Jean’s Black Diamond

Friday, February 8, 2013
Jean found it hard to sleep that night. Many times she sat up and gazed out of the window, on to the moonlit peaks and dark valleys, imagining herself out there among the horses – even riding her – yes, her black mare – Black Diamond! Oh, what a name! She would call her Black Diamond! And suddenly, Jean thought of another thing – would her father let her have the mare?

Book: Jean's Black Diamond by Deborah Bennett, Christian Literature Crusade, 1951

Genre: Adventure/Horse Story
Target Audience: Girls 12-16
Subjects: Horses, relationship with family, salvation, sacrifice
Summary: She’s the most beautiful horse Jean has ever seen! And that’s saying something because Jean has grown up on horses. When their family catches some wild mares to train and sell, Jean falls in love with one of them. She takes full responsibility for the training of Black Diamond. She wants desperately to keep her, but the money from the sale will go towards her brother’s medical school – something else she wants desperately. The family can not afford both. Either Jean or her brother will have to give up their dream.
Notes: This is a story written by a 15 year old girl that won 2nd prize in a competition. It’s very much a family story – Jean is the main character but the story is about interactions with all of the family members. A guest comes and the way of salvation is explained and the whole family is involved in encouraging him in putting his trust in Christ for his salvation. A cousin comes to visit and the whole family is involved in helping this city girl experience the joys of the country. The siblings put on a play together for the parents. It’s all focused around the family. The big issue is that Jean doesn’t want to give up her horse and her brother doesn’t want to give up the dream of medical school but both love their sibling enough to be willing to sacrifice their dreams for the other one.
Recommendation Scale: 4.5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Romans 12:10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.


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