Historical Fiction for Teens….
I’d like to thank Saluda Press for providing me with a copy of The Crescent and the Cross in return for my honest opinion.
Author Robert Rogland has written a delightful eighth journey for Sinbad in his 208-page novel for teens, The Crescent and the Cross: The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad (Saluda Press, 2015).
In the novel, Sinbad begins to question his salvation as a faithful Muslim. Is he really doing enough? Since his salvation can not be assured as a Muslim, are there more good works he can engage in? Sinbad decides to complete a Hajj–a pilgrimage to Mecca. It will check off one of the religious requirements of all able Muslims, and as an added bonus, he will be able to take another journey.
Before setting off on his Hajj, Sinbad must replace his runaway slave. He purchases a strong teen at the market and they set off. Little does Sinbad know that his new Ethiopian slave Selassie is a Christian.
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Christianity vs. Islam
The Crescent and the Cross is a fabulous tale of a series of misadventures. There’s mutiny, shipwreck, an underwater kingdom, murderous pagan priests, a poisoned princess, mystical berries guarded by apes, and palace intrigue. I read the book in two days (only because my children expected food and company–I could easily have been entertained enough to read straight through).
Selassie, the Ethiopian slave, is a marvelous young man who relies on his strength in God as he travels with Sinbad through challenge after trial.
Robert Rogland skillfully uses his adventure to compare and contrast the futility of Islam with the hope Christians find in Christ. Throughout the book, Sinbad is confronted with his own desire and inability to be good, his fear of eternal condemnation, and his desire to learn more about the Jesus that Selassie professes to know personally.
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Valuable Teaching Fiction
There are many who feel Christian fiction for kids and teens should stray far from morals and lessons. This is, perhaps, because many of the Christian fiction books of the past hammered home their points carelessly, with no regard for the enjoyment or experience of the reader.
I think it’s fair to assert that every author has a point. Every writer sits down to the keyboard with a message and a worldview in mind.
As a parent, it’s a gift to find literature for my kids that conveys truth through storytelling. Story is a powerful medium, and it’s a vehicle that shouldn’t be ignored when we teach.
In The Cross and the Crescent, Robert Rogland has done a masterful job of sharing truth while weaving a hair-raising and fantastical tale. This is a book no Christian kid should miss. It’s appropriate for teens, but would be a wonderful family read aloud as well.
Your children will learn the difference between the basic tenets of Islam and Christianity. They’ll hear the gospel. And they’ll read an adventurous story the may never forget.
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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.