This third historical fiction book in the "Life of Faith: Kathleen McKenzie" series by Tracy Leininger Craven is published by Zonderkidz.
Kathleen's Abiding Hope is written for kids ages 8 to 12. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:
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