Month: February 2019

The Story of John G. Patton\Thirty Years Among South Sea Cannibals

The Story of John G. Paton, or Thirty Years Among the South Sea Cannibals, is an inspiring tale of heroism and faith. Taken from excerpts of John G. Patton’s autobiography and published in 1991; this remarkable true narrative would fall under the Christian Biography genre.
John G. Patton left a comfortable home, family, and rewarding ministry behind him as he and his newly-wedded wife departed from Scotland and traveled to the New Hebrides islands to minister to the cannibalistic heathen in that jungle paradise. Braving sickness, antagonistic natives, and attacks from his own countrymen; Patton perseveres in bringing the Gospel to the Tannese people; even as they reject it again and again. But war is coming. The harbor people and the inland natives are ready fly into battle at the slightest provocation; and the mission house is right in the middle of all the confusion. Patton and the other missionaries must trust in God and rely on His strength and protection; for the darkness is closing in. Will it prove too powerful for even the light of the Gospel to penetrate?
I highly recommend this book for ages 13+. There are some scenes of violence and brutality; and well as some mentions of mature content; but the story is astounding and the message of the Gospel brilliant. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

The Ruins of Gorlan

 


Written by John Flanagan and published in 2005 by Random House Australia and in 2006 by Puffin Books; The Ranger’s Apprentice series has become an international best-selling phenomenon. Falling under the fantasy adventure genre; The Ruins of Gorlan, book one in the Ranger’s Apprentice series, is a fast-paced, fun book that is sure to delight teenage readers.
When young Will is rejected as an apprentice by the battleschool-the school of his dreams-he is crushed and disheartened at the prospect of spending the rest of his days working in the fields and farms of his fiefdom. But when he is chosen as an apprentice by a Ranger-one of the mysterious guardians of the kingdom-he’s not sure that farming would have been so bad after all.
Will must train hard as he learns what it means to be a Ranger’s Apprentice; to protect the kingdom at all costs. Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night is gathering his troops for battle. He’s tried to take the kingdom before. This time he is determined to succeed.
The adventure is only just beginning…
The Ruins of Gorlan is an engaging read; the details and dialogue are fun and realistic, and the story flows very well. This book is an easy to medium read.
I would recommend this book for ages 14+. There is some mild profanity that occurs from time to time in the book, as well as some violence. The Ruins of Gorlan is an entertaining read with highly enjoyable characters, epic combats, and exciting plot twists. 3 out of 5 stars.