As a parent I am always trying to find ways to make the Bible come alive to my kids. It can be hard to get them interested in all the stories between the covers of the Bible when all the people we read about are just so much older, distant and seem almost unreal. Of course be believe that what is in the Bible is factual but believing and knowing is different than being able to really relate to the people. Having empathy is hard, and not just for kids. This is where fun-finds like M.J. Thomas’s works The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls from WorthyKids/Ideals come in. M.J. Thomas has written two books in The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series, so far. These are books that you can hand over to your child and know that they are not only going to get a great read in, but are something that will help turn their heart toward God. So let’s dive into what these books are about and see if they will fit into your family.
Book 1 – The Beginning
This book introduces you to Peter and Mary, a brother and sister who were dropped off by their parents at their Great Uncle Solomon’s house for a month. Their parents were heading off on a great African adventure. Little did they know, but they would be off on many adventures of their own. This book brings us through their first adventure of being whirled into being a part of the moments that God created the whole world. They get to see what it was like for our world to go from darkness to light, experience the first signs of water, see the plants appear, watch the first sunset as the stars appear, meet the first creatures and watch as Adam named them. While reading about a couple kids experiencing all this sounds great in all, there is much more to this story. The kids need to figure out the message on the scroll that whirled them into this adventure in 7 days or else they will be stuck there never to return home again. Uh oh! That is a huge challenge, but Peter and Mary are up for it. With the help of the Angel Michael they are able to solve the mystery message and get back home just in time. However, after this amazing adventure they are both left wondering what their next adventure will hold.
Book 2 – Race to the Ark
This book starts with Peter and Mary having been anxiously waiting for 3 days for the sign that another adventure is on it’s way. Soon enough the roaring sign shows it’s face and they are off on another adventure. This time however, things aren’t so peaceful. Everyone they meet seems to be cranky and mean. Their adventure started off so suddenly that they didn’t have time to eat first and where super hungry. While trying to find some food they found out that the Dark Ruler has been leading people to lie, steal and cheat. Just like in the first book the kids have to complete the missing message on the scroll in 7 days or else they will be stuck in this cruel world they find themselves in. Over the 7 days their adventure takes them to finding out who this Dark Ruler is and why he has been leading people to lie, steal and cheat, deal with being confronted by a snarling wolf, and follow some footprints left in their campsite while they were sleeping which lead to nothing other than the Ark sitting up on a hillside. The two end up helping Sham and Noah with the Ark and the animals. The kids solved the mystery message just in time because the rain was coming down so hard the two where just about to drown. As quickly as it took for the two to say the message, the kids where back in their Uncle’s house. Wondering what happened to Noah and the Animals their Uncle pulls out his Bible and reads them the ending to the story they missed out on in their adventure. When a rainbow shows itself in what had been a rainy day the kids wonder where their next adventure will take them.
Who are these books for?
The publisher states that these books are for ages 6-9 or grades 1-3. However sometimes it can be hard to use that as an idea of what to expect in a book. I would say that this book is beyond an early chapter book. The chapters tend to be around 10 pages long but there are a few pictures thrown in each chapter to help break up the reading and keep young readers’ interest. Each of the books are around 100 pages in length. So if your kiddo is reading fairly well on their own, having already been introduced to chapter books this just might be a great series to get them started on.
Having read the books myself I can say that even an older child who has been struggling with reading will find these books entertaining. Because of the kids ages not being given in the stories older kids can still find themselves imagining that they are either Peter or Mary. Also while the pictures help to break up the reading they are not drawn in a very kidish way so older kids will not feel like they are reading a book meant for kids younger than them. I know of myself being Dyslexic and my middle son following in that path, finding books that fit into this group can be very hard to find.
If your kids are not old enough to read these books on their own, don’t fret because these books would make great family read-alouds. Most chapters have a dramatic end that leaves you wanting to know what happens next. I could see a family sitting down on the edge of their seats in awe as their Father reads the story, only to watch as their Father closes the book at the end of the chapter. I could see the family going from sitting in awe to begging for Father to continue reading.
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What did we think of these books?
My own 9 year old read almost the whole first book in a day because he was so interested in what was going to happen next. When I asked him what he thought about the books he got really excited and said…
They are AWESOME! Please tell them to make LOTS more books!
As a parent I can whole-heartedly say that these books are amazing. They keep kids attention and teach them lots of lessons through the stories in the Bible. Besides reading an edge of your seat adventure, your kids will be developing a love for God and the Bible. This is of course something any Christian parent wants for their kids.