Thursday, October 11, 2012

Escape To The Hiding Place by Marianne Hering and Marshal Younger

Recommendation: **** (4-stars)

This is the 9th book in The Imagination Station Series from Adventures in Odyssey and Focus on the Family. This series takes the reader on a historical adventure and teaches a character trait or truth along  the way. In Escape to the Hiding Place, Beth  and Patrick are taken to Holland during World War II. Here they meet members of the Dutch Resistance who are trying to help Jews and many others stay alive and avoid the war camps. Due to dangerous circumstances, Beth and Patrick are asked to help deliver a young baby to her mother as they have been separated. They are given an address and told they must go quickly and keep the baby hidden as she doesn't have proper papers. With danger following them Beth and Patrick are able to arrive safely and meet Corrie ten Boom and her family. They see the great danger Corrie puts herself in to help others and learn that even kids can do great things for God.

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.

Negatives: None

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.

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