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Flight School (Sparrow Stories) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 1, 2015
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Best for Ages: 12 - 25
So many books about homeschoolers either can come across as either well-intentioned books that lean toward legalism, or sound like homeschoolers gone wild now that they are ‘free’. Flight School was, in my opinion, the best book I have read about taking the next step after homeschool in a realistic yet God-honoring way. It avoids sounding legalistic (and even addresses legalism), shows some of the honest challenges, and has characters that do their best to live godly lives.
This book deeply touched me, because I could see myself reflected in some of the characters and their decisions. One example of that is the challenge they face to do what is right as they head out into the world. Each of the Rivera kids face something different, but each of them come to a point where they have to make a choice to do what they want or follow what God has called them to. There were a couple of points I was holding my breath, wondering if they would make the right choice.
The story flowed so well that I didn’t want to put it down. I can see how McIntire has grown as a writer. While this book was not an action book, the emotions of the characters kept me flipping pages. It is one of those books with enough diversity in characters that everyone who reads it will probably see themselves reflected in one or more of the people and situations.
I highly recommend this book to homeschool graduates, those how love faith-building stories, and those who enjoy contemporary books.
I won’t even try to break the story down, because there was just so much there. What I can say is that basically, this is the journal of one family’s summer and how each person in that family discovered more of what they were really good at, things that they’d be able to use throughout life. There are some great spiritual lessons in the story, and some very practical ones as well to balance everything out. In all, I really enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it as good Christian fiction. I think teenagers would especially appreciate the story and the life application in its pages.
I received a free copy of this book, and chose to write a review about it.
Seeing Jessie and Chris and Ben grow and wrestle with adult choices about careers and relationships was well written and easier for me to relate to, as I'm at a similar stage. Jason captures his age ranges really accurately among the older and younger kids. I also loved the way he included Katie's tender conscience. :) That's pretty easy to find in homeschool circles, and the way he wrote how family members tried to encourage and didn't know what to do by turns felt true to life. :) My main trouble in book one--seeing the people sanctify in their new-found faith too quickly--was dealt with really well in book two--as Sarge explains to Jessie that ultimately building up more rules to control your heart doesn't take care of the sin in your heart. The sin has to be dealt with at the root level. The Sparrows provide tender, Gospel-centered ministry to friends and neighbors, using the film making process to reach out to many different kinds of people. That was exciting to read about.
The climax was surprising and very believable. The characters were well-drawn, and the plotting was excellent. And the ending--satisfying, yet with some subtly written loose ends at the same time. I heartily enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it as good fictional story with a worthwhile message.
The Sparrow series #2 was given to me for free by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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