This is a delightful story about a group of friends who experience an amazing time in their lives during 1976. Dr. Richard Powell thinks back to that year, when he and his friends, mostly Boy Scouts, hung around together and learned about life. The new friendships they made, with others their age, but especially with an elderly man, change their lives forever. They have to really look at what they believe about God and good and evil as they fight against the darkness.
This story gave me the same feeling as a movie I've liked for years, The Sandlot. A group of boys who have a love of baseball and experience fun adventures, expect this story is a few years down the road and a lot of them are strong Christians. I loved so many of the characters; they were funny and larger than life. The theological discussions between the believers and nonbelievers were very interesting. I really liked the clear presentation of the gospel throughout. I thought the supernatural element would be a lot more central to the story than it was, but I really loved getting to know this great group of teenagers and wished I could have hung around with them myself. A couple of romantic relationships were very cute, too. This is a sequel to A Season of Miracles, which is releasing as a movie this summer! I haven't read that story yet, but it sounds very intriguing from the tidbits shared in this one. The story worked fine as a stand-alone, but I'm looking forward to reading the first one and getting to know these characters better!
I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review.