An angry teen, a desperate mother, a missing father, and a shadow lurking in the background. Things were going from bad to worse for Nick and his family. But just as he was ready to leave home, he was given the story of his far-off grandfather to read another angry young man who lived in the shadows, but whose life was changed forever by his encounter with a carpenter who rescued him as he wandered through a first century graveyard. Could that long ago story save Nick as well?
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Meet Marty Machowski:
Marty Machowski is the Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over 25 years. Marty leads Promise Kingdom, the children's ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He is the author of a systematic theology for children entitled The Ology, Long Story Short, Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, The Gospel Story Sunday School Curriculum and the companion Gospel Story Children's Bible. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester Pennsylvania area.
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At first even though the book synopsis grabbed my attention, the cover did not really appeal to me. I thought my son might enjoy the book though, so I asked him if he would like to read it. However, he thought he would prefer to wait a while. Somehow, I ended up with the book anyhow and I am so glad I did. Not only, because I know my son is going to like it, but others I know will also benefit from this book, too.
This is quite an intriguing story. I was pretty much caught up in the tale from the first chapter, especially since I can relate to having teenagers. Nick is a young man with an attitude. He is becoming quite defiant and challenging his mother's authority. After reaching the end of her rope, his mom finally shares the family legend with him. It is written in a leather bound journal, one passed down from generation to generation. The book tells the story of Nick's family history, which ironically relates to all our family's history. It's the account of the dragon, once an angel, that fell from heaven and began sowing his dragon seed in the hearts of humans. The author was very creative in using the story from the Bible, written in a way kids can understand, to create a family legend. As he reads, Nick becomes intrigued; as was I. The author creatively presents the fall of man, sin, the promise of deliverance, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and hope for living free from the curse of the dragon seed. The end of the book includes a study covering the topic of pride and the antidote for the dragon seed.
I would definitely recommend this book. A great read for young folks that is very eye opening. Recommended for ages 12 and up, but some more mature 10 and 11 year old's would likely benefit.
A big thank you to the publisher and Litfuse Publicity for providing me with a free copy to read. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.