When I saw that Amanda Washington had written a book for teens I offered to review it for her, as I was so excited to hear about a new author writing for the kingdom of Christ.
Set in Washington State this contemporary christian novel for teens takes the broken lives of 5 teens and throws them together for a winter camp retreat. All 5 are struggling with their own issues in their families, with themselves, and none of them know the power of Christ. Mothers dieing of Cancer, anger issues, cyber gaming addictions, loneliness, isolation, abuse.. these kids display a vast range of teens today.
James is the pastor of an older, stagnant church. He is gifted with a 1 week stay at 2 cabins to host a youth winter retreat. The giver of the gift is an atheist man whose father was the past pastor of the church. With no youth in the church to attend the camp. Through God's hand comes 5 teens who are reluctantly going on the trip. Rachel a young adult in the midst of a separation , with an overly judgemental mother is asked to be the girls counselor for the trip.
The week of 'camp starts out rough as the teens are feeling forced to be there, and have no interest in learning anything the pastor has to say.
The book leads off with a prologue cliffhanger right from the beginning.
I would say that the audience that will best enjoy this will be school students rather than homeschoolers. I think that they will be able to relate a little bit better to the dynamics of the group and they are exposed to more of the things that happen at school.
The message of Christ dieing on the cross for the sins at all is not preaching or overwhelming to an unbeliever. It is clear and deliberate and I think it would be a great book for Christians to give to their unsaved teen friends.
Fantastic first novel and I look forward to the next one.