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Book Review

This book has been reviewed by Thriving Family, a marriage and parenting magazine published by Focus on the Family. It is the second book in the "Faith & Friends" series.

Positive Elements

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Sexual Content

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Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Destiny is an only child. When her parents want to adopt a girl from China, Destiny decides the adoption is too expensive. Her best friend, Mickie, disagrees and blames Destiny's reaction on selfishness. After talking with her parents and Miss Cassie, an adult friend from church, Destiny decides that she has been selfish. Her parents assure her that the new baby will not take Destiny's place in the family. By the time her new sister arrives, Destiny is excited.

Christian Beliefs

Destiny's father pastors a church. He tells Destiny he and her mother chose the name Destiny because he knows God has a wonderful plan for her. Destiny's mother explains that adoption is a picture of what God does for us when He adopts us into His family (Ephesians 1:4-5). She tells Destiny that God is guiding them to adopt. Destiny's mother explains how God convicts her of wrong feelings and suggests that Destiny ask God to search her heart. Destiny carries on informal conversations with God throughout the book. Miss Cassie meets with Destiny and offers biblical counsel.

Other Belief Systems

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Authority Roles

Destiny's parents respect her feelings about the adoption. They give her a chance to share her negative thoughts. The parents tell Destiny she is special to them. When Destiny tells her parents that she knows she hasn't been "exactly agreeable" lately, her parents say that she doesn't have to be "good" to merit their love and affection. Miss Cassie serves as a positive role model for Destiny.

Profanity/Violence

None

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

None

Discussion Topics

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Book reviews cover the content, themes and worldviews of fiction books, not their literary merit, and equip parents to decide whether a book is appropriate for their children. The inclusion of a book's review does not constitute an endorsement by Focus on the Family.

Episode Reviews

Credits

Rating

Readability Age Range

8 to 10

Author

Wendy Witherow

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Publisher

Mission City Press

Released

On Video

Year Published

2014

Awards

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