Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A Heart Strangely Warmed

by Louise A. Vernon

This one was a surprise--a book used in the Sonlight curriculum that's bad. I mean, it's not burn-this-book bad, but it is pretty poor waiting room material. The book is a peek at the life of John Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism. The tale is told from the view of a young boy, Robert Upton, who encounters Wesley and gradually joins the movement. What makes the book so poor is bad storytelling. Wesley's life is only partially shared through narrative. there are many times when the action consists of Robert listening to other people chatting about some point or another that Ms. Vernon wants to share with her readers. The character of Wesley himself, a man who must have been quite a personality, is quite two-dimensional. About the best thing I can say about the book is that it's short. Do yourself a favor. If you don't have to read this one like we do, pass it by.
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