Escape From The Slave Traders

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Wikatani looked as if he was fighting for his life! One man held him securely from behind while another man tried to bind the boy’s feet with cords. Frightened, Chuma barely held back a scream. What should he do? Should he rush to the attackers and try to free his friend or hold back until he figured out what was happening? Just then Wikatani must have bitten the hand of the man who held him because the man yelped, and Wikatani began yelling again: “Chuma! Chuma! Run for help!” Quickly the man clamped his hand back over Wikatani’s mouth and looked at Chuma.

Book: Escape from the Slave Traders: David Livingstone (Trailblazer Books #5) by Dave and Neta Jackson, Bethany House Publishers, 1992

Genre: Adventure
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 14 and under
Subjects: Slavery, Gospel message, Missions
Summary: Two young boys, Wikatani and Chuma, have been captured by slave traders. “Where are they being taken? Will they survive?” They do not have the answers to those questions. Their only hope is David Livingstone, a missionary and a man against slavery. But will he take the time and effort to save two frightened boys?
Notes: This book tells the story of David Livingstone. It is #27 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. This one doesn’t really have God at the center of everything, but it does show how a life can change through contact with Christians. It introduces the historical figure David Livingstone, making the history into something interesting.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Sofia Marie

Mathew 25:40b – ‘Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’


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