Ink on his Fingers
Summary: It is the mid 1400's. Written copies of the Scriptures are scarce and incredibly valuable. In this setting we meet 12 year old Hans who decides to apprentice as a scribe. In an interesting turn of events, he lands in workshop of the debt laden Johann Guttenberg. But there are secrets within this shop. A special work is underway. As Hans learns his new craft he also grows in the knowledge of a God who protects both His people and His word.
Personal Thoughts: This book was a huge hit when I read it to my children. There is a good amount of suspense and adventure held within its pages. Reading it has brought a great appreciation for the written Word along with the realization that many risks, dangers and misunderstandings occurred in the printing of the Bible. The kids learned a lot about life in the 1400's. They learned about the art of printing. It's a great read!
The Chieftain's Son
In the Valley of Death
Journey to Manhood
Summary: Wambu is a young aborigine boy living deep in the jungles of New Guinea. Once a strong tribe of headhunters, Wambu's tribe now lives off the land--much to the disgust of the tribe's witchdoctor. One day Wanbu and his father find a young girl named Sirja in the jungle who has escaped from a band of cannibals. Sirja comes to live with the family and tells Wambu about the Lord Jesus--much to the rage of the tribe's witch doctor. The witch doctor goads the tribe to perform another head hunt upon the much stronger village of Kitoe and Wambu's tribe is decimated. Wambu, along with Sirja and many of the other children of his village, are taken prisoner.
It doesn't take long for Wanbu to escape from Kitoe. His goal is to get to the white man who surely will help him to free Sirja and the other children. Hunted by foes, tormented by superstitions and plagued with malaria Wambu makes a desperate effort to reach the white man.
Safe at the mission station, Wambu begins to learn more about the Lord Jesus. But the power of witchcraft will not quickly release its hold on the boy and an intense struggle for Wambu's soul ensues. Finally a small well-armed police squad makes a lightning dash to Kitoe, with Wambu as guide.
Personal Thoughts: I read this book to my boys when they were about 7-8 years old. They LOVED it! They got a good understanding of the sorry plight of those who are haunted by witchcraft and evil spirits. Some parents who have more sensitive children may want to pre-read this book as there are some violent scenes. The author does not mince words when explaining the worship of spirits. It's a realistic book and the brightness of the Lord Jesus shines all the brighter in contrast to such evil. Another predominant theme in this book is that the power of Christ is far, far greater than that of any evil spirit or of any witchdoctor or superstitious belief.