--About the Book--
Joel, Seraphina, Ibrahim, and Christiana are average children: they have hopes and dreams. But what makes these children different is not that they live in different countries. It is the fact that they exist in extreme poverty and illness. Still, this does not define them; instead, their adventures are about incredible faith and willingness to be used by God. Their stories are collected in Tales of the Not Forgotten, and will most definitely inspire other people, young and old, to ask God to lead them to a mission.
~I really liked the way this book was organized: each chapter was a story about a different person, and within the story, the point of view would switch from the main character to the missionaries that were helping them. This gave a unique view of every aspect of following God as He leads to unknown places and unknown (but very important) people.
~The theme of this book was a beautiful promise: you are not forgotten. In the darkest, dirtiest of circumstances, God proves Himself bigger and stronger than anything that faces you. Also, the book made me want to reach out to others to share that promise, and to tell them that I haven't forgotten them either.
~Something very special about Tales of the Not Forgotten is the fact that, although it is targeted at an audience of ages 8-12 (and I think it is a fantastic book for kids, my 12 year sister found it interesting), there is absolutely no reason why it cannot be convicting to youth and adults. Beth Guckenberger writes a captivating read, in no way watered down.
~My book also came with the Tales of the Not Forgotten Leader's Guide: Kid's Missions Resource, a DVD containing printable lessons for leaders or Sunday school teachers. I haven't used this resource yet, but it seems like it would be a really helpful way of extending the discussions about missions with kids! The lessons include Bible story scripts, conversation cards, and activities to accompany the teaching lesson.
Overall, this was one of the best pieces of nonfiction I've read in a long time! I don't want to read this book and forget it. No, I want to begin praying earnestly for God to show me my mission.
I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my unbiased review.
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