Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Mystery of the Indian Carvings by Gloria Repp

Recommendation: **** (4-star)

Julie Fletcher has problems, a stepmom who doesn't like her, a temper she can't seem to control...but maybe this change is exactly what she needs. Her father has decided to send her to live with her aunt, uncle and cousin Karin, for a couple of weeks this summer. Although nervous, Julie is hopeful that she will be able to enjoy her time this summer. As she meets her extended  family however, her hopes begin to fade as it becomes evident that Karin clearly doesn't want her there and her aunt and uncle are too distracted with their own problems to pay much attention to her. How could her father send her here? And how could he speak of the great memories he had of spending his summers here? Will this summer be the start of a change in her life?

Positives: A nice story that young girls, in particular, will enjoy as they will be able to relate to Julie's character. I enjoyed how the story brought together so many facets of a young girls life and wove them together. Family and friendships in particular were addressed and it was great to see how these played out in Julie's mind throughout the story.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: One of the biggest struggles Julie faced was controlling her temper. Obviously this had been a problem at home with her stepmother and continued to be a problem at her aunt and uncle's. It wasn't until Julie was confronted with the idea of asking the Holy Spirit to help  her that she began to see change and experience victory. Talk about the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer with your kids. John 14:16-17 tell us that the believer receives the Holy Spirit as a helper. How can we say "no" to sin? How can resist temptation? Only  by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our flesh is weak! Don't be afraid to teach your child that believers cannot live a life of holiness on their own. Teach them to cry out for a Helper to come and rescue them in the moment of temptation. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit will we experience victory over sin.

Age Level: 10 years of age and up

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

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Monique, for this thoughtful review. You have such a gift for pinpointing what I am trying to portray, and you express it well. I do hope your daughter enjoys it!