1 Stars Out Of 5
Destined For Doon - No spiritual value
October 23, 2014
"I met Jamies somber gaze and saw my own horror reflected on his face. What wed feared most had happened the erosion of the borders had taken its first human life. My only hope was that together, my VFF and I could off another miracle. Oh God, I prayed. Please let Kenna get here soon!"
Book: Destined For Doon by Carey Corp and Lori Langdon, Blink (Zondervan Publishers), 2014
Target Audience: Girls 16+
Subjects: Magic, Witchcraft, Prayer, Dating Relationships, Friendship, Family Relationships, Love
Summary: Kenna is trying to live the carefree life of a Broadway actor back in New York but its not going as well as she would like. Success leaves an empty taste in ones mouth if all you can think about is the boy you left behind in a world that only appears every hundred years. And besides, shes not as successful as shed like to be anyway. So when the call comes from her best friend who gave up this world to live in Doon forever, Kenna knows she really has no choice, no matter how hard it will be. The biggest challenge is to not let her escort, Duncan, know that she left because she loved him too much to let him sacrifice everything familiar and loved just to follow her. Once she gets back to Doon though, she realizes her problems are a whole lot bigger than her secret love for Duncan. The witch may be destroyed but some curse is destroying the land and the people of the land. Once again, Kenna and Vee need to pull off a miracle to save the land of Doon.
Notes: Destined For Doon is a the second in a new spin-off series about the legend of Brigadoon or Bridge o Doon, the story that a village in Scotland, in an attempt to fight off the evil influence from the rest of the world, prayed and was blessed with the ability to disappear into the mist and only make contact with the world every hundred years. In this story, characters can come and go from Brigadoon during that time as well as any time if they are wearing one of two magical rings. This story is very focused on the romance aspects. Both girls have just graduated from high school, both come from broken or at least single-parent homes and are looking to control their own destinies. Doon is a world that encourages the exact opposite. They have a strong belief in magic and destiny and some form of ultimate-being. The spiritual elements are hinted at all throughout this book. The two girls wonder and doubt and consider the possibility of the power of prayer and how much God is or should be involved in their lives. One of the people in Doon explains their views that the civilizations Creator or Protector is outside the laws of nature and does amazing things that for lack of a better understanding, people call magic. Everyone in Doon attends church and to the girls, the princes seem to hold a strong faith. But the book is careful to not make anything too clear. They never outright say that God is the Protector of Doon or that putting ones trust in Him for salvation is necessary. The Protector is a benevolent, powerful being, but not necessarily involved in their day to day lives at all, more just there for emergencies.
In this second book, Vee seems to have accepted a bit more that God is a being that gives power and she prays to Him for help. They also believe strongly in the power of the evil though the witch, curses, old texts saying how to break curses, etc.
Overall, this is an entertaining story, but there isnt much of spiritual value in it. Everything is just left in vague, unclear terms, leaving the reader to just form their own opinions rather than presenting the Scripture.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 1/5
James 4:13-17 Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.