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The following reviews are based solely on my opinion from having read through the content and gathered feedback from other like-minded moms. Some of the age ranges were taken from the author’s description, while others are my own opinions based on the vocabulary level, amount of words used in the text, and observations from having used them with children. Be sure to check back for more great resources to come!
By: Priscilla Shirer
Best for Ages: 8-14
The Warrior Series is about a group of boys who enter a mysterious land where they are led by a guide who helps them travel through unfamiliar territories, save other warriors, and battle evil creatures. With each battle, the warriors learn how to better use their armor and trust their guide’s instructions from “The Book” to stand against their enemies. This book is a great allegory to help children and teens understand the spiritual battle around us and our need for God’s wisdom from His Word to stand firm against our enemy.
By: Mindy Hite
Self Published through BookBaby
Best for ages: 14 +
The Light Bearers Series is about a teenage girl named Sarah who makes a startling discovery about her wealthy uncle and caretaker that plunges her into a darkness she never knew existed. The secret threatens to destroy her relationship with her sister forever and leave her unable to trust anyone. But on an unexpected family vacation, Sarah meets a stranger who reveals a power within her she didn’t know she had, and one she’ll have to master to survive. This novel has many great allegorical themes that would be beneficial to discuss with your teen, such as their identify in Christ, relationship with Jesus, and battling spiritual warfare. While this book is labeled mainstream fiction, the author is a Christian and has kept the book in line with Christian morals and standards. I would recommend reading this book and deciding for yourself it is appropriate for younger teens, as assault is referred to, but not described, and there is a scene of torture as well. Having read the book myself, I believe this series will build an awareness of spiritual darkness and inspire teens to walk in the light of God’s truth.
Left Behind Series
By: Tim Lahaye & Jerry B Jenkins
Best for ages 13 +
The Left Behind Series is a thirteen-book collection about a group of people who realize they have been left behind after the rapture because they had never trusted in Jesus. The series follows this group through catastrophic events that happen during the apocalypse and how they continue to persevere, trusting in God’s protection, and telling others about their new found hope in Jesus. The series culminates with Jesus’ thousand-year reign on earth. Written by two pastors, this book is an interpretation of end times prophesies written in an engaging way that will keep your teens encouraged to stand strong in their faith no matter what happens in life. (FYI, the first chapter of book one discusses the main character’s desire for an affair in subtle language, so this may be something to consider or talk about with your teen before reading.) Note: There is also a 3-part Prequel Series: Before They Were Left Behind that is included in the Amazon link! I have not read this series, so you may want to preview it first.