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Book Review

The Invisible Friend by Lois Walfrid Johnson has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the third book in the "Viking Quest" series.

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Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Bree's life as a slave is off to a rough start because she insults an influential woman in the community. As Bree is introduced to her new home, God reminds her that He has her there for a reason. He has not forgotten her. Her brother Devin returns with ransom money, but her master Mikkel declares that Devin is still his slave. Devin is forced to remain until the following spring when his fate will be decided. Meanwhile, Bree and Devin are reunited with their sister Keely, who was taken by Viking marauders six years earlier. During the long winter months, Bree shares Jesus with her captors and others in the community.

To her amazement, Mikkel's grandfather and grandmother tell her that they have been waiting for someone to tell them about Jesus. In the spring, Devin is granted his freedom, and a ransom is paid for Bree, but Bree exchanges her freedom for that of her sister and a friend.

Christian Beliefs

The novel focuses on how God does not make mistakes. God knows that Devin and Bree are enslaved, and they realize that God has them in Norway for a reason. Even though they do not like where they are, they both come to the conclusion that God can use them in spite of their situation.

The theme of sacrificial giving permeates throughout the book. Bree tries to explain how Jesus wants to be with people even though they have not acknowledged Him. Then she gives her freedom in exchange for her sister's and offers a ransom for a friend. Bree frequently explains what it means to be a follower of Jesus, and slowly, some of the main characters are able to see the emptiness of their gods and acknowledge the love of the true God. Bree emphasizes that although she is a slave, she is free in Christ and that those who choose to serve false gods are the ones truly enslaved.

Other Belief Systems

The whole village goes to a religious ceremony where they call upon their gods for a ship's safe return. Bree is required to go, but she feels the dark coldness that comes from serving false gods and quickly leaves. Grandmother has dreams where a goddess in a fog is trying to take her, and she is petrified. Bree shares the Gospel with her, and when Grandmother accepts Christ, her nightmares disappear.

As Bree tries to figure out what Grandmother's dreams are about, she asks Mikkel about their view of the afterlife. He shares with Bree that brave warriors go to a large and magnificent place that is filled with food and fighting. The old and the sick go to a place that is neither night nor day. Just, honest rulers go to a location that is filled with people like them.

Authority Roles

Mikkel shows respect to his father and mother. Even though he goes against his father's wishes, he desires to be wise and imitate his father's ways. Bree shows honor to those she serves. Also, when she gives her word, she keeps it.

Profanity/Violence

None

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

Devin and Bree kiss and hug each other as brother and sister.

Discussion Topics

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Rating

Readability Age Range

10 to 14

Author

Lois Walfrid Johnson

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Publisher

Moody Publishers

Released

On Video

Year Published

2004

Awards

Unknown

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