“It is time. Take the scroll. When it is time to open it again, you will know. Never let this scroll leave you. Secrets and clues will appear on the pages that will help you,” Gillamon’s voice said seriously, “or that will hurt you if it falls into the wrong hands.” “But where are to go now?” Liz asked. “The direction you must go will become clear soon – it is coming now. When you reach the ones who will protect you, that will be the town,” Gillamon replied. “I must now be silent. Know that you are loved and you are able.”
Book: The Prophet, The Shepherd And The Star by Jenny L. Cote, Living Ink Publishers, 2010
Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 10-15
Subjects: Biblical History, Prophecy, Trust in God
Summary: Being a follower of the one true God isn’t easy. Al, Liz, Max, Kate and Nigel, animals chosen by God to assist His messengers know that well. For centuries they’ve assisted God’s people in any way they can. Their latest mission is to help the prophets Isaiah, Daniel and Jeremiah, then help prepare for the Messiah by assisting Joseph and Mary. The devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking to destroy all who dare follow. It’s up to these two cats, two dogs and mouse to come through – whether that be in a den of hungry lions, a sheep pasture or a king’s banquet!
Notes: Delightful, playful, entertaining, educational, enlightening – all of these words describe this book well. It covers Biblical history from the time of Isaiah to the escape of Joseph, Mary and Jesus into Egypt. It does so in a way that shows how all the events fit together, pointing towards the big picture in a simple enough manner for children to understand. It frequently quotes whole passages of Scripture within it’s pages. Theological issues such as sin nature are brought up and discussed and given a Biblical perspective on. And in the midst of all of this, the book entertains and delights. Having five different animals, each with unique personalities brings a fun, more lighthearted touch to the book. Covering Biblical history can be intense and the author does a good job lightening it through the characters without minimizing it’s significance. This is the first in a series, but also 3rd, as there is another series of two books before this series , but that tie everything together. I highly recommend this one!
Recommendation Scale: 4/4
1 Peter 1:16-21 – We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.