I recently discovered a neat website that offers bloggers free books in return for a reviews. This is a fantastic find if you are a blogger and love to read =) The website is Blogging for Books, go check it out if you have a blog! The first book I agreed to review is called His Mighty Warrior: A Treasure Map from Your King.
Before I even opened this book I was pleased. The front cover is slightly puffy. I know that’s silly to note, but it just gives an extra something special to the book. The cover art is of a boy on an adventure…what young boy wouldn't be intrigued by that! The first thing I noticed upon opening the book is that the beautiful artwork from the cover continues inside. Each page is really a picture in itself with the words set on top. ***Confession: I was assuming that I would try to sell this book after I read and reviewed it, but it is just such a quality looking book that I want it on my shelf!
This book is not a story, but more of a devotional for boys. Each page that you open to features a (fictional) letter from God to your boy, a Bible verse, and a prayer for your boy to pray in response to the letter and verse. It reads like the final words of instruction and encouragement a father would give to a son who is going off on a journey. Each letter encourages or instructs your boy in a way that he should act (be courageous, be a protector, obey the rules, etc.) and is doctrinally strong on points like God's sovereignty and our utter dependence on Him. The content is not dumbed-down, but is still appealing to young, imaginative minds. Here is an example from one of the ‘letters’…
"You will be surrounded by boys and girls who do not want to follow the rules. I do not want you to be like them. I want you to be a leader, not a follower. A true leader will be strong and do the right thing."
The prayers are fantastic responses to the letters. Each one is honest, often with a confession of wrong behavior and a plea to God for help in doing the right thing. Here is an example of one of the prayers…
“Dear God, I want an awesome attitude. Please help me have a grateful heart no matter what happens. I want to be a hero for you and help others do the same by my example. I’m Jesus’s name I pray, amen.”
My only critique is that some of the verses are from the Old Testament and could be taken out of context if the book was being read alone by your son. For example, Deuteronomy 7:6 “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord you God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” While it is true that Christians are holy in God’s eyes and that He chose us to be His, this verse was spoken to the Israelites, and I don’t feel right applying it perfectly to us. Maybe I’m wrong, but I would explain to my son that the principle of this verse is good, but that it wasn’t spoken for us.
This book seems like it would be best suited for a boy around the age or 6-10 years old, but would probably be enjoyed by younger ones as well (they just would not get as much out of the application). The principles are really even great for older children (and us parents, too!) but some of the wording might just be a little too silly for them to get into. I think this book could be read to anyone because the principles it encourages are wonderful, but if your child has actually made Christ the Lord of his life, then this book should be incredibly convicting and (through the Holy Spirit) could produce life changing results!
If you are looking for a great book to encourage Biblical principles in your son’s life, then I would highly recommend this book! I was not required to give His Mighty Warrior: A Treasure Map from Your King a positive review, but I gladly do!Would you kindly take a moment to rate my review?
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*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
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