Friends had recommended the first book in the series, which I enjoyed, and was left wondering ‘what next’, so here we are. I read the book in one evening and enjoyed the way it demonstrated that history (the stories the inked and the blanks tell each other about the others) is very different depending upon who tells it. The story flowed well, I cared about the characters and their stories, I turned down a few pages for the moral insights I enjoyed (all YA fiction has it), and at the end I was left wondering what next – so I’m looking forward to the final book in the trilogy which has not been written yet!
This book is designed as a practical tool to encourage Christians to think about their discipleship and spiritual formation – within a church, small group, or mentoring context, and is tied to a website in which people can find out their own discipleship shape.
It is written with the skill of a minister (or Rabbi as Cris prefers), and encourages ‘Jesus followers’ to look at whether our faith journey is equally balanced between head (knowledge, debate), hearts (passion, light/dark), and hands (action, service to community) through a series of clearly laid out questions and exercises, rooted in Biblical thinking, and challenging our culture (beliefs, values, practices). Exercises are given for group work, and to take away and think about, and suggestions are given depending on how well the groups know each other/their Bible knowledge, etc.).
Graphically also very pleasing. I think a lot of churches and home groups will find this a really encouraging resource – moving from ‘knowing about Christianity’ to living it.
This book was chosen by the YBCN book club, so I decided to give it a read. Very easy reading, locations seemed to be well researched (or known), and the story kept going at an easy pace as you wondered how the characters mentioned at the beginning of the book would all end up involved … and who was responsible? Perfect for a tired read, although other books by same author sound quite similar?
The book seems well situated in contemporary culture, highlighting the pressure that today’s children are under to achieve … though thankfully doesn’t seem to blame the tech for that! Interesting insights into family dynamics, and an unexpected ending (not yet sure if I’m satisfied with the ending or not) …
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.