It was refreshing to read a conservative lesson book for young girls, since most books for grade schoolers are liberal. Erin Weidemann’s The Adventures of Rooney Cruz series takes a modern day girl who experiences typical struggles and blesses her with a personal mini-angel that gives her a peek through the windows of time.
In Esther The Belle of Patience, Rooney is able to witness Esther’s efforts of helping her people survive. The principles learned allows Rooney to be a modern day hero by using the same patience that Esther exhibited.
Rooney’s personal mini-angel is Mari, who watches all of her soccer games and looks out for her personal life. She is similar to a Tinker Bell character, but with no grit, fight or stubbornness. She does everything in her power to help Rooney experience a gentle life.
The book is just as safe when it comes to conflict. The struggles are perspective based rather than confrontational. Even Mordecai’s issues with Haman are softly dealt with, not even mentioning the gallows.
The moral of the book is based on a scripture verse that talks about waiting on the Lord. The book fails to show enough conflict and the assertiveness of a prayer warrior, to make the story appear as anything more than passive waiting, rather than powerful patience.
But for those who like nice stories for their children that don’t require a discussion through difficult passages, the book is perfectly suited. The illustrations are fun and enjoyable, and the flow of words makes this book great for early readers to give it a go for themselves.
The book is currently available in bookstores and online. Weidemann also has a website with more information about the series that can be found at biblebelles.com. So, for those who want their kids to become the best kind of super hero – a Bible Belle, this book is for you.