The Frontier Boys

Friday, December 28, 2012
“There was a drive-by shooting tonight outside the skating rink. Three shots were fired.” Reverend Lewis stopped abruptly. He could barely choke out the words. “We think the bullets hit the concrete wall. One of them ricocheted off the wall and…” He stopped again. He had to swallow air for a second before his voice could continue. “One of them is currently lodged in the lower portion of TJ’s spine.”

Book:The Frontier Boys: The Novel by John Grooters, Destiny Image Fiction, 2012

Genre: Suspense
Target Audience: Boys 13-19
Subjects: Death, Prayer, Crime, Drugs, Guilt, Fear
Summary: At age ten they were dubbed “The Frontier Boys” by a local newspaper reporter who watched them try to sell the fish they’d caught. They’ve been friends for all these years. Three of ‘em basketball players, one the team’s biggest cheerleader. But something is about to change. A young man in town is dissatisfied with his life and takes a step to do something about that dissatisfaction. One wrong choice, one secret meeting and the path is set. Less than a week later the consequences are clearly seen as one of the Frontier Boys lies in the hospital injured and likely dying. Chances of his survival aren’t good. And one of the Frontier Boys feels the weight of this more deeply than the others. His feeling is guilt. And fear. But God is bigger than guilt and fear and He’s not done with any of the boys yet!
Notes: This story shows the power of simple choices. The boy who is weighed down with guilt didn’t even fully make the choice to do wrong. He merely considered it long enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The boy who was injured is injured because of a simple choice to stand up to evil in a quiet manner. No threats or weapons, just a quiet voice. And the one responsible for bringing the powerful followers of evil to their town simply made the choice to wallow in self pity and pride, causing him to take actions that led to the near murder of a young boy. It also shows how God is bigger than fear and guilt and the one who feels responsible keeps quiet about what he knows for a long time, but finally makes the right choice. And when the injured boy finally regains consciousness, it’s after the others gathered around him praying for his healing. The book contains a few characters with very strong faith who turn to God, crying out for help and understanding and wisdom as they face this challenge.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 4/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Hebrews 10:22 – Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.


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