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Though Bluestone sounds like a wonderful place, the boys find it difficult to wait for the captain on Terrene. The island is so gray that it is hard for them to imagine the vibrant colors of Bluestone. Soon they grow tired of watching and waiting for their captain, and it is hard for them to remember his voice. Can they really believe that he will come back for them? To do so they must have faith--they must see with their hearts, not their eyes. Will the captain really come back for Arion and Argo like he promised? And will the boys be ready for his return?
Once again, master storyteller Max Lucado tackles a difficult topic for children and creates an allegory that makes God's truth easy for them to understand. Coming Home captures the struggle and hope as we wait for Jesus to return and take us to an incredibly beautiful place that we cannot imagine. Children will learn powerful lessons about faith, patience, and God's great love and mercy. Recommended for ages 4 to 10.
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 10.00 X 9.00 (inches)
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Max Lucado provides an engrossing allegorical tale for childrenin the tradition of John Bunyan about the second coming of Christand the home he has prepared for us in heaven.
DebbieAlabamaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great allegory for kidsNovember 1, 2012DebbieAlabamaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I always look forward to reading another of Max Lucado's picture books. Not only do they have beautiful illustrations, but the stories are captivating tales that are allegories of Christian life.(When I gave the book to Emily to read, she said, "Oh, I love this author! He's one of the best!")
Coming Home tells the story of two boys who live on a dull gray island and are cared for by a ship's captain. He tells them stories of a land where everything is colorful and happy. One day, the ship's captain tells them he is leaving_
"I am going away for just a time," he said. "I'm going to Bluestone to prepare your place. But I will come back and take you to be there with me."
When he leaves, the boys try to wait and prepare for his return, but one is tempted to venture into the forbidden gray forest and loses hope_.
We enjoyed this book and I was able to talk with my daughter about the parallels between this story and our wait for Jesus's return. It is a story that will be enjoyable and meaningful for any age and makes a nice addition to our collection of Max Lucado books. I did wish it were a bit longer, though, and the storyline not resolved quite so quickly.
I received this book free from Crossway Homeschool Book Review Program in exchange for my honest review.
Julieanne MillerOregonAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful look at waiting for Christ's returnOctober 10, 2012Julieanne MillerOregonAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Max Lucado has been a pastor, speaker, and author since, well, before I graduated from high school! I've heard him preach on the radio, and as a family, we've enjoyed some of his many books together. He is an author who writes with purpose. Even his children's books aren't written to be "fluffy" and meaningless. Each page has definite meaning and purpose, and I love this! If I wrote children's books, this is the style in which I would write them!
Most importantly, Max Lucado's books point people to God in a way that makes a person really ponder and meditate.
We've enjoyed every single Max Lucado book we've ever read. He often writes about heaven in terms that children can understand.
Coming Home is 32 pages filled with beautiful artwork and text.
The biblical message found within the 32 pages of Coming Home is that Jesus has returned to heaven, is building a heavenly home for us there, and will return for us in the future to bring us to heaven with Him. It is a delightful picture of the emotions a child or an adult will go through when choosing to wait and follow Christ or decide to choose a worldly lifestyle and not follow Christ.
It would be nice to have a family library full of Max Lucado's books! In handing down our Christian faith to our children, it is a blessing to be able to surround them with biblical, thoughtful books to help renew their minds and then their hearts.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading through this short but beautiful book. I know you'll enjoy Coming Home, too!
Wayne S. WalkerSalem, ILAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5children's allegory about the second coming of ChrOctober 3, 2012Wayne S. WalkerSalem, ILAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Arion and Argo are sixteen-year-old twin brothers who were shipwrecked fourteen years earlier with the Captain on the island of Terrene, where everything is a dull gray because a volcano had erupted there. Even the forest is dark and dangerous. But now the Captain has a chance to go away to his home on the island of Bluestone, promising to return one day for them and encouraging them to be ready for him by staying on the beach and not going into the forest. Yet, as time passes Argo grows tired of waiting and begins looking for fun in the forest and becoming more content with Terrene. Will the Captain ever return as he promised? And what will happen to Argo?
Coming Home is obviously intended to be an allegorical tale for young people about the second coming of Christ. Author Max Lucado explains the meaning. "In the Bible Jesus Christ tells us that he is preparing a place for us in heaven, and that he will come back for us someday. He tells us that this world is not our home and we must be ready for his return. But sometimes we grow weary of waiting for Christ's return. We start to think that maybe this world isn't so bad after all, and we get sidetracked by its fun distractions. Sometimes others try to convince us that what Jesus teaches us is not true, that he is not coming back, and that we should just forget about what he says and go have fun." By reading the book, children can learn powerful lessons about faith, patience, repentance, and God's great mercy.
Kelley J. CabralTaunton, MAAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Book!August 26, 2012Kelley J. CabralTaunton, MAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This a beautiful book with a great story, beautiful pictures and an Excellent Price too!!
revkornyLondon,. EnglandAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent messageAugust 21, 2012revkornyLondon,. EnglandAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a wonderful story not only for children. It is a great way to teach about heaven and our blessed hope in a concrete way.