earth to live a perfect and sinless life and to pay the penalty for our sin by dying on the cross. He defeated sin and death and rose again on the third day and He know sits in heaven at the right hand of God, His Father. When we repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ - placing our faith in His death, knowing that only by His grace can we stand before God and be declared righteous, we can spend eternity in heaven with Him! Here are some Scriptures that may help. Is. 6:1-3, Rev. 4:8, Rom. 3:23, Eph. 2:1-3, I Cor. 6:9-11, Rom. 6:23, John 1:1-5, Phil. 2:5-11, Is. 53, Heb. 9:22, Matt. 27-28, I Cor. 15, Acts. 4:12, 16:30-33, Eph. 2:8-9, I John 5:13
Age Level: 10 years of age and up