Title: Return of the White Book
Author: Rebecca Davis
Series: Hidden Heroes, book 4
Major Themes: Burma, Karen People Group, Adoniram Judson, Christian Missions
Synopsis: The Karen had once known Yuwah, but Mukawli deceived them and they lost their white book that taught about Yuwah—would they ever find Him again?
I noticed Return of the White Book on a scratch and dent sale a couple of years ago. The description sounded good, so I bought it. We recently read it together—what a story! I wish we had read it sooner. This is a great story of some amazing works of God. I’ve heard bits and pieces of the conversion of the Karen people of Southeast Asia, but had never read this much of the story.
In the early 1800s, the Karen people lived in hopelessness. They sacrificed constantly to the nats, hoping that they could buy protection from their wickedness. They had stories of how once upon a time, long, long ago, Yuwah had made two people and put them in a beautiful garden…but Mukawli came and talked the people into disobeying Yuwah. Ever since, they lived in misery and had no way to reach Yuwah. They desperately wanted to find the way back to Yuwah. When would the pale brother come and bring the white book that would show them the way back?
Adoniram Judson came to Burma in 1813. Fifteen years later, he was making converts, and asked George Boardman to start another station, and take Thabew, a Karen man, with him. The news traveled quickly—and the Karen people were overjoyed to learn from the white book that came to them! One village after another learned the truth, and some amazing things happened. The first contact with the Brecs was especially incredible.
We were spell-bound by the stories in Return of the White Book. Everyone looked forward to hearing the next chapter each day! It was really amazing to see how much of the truth the Karen still had from ancient times, even though it had been distorted and the nats, or demons, had kept the people in bondage for so long. Don’t miss this book if you want to read about some ways God has worked!
Read Aloud—Ages 5 – 8, 8 – 12, Family Read Alouds
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12, 10 – 12, 12 – 15