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Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult Paperback – January 8, 2013
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About the Author
A.B. Brownell has written teen articles and stories for a number of Christian publications; has served as a youth leader and Sunday school teacher; and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. This is the author's third book.
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I don't believe the author has spent much time with teenagers this decade. There were several references to "electronic games" and Steve Urkel. Really?
The speech patterns of the inner city kids were just insulting. The descriptions of the characters were thin at best. We know hair color and height but that's about it. Some folks had facial hair.
While the premise was interesting, the whole book was a stretch. Forty Christians missing and nobody thinks to check out the castle in the mountains? Kid says he sees one of the missing persons at the castle and missing person's parent blows him off?
I am baffled by the positively glowing reviews, as I only finished the book because I always finish books. This was difficult to get through and after all that I'm not even sure of the point of the dreams other than to get our protagonist institutionalized.
In conclusion, I will be removing this from my Kindle.
"Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult" is a story that will keep you on your toes.
With the disappearance of Joe's parents and a burglary at their house, things get weirder and scarier. Why is a black car always following them? What can Joe do when he is sent to a mental hospital? Will Joe and his parents have enough faith to get them through this trial?
This is a faith-filled adventure story that teaches you to rely on God. I am definitely adding this to my list of favorite books. I hope this is part of a series because I look forward to reading more books by this author.
"Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult" is a must-read!
A book of challenge. Joe the Dreamer leads you down a road of faith as the main character faces one challenge after another.
While dealing with his parents' disappearance, Joe Baker walks a lonely path. He's a young man who pours himself into the Word of God every night to seek guidance, to escape his circumstances. In turn, God returns the favor. Joe dreams. Miraculous, wondrous, life-changing dreams. He becomes Joseph, Daniel, Moses, Peter...he lives what he knows. He prays for strength, deliverance, and power. And God delivers...His own way.
A.B. Brownell weaves a tale of intrigue and faith which captures the reader from the opening page. The only drawback that may be of concern to some young readers, is the length of the book but the content is more than worth the read. The agony of defeat touches the soul but don't worry, keep reading, you'll soon know the elation of victory.
Good job, Mrs. Brownell. I give this novel four stars.