Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer TKono
Emotion bleeds from the pages of Steve O'Brien's "Elijah's
Coin: A Lesson for Life." The protagonist Tom is a
renegade teen with selfish ambitions and a severed
childhood. During one of his acts of self preservation, he
encounters a mysterious man who gives him his two cents
(literally and figuratively). Tom is confused but
intrigued and tries to find this mystery man. With only
words of wisdom and the coin the title refers to, Tom sets
off on a journey that will change his life.
This book is short yet powerful. Important lessons for
life are given that many readers may be familiar with.
They are popular Judeo-Christian morals that most learn in
kindergarden (treat others kindly, don't be selfish,
giving is better than receiving, etc). Churches are
mentioned briefly, yet there is no overt religious theme.
What I like about this book is that there are Christian
undertones, but the author does not shove Christianity
down people's throats. Hopefully, readers will begin to
think about others instead of themselves and then have the
inspiration to seek God as they see Christians living out
the morals in this book. Also included with the book are
two of "Elijah's coins" for the reader.
Reviewer City, State and Country:
Troy, NY USA