Parents on the look-out for theological bents in their children’s reading materials will want to note that the gospel portrayed in Journey to the Ice features a God who is unable to draw believers to Him, and is dependent upon the choices of those who hear his voice. While I appreciate Slattery’s heart for evangelism, this is a point our family disagrees on and we discussed it briefly at relevant points throughout the story.
The need for a personal, living, faith-based relationship with the true God is emphasized, and Makir’s early walk with Him is akin to that of spirit-filled believers of today. Scriptural truths and promises are woven throughout the reassuring and guiding communications between Makir and His creator.
As a debut author Slattery certainly has some areas she can grow in as she improves her craft, but I firmly believe that her work fills a growing need amongst Christian families. Journey to the Ice can easily be used as a literature supplement in Bible and ancient history studies. With many of us seeking to equip our children with a solid worldview based upon the scriptures this first novel should receive a warm and generous welcome. I’m looking forward to future works of biblical fiction for young readers from this new author.
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