Read a Book Monday: “Imagine. . The Great Flood” by Matt Koceich

One of the most well known stories in the Bible is that of Noah’s Ark and the flood.  I don’t think there is a child or adult that hasn’t at least once thought what it would be like to live during that epic event.  IMG_4183Me, included.  Sure, I pondered how Mrs. Noah handled being on a closed in ark with snakes, one of every kind, and all of the other scary things.  Obviously God was in total control.

In his book “Imagine. . .The Great Flood” author Matt Koceich feeds not only the imagination of children but their souls as well.  He has written a Christian juvenile fiction book about the Great Flood and a modern day boy.  Sound intriguing?  So is the cover.  This paperback has a picture of a boy’s back as he stands on deck watching raging waters all around him. The sky looks stormy.  Having only 110 pages this is a short adult read and for many children. The author created his “Imagine” series to bring the “Bible to life for curious kids ages 8 to 12, as they ponder what it would be like to live through a monumental event.”

The first page of the book starts “thousands of years ago. In this book action packed book we meet Corey Max, a ten year old boy who has a dog, Molly. He has just moved with his family when Molly gets loose and runs. As Corey goes after her into the woods, he stumbles and hits his head blacking out. That’s when the adventure begins.

The author has done a magnificent job in writing this book. It is packed full of action, mystery, adventure, and things that will keep the interest of readers. Descriptions are good, especially for the target audience. The book is well written and a great mixture of biblical and contemporary stories.

There are lessons for kids to learn in this great book. It talks about things kids will be able to relate to such as moving, making decisions, thinking about others, forgiveness, and knowing God. “…..that made Corey know that God really did forgive sin and selfishness.”

Most kids and adults have wondered what it was like for Noah and his family. IMG_4184 The author has taken young readers there in this adventurous book. I enjoyed it and will be starting my nine year old grandson on this series now. It would be perfect for boys or girls ages eight to twelve. A church library would benefit from this title. This would also make a nice book to start a young readers’ group. I highly recommend it and gladly rate it 5 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review

“The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord shut him in.” Gen. 7:163

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