As part of the TOS crew, I was sent a copy of Foundlings Book One by Matthew Christian Harding. It is published by Zoe and Sozo publishing, a Christian publishing company. The book is part of a series called The Peleg Chronicles. Along with the book, we received a packet of information from the author, describing the book and detailing his purposes in writing it. This is a quote from the cover letter “Foundlings is Historical Fiction that takes place in the time period of Peleg, soon after the Tower of Babel dispersion. My hope and vision is to instill a young “Biblical” earth model into our youth and adults with an entertaining read–strengthening the creation foundation of the Word of God.”
The book is aimed at ages 12 and up, and was read by my oldest son, a 7th grader. He is familiar with fiction/fantasy novels, having read both The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Narnia books. Foundlings has a similar assortment of characters, including a witch who represents a false prophet. An older child could easily pick up on the biblical references in the book, but if you were using it as a read aloud with a younger child, you might need to explain some of them.
The plot of the book begins with Lord McDougal and his shield bearer, Fergus as they begin a journey that will lead them into a search for the Foundlings, and a battle with the Dragon Priests who are also searching for them, but with evil intent. Along the way, they meet other adventurers who will help them (and some who will not) in their quest.
As my son began the book, he felt it started slowly, but as he went on, the excitement began to build and he found himself rooting for both McDougal and Thiery (one of the foundlings). The book led to much discussion, as I was reading it too, and we talked about how it related to familiar stories from the Bible my son has heard many times. After finishing it, he told me to get the second book so he could see what happens next! 🙂
As a parent, I look for every opportunity to reinforce Biblical principles in my children’s lives. Christian fiction is an effective, and fun, way to do just that. The important thing is finding the right book. I can tell you this book appealed to my adventure loving son! If you have a boy in 6th grade or up, who likes The Hobbit or the Narnia books, then I would definitely recommend this one for them.
This is another quote from the summary we got that I thought gave you a good description of what to expect: “Foundlings weaves together Biblical principles of chivalry, truth, courage, duty, faith and love within the framework of Genesis, and a bold adherence to its historicity. It’s an exciting page turner that leaves you wanting more, but more importantly it leaves the reader with Godly heroes to think on and emulate, and a young earth creationist view of history that conforms to the Word of God.”
The website for the author is here: http://www.matthewchristianharding.com/ The books cost $11.95 each.
You can check it out to find out more about the books!