Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Crescent and the Cross: The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad

The Crescent and the Cross: The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad, Robert Rogland
(Saluda Press, 2015), pb., 208 pp
$12.95 + shipping & tax (how to purchase)
Ages 7-14

I found out about this book because the author is a friend of Douglas Bond, one of our favorite authors. With the friend connection and the idea of the book, I was intrigued.

This is a well-conceived story building on the well-known seven voyages of Sinbad and then telling of an eighth voyage during which Sinbad comes to faith in Jesus. The book is filled with good adventure, as the characters get out of one scrape just to fall into another (like the original Sinbad stories). The theological topics are handled well. The evangelization is done well and isn’t “bam” all of a sudden as is sometimes the case in Christian books. However, I do wonder if Muslims would think they were fairly represented, or if more of a straw man were presented. That thought nagged at me, but it was good for reading to my children (which is the intended audience).

This is a fun book which takes up significant theological truths in a way accessible to children, so I commend it to you. You can find information on how to purchase a copy at this link.


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