I’m excited about posting this review, and really, it’s long overdue. I read this book for the first time last year with my then-11-year old daughter. Now, I’m in the process of re-reading it, but with my 9-year-old son. As it’s Young Adult fiction, we stop every few paragraphs and talk about words he doesn’t know (and I make sure he understands what’s going on)…but he’s really enjoying it.
In this book by Lisa M. Clark, the city in which Simon Clay lives is wildly different from out world today. Everything in New Morgan is highly regulated, including how long children are allowed to take to walk from school to their homes. As we continue through the book, we learn that all copies of religious writings have been banned and destroyed. Because this is Christian fiction, the characters we see are most concerned with the recovery of the Bible.
Finding scraps and slips of paper, there is an underground gathering of people – a church – that is working to recover the Word of God. Meanwhile, the government is doing all it can to stop their efforts and to continue to brainwash the children to stop asking questions and stop creative endeavors. Sounds pretty miserable to me! Simon had always seemed like a bit of a misfit in New Morgan, but as he begins to learn about this hidden Truth, his life will never be the same. God’s Word has opened Simon’s eyes to the Light of His love, and suddenly, Simon finds deeper meaning in life, in the Message, and in his relationships with those in his life. And he finds that the Message that New Morgan is trying to keep hidden is greater than anything else he’s learned or discovered in all his fifteen years of life.
Lisa M. Clark creates a world in her book that really draws in the reader and keeps you wondering what will happen next. I love being able to read this with my older children, confident that the content is edifying as well as entertaining. It also brings to the forefront the question: What would we do if our Bibles were taken away? I know that I don’t memorize Scripture as much as I’d like to. I do know, though, that I want to start again!
A few weeks ago, Lisa was kind enough to carve some time out of her busy schedule to answer some interview questions. I’ll be posting that interview on Thursday!
One more thing: If you haven’t signed up for the Advent devotions from I Love My Shepherd and GraftedHeart, I encourage you to do so! You can check out my blog about it here, or just sign up to follow this blog to receive them in your inbox every day. The season of Advent, the time of preparing for Christmas, can feel so hectic and out of control sometimes. In this devotional series, Above All Names, we are looking to the Savior for some moments of calm and strengthening in His Word and who He is.