Kind of like an episode of The Love Boat except you’re at Christian Camp and the love interest is God. 🙂
Brady’s mom drops him off at a Christian camp where he knows absolutely no one, including God. As she’s leaving, she drops a bomb on him. He’s not welcome to come back home, and the father who has been absent in his life since he walked out the door years ago is coming to get him at the end of the week. Ouch.
The church camp is a great and believable setting. While there’s a lot of theology in the book–forgiveness, the difference between knowing God and having a relationship with God, trusting God when your earthly parents aren’t trustworthy–it’s wrapped up in lessons from the camp sermons but filtered through the lens of a 13-year old boy. It’s a nice dose of Christianity, even evangelism, without being too in-your-face for young readers, although non-Christians might think it’s too much.
Good clean fun, no language issues, no kissing, although the background to Brady’s mom’s motivations deals with real world adult issues that some younger readers may be oblivious to.
Well written, well woven. The story sucks you in and floats you along. You really feel for the main character, Brady. I shed a tear for him. (I’m a crier though).
Star rating: *****
Hear No Evil is perfect for its intended audience of 8-12 year olds and is a strong enough story that parents can enjoy it along with their children.
Hear No Evil is available for pre-orders. Release date: November 5, 2013.
Did you go to Christian camp as a teen? If so, where and what was your most memorable experience?