Concord Cunningham: The Scripture Sleuth #1
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Number of Pages: 112
Vendor: Focus Publishing
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Concord Cunningham
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Concord Cunningham is a boy who has discovered this tool and uses it to solve mysteries in his community. His success brings him acclaim, and a reputation as a "Scripture Sleuth". Readers will be challenged to solve the mysteries without the advantage of a concordance, but Concord Cunningham will reveal the source of the answer in Scripture. This is the first of a series.
Kelly1 Stars Out Of 5All "Sleuth" NO "Scripture"January 19, 2011KellyI was very excited to see a book that would be using "Scripture" as its main basis...I loved the cover where the main character is magnifying "Thy word have I hid in my heart" verse. I was VERY disappointed to find that the book has VERY little to do with living for the Lord, or using Scripture to help you LIVE life.
I, unlike the other parents in these reviews, used this book as a "read aloud", so I read the WHOLE book WITH my 9 year old daughter. Basically, Concord is usually involved in some lie, theft, or mean-spirited prank that he "calls them out on" by using some random scripture which helps him figure out WHAT happened in the heinous act.
Here's an example: One story Concord's brother is playing cards with a friend who claims he's "psychic", but he's actually CHEATING. So, since the boy is cheating by looking into his cup of water to see his card, Concord looks up "water" and arrives at Proverbs 27:19 "As in water face reflects face, ..." Then Concord can "bust" him. SO many things wrong with this scenario. First of all, should we be joking about someone using psychic abilities? Should we bust someone who is in sin? No...we should lovingly go to them and bring their sin to their attention, so they can repent. There's no repentance, nor use of Scripture to restore this person lovingly, who is in sin.
Every other scenario is exactly the same. Some people seek out Concord, not because he loves the Lord, but because he can "solve crimes". I really don't see how the Bible is necessary in this book at all. Okay, it's not.
What's happening here is the Bible is taken out of context (or basically in NO context at all), and used as ANY other book could be used (I'd say a book of poetry might be sufficient). 2 Tim 3:16-17 says, 16 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." This book shows how NOT to use Scripture...for personal gain, for calling people out, for busting them, for being hailed as a hero, etc.
The only good thing was that I was able to show my daughter that just because something CLAIMS it's of the Lord, doesn't mean it is. I'd rather have my children read a secular book, instead of a book which uses the Bible in a completely useless and non-life changing way.
Rita5 Stars Out Of 5Great for 7-8yr old boys!October 26, 2010RitaQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I got this book for my 7 1/2 year old son and he loves it!! They are like Encyclopedia Brown but Biblically based. My son loves looking up the scripture at the end to get the clues and it is helping him to get familiar with how to find scripture addresses. It is possible for him to read the book himself (maybe more of a 3rd grade level) but he enjoys being read to and it's fun to do it together.
Dan Dugan5 Stars Out Of 5December 6, 2008Dan DuganI was surprised that both my kids enjoyed this book. I would recommend to anyone.
April Tozlowski5 Stars Out Of 5August 25, 2008April TozlowskiMy son loved this book so much and can't wait for me to order the 2nd book. He said "I can't believe you can use the bible to solve mysteries." I will be ordering the next book soon!
Dawn H.Age: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5January 3, 2008Dawn H.Age: 35-44Gender: femaleMy 10 yr. old son received 2 of these books for Christmas and absolutely loves them! He and his 14 yr. old brother actually let me read several of the chapters to them so they could work together to figure out the clues. I hope Mat Halverson considers writing more books like this -what a great way to get kids into their Bibles! Bravo!