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A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue by J.A. Myhre
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really liked it

The folks at New Growth Press have been really impressive lately with their new books for adults, so it was with great joy and delight that I got to read "A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue" by Dr. J.A. Myhre. This book is the second in a series called "The Rwendigo Tales". After reading this action-packed story, I look forward to reading Myhre's first book in the series called "A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest". "A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue" is a thrilling book that will take children (and their parents) on a wild, gospel-laden rescue mission deep in the wilderness of the Rwendigo Mountain range in Africa.

Kiisa, the story's main character, is a young girl with a grandiose task at hand. As she navigates the challenges of moving away from home, making new friends, dealing with bullies, and battling her struggles with school, Kiisa finds out that she did not end up at the school by accident. Her father's parting words, “For such a time as this" would mean much more to her in a few short weeks after her first day at school. She and her bird, Njili, would find themselves on a rescue mission which would be a monumental task for any adult, and yet she is only 11 years old. Her bravery, wit, and resilience make Kiisa an admirable young lady, but she exhibits even deeper and more exemplary character traits as the story moves along.

"A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue" carries with it numerous aspects of the Christian life and the Gospel. Elements such as selflessness, sacrifice, forgiveness, and mercy pervade this entire story. Discussions about messengers from "the people of the wounded heel” who will “crush the enemy Abbadon ( a cobra)", and the other helpers who sometimes take mortal form to fight the Enemy give children some biblical context clues to remind them of biblical themes. Myhre does an excellent job of weaving biblical theme in and out of the unfolding drama, and these themes will provide excellent teaching points for parents and children as they read through this story together.

This story has some realistic themes which will be important for shaping the worldview of its readers. There are discussions of deforestation and the environmental impacts of illegal logging. The brutal reality of child kidnapping enters the story as African rebels attempt to steal girls known by Kiisa. "A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue" presents the truly fearful situation many African children find themselves in on a daily basis. For some, this may be considered too intense or unnecessary for a children’s book, but Myhre felt that it was important for these realities to be portrayed in her writing, and I am thankful that she did. As 21st century Americans, our children need to see that all of the world isn’t like the United States. They need to see the injustices that take place around the globe and develop a biblical worldview which seeks to bring the gospel and justice to children like Kiisa and her friends.

"A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue" was written first and foremost to J.A. Myhre's own children as a Christmas present. This makes her writing personal and deeply impactful. Myhre is telling the story which became her reality as she moved to Africa to help children, and she does an excellent job of taking that story to the world. Myhre truly lives to help children like Kiisa as she gives away half of the royalties of this book toward a fund to help orphans in Africa rise above the life circumstances to rewrite the stories of their lives.

I received a free copy of this book and willingly wrote a review for Cross Focused Reviews.
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September 28, 2016 – Started Reading
October 5, 2016 – Shelved
October 5, 2016 – Finished Reading

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