Sentinel - City of Destiny by Landel Bilbrey
A couple months ago I was sent the book Sentinel - City of Destiny
by the author Landel Bilbrey. He asked me read the book and let him know what I thought.
Sentinel – City of Destiny is not your ordinary book. It is a book written around God’s word and written in such a way as to instruct boys on how to grow up to be good, godly men. This book is a wondrous story of two young boys and their journey to the mythical city of Sentinel. The story is full of kings, dragons and knight type tales. All of these are metaphors for things that we read about in the bible. Throughout the book there are quotes from the book of “Logos” which is actually the book of John.
The story is full of exciting twists and there is much action to keep the readers interest. But that is only part of the books appeal. The main appeal is that this is a teaching book. It is designed for children to read along with their parents or teachers and the main concept of the book is to show boys how to become strong men in today’s world. There are actual exercises in the back of the book that you can do with your children to help them gain a better understanding of what they are actually reading.
Throughout the book, the main characters are severely affected by the decisions that they make. The story clearly shows how if you make one decision you will go down one road, and if you make the opposite decision you will be led down another road and the boys’ consequences are completely different. Obviously this is true in our own lives. Sometimes we forget to impart that wisdom upon our children and unfortunately they are left to find that out on their own and sometimes it is at their own detriment.
The book talks about what is a “True Man” and how we can find the answer to that question in scripture. God has given us all the tools we need to make the right choices and be the best we can, we just need to know where to find them and then discuss them with our children.
Many of the struggles that our children will face today are brought up in the story and in the exercises in the back of the book. This gives parents an opening to discuss how children should handle them and how God says we should handle them. There is a correct way. And we should be teaching them to our children prior to them experiencing it for themselves.
Many of the books for children today have secular themes or politically correct teachings and for Christians these do not always fall in line with our values. This is a book that has a decidedly God centered story and theme and one that you can feel comfortable having your children read and one that you may actually learn something from too. It’s the type of book that has been sorely lacking on our books shelves.
Thank you Landel for bringing it to my attention and thank you for giving me the opportunity to review it and to let others know the Sentinel-City of Destiny is available for families. As Landel says in the opening of the book “The world today and tomorrow needs godly men. How will our boys know unless we tell them?”
Not only is it a wonderful teaching book but it’s an excellent story that really grabbed my attention.
This book is geared for ages 8 and up. And is family friendly. I highly recommend it to families with young boys!
You can go here Sentinel - City of Destiny to see how to order the book or to read the first six chapters.