Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Battle For Cannibal Island by Marianne Hering and Wayne Thomas Batson

Recommendation: *** (3-stars)

Beth and her cousin Patrick are once again sent on an adventure in the Imagination Station. This time they find themselves on a ship sailing through an area that is known for its cannibals. After being labeled as stowaways they find themselves in danger around every turn. During a storm and in the midst of a prison break the cousins are separated and become desperate to find each other again. Through this adventure the cousins learn about bravery and the importance of relationships - caring for others more than themselves, as Mr. Calvert demonstrates to them.

Positives: This book kept me guessing! Just when you think Beth and Patrick are safe, more trouble seems to find them. I enjoyed the character of Mr. Calvert who willingly sacrificed and put himself in harms way so that the cannibals could hear the gospel. He showed little concern for self, and much concern for the souls of the lost.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: At the end of the story the kids talk about Mr. Calvert and how he continued to pursue Toki and the other cannibals no matter how they treated him. He was so concerned that they understand the gospel. Talk to your kids their level of concern for unsaved friends and family members. Do you regularly pray for the unsaved? Do you encourage your child to share the gospel with others? Are they equipped to do so? Are they more concerned about what others think of them than about their eternal destiny? We must help shape our self-centered hearts to be burdened for the souls of those who do not know Jesus Christ. Can we and our children like Paul in Romans 1:16 say that we "are not ashamed of the Gospel..."? In Philippans 1:23-24 Paul shows his heart for the Philippan people when he states that while it would be far better to be with Christ, He chooses to "remain...for [their] progress and joy in the faith." What sacrifices do we make to obey Christ's call in Matt. 28 to "go into all the world and make disciples..."?

Age Level: 5-10 years of age (7 year old reading level)

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing for this review.

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