The army cowered on one side of the river as the giant looked on and hurled insults and taunts. Would no one stand up to the Philistines?
What would it have been like to actually be a part of the David and Goliath account? To see the soldiers shaking and scared? To see the Philistines camp, strong and powerful? To walk with David to Saul’s tent and listen to him tell the king, “I can fight this man!”
Sometimes we grow so accustomed to the classic Bible accounts, we discount the suspense and drama that must have been present. I love the 5th book in “The Imagination Station” series because it really brings the David and Goliath story to life. By throwing in a character that doesn’t belong in the story (Hugh), the readers are able to relive the tension many of the Israelites must have felt when David marched up to the battle line. This book, entitled Showdown with Shepherd, brings the Bible characters to life in a fresh new way, and showcases the power of God in a compelling fashion.
I enjoyed observing the dynamics of the relationship between David and his brother, and between David and Saul. Clearly, much of this book is imagined, but I think it is pretty consistent with the biblical account and would feel very comfortable with a child or preteen reading this. Sometimes, with historical/biblical fiction, the details are so elaborate, the reader gets lost and facts and fiction become blurred. I don’t think this is the case with this book, and I really enjoy the fact that we’ve visited a biblical account by using “the imagination station”.
I would recommend this book to any child. I even read parts of it to my 2 year old daughter and she seemed fairly interested! Certainly the preteen crowd would love it!
My only complaint about this book is the Prologue. For as interesting as the rest of the book is, this is sure boring! I would love to see this section revamped a bit, filling readers in with some details without putting them to sleep before the first chapter!
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