We read aloud A LOT in our homeschool, at least one to two hours every day. One of our favorite series is The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls by M. J. Thomas. Last year, we had the opportunity to review the first two books in The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series–The Beginning and Race to the Ark.
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About The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls
Written by M.J. Thomas, who has a bachelor’s degree in Bible studies, these books are written for kids ages 6 to 9 and teach about the stories of the Bible in a fun and adventurous way. Peter and Mary are brother and sister, who, along with their faithful dog, Hank, stay with their great-Uncle Solomon for a month while their parents are travelling. Great Uncle Solomon has scrolls that lead to traveling through time. In previous books, Peter and Mary have traveled via the scrolls to the Garden of Eden in the first book, Noah’s Ark in the second book, Egypt during the time of the plagues in the third book, and now, the city of Jericho in this book.
In order to return home after each trip, Peter and Mary must solve a phrase. If they can’t solve the phrase, they can’t go home. Luckily, when they get into a tight spot, the Archangel Michael comes to help them out.
Our Thoughts on Journey to Jericho
The girls loved the repetition in Journey to Jericho. Now that they’re thoroughly familiar with the series, they were able to spot immediately when the Devil appeared in the book, and they were able to anticipate when Michael might come and help Peter and Mary. They also make a game of seeing if they can solve the message on the scroll before Peter and Mary can.
This book wasn’t quite as suspenseful as some of the others, so we were able to savor it and enjoy it slowly unlike some of the other books in the series where the girls made me read, and read, and read until the book was over or my voice gave out! Seeing the story of Jericho as it happened made us appreciate the faith the Israelites had to do something that didn’t really make sense to them or the people of Jericho, but they’re faith was rewarded.
We’re looking forward to reading the next installment in the series.
If you’re Christian, I highly recommend these books not only as a fun book to read, but also as a way to teach your children important Bible stories in an engaging way.
Note: I received this book for free from Worthy Kids/Ideals in exchange for my honest review.