Book Review – A Bird, A Girl, and a Rescue
I don’t usually review fiction. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy it, but there is so little written today that I would consider to be good fiction. A Bird, A Girl, and a Rescue by J.A. Myhre is an exception. When I first received this book in the mail I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it. That changed after the first few pages. Myhre is an engaging author and she has a way of drawing the reader into the story as all good authors do. A Bird, A Girl, and a Rescue is a story about an eleven year old African girl Kiisa who is sent away to boarding school om East Africa. As she adjusts to being away from her father for the first time and living in a dormitory, she is faced with many life altering and character building challenges.
There are many things that impressed me about this book that go well beyond the engaging storyline. Too many books today depict an estranged relationship between parent and child and in this book, we get to see the refreshing perspective of a strong parent/child relationship. The importance of this should not be underestimated. All too often the sassy child and clueless father are depicted as the norm. In this book, we see the effects of a redeemed relationship; a relationship built on love and respect. This is praiseworthy. Secondly, we get to actually see the dynamic characterization of Kiisa as she grows in her sanctification.Lastly, this book contains gospel goodness through and through. Sadly, this is rare even in Christian books.
A Bird, A Girl, and a Rescue is a book that children will enjoy reading and one which parents should rush to read to their children. There are many teachable moments and the storyline (based on events which happen to real people) will encourage your children to take an interest in atrocities which are foreign to their experience, but a stark reality in many places around the world. This was a wonderful book and I can’t wait to reads it to my children.
Where to Purchase
Purchase A Bird, A Girl and a Rescue from christianbook.com
Or purchase directly from New Growth Press
About the Author
J.A. Myhre serves as a doctor with Serge in East Africa where she has worked for over two decades. She is passionate about health care for the poor, training local doctors and nurses, promoting childhood nutrition and development, and being the hands of Jesus in the hardest places. She is married to her best friend and colleague Scott, and together they have raised four children for whom many of her stories were written as Christmas presents.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Growth Press in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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