Title: Captive TreasureCaptive Treasure
Author: Milly Howard
Pages: 167
Recommended Ages: 7-10
Star Rating: ★★★★

What is the greatest treasure of all?

The Story.

Carrie Talbot is so excited – she and her parents are traveling across the great American Midwest to reach an Indian mission founded by her uncle. She is certain that once there, she will be eager in sharing the good news of Christ with the Indians who came to trade.

But suddenly, their wagon train is being chased by Indian warriors! In her desire to save the family Bible, both Carrie and the Bible tumble out of the wagon – and into Indian hands. She is taken back to the Indians’ camp, where both she and her Bible are regarded as “Strong Medicine”. Carrie realizes that now is the time to share the news of the true God with her captors. But will they hear her?

Discussion.

This story turned out to be approximately what I had expected it to be with one exception – Carrie was not nearly so whiny as I feared.

While on the trail, Carrie had begun to learn the Cheyenne language, so when she is captured, she has a much easier time acclimating to the language than if she had been totally unexposed to it. I was interested to note that, rather than immediately jumping into wild claims about salvation and the Indians’ need for it, Carrie began by living amongst the Indians and earning their trust, then telling them stories from the Bible that would resonate with them before finally delving into Christ’s death and God’s attitude towards sin. I really liked that she took this path, establishing the credibility of the Bible, before hammering people over the head with it.

Because this story was written from a Christian perspective, the so-called “pagan” inclusions are mild – there are references to the “Great Spirit”, but Carrie is adamant that the “Great Spirit” is not the same as the Christian God, and when references are made to “strong medicine”, she always maintains a providential rather than formulaic view of God’s interaction with man. Right towards the end of the story, one of the characters engages in a “Sundance Ceremony”, but we are not indulged with the details.

The importance of Scripture memorization is also emphasized, as Carrie is able to continue witnessing for Christ even after her Bible is stolen away from her.

Conclusion. Actually a really good story – not deep in characterization or description, but encouraging nevertheless.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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