Jack Staples and the Ring of Time
I jumped at the chance when asked to write this review. The reason? I have an 11-year-old boy who has long since grown out of beginner chapter books. He moved on to authors like C.S Lewis. However, finding good quality books for his age is a problem.
We instill a Philippians 4:8 rule when picking out books. Unfortunately, when browsing through the bookstore, we are met with books that have cursing, slang that we don’t approve of, sexual content, disrespectful behaviors and the list goes on. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of books that are still great, but us parents must take the time to filter through the rubbish.
What I like about Jack Staples and the Ring of Time is not worrying about the content being inappropriate. Jack Staples and the Ring of Time, written by Mark Batterson, a Christian author, also wrote Praying Circles Around the Lives of Your Children and Circle Maker. Mark’s newest book meets our strict guidelines for the Philippians 4:8 rule.
When I received the book, my oldest son immediately took it and started reading before I could remove it from the packaging. He read the whole book the first day it came! Then he was upset. Why, you ask? Because the book ended! LOL
Saying that my oldest loved this book is an understatement! The book draws in readers because it is full of action and suspense. My son related to the main character, Jack, because both are 11 years old. However, Jack’s life is not ordinary. Jack’s life was upended when he was whisked into a fantastical adventure that is filled with danger! Along the way, Jack learns a lot of life lessons like how to be brave and how to trust.
My son was immediately sucked into Jack’s story and wouldn’t put it down until he finished the book. According to my son, the book was a page turner from the very beginning because it was packed with action and suspense! He would finish one chapter, get a drink of water, then go right into the next. After it was finished he wanted the second book right away and has asked for it several times since finishing.
When I asked him for his thoughts for this review, he said it is too hard to give his thoughts because he hasn’t read book number two yet. That was a nice try wasn’t it? I give him an A for effort! LOL! He did finally fill me in on his thoughts though.
My oldest son’s thoughts: This book is a great book. I really enjoyed reading it and I think that it would be a great book for all kids to read. Can I PLEASE have the second book now so I know what else happened?
More about the Authors:
Mark Batterson is lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC, one of the most innovative and influential churches in America. He is a national speaker and the New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker, All In, and In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.
Joel N. Clark is the author of Awake – the book you can watch, and co-founder of Atlas District Pictures and Switchvert, a production house located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Clark has written and directed multiple documentaries, commercials, and short films. He and his wife, Megan, and their daughter, Juno, reside in Washington, DC.
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