Assassins In The Cathedral

Thursday, June 16, 2011
He was working on his second scene, where King Mwanga ties up the three boy servants and threatens to throw them in the fire if they don’t give up their faith. But the image of his sister and Charity Kivengere being thrown into the army trucks by the soldiers kept pushing into Yacobo’s mind... It made the story feel too frightening, too real.

Book: Assassins In The Cathedral by Dave and Neta Jackson, Bethany House Publishers, 1999
Assassins in the Cathedral: Festo Kivengere (Trailblazer Books #28) 
Genre: Historical Fiction
Target Audience: Boys 11-18
Subjects: Persecution, Forgiveness, Love for enemies
Summary: Uganda is a scary place to be. Yacobo is busy with his schoolwork, writing a play based off of the true story of three servant boys being martyred for their faith. But the play starts to feel very real when people Yacobo knows and loves become martyred as well. Festo Kivengere encourages the people to stand firm in their faith and keep pursuing the play, but when even more persecution comes, Yacobo finds he no longer even wants to.
Notes: This book tells the story of the Ugandan evangelist and bishop Festo Kivengere. It is #28 in the Trailblazers series, a series designed to introduce readers to famous missionaries throughout history. The authors always have young characters who interact with the missionaries and who the story is centered around. These characters often are helped by the missionary, then learn to understand the heart for the lost themselves.
Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi
Matthew 5:11 – “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me


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