My family loves books. My oldest daughter can go through a 500 page book in less than a day if given the option. On average, I read roughly 60 books a year. I have tried really hard to pass my love of reading on to my children and have seen Ashleigh begin to enjoy books more and more and I believe there's still hope for Garrett as I find himself drawn more and more into the stories we read aloud during our reading time.
Occasionally, we find a book that the entire family can enjoy together and so we are able to sit down as a family and read a chapter or two aloud together, discuss what was read and hopefully find a valuable lesson to learn from among the pages. Recently, my family had the opportunity to read aloud the book The Heart Changer , the debut novel from Jarm Del Boccio, Author and found it to be a book that offered something for each member of my family to learn from.
The Heart Changer is the fictionalized retelling of the story of Naaman, the Syrian Army Commander from 2 Kings whom was told to bathe in the Jordan seven times to be cleaned of Leprosy. The story is told from the perspective of Miriam, a twelve year old Israeli girl captured during a raid on her village and brought into Syria. Forced to serve as maidservant to the wive of the Commander who led the raid that could possible have killed her family, Miriam is full of anger and resentment. Faced with a hostile rival as well as her own bitterness towards her new master, Miriam faces the unknown and feelings that the Lord has either abandoned her or her lack of strong faith brought down his punishment upon her. Little does she knows he instead is preparing her for a greater mission - beyond what she could have imagined.
This historical fiction selection is appropriate for readers 7-12 and a free teacher's guide is available for digital download.
About Jarm Del Boccio (Author)