Theology for kids,
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This review is from: The Mystery Cave (Sugar Creek Gang Original Series) (Paperback)
These books are underrated. Hutchens is really quite a theologian, and quite profound sometimes. I have been reading this book aloud to my two oldest kids (ages 6 and 7) and they are intrigued with the story--at least they sit and keep listening. Meanwhile, I am intrigued by the deep ideas that Hutchins is conveying. This book describes a hunting scene, rather compassionately toward the animals that are killed, and then parallels that with the idea of sacrifice, ultimately Jesus' sacrifice. The parallel makes sense in the mind of a kid; my kids understand it when I talk to them about it.
I admit the writing style is not quite appropriate for today's audience. We are not accustomed to reading the description of setting for two whole pages. There is also a problem of what would probably be considered racism in today's society, although Hutchins meant it in a noble way: one pious character is praying for missionaries around the world using a map that he has marked with pins--brown-headed pins for missionaries in Mexico, black-headed pins for Africa, and yellow for China. Yeah. Not exactly politically correct! But innocent enough, probably.
The whole story is very outdoorsy, very good for boys especially. The gang is a group of boys who has fun together, play fights, teases, but ultimately encourages each other toward goodness.
Anyway, if you have a budding theologian in your house, this is an ideal book!