Published by New Growth PressDate Published:June 19th 2016
Genres: Christian Fiction, Children's Fiction, Young Adult
Source: LitFuse Bloggers
Reading Challenges: 2017 GoodReads Reading Challenge
An angry teen, a desperate mother, a missing father, and a shadow lurking in the background.
Things were going from bad to worse for Nick and his family. Tempted to run away after yet another argument with his mom, Nick receives a handwritten, leather-bound copy of an old book-a family legend passed down to him from his great grandfather. The book, called Dragon Seed, leads Nick deep into his family's history and introduces him to another angry young man who lived in the shadows (the shadows of the tombs). Like Nick, you'll be shocked to discover where he fits in this story of epic proportions!
This page-turning, young adult fiction story invites older children and teens into the real-life struggles of Nick. But it also ushers them into an imaginative exploration of the life of the young man Jesus saved as he wandered through the tombs. Best-selling author Marty Machowski uses both stories to introduce the reality of spiritual warfare and how its shadows affect and change us.
Machowski, a trusted teacher for children of all ages, presents a thoroughly biblical view of spiritual warfare that emphasizes the importance of humility and dangers of pride. Teens will be drawn to the story of Nick and his struggles and will learn, as they read, to also identify the shadows in their own life and turn from them. While the biblical teaching is evident throughout the narrative of Dragon Seed, Machowski also includes a twelve-lesson Bible study at the end of the book to help teens ground their understanding of spiritual warfare on biblical principles.
Youth pastors, leaders, and parents will also want to explore with teens the small group study at the end of the book with its unique take on spiritual warfare that emphasizes the biblical theme of humility. This is a perfect book to read with a group and discuss together the implications of Nick's struggles for their lives.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse Bloggers and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.
This is a new to me author and one I’ll be reading again! Dragon Seed really pulled me into the heart of the story instantly. From the start I was completely engrossed and taken on a fast paced ride of what’s right and wrong. That’s saying something for this book as I’m not a huge fan of young adult reads. However, this book….oh, this book really hooked me!
As a mom of two teens, one of whom is troubled and angry often times, this book hit home with me in so many ways. It’s so much more than a simple young adult read. It’s a book filled with Bible lessons and messages of prideful ways and seeking more of Him. I loved that! These are the kinds of characters, and plot lines, that I want to see my children reading! Lessons of good versus evil, right versus wrong….all of it so gripping!
This book is definitely worthy of 5 stars. It’s phenomenaly created, it’s well rounded with complex characters and God’s lessons. If you are looking for a laugh out loud book for your child/teenager, then this isn’t quite the book for you. If you are looking for a fantabulously written book, that will leave them thinking over and over again, then yes. Definitely grab this book up. It’s not only for children/teens, but any adult who seeks a better relationship with God or who struggles with pride. The book comes with devotionals at the end. I can’t wait to pass this on to my kiddos to see what they think! Well done, Mr. Machowski! Well done!
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