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Tell Me the Secrets

by Max Lucado
63 pages, Religion
Reviewed by Nienna

Excellent, Biblical, applicable family book.

Plot

Landon, Eric, and Shannon are ordinary Christian kids going through the normal trials and temptations of life. Josh and Melva are retired missionaries to Africa, now seeking to minister in their hometown. When the two groups meet, Josh's Book of Secrets will change the children's decisions and perspective forever.

Morality

Very good and straight from the Bible. Almost all of the "secrets" involve dealing with temptation and trials biblically, and include forgiveness, courage, and love.

Spiritual Content

All of the characters are Christians and many of the secrets involve their relationships with God. Many Bible verses are used. Each chapter ends with a few paragraphs addressed directly to the reader which summarize and add to the lesson of the story. This is followed by three or four verses of Scripture.

Violence

The children are scared to go into the house, and at first Landon doesn't realize that Josh is nice, so there are a few scary moments. While ministering in Africa, Josh was locked up for 30 days and feared for his life. A character dies from heart trouble, and death is discussed.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

Eric is presented with magazines full of pictures of naked women. He does not look at them, and that starts a discussion about what real love is, as opposed to lust.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

A lovely book with valuable truths, Tell Me the Secrets is a great family book, especially for children under the age of thirteen. It deals with many of the temptations and puzzles that face all believers, and tells its stories in an interesting manner.
The 1993 Hardcover edition has an enticing design and stunning artwork.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 5-7

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