Title: Moriah’s Wings
Author: Iris Carignan
Major Themes: Bible Stories
Synopsis: This short chapter book retells the story of the slave girl who helped Naaman recover from his leprosy.
I was quite intrigued when I saw Moriah’s Wings come up for review. Most of the books that I see available for review are women’s fiction, mainly romance, and frankly, I’m not really interested in romances. This one was different—a children’s story about a nameless character in the Bible. I decided to sign up for it, and was glad I did. This is a good story!
Who was the slave girl who worked for Naaman’s wife? What kind of home did she come from? Obviously, she knew a fair amount about God, which is really rather amazing, since she came from the Northern Kingdom of Israel, which was apostate during the time of the kings. This book puts a face to the few details we are given in the Bible.
After Disparity was kidnapped from her home in Israel, she was taken to Syria and sold to a rich lady. All she was able to take with her was her doll—and the memory of her mother’s words, reminding her of Jehovah. These words sustained her through many difficult days, and then one day her mistress called her into the bedroom and shared a terrible secret with the girl. The master had the dreaded disease, leprosy.
This story is retold in a very simple, clear way. Young girls will enjoy reading about how God used a young girl to do His work, and they will love the role the doll plays in the story! One of these days, I look forward to reading this book with my now 4-year-old daughter. Not only is the story inspiring, but the pictures are good, too. I appreciated the way the story stayed true to the details given in the Bible, as well. There are discussion questions at the end of the book, starting with questions about which details in the story are true and which are fiction, according to Scripture. I like that!
I received a free copy of this book through CelebrateLit. All opinions expressed are my own.
Read Aloud—Ages 3 – 4, 5 – 8
Reading Independently—Ages 7 – 9