Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Magic Runes- A Review

"The Magic Runes: A Tale of the Times of Charlemagne" by Emma Leslie was a really great book. This story was originally written in 1888, and the wonderful folks at Salem Ridge Press are putting these books back into the hands of our youth. Salem Ridge Press was started by a homeschooling graduate...which is great to hear being a homeschooling mom and all.

The book I read was a powerful one. It is a time of Saxons and those Christians who follow the White Christ. They have different beliefs and practice different rituals.

Story Synopsis
    One day, in 782 A.D., young Adalinda is startled to come upon a Saxon family in the forest where she lives with her father. The family is in desperate need but the husband, Godrith, is suspicious of Adalinda's offers of help, especially when he learns that she is a Christian. He well remembers how Charlemagne's "Christian" soldiers burned his village and killed or captured so many of his people because they refused to convert to Christianity. Will Adalinda and her father be able to show Godrith a different picture of Christianity

Story Setting:  France and Saxony in 782 - 785 A.D.

 This a story that exhorts God's greatness and what a true Christian should be like. I found myself updating my Facebook status with quotes from this story. Shows us and our kids how we should be towards those who are different from us. If we are who Christ calls us to be in His word, then we will plant seeds in those unbelievers that will one day grow and reveal it's fruitfulness.

My favorite quote from this story: "To be a Christian in very deed, is not giving, or abstaining, but believing in the Lord Christ, who loved us, and gave Himself for us--gave Himself a sacrifice and an example, that believing in Him, and loving Him, we might follow in His footsteps; for He went about doing good to all men--healing the sick, and kind even to His enemies; denying Himself comfort & pleasure, for the good of others."  Pepin spoke this to his daughter after she complained about what little room they had and the discomforts that came with helping the Saxon family staying with them. They ended up being quite the testimony.

This story is recommended for children ages 10 and up. I loved that at the bottom of the pages they had the big words and their English translation. That was very helpful! You can go read the first chapter now.

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