Sunday, September 21, 2014

Book Review: Child's Play by Bill Myers

About the Author:
Bill Myers is a writer/producer whose work has won over 70 national and international awards including a C.S. Lewis Honor Award. His books and videos have sold over 8 million copies and include, McGee and Me, My Life As..., Blood of Heaven, The Face of God, The God Hater, and Eli. When he’s not overseeing his production company, Amaris Media International, he loves speaking at schools and chatting with reader groups live by phone or the internet.

My Review:
My kids enjoy reading Bill Myers' children books. This is the first book of Bill Myers I've ever read. It's written for adults. I enjoyed it. I laughed. I smiled. I pondered. Child's Play is the first book in The Last Fool Series. It's a funny book with a profound message. Each chapter is written with different characters' point of view. These characters are patients in Sisco Heights Mental Health Facility and the story takes place fifty years in the future when religion has been banned. Anyone who is religious or expresses faith in any religion is considered mentally ill and needs to be locked up. The different characters are quite interesting. Bernard talks to inanimate objects. Darcy steals pills and sells them. Joey is afraid of earth tilting. Nelson quotes everything. Ralphy thinks he's a superhero. Max has amnesia and experiences God. He wants others to know that they are loved by God and that God forgives all their mistakes/wrongdoings/bad thoughts. Dr. Aadil is the doctor/psychiatrist who takes care of these patients. Alex is Max's daughter and is a fashion designer. Saffron is a homeless mom with a 13-year-old daughter. A mayhem ensues.

Child's Play is an easy & enjoyable read and it plainly shares about God's love and childlike faith.  However, an assumption/presentation that everyone is a child of God is not theologically correct. All of us are God's creation but not all of us are His children. Only those who trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are adopted into God's family as children of God. The rest are considered enemies of God (Romans 5:10). I understand that the author intends to reach out to non-believers with the message of God's love. God does love all of us sinners before we ever come to Him. I applaud the author's attempt to share the Gospel through his writing. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

~I received a free copy of this book via The Book Club Network ( in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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