Re-visiting My Childhood
The Magic Faraway Tree: A Christmas Adventure by Jacqueline Wilson is a most charming novel that will appeal to everyone aged eight years and over.
Once more Jacqueline Wilson has transported the adult reader back to their childhood, whilst simultaneously introducing the next generation to the magic that is the Faraway Tree. There is the timeless appeal of Moonface, Silky, the Angry Pixie etc.
The reader joins the characters for a festive fayre as we delight in a winter wonderland, walking on fresh snowfall, just perfect for a new adventure. This is the second book in the series.
The Magic Faraway Tree: A New Adventure by Jacqueline Wilson is positively delightful. It is perfect for children ages eight years and over.
This book is also an absolute delight for adults who grew up reading The Faraway Tree novels by Enid Blyton. They were my favourites and I still have my copies now.
Jacqueline Wilson has kept the magic alive. She writes in a style very reminiscent of the originals. All the familiar characters are there – Moonface, Silky, Dame Washalot etc. This book transported me back through the years to my childhood. Fifty years on, and I still want to believe that somewhere out there, there is the Faraway Tree! This book is enchanting and I loved it.
So Very Powerful
And… So We Walked by Rick and Jane McKinney is such a powerful book that reveals the faithfulness of God and also faith in action.
In 2005 Rick McKinney ‘heard’ God tell him to walk across America. “Walk it all in My Name.” An obedient servant, married for over thirty years at that time, together with his wife Jane, on 1st January 2006 began their walk from California to Washington – a distance of 2,800 miles. Their walk was completed on July 4th 2006. It was a total walk of faith. It was a walk that would change the couple. It was a walk that impacted many along the way. And … So We Walked is a book that should impact our lives and change the way we live. Every day is a new opportunity to tell a lost world about Jesus. We do not need to walk across America. Maybe we just need to walk across our roads and tell someone about Jesus. Or across our neighbourhoods. Or maybe just across the room. You never know when God will set up a divine appointment. “Divine appointments with people we didn’t know but that God knew needed to hear about Him.”
Rick and Jane McKinney knew they could rely on God. “He would never leave us, always empower us, and confirm His presence and guidance in our lives.” There were times when they sensed “an angel is walking with us.” God never left the couple to walk alone. And God never leaves us to walk alone.
God calls us to see the world through His eyes. “We were beginning to see people through the eyes of Jesus.” When we look with Jesus’ eyes, we see the heart of God. The world will look different. We will see the injustice and the prejudice. We will see the marginalized and the forgotten. – and our hearts will break. “God had broken our hearts for our nation.” The McKinney’s realized that America needs God. Our world needs God.
We are called to tell the world about Jesus. I found the following quote so powerful: “We ‘talk’ loudest by how we ‘walk’ “ Wow!
The Good Luck Cat
Kasper Prince Of Cats by Michael Morpurgo is a most delightful children’s historical novel that I loved. It is suitable for ages eight years and over.
This book will educate you as you read. It is set at the Savoy in London in spring of 1912. The action continues into April where the characters board the ill-fated Titanic on its maiden voyage to New York – and we all know how that ended!
Kasper is the star of the show. He is a regal black cat, all the way from Russia. Although beautiful, he is also aloof until he decides where his loyalties lie!