Saturday, January 25, 2014

Martyr's Fire by Sigmund Brouwer

Recommendation: **** (4-stars)

In the 3rd book of Merlin's Immortals Series we are presented with many plot twists and lots of exciting adventure! Thomas manages to narrowly escape danger on numerous occasions. He is still searching for answers to the secret of Magnus and his role in this dangerous game of deception that is being played out all around him. His beliefs are tested and his faith is stretched - whom should he trust?

Positives: True to the previous books, there is no end of danger and mystery in this installment of the series. I thoroughly enjoy trying to figure out the mystery as the story moves along and I love the emphasis on faith and trust that the author continues to weave throughout this book.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: Thomas continues to struggle with his faith throughout this story. He wants to believe in God, but allows his experiences to cloud his judgment in search of truth. Talk to your kids about your own faith struggles. Was there a time you doubted God, His goodness, His faithfulness, His love? Help your child build their faith upon the truths found in Scripture, not experience.  The more we know and understand the God of the Bible, the stronger our faith will grow. God cannot lie (Heb. 6:18, Titus 1:2) so when He says He is love (I John 4) we can believe it, when He says He is faithful (I Cor. 1:9, II Cor. 1:18, II Thess. 3:3), we can trust it. The more your kids learn to lean on these truths the stronger they will stand in the storm.

Age Level: 10 years of age and up

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