Monday, May 21, 2012

ARC Review: Waves of Light

Waves of Light by Naomi Kinsman

  • Reading level: Ages 9 and up
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Original edition (April 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310726662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310726661
Where is God when you need him? 

After struggling to fit into a new town and school, Sadie faces questions about her faith, family, and friendships, questioning all she has come to believe. Sadie's life is spinning out of control. Her friend moved away, her mom remains ill, and her dad wants to leave town. At least the play Sadie is helping produce appears to be going well. After all, she gets to create the sets with her art teacher's help. But even that falls apart when a flash flood destroys her teacher's home and art. 

How can she trust or even believe in a God who would allow all this? 

God isn't fair. With everything crumbling and her faith on the edge, Sadie must find strength in the God she's questioning in order to hold on in the midst of her struggles.

I choose to read this book just out of the blue, since I haven’t read children to young teen book for a long time. Sure the cover was creative, simple yet cute, but from the looks of it, the story dwells on younger or coming-to-age teens. Fortunately, I found this book easy to read and relate to even if I’m no longer on the ages 9 and up category..:D

Waves of a Light is the third book in the Faithgirlz!/From Sadie's Sketchbook series. But don’t worry, even I who hadn’t read the first two books followed the story well. They can be stand-alones I think.

Naomi Kinsman wrote the story in a simple yet nurturing way. We might find Sadie’s life/struggles boring but for a girl just starting to see life and finding her relationships with God, a lot’s been going on already. This is what the beauty of this book, creating a good story amidst its simplicity.

I enjoyed the emails in the book and I think it was written well. You might think the book is all about younger teens problems but actually the author also throw in grown-up topics, so basically the book is also for adult and young at heart..:)

Kinsman captured a young girl’s essence perfectly. As if she was Sadie herself. Sadie’s questions were genuine and honest. She was strong and mature for her age and yet the growing attraction to Andrew is pretty something I could relate to, I think anyone experienced having crushes for the first time, and it’s actually hard for Sadie since Andrew is her friend.

The author beautifully described faith even when we think God had left us. This book had a lot of subtle messages without appearing too preachy.

Waves of Light is an interesting book for tween readers, especially for girls ages 9 and up and even the younger ones.:) It’s about finding ourselves and our relationship with God. Highly Recommended!

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