Recommendation: **** (4-stars)
Positives: Kids will enjoy the medieval setting and the high level of intrigue. The well-developed characters are clever, sinister and thought provoking.
Talking Points: Raised in an abbey and surrounded by religious practices and people for many years Thomas was calloused toward God. He questioned his goodness, his love and even his existence. Talk to your kids about their thoughts and feelings toward religion. Let your kids be open and honest and carefully listen to their answers. Use this conversation to continually point your child to the gospel. I Corinthians 1:18 tells us that the cross is foolishness to unbelievers, they cannot understand it. Pray for the Spirit of God to work in your child's heart and continue to teach them of the great Creator God who sent his Son to rescue us from our greatest danger - our own sinful hearts. Romans 8 is a wonderful passage that I kept thinking of while reading this story.
Age Level: 10 years of age and up
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for this review.