Imagine… The Tower Rising by Matt Koceich – Book Review, Preview

Posted May 21, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Imagine… The Tower Rising by Matt Koceich – Book Review, Preview

Imagine... The Tower Rising

by Matt Koceich


Series: Imagine... #6
Published by Barbour Books
Publication Date May 1, 2020
Genres: Children's Fiction, Christian Fiction, Fantasy
Creation to the Judges
Main Character Ages: 11-14
Written for: Middle-School
Pages: 112

Synopsis:

The Sixth Release in an Epic Bible Adventure Series for Kids
The last thing sixth-grader Bella Rhodes remembers (before the world as she knew it disappeared) is visiting the Skydeck at Chicago's Willis Tower. What happens next can't be explained as Bella finds herself back in Bible times during the days of the tower of Babel in ancient Shinar! Imagine. . .The Tower Rising is the sixth release in an exciting epic adventure series for kids ages 8 to 12 written by schoolteacher Matt Koceich. The Imagine series brings the Bible to life for today's kids as they ponder what it would be like to live through a monumental biblical event.
Don't miss Book 1 in the Imagine Series--The Great Flood. . .Book 2--The Ten Plagues. . .Book 3--The Fall of Jericho!. . .Book 4--The Giant's Fall. . .or Book 5--The Miracles of Jesus.

I would like to thank Barbour Books, Netgalley for giving me this copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


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When I saw this book available for review, I was intrigued. There are not many stories about the Tower of Babel, and especially not for kids.

There is high adventure as Bella and her new friend, Zion race to the top of the tower, chased by wolves and an evil being. I liked the way the elements of the spiritual armor we are told to don in the book of Ephesians showed up in the story to help Bella fight her battles.

I also appreciated the message of how important it is to not allow the accolades of others to become idols. It was nice that the author didn’t shy away from using a rich vocabulary yet kept the story age-appropriate.

Imagine… The Tower Rising was not at all what I had expected. I thought it was going to be on the lines of the Adventures in Odyssey series or Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle, telling the story of a Biblical event through the eyes of a child from the present age. Not much of this story is about the building of the tower nor of the people at the time. Instead, when Bella travels unexpectedly in time to the Tower of Babel, her adventure is with fighting the powers of darkness attempting to build a tower to heaven in order to conquer the Kingdom of Heaven. I wasn’t clear why it was her responsibility to stop the building of the tower. . .

A fun adventure, I classify this one as Christian fiction but not Biblical fiction.

Imagine… The Tower Rising is a fun adventure for elementary readers.

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About Matt Koceich

Matt Koceich is the author of the IMAGINE series and a public school teacher.

Matt lives in Mansfield, TX with his wife and their four children.

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