Instruments Of Grace
Taking Chances by Melody Carlson is a perfect contemporary Christian novel for girls aged nine and over. It is the fourth book in the Being Zoey series.
I am considerably older than the target market but am enjoying the series. There are godly lessons for us all to learn, no matter how old we are.
This book focuses on Jesus’ commands to love our enemies, and forgiveness and grace. Eleven year old Zoey faces a girl who bullied her in a previous book and declares “I’m hit with the challenge to love my enemies.” We may find that if we pray for our enemies. It is us who experience a heart change.
Forgiveness for past hurts needs to be graciously given. We forgive because we have been forgiven.
The novel shows that teenage hormones are beginning to emerge as the girls begin to notice the boys. It is a difficult time that can produce a range of emotions.
The Being Zoey series is written in the first person from the point of views of Zoey. As such the reader is easily transported back through the years to a time when they were twelve. Melody Carlson’s series awakes memories and feelings in the reader making Zoey easy to empathise with.
This Being Zoey series is absolutely perfect for your daughters or granddaughters. They are all great stories with powerful godly lessons.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
About the Book
Book: Taking Chances
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre: Middle Grade
Release Date: April 15, 2020
Zoey knows her days are numbered. At least when it comes to remaining in Cedarville. So when Louisa coaxes her to be part of a garage band, Zoey tosses her insecurities aside to make music with her friends. And she even goes out for the basketball team. But what will happen when her mom shows up and pulls the plug on everything?
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About the Author
Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.
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