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Elijah's Boy Paperback – January 30, 2014
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The tale centers around a young boy named Nathaniel, who is orphaned and forced to live on the streets of Samaria. One day the prophet Elijah comes to town with a message from God to a merchant named Hiel. Elijah's message was one of condemnation, for Hiel had sacrificed his children to the false god Baal and at the end of his message Hiel falls over in a heap and dies.
When Nathaniel sees the power Elijah possesses he decides to follow him and soon offers himself to Elijah as his servant. His decision will put his life in jeopardy, but at the same time it will show him the power of God.
This book was incredible. It is well-written with just enough fiction to take a small part of Elijah's story and make it interesting enough to draw the reader in. The character of Nathaniel was well developed and the prophet Elijah came to life for me in a very real way.
According to notes in the back of the book the author created this story for her Sunday school students, but I think any adult would enjoy it. I know I did. It is not a very long book, but it is filled with everything that would keep a reader's attention (especially a child's). I highly recommend this book and as I understand it, the author has a curriculum guide to go with it. So this would be a great book for Sunday School teachers. I give it 5/5 stars!
The paperback book has 21 chapters at about 6 to 10 pages per chapter with the overall book content of 190 pages. The print font and size are easily seen, even at a comfortable distance. The beautifully cover illustration has a certain "mystery" .. Inviting the reader to immediately what to experience within the prologue.
I can truly say that this book is a pure joy! Initially, we wanted to read no more than a few chapters each night, taking the entire week casually during the vacation. But that didn't happen, as we couldn't stop. We finished the book by the 3rd night!
For my wife as a listener, she found it very easy to follow my reading and was enthralled of the story from beginning to sadly ending chapter. As the reader, I too was able to follow each little story, their plots and life-like characters. They were all brought to life and even bringing moments of aloud laughter.
I can honestly say that whether young or not-so-young, reader or listener; this book will be a pleasurable experience book. I would highly recommend this book and would ask if the author would follow-up in a sequel. We really want to know more about Nathaniel and his journey! Thank you so much Robin.
R. K. Livingston took me back to this site through the retelling of the story in Elijah’s Boy.
A historical fiction about Nathaniel, who became the servant of the prophet Elijah I enjoyed reading about Elijah’s story through the point of view of this young orphan boy. I especially liked his reaction to Elijah’s unusual request of the widow and the resulting miracle. I read the entire novel in one sitting.
This is a great book for children aged 9 to 12 in grades 4/5. I highly recommend it!
This book would be great for church's, to help teach the stories in the Bible. It would also be a great book for parents to use at story time or also in a christian school setting.
The story shows that we all need to have faith in spite of what ever comes against us in life. Stand tall and hold tight to what you know is right.
Elijah with the help of his new companion Nathaniel, Changes the hearts of many.
He brings awareness to just how powerful and wonderful the true God is.
Showing them its not necessary to worship false Gods. When the real one is willing to be apart of their lives in every way. He will provide for all their needs.
I think its very creative and wise of the author to retell a bible story in such a way that it comes to life for the reader. I hope she writes a second book. To Elijah's Boy telling more of Nathaniel's story as he grows into a Godly man.
The intriguing cover sparked my interest. This historical fiction is a compelling account of a boy named Nathaniel, an orphan, who becomes a servant to Elijah the prophet. The two of them live through much danger in a time when believing in Yahweh could mean death. It is a journey of faith. A must read.