Recommendation: **** (4-star)
Positives: A great story filled with integrity! Kids will love the storyline and will learn about the legal system as well. Most importantly they will learn the freedom that comes from truth and trusting in the God-given authority we are placed under.
Negatives: I was a bit disappointed in the ending. I was hoping there would be a better conclusion to the story, but I may have to read the sequel for that!
Talking Points: Theodore Boone, like all of us, has a conscience. Talk to your children about the importance of their conscience. God created us to know the difference between right and wrong. His law is written on our hearts. But what happens when we ignore our conscience? Read Romans 2, particularly verses 14 -16. What do these verses say about our conscience? Talk about how Theo handled the difficult situation he was in. He learned to trust in those God had placed in authority over him. While he did not right away want to go and speak with his parents, he finally realized the wisdom and experience his parents could bring to the situation. God has placed many forms of authority in all of our lives. Teach your children the wisdom of recognizing authority and trusting in God's plan for them as they obey their parents, and as they grow older and are placed under many different authorities (Eph. 6:1-8, Rom. 13:1-7).
Age Level: 8 years of age and up