Family time reading is a great way to strengthen bonds and facilitate communication between parents and their children. What better way to get to know each other than by sharing a laugh or two or by pondering aloud some deep thought related to the things of this life…or the life to come.
Family Time Reading Recommendation: The Threshold Series by Christa Kinde
The Threshold Series is a supernatural adventure involving angels. It is Christian fiction with a flair for the extraordinary. It will appeal to mature-minded tweens, teens, and adults.
The Blue Door (Book 1): Prissie Pomeroy stumbles into an adventure on her way to the mailbox. Koji—a strange boy in shining clothes—claims to be an angel, and she’s stunned to learn that there are others living and working in her hometown. None of them can explain why she’s suddenly able to see the unseen, but with God, nothing is impossible. Koji and his teammates answer her questions, change her perceptions, and strengthen a faith she’ll soon need… for danger lurks in the darkness.
The Hidden Deep (Book 2): Harvesttime is in full swing when Prissie Pomeroy learns that something terrible happened in her family’s orchard. As Koji and Milo introduce Prissie to the rest of Jedrick’s Flight, she’s drawn increasingly deeper into their world and closer to its dangers.
The Broken Window (Book 3): Christmas is right around the corner, and Prissie’s gift list has expanded to include an entire Flight of angels. As she searches for the perfect presents for her friends, she learns that good ones can come in unexpected wrappings, great ones come at a high price, and the greatest gift of all is still free.
The Garden Gate (Book 4):The Pomeroys pull together in the aftermath of the storm that shook her hometown—and Prissie’s faith—to its very foundations. Letting go proves difficult, and holding on takes all of her courage. As spring comes to the orchard, a cryptic remark from Abner hints at West Edinton’s long-kept secret. While ranks of the Faithful rally to defend what’s most precious, Prissie discovers that angels aren’t the only ones who are Sent.
A Phone Tree Book Review on The Garden Gate (Threshold Series): When I first learned about the Threshold Series by Christa Kinde, I knew that I wanted to read it. The appeal for me was two-fold. First, I love the concept of “angels among us.” Second, I loved the idea of a young heroine learning about and growing through faith experiences. So, when I was given the opportunity to review The Garden Gate, I jumped at the chance.
The Garden Gate, in my opinion, was a mixture of the fantastical, the unbelievable, the poetic, and the remarkable. It was a touching book that easily evoked compassion, inspired loyalty, and encouraged zeal. Well-written and comprehensive with regard to details, Kinde’s story delivered a positive message about faith, family, and friendship.
Although the beginning of this book was a bit of a challenge for me (likely because I started with book four versus book one), I still found myself drawn in. I wanted to find out more – more about the characters, more about the conflict, more about the what’s next. I was captivated, to say the least, by the storyline. It was peculiar and astonishing in the best of ways.
Any book that can create a hunger to know more, like this book did, is a good book. It will cause you to both question and consider. In the end, it will make you appreciate God and His plans for your life, as well as your own faith and walk.
“Do you ever wonder what God’s up to?”
“Being Faithful isn’t just about doing what you’re told and going where you’re Sent. It’s just as much about having faith in the One who’s always Faithful.”
“Your mercy is lovelier than any crown.”
“Did you know the Bible says to be kind to strangers because they might actually be angels?”
“Never forget that we are God’s servants, the same as you. If we do a thing, it’s at His prompting.”
“Shame is as necessary as tears. Born from the knowledge of good and evil, it can guide you to the place where forgiveness waits.”
“Honor what is good. Follow what is right. Seek what is yours. Hold what is true. And when your Sending comes, go.”
Favorite Chapters: The Family Tree, The First Gate, The Good Fight, The Angel’s Friend
Bookshelf Worthy: Yes
Faith Message/Spiritual Growth Lesson: Yes
Content: Clean, Mature
Bonus Material: Discussion Questions
Special Comment: I must say that this is not necessarily the type of book that you can just pick up and go with. In other words, it is not a clear stand-alone. Because it is part of a unique series, you would do better to start with book one and then work your way through to book four. I believe that by doing this, it will eliminate any undue confusion and decrease any untimely frustrations.
A complimentary copy of this title was made available by the publisher (Zondervan/Zonderkidz) in exchange for an honest review. The words I have expressed are my own. I was neither required nor expected to submit a positive critique.