Sunday, September 21, 2014

Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari by Jill Osborne

book review of Riley Mae and the Sole Fire Safari by Jill Osborne (Zonderkidz) by papertapepins

Train your feet: Ignite your soul.

Pre-teen shoe model Riley Mae laces up her flaming orange Sole Fire running shoes for another ad campaign in the third book of the Faithgirlz! Good News Shoes series. Kenya, Africa is the perfect place for runners to train, with its high elevation and encouragement from members of the famous Kalenjin tribe. It’s also a great hiding place for Riley and her Swiftriver friends from enemies back in the United States, but for how long? Adjusting to African culture is difficult, but by doing work she’s not accustomed to and by spending time with the kids and the Christian women in the village, Riley finds herself growing stronger physically, and praying expectantly for ways that God can use her to spread the Good News. Her prayers are answered in exciting and startling ways when Riley meets an orphaned girl seeking answers at a children’s home in Nairobi, but also when an error in judgment causes her to stumble into a surprise meeting with the enemy.

This is the third book in the FaithGirlz Good News Shoes series. It's a wonderful choice for preteen girls as it's exciting and very clean. They also have a very solid message and while they aren't short, they are formatted nicely and easy to read.

Riley Mae finds herself in Kenya, Africa for this adventure and it never slows down! What a fantastic setting for the story. She's always dreamed of being a missionary when she grows  up, but here she is, being used by God already, and she learns that the 'mission field' is not  just overseas or somewhere exotic but anywhere she is.

I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and Zonderkidz for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.

About the Author

Jill Osborne works in children’s ministry and has a passion for telling great stories. She has written plays, skits for youth groups and Sunday morning drama teams, curriculum for children’s ministry, countless articles for her church newsletter, and a blog about taking a sabbatical in a motor home. Good News Shoes is her first series for kids, and she plans to run with it!

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