I want to thank Christian Focus 4 Kids for providing me with a copy of Living Water in the Desert in return for my honest review, and with a copy for the giveaway.
Our family loves the Hidden Heroes series of missions stories from Rebecca Davis. Her newest book, Living Water in the Desert: True Stories of God at Work in Iran (CF4K, 2015) tells conversion stories of a number of Iranians, beginning in 1811 and ending in the present day. In 1811, Iran was Persia, and Henry Martyn was briefly a missionary to the Muslim land. Iran has long been hostile to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the “Living Water” Christ offers was slow to take root, but has quenched the eternal thirst of many. The book ends with the account of Saeed Abedini, and accounts of the number of Iranians currently coming to Christ every month.
One of the things I love about the Hidden Heroes series is that it covers the work of God over a period of many years in a specific area. These areas aren’t Western, and often fall within the “10/40 Window” of missions, where few missionaries venture, and those that do risk their lives. These are countries held in spiritual bondage, and the effect of the gospel on those who live there is clear. I love that the books cover the stories of a number of believers, telling of both their conversion, and their public witness for Christ…..
Living Water in the Desert couldn’t come at a better time, in my opinion. As Muslims increasingly leave their home territory for new lands, our children need to understand the difference between Islam and Christianity. They need to see the difference between the beliefs and practices of the two religions, and to understand clearly that we do not serve the same God (for Christians serve the triune God–the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, while Muslims serve Allah, and see Jesus as a lesser human prophet than Mohommed). Children need to understand why we share the gospel–the good news of Jesus Christ–even when it may bring danger to our lives. We need to teach our children that even martyrdom is not to be feared. Rebecca Davis shows all of this through winsome stories of Iranian believers, called by Jesus as His own, often in visions and dreams.
The Hidden Heroes series uses a large print and widespread typeface, with short chapters, and pen and ink drawings. The stories are perfect for a read-aloud with 6-7 year olds, or for 8-12 year olds. The writing is engaging up to about age 14, though for a middle school student, the stories will be a quick read (sometimes short and sweet is a nice thing when adding to the reading for a middle school student). We use the books with our middle school boys, and they enjoy the stories. I recommend the entire set.
Living Water in the Desert: True Stories of God in Iran would coordinate well with studies involving:
- The 19th Century
- The 20th and 21st Centuries / Modern Era
Enter to win a copy of Living Water in the Desert. The giveaway will end February 5, 2016 at 11:59pm.
Read & Play Kit
There are some simple options for hands-on study to go along with the Hidden Heroes missions series. The series covers missions in Iran, Indonesia, SE Asia, Colombia, Ethiopia, and the Central African Republic. I found some great puzzles to help kids learn the geography of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. I also found some neat coloring books to go along with your studies.
Hidden Heroes Series: See the links for each book above.
GeoPuzzles: GeoPuzzle Africa and the Middle East – Educational Geography Jigsaw Puzzle (65 pcs) – by Geotoys AND GeoPuzzle Asia – Educational Geography Jigsaw Puzzle (50 pcs) – by Geotoys AND GeoPuzzle Latin America – Educational Geography Jigsaw Puzzle (50 pcs)
Coordinating Dover Coloring: Arabic Patterns Stained Glass Coloring Book (Dover Design Stained Glass Coloring Book) AND Traditional African Costumes Paper Dolls (Dover Paper Dolls) AND Tien from Indonesia Sticker Paper Doll (Dover Little Activity Books)
Colored Pencils: 4 & 5 Star Colored Pencils
You can find Lights in a Dark Place and the other Hidden Heroes series at Amazon:
- Return of the White Book: True Stories of God at Work in Southeast Asia (Hidden Heroes) ~ (Thinking Kids Review)
- 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) ~ (Thinking Kids Review)
- Lights in a Dark Place: True Stories of God at Work in Colombia (Hidden Heroes) ~ (Thinking Kids Review)
- Living Water in the Desert: True Stories of God at work in Iran (Hidden Heroes)
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- Growing Up God’s Way For Girls by Dr. Chris Richards and Dr. Liz Jones
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.