Friday, January 25, 2019

"Maggie's Dare" by Norma Jean Lutz

About this book:

  “Maggie Baldwin just doesn’t understand.
Why did her friend receive a young female slave as a Christmas present? And why does Maggie’s friend so mistreat the miserable girl?
When the spiritual revival known as the Great Awakening comes to Boston, Maggie’s tender heart is stirred—and she knows she must dare to help the slave, so far from her home in the West Indies. In her act of compassion, Maggie learns that we best serve God by serving others.”

Series: Book #3 in “Sisters in Time” series. Review of Book #1 Here! and Book #2 Here!

Spiritual Content- Church going; Talks about God & sin; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; All about many mentions of churches, church going, services, hymns, revivalists, preachers/reverends, & sermons (and those against them, Maggie’s friends also mock them); Mentions of God & being witnessed to; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Scriptures & reading them; Mentions of Christians & being told you are not one; Mentions of sinners & sins; A few mentions of blessings & being blessed;
             *Note: A couple mentions of those against the revivalists calling them evil & that they di lazy preaching.

Negative Content- Mentions of slavery & slaves (Maggie finds it cruel, but her friends think it’s the best for the people as they are from poor countries and many people own slaves; *Spoiler* Maggie’s friend gets a young girl as her slave and near the end of the book, Melee, the young girl, dies after being sick *End of Spoiler*); A few mentions of throwing up & illnesses; A couple mentions of people being beaten, robbed, and left for dead; A couple mentions of an accident & injuries; A couple mentions of being hateful; A couple mentions of butchering chickens and turkeys & plucking them; A mention of hunting.

Sexual Content- Hand holding (once); Mentions of blushes, crushes, & winks; A few mentions of a mother who “keeps company” (this is explained as the mother having men come into her home and Maggie mentions later that the mother is living in sin); A couple mentions of chaperones;
             *Note: A couple mentions of a wife being sad after her four babies died.

-Margaret “Maggie” Baldwin, age 12-13
                                P.O.V. of Maggie
                                         Set in 1740-1741
                                                 140 pages

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My personal Rating-
This is definitely a series I can see homeschool families using in their lesson plans, but it’s also just a great alternative to secular historical fiction books out there. Maggie was a very believable pre-teen girl with her thoughts of actions, and it was a good read overall.

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.

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