1 Stars Out Of 5
All "Sleuth" NO "Scripture"
January 19, 2011
I was very excited to see a book that would be using "Scripture" as its main basis...I loved the cover where the main character is magnifying "Thy word have I hid in my heart" verse. I was VERY disappointed to find that the book has VERY little to do with living for the Lord, or using Scripture to help you LIVE life.
I, unlike the other parents in these reviews, used this book as a "read aloud", so I read the WHOLE book WITH my 9 year old daughter. Basically, Concord is usually involved in some lie, theft, or mean-spirited prank that he "calls them out on" by using some random scripture which helps him figure out WHAT happened in the heinous act.
Here's an example: One story Concord's brother is playing cards with a friend who claims he's "psychic", but he's actually CHEATING. So, since the boy is cheating by looking into his cup of water to see his card, Concord looks up "water" and arrives at Proverbs 27:19 "As in water face reflects face, ..." Then Concord can "bust" him. SO many things wrong with this scenario. First of all, should we be joking about someone using psychic abilities? Should we bust someone who is in sin? No...we should lovingly go to them and bring their sin to their attention, so they can repent. There's no repentance, nor use of Scripture to restore this person lovingly, who is in sin.
Every other scenario is exactly the same. Some people seek out Concord, not because he loves the Lord, but because he can "solve crimes". I really don't see how the Bible is necessary in this book at all. Okay, it's not.
What's happening here is the Bible is taken out of context (or basically in NO context at all), and used as ANY other book could be used (I'd say a book of poetry might be sufficient). 2 Tim 3:16-17 says, 16 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." This book shows how NOT to use Scripture...for personal gain, for calling people out, for busting them, for being hailed as a hero, etc.
The only good thing was that I was able to show my daughter that just because something CLAIMS it's of the Lord, doesn't mean it is. I'd rather have my children read a secular book, instead of a book which uses the Bible in a completely useless and non-life changing way.