Madeline L'Engle writes books for teens and adults. One of the best characteristics of her books is that the characters are often complex and contradiMadeline L'Engle writes books for teens and adults. One of the best characteristics of her books is that the characters are often complex and contradictory. I feel that this book is one of the most complex of the YA genre. It deals with heroes who have feet of clay and that is something young people (and some old) need to come to terms with. This makes it a great choice for kids from about 7th grade and up. Some of the things introduced in this book allow young people to gain skills in recognizing inappropriate actions of beloved adults and explore their own reactions to the situation vicariously.
This said, it is a great book and one that should be interesting and helpful to a wide variety of kids....more
I am sorry to have to give this only 2 stars, but the writing is very amateurish and there are a lot of awkward sentences and grammatical mistakes. ThI am sorry to have to give this only 2 stars, but the writing is very amateurish and there are a lot of awkward sentences and grammatical mistakes. There is also a problem with the way agencies such as the FBI or CIA are portrayed. These agencies just don't operate the way the writer makes them. The situations presented here are like NASA opening the back door to enjoy the spring breezes. Labs which are supposedly sending signals to satellites which interfere with the proteins in the brain and cause heart attacks in a target area simply don't have the lack of security which would allow a 12-year-old kid to break in. You might be able to get by with it in a kids book, but not a book for adults.
There are some interesting ideas in the books and I can't say it was a waste of time, but the writing needs to be more polished, better edited, and better researched....more
What would it be like if Jesus came to our town and started doing miracles right and left? It sounds nice, but this fascinating book shows what kind oWhat would it be like if Jesus came to our town and started doing miracles right and left? It sounds nice, but this fascinating book shows what kind of things could happen. First, how many people would know how to tell if he truly was Jesus? Just because someone does miracles doesn't mean that they are from God. The Bible is very clear about a time in our future when people will do miracles in Jesus' name and they won't be from God.
Frank Peretti is great at creating characters who are flawed, but resonate with the reader. Even people whose religious background seems different are created with the good and the bad of each denomination. The main character, Travis Jordan, was an eager Pentecostal minister before his beloved wife sickened with cancer and died. He resigned from his church to examine his priorities and sort out the spiritual fallout from this difficult time. Unfortunately, the present minister of his church won't let him sit on the sidelines. As irritating as Kyle is, Travis can see himself in the young minister and somehow is able to separate the chaff from the wheat.
Kyle needs all the help he can get when a young man comes to town working miracles and preaching love and fellowship. If everyone in town will just love and believe in themselves, then heaven will reign on earth...only it isn't that simple. What is interesting about this book is that it takes some superficial beliefs and draws them to their complicated conclusions. If people believe that they just have to be true to themselves and follow wherever their desires lead them what happens to the people whose lives are linked to theirs? Poor Jim and his daughter just want to know what to do about dinner and what do they do while Dee is out finding herself? Things are not as simple as sound bites might lead us to believe....more