A couple of new Christian books for children arrived at our home recently, and it was no surprise when I three readers devoured them in about a day. We received both Book 1: The Beginning and Book 2: Race to the Ark in The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series from WorthyKids/Ideals.
I intended them for my 7-year-old daughter as author M.J. Thomas wrote them for about the first to third-grade level. Each one is just about 100 pages each. However, my older boys just can’t resist a new book no matter the level so they smuggled them into their rooms when I wasn’t looking, for their own reading time. I can’t say I minded.
In The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning (Book #1) Peter and his sister, Mary go to live with their Uncle Solomon, the archaeologist. To say they are happy with the situation would be a sad misstatement.
However, Uncle Solomon shows them the Legend of the Hidden Scrolls everything changes. The two find themselves whisked back in time to the days of creation. I enjoyed imagining with my children what it might have been like to have been there when God created the world. We wondered if it would have felt strange and frightful or wonderous and awe-inspiring. We wondered if we’d even like to come home to our own time after witnessing such things. In our story, Peter and Mary do want to return home, but to do so, they must solve the message of the scroll. As their adventure unfolds so do the days of creation.
Along the way they meet the angel, Michael, they play with animals, and they even meet a very sneaky and cunning snake. Peter and Mary do eventually solve the message of the scroll, after all… “God created everything.”
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Race to the Ark (Book #2) sees Peter and Mary off on a new adventure. This time they have a trusty sidekick, Hank, the dog. This time Peter and Mary find themselves involved with a Dark Ruler and the Temple of the Snake. This ruler controls his people, and no one is allowed to talk about God. The angel Michael tells Peter and Mary the have to solve another secret of the scroll or else they’ll be trapped in this terrible place forever.
During their adventure in this land, the two children meet Shem and see the great Ark for themselves. Yes! This story takes place in the time of Noah we are reading about here. Eventually, the Dark Ruler tosses the two of them into a dungeon. Will they figure out the secret of the scroll in time to save themselves before the flood waters begin? In this story, the children learn to “Trust God, and He will Rescue you.” There is a fantastic little turn to the plot of this story that will delight your child. But I don’t want to give away all of the secrets.
While this second story sounds a bit dark and scary, have no worries. While it does tackle hard times from our world’s history, it does so in a way that intrigues and does not frighten.
My older boys (ages 9 and 11) were able to read each book in about an hour or so. These were easy yet relaxing reads for them. My seven-year-old daughter took a couple of hours herself. She found the reading more challenging for sure but certainly within her abilities.
After everyone had had a chance to read through them, we spent a bit of time comparing the stories with text from the Bible. As we have in the past, we discussed how authors will often create their own stories around the stories from the Bible. We wanted to see how close the author stayed to the details God’s word has given us. We all agreed that books in this series do a great job sticking with Biblical truths while creating a new adventure. Everyone gave these books their enthusiastic approval, and they are all hoping more books in this series be released soon.
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