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Book Review

Kathleen's Abiding Hope by Tracy Leininger Craven has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the third book in the "A Life of Faith: Kathleen McKenzie" series.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

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Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Kathleen McKenzie waits anxiously for news of her friend Lucy as she and Papa drive from Stonehaven, the family farm, to Fort Wayne. Papa is going back to the city to apply for a job, and 12-year-old Kathleen hopes to visit her sick friend whom she has not seen in months. After a delay caused by the theft and return of their car, they arrive in Fort Wayne where Kathleen visits Lucy. Papa does not get the job he is seeking, so the family remains on the farm, continuing to trust in God's provision. As Easter morning dawns, Kathleen and her cousin, Lindsey, inadvertently witness a mysterious and frightening ceremony in the woods that will threaten Kathleen’s new neighbors.

Christian Beliefs

The McKenzie family is composed of strong believers who pray, read the Bible regularly and discuss their faith with each other. Kathleen relies on God to guide her in difficult situations.

Other Belief Systems

None

Authority Roles

Kathleen’s father, Uncle John and Grandpa McKenzie are strong, gentle, godly men who lead their families using Christian principles and love. Their wives and children respect the men as leaders of the household.

Profanity/Violence

None

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

Kathleen’s cousin, Lindsey, clearly likes a young man in town, and Kathleen teases her about looking pretty for him. Lindsey states that she will not be interested in boys until she is 16 years old, which is courting age.

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Credits

Rating

Readability Age Range

8 to 12

Author

Tracy Leininger Craven

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Platform

Publisher

Zonderkidz

Released

On Video

Year Published

2007

Awards

Unknown

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