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An angry teen, a desperate mother, a missing father, and a shadow lurking in the background. Things were going from bad to worse for Nick and his family. Tempted to run away after yet another argument with his mom, Nick receives a handwritten, leather–bound copy of an old book—a family legend passed down to him from his great grandfather. The book, called Dragon Seed, leads Nick deep into his family’s history and introduces him to another angry young man who lived in the shadows (the shadows of the tombs). Like Nick, you’ll be shocked to discover where he fits in this story of epic proportions!
This page–turning, young adult fiction story invites older children and teens into the real–life struggles of Nick. But it also ushers them into an imaginative exploration of the life of the young man Jesus saved as he wandered through the tombs. Best–selling author Marty Machowski uses both stories to introduce the reality of spiritual warfare and how its shadows affect and change us.
Machowski, a trusted teacher for children of all ages, presents a thoroughly biblical view of spiritual warfare that emphasizes the importance of humility and dangers of pride. Teens will be drawn to the story of Nick and his struggles and will learn, as they read, to also identify the shadows in their own life and turn from them. While the biblical teaching is evident throughout the narrative of Dragon Seed, Machowski also includes a twelve–lesson Bible study at the end of the book to help teens ground their understanding of spiritual warfare on biblical principles.
Youth pastors, leaders, and parents will also want to explore with teens the small group study at the end of the book with its unique take on spiritual warfare that emphasizes the biblical theme of humility. This is a perfect book to read with a group and discuss together the implications of Nick’s struggles for their lives.
I read Dragon Seed with my 12 and 14 year old lads, which is something I have done with them with other books over the years (If God, then what? and Big Truths for Young Hearts etc). Dragon Seed tells two stories in parallel, which work together to teach the reality of spiritual warfare. A goody-goody teenage girl and her rebellious older brother, both have a seed of pride which shadowy spirits stir up in their hearts and cause to spread. Their story is told beside a dramatised teen fiction account of the work of the ancient dragon, from his first rebellion against God, through the Fall to the cross and his final demise. Each chapter ends with one of the two children in jeopardy. The characters are believable and my boys related well to the spiritual battles which played out in their lives. The story left my lads asking me to read the next chapter, which is not something they asked for with many other books. The fictional stories of the ancient dragon embellish the scriptural accounts whilst remaining within the bounds of scriptural truth. The ancient Dragon is portrayed as proud, angry, manipulative and determined, but never more powerful than his creator. The story includes characters from the gospels and the Dragon is never able to outwit the carpenter, even with his demon hoards. The portrayal of the people in both the fictional biblical narrative and the contemporary fiction, balance our pride, our weakness and the sneaky spiritual attack of Satan with the power of Christ to deliver, without ever denying our responsibility before God. Dragon Seed manages to leave us wary of Satan but not frightened, with confidence in God and in Christ and still able to see what we need to do. Dragon Seed is both a clever angle on the biblical story and a compelling introduction to the spiritual battles we all face. We found the study guides at the end a bit repetitive, so gave up on them.
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