Imagine...The Giant's Fall ~ The Newest Installment in the Popular Bible Fiction Series




I am amazed to see that there has been such a great selection of Christian fiction written for children these days. While nothing tops reading God's word, being able to step away from real life and put yourself into a good story can be a lot of fun. One collection of stories that I've grown quite fond of throughout the years is the Imagine series from Matt Koceich.

This series is meant for older children between the ages of eight and twelve. While the stories are fictional, I personally enjoy that they also incorporate Biblical truths into them. It really is a wonderful way to get children excited about the Bible. They can read about familiar events that they already know from Biblical history, but the Imagine series adds a twist with new characters and storylines. 





A few years ago, I had showcased the first book in the Imagine series, Imagine...The Great Flood. Just recently, we had a chance to read the fourth installment in this exciting collection, Imagine...The Giant's Fall.





ABOUT THE BOOK:
The last thing fourth-grader Wren Evans remembers (before the world as she knew it disappeared) is getting off the school bus to discover her house engulfed in flames. What happens next can't be explained as Wren finds herself in a beautiful valley with a shepherd named David—in ancient Israel! Imagine. . .The Giant's Fall is the fourth release in an exciting epic adventure series for kids ages 8 to 12 written by schoolteacher Matt Koceich. The Imagine series brings the Bible to life for today's kids as they ponder what it would be like to live through a monumental biblical event.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Matt Koceich is a public school teacher with the Arlington Independent School District. He earned his master's degree in education from the University of North Texas and has been teaching fourth through sixth graders for 17 years. His wife and their four children live in Mansfield, TX.





Imagine...The Giant's Fall begins with an introduction to the protagonist, Wren Evans. Poor Wren hasn't had such an easy life. Her mother had recently passed away from cancer, leaving her with many unanswered questions. The unfortunate turn of events has also come between her and her father, as he is dealing with his own grief–distancing himself from other obligations. To make matters worse, there has just been a fire in her home, and the new book that her and her friend had written in order to raise money for cancer research was inside the house. This book was the only piece of hope that she had left and now it is gone! Could things get any worse? 





Wren finds herself in a panic, running away from the moment, seeking to escape all of the turmoil in her life. She quickly closes her eyes and opens them to find herself transported to another location in time, but where? She soon meets a brave boy who helps her with a new threat. While speaking with the boy, she begins to see some strange coincidences and ultimately realizes that he is David the Shepherd. She had actually been taken back to 1020 B.C., right before the battle with Goliath!




What's interesting about this book is that you have several different stories going on at the same time. There are the events that are taking place in the present time, and then there is the battle between the Israelites and the Philistines. Another side story is one where Wren is confronted by an angel who ends up protecting her from demonic spirits that are not only leading the Philistine army, but are also trying to spiritually attack her. As Wren is battling through emotional distress from recent circumstances in her own personal life, we see how the evil spirits try to coax her into following them. Readers can get a glimpse of what it may actually be like in the spirit realm when Christians end up having to go through their own spiritual warfare. 




All of the books in this series do have some mature elements in them, hence why they're recommended for a higher age group. I don't want to give away some of the events that take place towards the end of the book, but let's just say there are many important lessons to be learned. With modern day references throughout the book, children will also be able to relate to the protagonist. The story definitely opens up the opportunity for further discussion between parents and children as they learn that God is always with us, even in the most trying of times. He is in charge and bigger than all of our difficult circumstances put together. 

I especially appreciate that the story keeps bringing back its focus on a scripture passage from Matthew 19:26.

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.




While I had originally hoped for more interaction between Wren and David then what the actual story had included, Imagine...The Giants Fall does not disappoint with the overall storyline. There is no predictability in this with all the twists and turns throughout. Even as an adult reading this book, I was at the edge of my seat in suspense, wondering what was going to happen next. There is definitely plenty of action and adventure with the turn of each page. 


 


Along with the exciting fictional elements of the story, the Imagine series does an amazing job at taking you through Biblical history to get a firsthand glimpse of what it may have been like to live during that time. The author has such a way with narrative that you will feel as though you're right there alongside the main characters, seeing everything that they see.

Towards the end of Imagine...The Giant's Fall there is also some references to Revelation and how all of the main characters from the previous books will have a part to play in the final battle. I appreciate how the author puts this into the story. It's kind of an icebreaker to possible conversations about upcoming end times events. These are all important prophetic teachings in the Bible that everyone should be aware of, both young and old. Of course, the mention could also be a hint to further book releases in the near future. It would be so interesting to see what happens when all of the protagonists come together for the greater good of God. Either way, we'll just have to wait and see!


Speaking of new book releases, the next installment in the Imagine series, Imagine...The Miracles of Jesus is set to be released in October 2019. I'm super excited about it, and I already have it on my wishlist!



Be sure to also read my previous review of Imagine...The Great Flood:

Review of Imagine...The Great Flood