I’d like to thank Christian Focus Publications for giving me a copy of Return of the White Book: True Stories of God at Work in Southeast Asia by Rebecca Davis in return for my honest review, and also for providing a copy for this giveaway!
Rebecca Davis has a gift for telling the stories of missionaries ministering to tribal people groups. Even more impressive, she is gifted at telling these stories for elementary-aged children in a way that honors the people being ministered to and celebrates the obedience of the missionaries. Rebecca Davis’ Hidden Heroes series from Christian Focus 4 Kids has a new addition this year (2014): Return of the White Book: True Stories of God at Work in Southeast Asia.
Return of the White Book tells the stories of tribal people groups in the hill country of Burma during the 1800s. Oppressed by the Burmans and living in constant fear of the nats — evil spirits who served the head evil spirit Mukawli, the hill people of Burma waited for the return of the lost White Book from the true God Yuwah. They believed Yuwah had departed from them after the first man and woman had eaten of fruit forbidden by Yuwah. Mukawli tempted the first couple until they finally ate of the forbidden fruit, falling from Yuwah’s grace and becoming slaves to the nats…..
Rebecca Davis does not focus on the lives of the men and women who traveled into the hill country of Burma to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Rather, she focuses on the lives and communities changed by the gospel. We see the fruit of salvation in the lives of native peoples who take up their crosses for Jesus and share the Lord with the tribes around them, often at great personal and physical risk. The results of conversion are touching and radical.
Return of the White Book is another moving and worthwhile work of significance added to the Hidden Heroes series. I highly recommend both the book and the series. This is a great book to add to your homeschool read-alouds, your evening devotions, or your bedtime readings. The Hidden Heroes series is appropriate to be read aloud to ages 6-8 and for independent reading for 9-12 year olds. The sentence structure and voice are very appropriate for elementary students, and there are pen and ink drawings by Jeff Anderson throughout each chapter to add interest.
Return of the White Book would coordinate well with studies involving:
- The 19th Century
- Adoniram Judson
- Tribal Religions
You can find Return of the White Book and the other Hidden Heroes series at Amazon (affiliate links):
- Return of the White Book: True Stories of God at Work in Southeast Asia (Hidden Heroes)
- With Two Hands: True Stories of God at work in Ethiopia (Hidden Heroes)
- The Good News Must Go Out: True Stories of God at Work in the Central African Republic (Hidden Heroes)
- Witness Men: True Stories of God at Work in Papua, Indonesia (Hidden Heroes)
- Lights in a Dark Place: True Stories of God at Work in Colombia (Hidden Heroes)
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- Guarding the Treasure: How God’s People Preserve God’s Word by Linda Finlayson
- Tough Questions About the Bible by Joel R. Beeke
- Bugs: Big and Small God Made Them All by William Zinke
- Growing Up God’s Way For Boys by Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones
- Growing Up God’s Way For Girls by Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones
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