“Swipe” – Book Review & Giveaway

My friends at Tommy Nelson gave me the privilege of reviewing a Dystopian, apocalyptic fiction, “Swipe.”  All the current rage with the middle age market, this book is targeted to ages 8-11.  To be honest, my ten year old is still working on this one; his year end work for school took priority.  But, he is excited for the last day of school tomorrow and we’ve already scheduled our daily reading time.

The book has an “end of days setting” with a strong biblical foundation and a fresh, modern perspective.  I’m not too crazy about this genre in general, simply because I want my children to be able to easily separate what is fiction and what is true Bible.  For this reason, I feel that the suggested age range for this book should be age 10-13 so that a more mature discernment can be applied throughout the reading.

However, that said, the book is an enjoyable read and definitely provides some awesome Bible conversation with your reader.

For that reason, I’m excited to give one copy of this book to one of my readers!  Leave a comment answering this question following in order to enter.  Giveaway open until Tuesday, 6/5/12, 11pm.  Winner announced Wednesday, 6/6/12.

How do you encourage your children to become free-thinkers and discover their faith on their own while still protecting them within your home?

 
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This book was provided by Tommy Nelson; all opinions are my own.

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10 Comments

  1. Kristin Reickard says:

    Our children learn to do what we adults live. If we are out serving in our neighborhood, community, and beyond, they are exposed to the world under our authority. In such a way, our children can see the world without being a part of it, and as we serve the least they can be exposed to things that are the norm on this earth (even if they aren’t the norm in our suburban home). We recently went to China to adopt our youngest daughter. We brought our other two children, and they were able to ask many questions, see things they’ve never seen, have some incredible (and some hard) experiences, and see how it affected my husband and me too. They watch carefully how we live, what we do. They get questions about this life from those things, and we are able to answer them by pointing back to the Word of God. We want our kids to use their minds, to experience this life under the protection of our family’s and most importantly God’s umbrella.

  2. I have 7 children 5 in which are boys ages 8-17 and for our family we encourage our children to read their Bibles daily but also good Christian fiction and non-fiction books always taking it before the Bible to read it against the pure truth and from there making decisions based upon the Word of our Great Lord. Also the most important of all is living out our lives to the best of our ability being that example leading by the example of Christ. We would be graciously Blessed to recieve this book thanks for offer!!

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Thanks for your sweet words and entry. 🙂

    2. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Thanks for your comment, Cindy!

  3. Estella Bitney says:

    I have tried to be consistent with my house rules: respect, responsibility, and safety following the Fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:23-26). My ex-husband is abusive, addicted to porn, and has hurt both of my children. My son was so frustrated with the one sided relationship with his father only paying attention if he got in trouble while favoring our daughter obsessively that my son attempted to rape my daughter to be able to get his father’s attention only to be arrested, in state custody, and in sex assault treatment. I am going weekly for meetings and visits but he is not allowed to attend church or Celebrate Recovery the only outside influence allowed by the state is planned parenthood so the boys can learn “safe sex” and not to get caught. I have given him a daily reading Bible, the Purpose driven life, and any book I can find to help him seek Jesus in this whole mess. God promised me the first day of court (my daughter’s 8th birthday) that HE would protect my son through this and use it to make him a minister of compassion, mercy, grace, and understanding for his life as I dedicated him when he was 4 days old to the Lord. From the small amount of information on this book, I would love to give this to my son (financially right now my daughter and I are facing physical eviction because the state is removing over half of the child support acknowledging they are forcing hardship on my daughter while she has a state ordered victim protection or I would buy the book, honestly). As a Mom I believe Proverbs 22:6 with my whole heart. Thank you for your help in understanding how the comments work :o)

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      You are welcome for the little help with the comments! I wanted to pray for you and yours today. Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing this dear lady to the blog today. I pray that you would give her and her family safety and provision. I pray that You would work in their lives as only You can. God, You have the ultimate power of reversal, turning evil into good. We pray that You would prevail and bless this dear family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  4. We have two girls (ages11 & 13), while raising them to be free thinkers is somewhat challenging at times we give them freedom to grow through opportunities. They attended VBS, they currently attend Awanas and Youth Group. Through these they have met friends with God in common and hold each other accountable. Both girls are big readers and love reading Chrostian books. Currently they are reading the Real Life series are talking about trying it out in real life. We also do a Bible Study in our home. We also pray constantly for them everyday and hope they stay of the right path.

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      I love that you mention accountability. And prayer. Very important factors!!

  5. Great question, Rachel! I’ve wrestled with this through my many years of parenting. When my children were little, I immersed them in the Word and in Christian growth opportunities, such as Bible camp, VBS, etc. As they grew, sharing about our faith and letting them see it walked out became increasingly important. I encouraged my boys to read some challenging and thought-provoking Christian books that would encourage them to explore the truth of the Gospel and welcomed discussions about the Bible and God. My oldest son, even took it upon himself as a 16-year-old to attend different Christian denomination services to get a feel for how others worship. Although initially hesitant to allow this, I realized questioning and exploring was natural and necessary for him to uncover his faith. Most importantly, I’ve bathed their lives in prayer. Praise God that despite all my bumbling in this area, my children are becoming Godly, Christ-loving young men and women! (My 11 year old would love the book–thanks for the chance!)

    1. Rachel Wojnarowski says:

      Another praying mama! 🙂 Love it.

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