YOU HAVE ACCESSED THE INTERNATIONAL SERVER FOR THE MISSION LEAGUE. THESE FILES CONTAIN CLASSIFIED INFORMATION ON THE...moreSummary from Amazon says it all--
YOU HAVE ACCESSED THE INTERNATIONAL SERVER FOR THE MISSION LEAGUE. THESE FILES CONTAIN CLASSIFIED INFORMATION ON THE ORGANIZATION, AGENTS, CRIMINALS, PROCEDURES, TRAININGS, AND MISSIONS.
GOD HAS CALLED. YOU HAVE ANSWERED.
Mission 1: Moscow
Forced to choose between military school and a Christian spy organization, skeptic Spencer Garmond signs on with the Bible geeks. But before he even boards the plane for Moscow, Spencer realizes this is no Bible club.
These guys mean business.
Stumbling onto a case involving a gang of homeless boys, a chilling tattoo, and the always beautiful Anya Vseveloda, Spencer struggles to find the faith needed to save the Mission League from enemy infiltration.
The New Recruit is the first book in a thrilling new spy adventure series designed for reluctant tween and teen audiences.(less)
Fast-paced dystopian adventure whose roots come from Daniel 1. Remember this one when families ask for "Christian teen fiction for boys that's not sci...moreFast-paced dystopian adventure whose roots come from Daniel 1. Remember this one when families ask for "Christian teen fiction for boys that's not science fiction!" (Thanks Tanvi for the rec.!)
review section from Sarah Elizabeth on Amazon: "Keep in mind that while this book does contain some mature content (that may be inappropriate for younger teens) this book is ultimately founded upon a Christian Worldview. If you loved reading The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins and The Giver Series by Lois Lowry then you'll most likely enjoy reading Captives by Jill Williamson too."(less)
This was a fantastical tale with some Biblically-based themes that I enjoyed quite a bit. It's freely available as an ebook and I recommend it particu...moreThis was a fantastical tale with some Biblically-based themes that I enjoyed quite a bit. It's freely available as an ebook and I recommend it particularly to fans of CS Lewis, Tolkein, Madeleine L'Engle, etc. It also reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, and Nathaniel Hawthorne's darker short stories. It definitely has dark passages and it will make you think!
Possible spoiler alert:
In the end, I thought the main message was that we are all stupid and make dumb choices, which can have bad consequences, but Jesus forgives us.(less)
On one level, I really liked this book simply as a fantasy/historical fiction. Lewis does a great job of painting the details of a pagan community nea...moreOn one level, I really liked this book simply as a fantasy/historical fiction. Lewis does a great job of painting the details of a pagan community near Greece before the time of Christ (not sure on those details, but they're close). Kings and queens, servants and swordplay, local priests and religion full of sacrifice, all these and more are intricately described. The adventure of life in such a palace was fascinating and fun to read.
Of course there's more to the book, since it is Lewis, and the book did make me think about a lot of questions. Is love ever truly selfless? Can it be destructive? What causes mobs of people to completely change their minds in a matter of days? What do the gods (God) think of us? How much can we know the divine, and how much does our flesh completely limit us? How do we react when one person has a supernatural experience/belief that we think we can't share?
Although the back of the book tries to sum up the story in 3 paragraphs, I find it more useful to think about the questions the book posed. Lewis himself in this book seems to be challenging us to read the story as a way of challenging our beliefs on a variety of levels rather than making some neat allegorical point.
Overall I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes historically-based fantasy and anyone who wants to think more deeply about religion. (less)