Friday, August 17, 2012

The Kingdom by Bryan M. Litfin

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

The final book in the Chiveis Trilogy concludes the adventures of Teofil and Anastasia. The action, adventure and spell-binding storyline that captured you in the first 2 books keeps you until the final page! The mission for Teo and Ana has never changed, to bring the Sacred Writings back to the people of Chiveis, to introduce them to Deu and His Son, Iesus Christus. Whatever the cost, no matter the danger, they are committed to this end. After years in exile, danger around every turn, being kidnapped and tortured their resolve has not dimished. As they uncover the lies that have ensnared the people of their homeland for many years, the lies that have allowed Astebril to enslave these people they must again face the High Priestess who has shamelessly carried out these lies. Will they be able to see their dream come true? Will the Chivesian people embrace the truth found in the Sacred Writings of Deu? Will Teo and Ana commit themselves to Deu and to each other forever?

Positives: Litfin delivers another engaging and action-filled story that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat til the very end. The intricate storyline is perfectly woven together. It provides an excellent example of the many who have suffered greatly for the gospel and died to preserve the truth of the Scripture for those who would come after them. The desire Ana, in particular has, for her people to know Deu should convict us greatly.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: The Scripture passage I kept thinking of while reading this is II Cor. 11:25-28. In this passage Paul recounts the dangers and hardships he encountered during his missions trips - beaten and shipwrecked. But the thing that weighs most heavily on Paul is the churches he has ministered in. Teo and Ana had this same heavy heart for those who had not heard the gospel, they counted all the pain they had suffered as worth the cost if they could only tell others about Deu and his Son, Iesus. Talk to your kids about their conviction. Do they want others to know about Jesus? Are they willing to be ridiculed? Are they willing to boldly proclaim the name of Jesus to their friends? Are they willing to count the cost? Teach them to boldly share their faith with grace and truth.

Age Level: 16 years of age and up. Please note that there is some sexual content in this book. Please be aware of that as you make a decision regarding your child reading this book.

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

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