Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Review of The Secret Bridge from Lamplighter Publishing

It's no secret that I love reading, but what most people may not realize is that a few years ago I switched to reading mostly Christian fiction.  I decided that if I was going to read, I wanted to read wholesome books.  So when we got a chance to do review The Secret Bridge from Lamplighter Publishing as part of the Homeschool Review Crew I was very excited to find out it a Christian fiction book from a Christian publisher.
The Secret Bridge {Lamplighter Publishing Reviews}, Christlike character one story at a time
Lamplighter Publishing was started in 1994 by Mark Hamby who has a passion for great Christian literature.  Their goal is to provide great books that reflect the character of God and provide Scripture that can be memorized while also teaching great qualities and traits like perseverance, hope, courage, and humility.  Lamplighter Publishing edits their books using a Biblical theological framework and they strive to weave Biblical truths into every story they publish.  They have published one hundred and thirty titles so far.

In The Secret Bridge by Amy Le Feuvre, we were introduced to Bridget Channing.  She is a young woman who has found herself with no money, no relatives, and no friends after her father died.  She feels alone but is determined to persevere.  As she is traveling by ship to England, she meets the charming Godfrey Bullingham who sees she is struggling and just wants to take care of her.  As their story develops, Bridget's life get very complicated and she has to make many, many hard decisions.  Even though Bridget states that she doesn't  believe in God at first, she is quickly questioned about it repeatedly and finds herself longing to know God who can help her with many of her troubles.  Bridget starts to discover who she truly is and that she needs God in her life now more than ever.  She grows in her faith, her life, and her maturity as she learns that she can truly count on God in all situations.  The Secret Bridge truly has many layers.  It is a book that encourages us to become more familiar with Christ.  It encourages the Biblical view of waiting for Christ like a bride waits for her bridegroom.  This book encourages not only a personal relationship with Christ, but it encourages Biblical and Spiritual growth once you develop a relationship with Him.
I jumped at the chance for this review because I wanted to read this book.  It took me a couple of chapters to really wrap my mind around the setting and the plot but once I did, I had a hard time putting this book down.  It was hard for me to put this book down because the author did such a good job of making me feel like I was a part of the story.   I could picture the scenes in my mind and as the characters interacted with each other, I felt like I was right there in the room listening to them.  I enjoyed the many layers of this story from the basic story line to the much deeper representation of what our life with Christ should be like.

There are many ways that this book could be used in your homeschool.  There are many vocabulary terms you could have your student define, I found over 20 words that I needed to look up while I read the book.  There are many Bible verses referenced in the book that you could have your student study.  You could have your student study the time period this book was set in.  You could also have them study the country of England and the different social classes in England in the time period.  I think the book would be best for junior high school students and up just so they can understand the layers of the story.

I highly recommend reading this book if you want a good, clean Christian fiction book to read.  You can learn more about Lamplighter Publishing and all the books they publish on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  You can learn more about The Secret Bridge here.  You can read what my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew thought of this book and how they used it in their school by clicking the banner below.
The Secret Bridge {Lamplighter Publishing Reviews}

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