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The Heart Changer

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Can an Israelite captive, wrenched from all she loves, serve the very man who destroyed her village?

Miriam is asked to do the impossible: serve the wife of Naaman, commander of the Syrian army. Clinging to treasured memories of home and faith, Miriam faces captivity with worry and bitterness. Little does she know the Heart Changer is wooing and preparing her for a greater
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 26th 2019 by Ambassador International
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Hannah Mead
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
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Suzie Waltner
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I adore books for young readers that carry the message that, no matter what age we are, our actions, decisions, and reactions are noticed—and often influence—others. Jarm del Boccio takes it a step further by introducing young minds to a Bible story they may not have heard or paid a lot of attention to before.

When young Miriam is taken captive and put to work as a slave girl, she’s understandably angry, wondering how a loving God could tear her away from her family and deposit her in a new land
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finding freedom in captivity

The Heart Changer is a very touching and believable account of a twelve-year-old girl who has been torn from her home and forced to serve as a slave for the wife of the man responsible for her slavery and the destruction of her village. Written for a younger audience, there is not a great deal of violence, yet Miriam's agony is clearly felt. I love the way she learned to adjust to her new environment and the struggles she experienced as she sought to trust God even in
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoy Biblical fiction, especially when the main character is a little-known Bible character. This type of situation gives the author room to allow their own imagination to develop a story for that character. I have no problem with this concept as long as it doesn’t change what we do know from Scripture.
Jarm Del Boccio tells a delightful story of Miriam, the captured Israeli girl who becomes the slave to Naaman’s wife. I love how Miriam grows in her faith of Jehovah as the story progresses, a
Becca-Rae Weidel
The Heart Changer is a Middle Grade fiction read appealing to adults as well. It could have easily been turned into a full-length novel, but I recognize the intended audience which makes the length more appropriate. I often find that middle grade fiction feels more choppy simply due to reading level of the audience. Instead I was pleased that this story flowed quite smoothly and was highly capable of creating vivid imagery in my mind. Having said that, it may be better suited to more advanced mi ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I gave this book a quick read. By this I mean it only took me an hour or so to read. It's a great story for your middle-grade readers. The Heart Changer focuses on a young twelve-year-old who is captured by the Syrian army. Her captor sees something in her and offers her to Naaman as a house servant as his wife has been wanting a new one.

Miriam isn't sure if her family survived and doesn't know how she can do this. At first, she's mad at God and doesn't understand what's going on. S
Candy Smith
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely enjoyed this Biblical Fiction story especially since it's such a small account in the massive book of countless stories that Miriam's story may often be overlooked, which makes me admire the author's ability to bring it to life! I'm always intrigued to see Biblical stories come to life in fiction even if they're not totally accurate, which is why it's "fiction", it helps open the eyes of the reader to whole new forgotten worlds of past peoples and culturals. The author did a fantast ...more
June Jacobs
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This middle-grade historical {Biblical period} novel is filled with faith, forgiveness, love, and personal growth.

The author has done an excellent job of creating a story which would make an excellent family, classroom, or church school read-aloud.

I appreciated the poem the author included in the prologue, 'The Master Weaver', and the high-level vocabulary and sentence structure she used throughout the book. The story is filled with a wide range of emotions which draw a reader into the story fro
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Heart Changer takes you on a journey of a young girl who finds forgiveness and compassion and learns how to show it to those who have wronged her.

When faced with the reality that she may never see her family again, Miriam is heart broken and feels only hatred towards her master and his wife. But over time, she learns the importance of learning to forgive those who have hurt her and trusting God to carry out His plan in the midst of her pain. She realizes that that only He can restore hope w
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to keep my attention in a middle-grade novel. Normally. This book was an exception. I was hooked right from the start with the story and writing style.
Miriam jumped out of the page with her personality and tale. Miriam is a very likable character with her struggles and her journey to actually serving God with her life. While seeing life from her perspective, we get a deeper look into an Old Testament Bible story regarding Elisha and the man with leprosy.
I would recommend this story to
Connie Dow
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Heart Changer is Jarmilia Vicki Del Boccio's new middle grade historical novel, and is the retelling of an ancient story. The time and place (the Middle East) is evoked through the many exotic sights, sounds, foods, and situations the main character, Miriam, experiences in her time as a captured slave. Readers will enjoy this well-written and well-paced book, and the colorful and evocative glimpse into the past.
Stephen Zanias
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-library
Interesting take on the story behind Naaman wife's servant and the events leading up to his miraculous healing by God via the prophet Elisha. The events were portrayed in descriptive detail and helped to make me feel likeI was actually there. Jarm Del Boccio does a nice job of setting the stage and driving home the key aspect of our need for a Heart Changer.
A deep look into the heart of a slave; her fears; her struggles, her victories
A.D. Lawrence
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting take on the story of Naaman's healing. Descriptive language helped me feel like I was present in the story. Very good :)
Amanda Geaney
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Rinda Beach
Have you ever wanted to know more about a Bible story, the back story? That’s exactly what Jarm did with Naaman and his leprosy, the Naaman from 2 Kings 5 in the Old Testament. In second Kings, we don’t know anything about the maidservant except for the important part . . . that she believed in Yahweh and that her faith helped Naaman into the River Jordan.

Jarm started there, by giving the servant a name and a story based on historical details from this time period. For me it made the story rich
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Jarm (’J’ pronounced as a ‘Y’) Del Boccio finds her inspiration in everyday life, but in particular, when she travels the globe, observing the quirky things that happen along the way, as she slowly checks off destinations on her bucket list.

Being a former teacher and librarian, Jarm’s passion is to breathe new life into the pages of history. She believes with inspiration from the past, children c