I just found this review of The Roman Road. It was on the website of a Christian newspaper:
This attractively illustrated book is aimed at 9-11-year-olds.
Set in contemporary time, it tells the story of a boy called Sam who meets a Roman soldier and, encouraged by his Christian grandma who has given him a Bible for his birthday, embarks on a journey with the soldier along the ‘Roman road’.
It is an interesting idea and, as a Christian parent, I really like the author’s aim in writing a book that might help our children along the road to committing their lives to Jesus. Unfortunately though, in my opinion, the use of this allegory didn’t quite work, it felt a bit awkward and off-putting. However, in the interests of balance, I gave it to my ten-year-old daughter to read. Here is her review.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the way that at the end of each chapter you have to do something, for example, read Romans 2.3. It was a real page-turner for me because when things were going badly for the characters in the book, they suddenly became better again because they read the Bible! Which I loved.
The full review can be found here: http://e-n.org.uk/p-6341-The-Roman-Road.htm
I’m grateful for constructive criticism and pleased that the review happened. In terms of what was said, and given the age of the target readership, I’m with the daughter on this one. 😉