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Titanic: Ship of Dreams (Torchbearers) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Plant
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The ship that would never be sunk, a ship of dreams - becomes a ship of nightmares as it is swallowed beneath the freezing Atlantic Ocean. Hit by a massive iceberg it was as much the arrogance of the ship's owners and operators that caused the tragedy of the Titanic on 14th April 1912. 1,517 people perished that night but there was at least one man who was focussed on saving souls amidst the horror. As the icy waters brought the life of John Harper to a close he still had the energy to call one final person to come to Christ. This is a story of tragedy but it is also a story of faith and courage and eternal hope.


Most of Christian Focus's books are good with clear Spiritual content but I did think reading this one that the author has skilfully managed to add extra Spiritual dimensions into the text very cleverly without loosing the readers interest in the subject to hand. The story is both interesting and entertaining from the very first and seems to be well researched even to including the correct number and price paid for the ticket that was issued to the Harper's! Quite why the author left out any reference to Mr Harper's cousin Jessie Leitch who was also on board with John and his daughter is a mystery although she is mentioned in the John Harper - Who was he section. That minor historical detail though does not take away from the interesting and well written narrative which not only focuses on the Harpers but others who were on board the ship at that time as well as giving a good general description of what life on board the Titanic was like. There are good lessons for Christians to learn from Nana's encounters with a boy named Charlie as well as the very clear need for an individual's salvation running right through the narrative which is imperative if this book is to be given to children who are not Christians. I will be certainly ensuring the every child in my Sunday School class receives a copy of this book next year to mark to 100th anniversary of the ships sinking! Can we have more like this containing a good interesting historical theme please?
Posted by Andrew Lazenby, Perth, Australia. at 10:37 on Wednesday 29 June 2011

This book is brilliant and the publishers should be commended for having the foresight to publish it this year with so many 'Titanic' anniversaries coming up. That said my son is a Titanic 'nut' so anything about THAT ship is of interest to him. When however you add a much needed spiritual dimension to the story as well the result has to be good. As a believer I was surprised not to have heard of Mr Harper before but the story of his leading a soul to Christ with his dying breath I had heard previously. I now know who that story was about! This book is written in a fluid style that keeps the reader occupied and eager to find out what comes in the next chapter. Of course we all know what the outcome of the story will be however there are so many characters appearing throughout the narrative that one is drawn into their own life and death struggle wondering what happened to each as the ship sank. I especially like the part about the thief stealing the preachers New Testament and then returning it. That's true repentance in picture form. The reader is challenged about their need of salvation almost from page 1 when Mr Harper seeks to point a rather snobbish and overbearing first class passenger to her need of Jesus as Saviour. Although the story (from an earthly standpoint) tragic it is also very challenging (and not just to children) about our daily walk with our Saviour as well as being prepared to take each opportunity to witness for Him. Yes children should be given 'Titanic - Ship of Dreams' to read as it will not only undoubtedly point them to their need of Jesus but also to walking with Him daily.
Posted by John Dennison at 21:21 on Thursday 05 May 2011


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5.0 out of 5 stars Remembering the Titanic April 16, 2012
By Pidge
Format:Kindle Edition
The book is based on an actual passenger of the Titanic, John Harper. I had not heard of Rev. Harper prior to reading this book so I did a little research on him and it made me all the more eager to see what was in store with the fictionalization of his story. Rev. Harper was a widower from England and traveling with his daughter, Nana to the USA to the Moody Institute in Chicago via the Titanic. The author portrays Rev. Harper just as I would imagine him myself, a person eager to share Jesus with everyone he met. For example, his home church grew from a mere 25 to over 500 under his time as it's pastor, a sure sign of a thriving church. While Rev. Harper is the primary character, most of the plot is seen through the eyes of Nana, and it's through her that we get to meet famous people such as the Astors who give her a tour of the ill-fated ship.

I loved this story for bringing attention to a person who is such a light to the Titanic story. Even as the ship was going down, Harper was fighting for souls. With his last breath he was leading people to the Lord (that part of the story is very true & his last convert lived to tell the tale!). The author did a fantastic job not just showing how Harper tried to win souls, but laid out the plan of salvation so plainly that even someone reading the book who is not a Christian could tell what it's all about.

The book included historical notes on Rev. Harper as well as a timeline of his life & study questions. I absolutely loved this book! We will definitely be reading it again, hopefully as a read-aloud (if I can keep from tearing up!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on a man of faith and of the Titanic April 20, 2012
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I've enjoyed the mystique that is the Titanic since I was a young girl, I've always thought it'd be neat to be able to go down to the bottom of the ocean and see this graveyard. Since I can't go deep sea exploring the next best thing is to read stories, especially those that are based on fact, that instill faith and hope as well as stories from the Titanic. I've never read any in the series from which this book comes so I'm glad I started with this one, as it deals with a man of great faith, Rev. John Harper, his daughter and their time on the Titanic. I was caught up in the story from the first page and kept flipping my e-pages until the end, which was summed up with a nice mini-Bible study.

I could tell this was written for a young audience, but even I did not tire of it and hope to read it aloud to all my children in the next several days. I enjoyed the story and would love to find more out about John Harper and his daughter. I also aim to work through the Bible study with each of my children so that we can more understand our faith in the Lord - it really seemed to bring home the idea of Mr. Harper's belief in the Lord and him wanting those who didn't believe before the Titanic reached it's watery grave to find that Salvation. If you are looking for a way to teach the Titanic and instill values that have been shared with others from across time then this is a great book and will pique your child's interest and maybe even yours.

**Disclaimer: I was provided an e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.
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