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Book Review

This historical fiction book by Lois Walfrid Johnson is the second in the " Viking Quest" series and is published by Moody Publishers.

Mystery of the Silver Coins is written for kids ages 10 and up. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.

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Drug and Alcohol Content

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Plot Summary

Bree and Lil escape from the ship that has held them captive since the Vikings raided their Irish countryside. They are able to elude their captors until Lil becomes seriously ill. As she is recuperating, marauder Mikkel recaptures them. Bree struggles with God's will in her life and realizes she must choose to trust Him. Meanwhile, as Devin and Jeremy, who had previously escaped from the same Viking ship, make their way home, Devin sees his need to forgive the Vikings. Because of this forgiveness, he is able to trust a kindly Viking who assists him on his journey.

Christian Beliefs

The main themes of Mystery of the Silver Coins are trusting God and forgiveness. God tells Bree that He wants her to be His light to other peoples. Bree believes that this means she will escape the Vikings. When she is recaptured, she needs to trust that God knows the plan for her life and that His Word is true. Bree, and Devin also, must continue to forgive. Devin is immobilized until God leads him to forgive the Vikings. With Bree, it is an ongoing, day-by-day forgiveness. She must choose to continually forgive Mikkel for leading the group of Vikings on their raid that ended her freedom and his inability to see her as a person and not just a slave.

Other Belief Systems

Mikkel prays to his gods for guidance in recapturing Bree. His gods are silent. He then prays to Bree's God. He feels His peace and guidance.

Authority Roles

Devin and Bree hold their parents in high regard and are constantly thinking back to their advice and remembering their love. Mikkel holds his parents in high regard, also, and admires his father, but he is willing to go against his father's wishes and hide things from him. As he is rebelling, Mikkel knows what he is doing is wrong. Still he is not willing to change his ways.





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