by Christine Farenhorst
2022 / 262 pages
I’ve seen another reviewer suggest that this might be Christine Farenhorst’s best book yet, and I think I might agree.
Linnet is a five-year-old Dutch girl who, we discover, knows absolutely nothing about God. Her ignorance is so profound that when the Nazis invade, and an occupying soldier tells little Linnet about the wonderful family that “God has given” him, she wonders, Who is this God he is talking about? and Is God German For our own children, who may take always knowing God for granted, it will be eye-opening to follow what it’s like, and how wonderful it is, for someone to be introduced to God for the first time.
Linnet has the same wonderings any kid might have, but her wartime experiences also have her asking deeper questions, including a child’s version of “God are you really there?”
I had to figure to what age category to share this review, and picked “Children’s Fiction,” but The New Has Come is that rare sort that has appeal for all ages. The World War II setting and charming protagonist will grab your children; moms and dads will appreciate Linnet’s questions and the opportunities they present to talk about God with our kids, and grandparents will get more than a little misty-eyed at just how beautifully this tale is told. I could not recommend it more highly!
Christine Farenhorst is a columnist for Reformed Perspective. so if you don’t already know her writing you can get a good taste of her writings by looking at her many articles posted on the website.
And for a taste of the book itself, you can find the first chapter at the Amazon.ca listing here.