Dragon Seed is a book that can grab hold of your teen or tween and teach them the truth’s of God’s word and the battle against evil, on their terms. This was a quick read for me – a couple days, but both my boys read the book in about a day. Both reported that they liked it and get a lot out of it.
During the tween and teen years, there is such a struggle for our children and for us as parents. This book is an allegoric story that will give them a different perspective of that battle. The battle is real, even though, sometimes we think it more than a spiritual one. Dragon Seed points out the spiritual complexities very clearly.
The characters were very typical and real to, as a mother of teens and pre-teens. I felt like the story was very believable. So often our children are tempted by events and people around them. This story shows how both are fighting for our children’s attention.
Not only did this book take a deeper look at the child who is making the wrong choice, but the one who seems in the right, but still making spiteful or prideful choices. So often, we see the child who is doing the wrong things as worse than the child who is seeming to do the right thing, but who is struggling with pride in their heart.
I highly recommend this book for parents and children to read. It can lead to a great deal of important conversations. I look forward to reading the next one, that I suspect will be out in the near future!
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More about the book:
An angry teen, a desperate mother, a missing father, and a shadow lurking in the background.
Things were going from bad to worse for Nick and his family. Tempted to run away after yet another argument with his mom, Nick receives a handwritten, leather-bound copy of an old book-a family legend passed down to him from his great grandfather. The book, called Dragon Seed, leads Nick deep into his family’s history and introduces him to another angry young man who lived in the shadows (the shadows of the tombs). Like Nick, you’ll be shocked to discover where he fits in this story of epic proportions!
This page-turning, young adult fiction story invites older children and teens into the real-life struggles of Nick. But it also ushers them into an imaginative exploration of the life of the young man Jesus saved as he wandered through the tombs. Best-selling author Marty Machowski uses both stories to introduce the reality of spiritual warfare and how its shadows affect and change us.
Machowski, a trusted teacher for children of all ages, presents a thoroughly biblical view of spiritual warfare that emphasizes the importance of humility and dangers of pride. Teens will be drawn to the story of Nick and his struggles and will learn, as they read, to also identify the shadows in their own life and turn from them. While the biblical teaching is evident throughout the narrative of Dragon Seed, Machowski also includes a twelve-lesson Bible study at the end of the book to help teens ground their understanding of spiritual warfare on biblical principles.
Youth pastors, leaders, and parents will also want to explore with teens the small group study at the end of the book with its unique take on spiritual warfare that emphasizes the biblical theme of humility. This is a perfect book to read with a group and discuss together the implications of Nick’s struggles for their lives.
Marty Machowski is the Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over 25 years. Marty leads Promise Kingdom, the children’s ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He is the author of a systematic theology for children entitled “The Ology,” “Long Story Short,” “Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God,” “The Gospel Story Sunday School Curricu
lum” and the companion “Gospel Story Children’s Bible.” He and his wife, Lois, and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania area.