Monday, September 29, 2014

Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari By Jill Osborne

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for the purpose of review.

Pre-teen shoe model Riley Mae laces up her flaming orange Sole Fire running shoes for another ad campaign in the third book of the Faithgirlz! Good News Shoes series. Kenya, Africa is the perfect place for runners to train, with its high elevation and encouragement from members of the famous Kalenjin tribe. It’s also a great hiding place for Riley and her Swiftriver friends from enemies back in the United States, but for how long? Adjusting to African culture is difficult, but by doing work she’s not accustomed to and by spending time with the kids and the Christian women in the village, Riley finds herself growing stronger physically, and praying expectantly for ways that God can use her to spread the Good News. Her prayers are answered in exciting and startling ways when Riley meets an orphaned girl seeking answers at a children’s home in Nairobi, but also when an error in judgment causes her to stumble into a surprise meeting with the enemy.

Available on Amazon in print or on Kindle. Also available at Zondervan.

About the Author:
Image of Jill OsborneJill Osborne works in children's ministry and has a passion for telling great stories. She has written plays and skits for youth group and Sunday morning drama teams, curriculum for children's ministry, countless articles for Church newsletters, and a blog about taking a Sabatical in a motor home. Good News Shoes is her first series for kids. She plans to run with it.

I was privileged to receive this book from Book Look in exchanged for an unbiased review.

My Thoughts:
Jill Osborne is skilled in writing books for girls. I really enjoyed reading about Riley Mae's adventure in Kenya. After getting a quick read, I shared the book with Katie, who is 12, so she could review it for you.  It's so nice to hear how someone the age the book is written for actually feels about it. 

This is what she had to say:

Riley Mae and her Swiftriver friends are now in Kenya!  It’s a place where there are so many chores, and kids have to run to schools that are miles away.  Riley Mae is very “determined”  in her situation.  I especially like the part when she races a bunch of fast Kenyan kids and faints before the finish line!  The best part is there could be someone out there who doesn't know the good news of Christ and you can tell them.   The book really shows you how to do that.  (Not to mention how to escape a lurking lion!)  I recommend it to anyone who is determined to do anything, and is ready for an adventure.

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