My son actually jumped up and down when he heard that we were able to review books Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Shepherd's Stone (Book 5) and Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: The Lion's Roar (Book 6) by WorthyKids Books. You see, he's already read books 1 and 2 as well as 3 and 4. Click on the links and you can see our reviews on the previous books.
We just really love this series! It is a wonderful mix of adventure and Bible story mixed together. They really bring the Bible stories to life! You actually feel like you are living the adventure with the main characters of Peter, Mary, and their dog Hank.
I will bring you up to speed, if you have never read these books before. Peter and Mary, along with their dog, Hank, are visiting their Great-Uncle Solomon because their parents are traveling. They found a secret room in Great-Uncle Solomon's home. There are ancient objects in this room that peeked their interest. The best relic was a bunch of sealed scrolls. These transport the kids and their dog to places in the Bible to experience the Bible stories for themselves. They have traveled to see the creation of the world in "The Beginning", met Moses and his sons in "Race to the Ark", seen the 10 plagues in "The Great Escape", as well as met Joshua and traveled to Jericho in "Journey to Jericho". While they are in each "new" place, they have to figure out a message from God. They have help from their good friend, the angel Michael.
In book five, "The Shepherd's Stone", they meet David and watch him win the battle against Goliath. Once I saw this book, I knew that it would be our 10 year old's favorite of the series. He has liked the Bible story of David and Goliath since he was like 3 or something. There is just something about a little boy beating a big giant, but only with the help of God. I love that our son talks to me about the story as he is reading it. For example, he kept trying to figure out the message before Peter and Mary did in the story. He also asks questions. For example, he came to the part of the story where David goes and sees his brothers at the battlefield. The book mentioned three of his brothers. Our son questioned that thinking that there were more brothers than that. That sparked a conversation about the story in the Bible I love when books do that!
In book six, "The Lion's Roar", Peter and Mary meet Daniel before he his thrown in to the lion's den. They also meet a new friend, Hannah, who help them in their journey. They all watch as the pharaoh's men conspire against Daniel and then end up throwing him into the lion's den. It brings a new feeling into the story when you "know" Daniel, than if you just read about him.
That's what I mean about these books bringing the stories to life. You actually meet these people and they are no longer just characters in your Bible.
Here is what our 10 year old had to say about these books:
First, I just want to say that I love the series. I like how they put the different Bible characters into the stories. My favorite was the Shepherd's Stone because it has David and Goliath. That has always been my favorite Bible story. It's also cool how they travel back in time and they can see all of that amazing stuff that happened back then. I'm glad that the author decided to make the series because I really like the books, since they first came out. It was really interesting how, even though I already know the Bible stories, other kids don't. I can use these books to teach other kids about the Bible without them having to read the actual Bible.
These books will be kept in our family for quite a while. I can see our (now) 10 year old reading these to his little brother when he gets older. We can't wait to see if WorthyKids Books comes out with any more Secret of the Hidden Scrolls books.
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