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Apologia's Journey of Faithfulness

Hi Neighbors!

Here is the latest book I have been allowed to review from Apologia.  It is called Journey of Faithfulness, by Sarah Clarkson.  It is stories of life and faith for young Christian women.  The book is 232 pages long and is available on the Apologia website for $13.

This book covers women like: Ruth, Esther, Mary and Martha.  It is divided into four sections, with three chapters in each section.  At the end of each chapter is a devotional.  Journeys of Faithfulness is for mothers and daughters to do together.  The devotional is followed by a short Bible Study and a Journey Journal, where your daughter can write her own thoughts.  The author attempts to challenge you with the lives of these women of the Bible.

I really thought I would enjoy doing this book with my 12 year old daughter as she has always enjoyed the accounts of Ruth and Esther.  Unfortunately, I was disappointed.  The book takes far too much liberty when telling the accounts.  It adds too much and is not clear regarding what is truth and what is the author's own thoughts about what might have happened.  I realize that these are fictional accounts, but I am afraid this is one book I can not personally recommend to my neighbors. This is my own opinion.  I had a very hard time deciding how to write this post.

Here is an example of what I am talking about:
"Master," she spat in greeting and bobbed her head so that she mocked him with the unbroken glare of her eyes. Every muscle straining, she moved closer, not waiting for him to speak.  "If you had been here, my brother would not have died."
Martha stopped, choking on her accusation.  This was not what she had meant to say.  She wanted to scream that he was a liar, a trickster, a wandering poser who ate people's food and won their hearts and spoke words of hop, then disappeared when pain showed it's ugly face.  He was no better than a street magician pulling feathers from people's ears while his servants picked people's pockets.  This was what she meant to scream right in his face, in front of those he loved.

Here is the actual Biblical account:
John 11:20-24-Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
   Then said Martha unto Jesus, LORD, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
   But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
   Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
   Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

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Disclaimer:  As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are mine.


Jubilee Reviews said…
You aren't alone in thinking this way. I think there are those who really just want the untampered word of God rather than embellished fiction, and that is perfectly fine. I appreciate your honest review!
blessnel said…
Hmmmm...thanks for letting me know...I am also shocked to see that they wrote about Jesus this way...

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