Dragon Seed by Marty Machowski Reviewed

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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Dragon Seed (New Growth Press, June 2017)
An angry teen, a desperate mother, a missing father, and a shadow lurking in the background.
Things were going from bad to worse for Nick and his family. Tempted to run away after yet another argument with his mom, Nick receives a handwritten, leather-bound copy of an old book—a family legend passed down to him from his great grandfather. The book, called Dragon Seed, leads Nick deep into his family’s history and introduces him to another angry young man who lived in the shadows (the shadows of the tombs). Like Nick, you’ll be shocked to discover where he fits in this story of epic proportions!
This page-turning, young adult fiction story invites older children and teens into the real-life struggles of Nick. But it also ushers them into an imaginative exploration of the life of the young man Jesus saved as he wandered through the tombs. Best-selling author Marty Machowski uses both stories to introduce the reality of spiritual warfare and how its shadows affect and change us.
Machowski, a trusted teacher for children of all ages, presents a thoroughly biblical view of spiritual warfare that emphasizes the importance of humility and dangers of pride. Teens will be drawn to the story of Nick and his struggles and will learn, as they read, to also identify the shadows in their own life and turn from them. While the biblical teaching is evident throughout the narrative of Dragon Seed, Machowski also includes a twelve-lesson Bible study at the end of the book to help teens ground their understanding of spiritual warfare on biblical principles.
Youth pastors, leaders, and parents will also want to explore with teens the small group study at the end of the book with its unique take on spiritual warfare that emphasizes the biblical theme of humility. This is a perfect book to read with a group and discuss together the implications of Nick’s struggles for their lives.


{More About Marty Machowski}

Marty Machowski is the Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over 25 years. Marty leads Promise Kingdom, the children’s ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He is the author of a systematic theology for children entitled “The Ology,” “Long Story Short,” “Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God,” “The Gospel Story Sunday School Curriculum” and the companion “Gospel Story Children’s Bible.” He and his wife, Lois, and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania area.
Find out more about Marty at http://martymachowski.com.

My Thoughts:
 This is the first book of Mr. Machowski's that I have read. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this story touched my heart and encouraged my mama heart. In the Dragon Seed he explains the war between Satan and God so clearly that a child could understand it, although I don't recommend this book for anyone under ten. I've been going to church all of my life and this is the first time I was able to see clearly what pastor's have been preaching about for eons.
The struggles that the teens in this book go through are the same ones our kids go through daily. I've raised three daughters and I could see the pull that the shadow had on each of them.
I haven't started it yet, but Mr. Machowski included a Bible study in the back of the book.
I highly recommend this book.


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