I 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.
Max 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!
children's allegory about the second coming of Chr
October 3, 2012
Wayne S. Walker
Arion 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.