Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dragon Seed Book Review (Study Guide included)


Title:  Dragon Seed Book Review (Study Guide included)

Author:  Marty Machowski

Pages:  160

Year:  2017

Publisher:  New Growth Press

Rating:  4 stars out of 5.

This is a story about a young teenager named Nick who is going through a rough time as his father passed away from cancer.  Since the funeral, he has become a rebellious son toward his mother.  He argues with her, is disrespectful to her, goes out to parties late at night, claims to be his own boss and doesn’t submit to his mother’s authority.  He does not realize that he is listening to lies from a hidden enemy.  This enemy is bent on sowing dragon seeds of pride into his heart, hardening it to keep him from seeing the truth that spiritual warfare is going on in the world and he is powerless to fight it without help.  Out of desperation, his mother hands him a book that contains his family’s dark secret. Nick reluctantly agrees to read the book and is soon drawn to the story.  He quickly discovers the family secret and learns about the real enemy in the world:  Lord Dragon.

I would recommend this book to others because it deals with sin and how sin affects us, but also that there is a plan of redemption.  It takes Genesis, the Gospels, and other bits of the Bible and relates them in a stylish and entertaining way.  It touches on how people tend to deal with grief; they’re either looking for someone to blame or they bury themselves in something entertaining or educational.  They don’t think to look to God, whom they sometimes blame as well, or to family members for comfort; they just push people away.  While being alone might be a good way not to get hurt emotionally, it’s not an entirely good solution.  We all need guidance, counseling, and healing for our brokenness.  We also need forgiveness and to forgive others.  Nothing pleases the enemy, Satan, more than to see us stumble, fall and turn away from God.  While we cannot fight the enemy alone, God is always there to give us strength and security.  We must submit ourselves to God’s authority.  We must be humble before Him and not let the “Dragon Seeds” of pride enter our hearts.  With humility and vigilance, we can keep the enemy from corrupting our hearts and interfering with our relationship with our creator.

I would also recommend this book for its imaginative and entertaining storytelling, for its little plot twists and surprise ending.  After the story, there is a 12-day devotional on how we can humble ourselves and not let pride enter our hearts.  It provides examples of how pride is shown and Bible verses to remind people of its dangers and how to counteract the influence of pride in kids.  I wouldn’t say this book is for adults, but it’s definitely a book for kids and young adults who can learn something from the story and the devotional.  Please enjoy the book.  It looks like there’s an opening for a sequel.

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