I was going to have to provoke him and see what he did. I turned and sized him up. He looked about five ten and weighed close to two-twenty. Had a bit of a gut. But he was wearing a holster holding two guns that I could see and who knew what else. This might backfire in a big way. Even if he was guilty he could still deny everything. He could also kill me.
Book: Chokepoint by Jill Williamson, Novel Teen Press, 2012
Target Audience: Boys 13-18
Subjects: Visions/Prophecy, Prayer, Betrayal, Dating Relationships, Friendship
Summary: Trying to mo on and be a normal teenage boy isn’t easy with bodyguards trailing you everywhere, friends who betray you, pests and antagonists who care more about you than you guessed. Throw in intense workouts for both basketball and LCT – the martial arts training taught by the Mission League along with normal school stuff and Spencer is in deep. The real chokepoint comes when the bad guys get around Spencer’s bodyguards though. They are willing to destroy anything – or anyone – in their way.
Notes: Chokepoint is the second in the Mission League Chronicles, a series about an unsaved boy who joins a Christian Spy Group for teens just to keep out of the military school his grandmother is threatening him with.
As the series progresses he learns of his parents’ history with the league, develops some friends, gets introduced to spiritual gifts – including the gift of prophecy – which he has, and discovers that he may be the fulfillment of a prophecy himself and therefore a key target for the enemy. In this series there are good and bad examples set by all of the characters but it is pointed out clearly which are which most of the time so the teenage reader isn’t left doubting which is right and which is wrong. Purity is a common resounding theme as Spencer learns how to treat girls with respect and decency.
In this book, Spencer pursues a girl from the Mission League who tells him she has no intention of kissing anyone until marriage. His friend Gabe challenges him to not “treat girls like meat” and to be careful not to lead them on.
There is also the continuing element of Spencer’s need for salvation. He has not made the choice to put his trust in Christ yet. His doesn’t yet believe prayer will accomplish anything for him.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
2 Timothy 2:22 – Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.