Recommendation: **** (4-stars)
Positives: This series provides a fun way for kids to learn a bit about history, and see how Christian's have played integral parts in history. My 7-year old was thoroughly engaged in the story and has begged me to get more! They are great for her to read by herself, but we also love reading them together. I loved the detail brought out in the story of the backpack, the parachute and the watch. Through these kids can see that God takes care of the smallest details of our lives. We also enjoyed going online and entering our "secret password" to learn more about Corrie ten Boom.
Talking Points: There are many conversations you could have with your children surrounding this story. My daughter and I talked about God's sovereignty and our call to trust Him. Our kids can wonder why such horrible things had to happen and still happen in our world. We must continue to point them to a God who is sovereign - in control of all things. Here are a few Scriptures that talk about God's sovereignty: Job 14:5-6, Job 42:2, Psalm 33:10-15, Psalm 115:3, Psalm 139, Prov. 16:4-9, Prov. 21:1, Is. 55;10-11, Rom. 13:1-2, James 4;13-15. We can only trust a God who is in complete control of all things! Teach your children that God is indeed worthy of their trust because He knows the very number of hairs on their head (Matt. 10:30). Read through the Psalms with your kids and make note of everytime the word trust is used. Talk about how and why we put are to put our trust in the Lord and not in earthly things.
Age Level: 5-10 year olds (7 year old reading level)
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing for this review.