Monday, March 18, 2013

Fortress of Mist by Sigmund Brouwer

Recommendation: ****

In the second book of the Merlin's Immortals Series Brouwer once again masterfully weaves a story that kept me on reading much to late into the night for this mom! Thomas has fulfilled part of the destiny he was born too, but he is discovering that there is much more yet to discover and unfold. He must tread carefully as he is unsure who to trust or where to turn to for guidance. As a young Lord of his castle he is discovering secrets that have been uncovered for ages. In his quest for truth Thomas must decide whom he will serve, but he is learning that this decision may not be based on facts, but faith.

Positives: This story was positively riveting! The first book I struggled at the beginning, but in this sequel I was hooked from the start. The plot was very intriguing (I don't want to spoil it for you!) and had plenty of twists and turns that were unexpected. Boys in particular will love the battle/action scenes.  I love the idea of faith that the author is bringing out. Thomas must make decisions based on fact and faith. He may not be given all the answers he seeks, and this is where his faith must come in. The inner conflict of Thomas is a great illustration of a young Christian's road to faith in Christ.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: Talk to your kids about faith. Their own faith and yours! If you look up "faith" in a Bible dictionary it talks about it being a (1) firm conviction (2) a personal surrender (to God) and (3) a conduct inspired by such surrender.  It says that faith stands in contrast to belief which is a purely natural exercise. Help your kids understand that faith is a gift from God (Eph. 2:8) that will grow as it feeds on God's Word (Rom. 10:17). Faith is supernatural! Even when we don't have all the answers we can have faith. Demonstrate this to your children! Can we understand everything about who God is? No! He is God! If we could completely understand Him, he would not be worthy of our worship! Just as Thomas is beginning to have to make decisions when he doesn't have all the answers, in the same manner we exercise our faith in Christ. Read Hebrews 11 with your kids so they can hear of the great faith exercised by those who have walked before them. But don't stop there! Read Hebrews 12 to remind them that the object of our faith is Jesus Christ!

Age Level: 10 years of age and up

I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for this review.

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