Saturday, April 28, 2012

Book Review: Spirit Fighter by Jerel Law

I'm always cautious about Christian fiction for children. Even for adults, its easy to enfold something you've heard in a Christian context into a Biblical worldview, even if it's not actually Biblical. I remember reading the story of a seminary student who mentioned God's unlimited grace in a presentation until his professor asked him to support it with the Bible... and he couldn't, because he'd gotten the concept from an inaccurate hymn without realizing it. Grace is abundant, but not unlimited. Similarly, when a book presents itself as being about a God who we teach our children is the Truth, they may enfold some of the fictional elements into their Christian worldview even if they aren't inaccurate, especially since they don't have the experience and perspective to fine tune their filters.

I loved Spirit Fighter. It was action packed and exciting. Jonah, a thirteen year old boy, has his whole world turned upside down when he finds out he's the son of a nephilim: his mother is a half-angel who has surrendered her life to God.  He has developed supernatural powers... and is launched into awareness of the spiritual war that takes place around us. Now he and his sister have to save his mother, who has been kidnapped by the enemy in order to turn her to the side of darkness.

It's a great story. My only reservations come from the questionable interpretations children could apply to their faith from this story. I think any parent allowing their child to dive into this fun adventure should also have a serious discussion with them about what the Bible does and does not say about nephilim, guardian angels, and demons. I also found it strange that God is always referred to as Elohim. That is a Biblical name for Him, but I didn't understand the author's choice to limit His name this way.

Unlike Harry Potter or other similar books, a child who believes in God could see this book as a possibility in real life, not just fun and fantasy. So if your child is the kind to become easily frightened, I'd wait a few years before you let them read this.  That said, if a child is ready and can distinguish between this and the Truth, I heartily recommend this book!

I received this book free from the booksneeze program in exchange for my unbiased review.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like an interesting read! Thanks for sharing!

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    Casey Sean Harmon


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