It is concerning to me how widespread contemplative spirituality and spiritual formation have become. This book is a fictional story about a very real problem. Tessa goes to a Bible college and is drawn into the spiritual formation movement that has recently begun at the college. The book then goes on to describe what happens to her and the dangers that result from going down this path of ancient mystics. For those who wonder what spiritual formation is or why it is dangerous, this book will open your eyes to the reality of why this is not a Biblical practice. Easy to read and follow, it is eye-opening and scary! And it is everywhere! We need to be aware, alert, and discerning, always going back to God’s Word, the Bible, to compare what we are being taught. We need to know our Bibles.
Castles in the Sand by Carolyn A. Greene
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
*I own a copy of this book.
For young children, this is a colorful storybook with short Bible stories. I think the intent is to introduce them to some of the key stories in the Bible. But it is sorely lacking in what it covers. For starters, while creation of Adam and Eve is covered, there is no mention of the Fall or of sin. The story of Noah’s ark is given with no reason for why the flood happened. It is a bunch of disjointed Bible stories with no underlying theme. Jesus isn’t even mentioned until the story of His birth (which also has the first mention of sin – that Jesus is God’s only Son and would save the world from sin).
If you are looking for a storybook with short Bible stories, this provides something. But if you are looking for something to introduce children to the theme of the Bible, that is Jesus Christ, and the story of man’s fall and God’s redemption, this is not it. I would recommend instead using The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm.
*I received a copy of this book (Starter Bible) free from the publisher in exchange for my review through Book Look Bloggers.