Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"Peanut Butter Friends in a Chop Suey World" by Deb Brammer

About this book:

  “When Amy's family moves to Taiwan to begin missionary work, she is determined to be a good missionary. But the neighborhood girls laugh at her, and Sunday services at the Chinese church become an ordeal. It seems that the only place she feels comfortable is at the English-speaking school with her peanut butter friends.”

Series: As of now, no.

Spiritual Content- All about being missionaries & the mission field; Prayers, blessings over food & thanking God; Scriptures are read, mentioned & thought over; Church going & singing; Trying to witness & explain about Heaven and Jesus; Talks about God, Jesus, Heaven, Christians, witnessing & mission work; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Amy & her family are new missionaries; Amy’s middle name is Carmichael, her brothers are named after Hudson Taylor & Adoniram Judson; Many mentions of missionaries, famous missionaries, the mission field, a mission board, mission work & witnessing; Many mentions of churches, Sunday Schools, lessons/services, songs & starting a church; Mentions of God & His plans; Mentions of prayers & thanking God; Mentions of winning souls for Jesus & being begged to tell the gospel; Mentions of the Bible, what it says & Scriptures; Mentions of events & those in the Bible; Mentions of Bibles & reading; Mentions of Heaven; Mentions of tracts & handing them out; Mentions of Christians; A few mentions of Christian holidays & the roots of them; A couple mentions of God’s creatures; A couple mentions of devotionals;
*Note: Talks about & Many mentions of Buddhists, how they worship, ghosts/spirits, idols, gods, superstitions, & other religions; A few mentions of temples.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: three ‘dumb’s and six ‘stupid’s; Friendship troubles & many mentions of gossip, a bossy girl, snubbing another, & being rude, mean and teasing; Mentions of foul smells; Mentions of meats & animal organs (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of dissecting worms & eating them; Mentions of soymilk looking like brain juice; A few mentions of pig blood’s soup; A few mentions of a fruit that looks like an eyeball; A few mentions of butchering chickens (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of people butchering & eating dogs (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of frog guts; A couple mentions of divorce & parents fighting; A mention of tobacco; A mention of wine;
*Note: A mention of a 6th grade girl wearing make-up.

Sexual Content- A couple mentions of Amy Carmichael risking her life to rescue little girls sold as slaves to temples; A mention of a mom saying to her son that he may want girls to be his friends someday (he’s not so sure about that);
             *Note: A mention of someone butting in to a conversation.

-Amy Kramer, age 12
                                      1st person P.O.V. of Amy
                                                 179 pages

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My personal Rating-
{Add up to Two Stars for missionary kids or girls interested in the mission field.}
This was really cute…though, I might be a bit biased. Y’all know I love China. ;) This book, while set in Taiwan, an island off of mainland China, reminded me many times of my trip to China earlier this year. There were great lessons & quite a bit of Spiritual Content which was a good thing for a missionary family book. A neat surprise while reading where the handful of illustrations within this book and then the games & craft at the very end was a neat bonus as well. I also love that Amy and her brothers were named after famous missionaries!

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

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