A book review for parents
This contemporary fiction book is No. 2 in the "Faith & Friends" series by Wendy Witherow and is published by Mission City Press.
Destiny's Dilemma is written for girls ages 8 to 10. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
Destiny is an only child. When her parents want to adopt a girl from China, Destiny decides the adoption is too expensive. Her best friend, Mickie, disagrees and blames Destiny's reaction on selfishness. After talking with her parents and Miss Cassie, an adult friend from church, Destiny decides that she has been selfish. Her parents assure her that the new baby will not take Destiny's place in the family. By the time her new sister arrives, Destiny is excited.
Destiny's father pastors a church. He tells Destiny he and her mother chose the name Destiny because he knows God has a wonderful plan for her. Destiny's mother explains that adoption is a picture of what God does for us when He adopts us into His family (Ephesians 1:4-5). She tells Destiny that God is guiding them to adopt. Destiny's mother explains how God convicts her of wrong feelings and suggests that Destiny ask God to search her heart. Destiny carries on informal conversations with God throughout the book. Miss Cassie meets with Destiny and offers biblical counsel.
Destiny's parents respect her feelings about the adoption. They give her a chance to share her negative thoughts. The parents tell Destiny she is special to them. When Destiny tells her parents that she knows she hasn't been "exactly agreeable" lately, her parents say that she doesn't have to be "good" to merit their love and affection. Miss Cassie serves as a positive role model for Destiny.
Other Belief Systems
If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:
- How did Destiny feel about her future sister?
What does God say about jealousy in Galatians 5:20 and James 3:14 (also referred to as envy in some translations)?
Have you ever felt jealous of a brother or sister?
What can you do to keep from feeling that way?
- How does Mickie sum up Destiny's jealousy?
Do you think Destiny is being selfish and doesn't want to share her parent's attention with a new sister?
What events lead Destiny to realize that Mickie is right?
- What makes Mickie a good friend to Destiny?
How can you show these friend qualities to others?
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