Armor of God, Book Review, Christian Fantasy, Ephesians 6:10-18, Gina Detwiler, Middle Grade, Priscilla Shirer, The Prince Warriors
Title: The Prince Warriors (Book One in The Prince Warriors Series)
Authors: Priscilla Shirer and Gina Detwiler
Published by: B&H Kids on April 27, 2016
288 Pages (Hardcover)
Blurb: The battle is real.
As brothers, Xavier and Evan are used to battling each other. But now they’re discovering that there is a much bigger battle going on all around them. And it’s their turn to fight. Based on Ephesians 6:10–18, The Prince Warriors is the first book in Priscilla Shirer’s epic new series that brings to life the invisible struggle ensuing in the spiritual realm. Xavier, Evan, and their friends have typical lives until they enter a mysterious land called Ahoratos. There they meet their guide, Ruwach, who offers wisdom and direction as the kids’ initial adventure begins—an adventure filled with armor and danger and a very real enemy.
Written by New York Times Best-Selling author Priscilla Shirer, The Prince Warriors series was created for middle-grade readers and will include the fiction trilogy as well as Unseen: The 365 Prince Warriors Devotional and the Unseen app.
My Take: Do not let the ages of the protagonists of this book fool you, this is not just a book for kids. While it is certainly a Middle Grade fantasy fiction book, it excels at being something that people of all ages should be able to read and enjoy. This book’s premise is centered firmly around Ephesians 6:10-18, the Armor of God, but it contains so much spiritual and scriptural depth within these pages that even an experienced Christian could absorb some great insight and practical application from this book.
I absolutely love a good Middle Grade book, and this one rates right up among the highest. The group of protagonists are all easy to identify with, and all of them have both their flaws and their strengths. Not only will a reader be able to identify with at least one of these main characters in the book, it is geared as well to allow an inward reflection and invites you to personally consider yourself within the scope of the world as a Prince Warrior or a Princess Warrior.
If it isn’t clear, there is a lot of love for this book and I cannot wait to dive into the second book, which recently came out, and the companion devotional for the series. There is a lot of promise being built up, and certainly room for character growth as the main characters only possess half of the items listed in Ephesians 6:10-18. Yet, as Ruwach often tells them, they have exactly what they need for the times and trials that come their way (which often leads to some interesting and unique things happening).
The final verdict is this: buy the book. Don’t just buy it for your children, or children of your friends, but buy it for yourself first. Buy it, read it, and then pass it along. This would make a great book to read and discuss with your children, as it is an engaging book for all ages and contains a wealth of talking points where you can demonstrate application in their own lives. I imagine that the devotional accomplishes this to some extent, and hopefully that will be a review for another day soon.
I received a free eBook copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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