Action-packed tween fiction: "Jack Staples and the Ring of Time!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Jack Staples and the Ring of Time
David C. Cook (September 1, 2014)
Mark Batterson and Joel Clark


Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church ( in Washington, DC. One church with seven locations. NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations and meets in theaters throughout the DC metro area. NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books, including The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase and the two most recent, The Grave Robber and Jack Staples and the Ring of Time. Mark is married to Lora and they live on Capitol Hill with their three children: Parker, Summer, and Josiah.


Eleven-year-old Jack's ordinary life is upended when mysterious creatures attack his hometown and he is whisked into a fantastical adventure filled with danger at every turn.

Jack learns that most live in a shadow of the world, their vision blinded by invisible scales that have covered human eyes since the beginning of time. But the Awakened experience the world as it truly is, where war rages between good and evil—and Jack is at the heart of it. The Awakened are searching for The Child of Prophesy who will both save the world and destroy it. When Jack joins in their epic battle he must learn to trust his friends and face his fears if he is to make his life count.

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Jack Staples and the Ring of Time, go HERE.

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My review...

"Jack Staples and the Ring of Time" is an action-packed adventure that the 8-12 year old child in your life is going to enjoy.  My 10-year-old daughter roared through the book in short-order as she wasn't able to put it down! She loved the colourful characters and the exciting plot. Now, she did say that she found some of the book confusing as she couldn't always figure out who was good and who was bad. Sometimes she had to go back and check what she'd read because she didn't always understand it the first time. However, this didn't detract from her pleasure in reading the book, as she enjoyed all the different well-drawn characters and interesting details in the book.  The book is very allegorical and points to God, with a classic battle between good and evil that is told in a truly unique way. As a parent, I am always a fan of books that are clean, have good morals, and are entertaining at the same time. Too many books publisher in this day and age have questionable storylines and characters you just don't want your child reading about, but I'm glad to see this is not one of those books.

When asked to rate Jack Staples and the Ring of Time, my daughter gave it a rating of 4 out of 5 stars - and as she is the best authority on whether this book is a good fit for your youth, I concur. I strongly recommend this book, and my daughter is looking forward to finding out what happens next in the series.

A review copy has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the CFBA for the purposes of this unbiased review.