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Posted December 29, 2012
Zondervan has updated and re-released Bill Myers¿ Forbidden Door
Zondervan has updated and re-released Bill Myers’ Forbidden Doors series in four, three-volume sets. The Ancient Forces Collection is the fourth, and final, book in the set. Here’s a summary of each story in the fourth volume.
Becka, Scott, their mother, and Ryan travel to a remote mountain village in New Mexico and encounter a Native American cult. Ryan doesn’t see what’s so bad about the things these people believe, instantly making comparisons between the Native beliefs and Christianity. But how far will Ryan explore this new faith?
The Hex is a popular TV show about a witch, and the star is coming to town. Becka’s friends have an invitation to meet the star. But Becka instantly recognizes the sinister nature of the woman’s beliefs. And when the woman casts a spell for revenge, Becka is the only one who knows how to set it right.
Philip is tired and stressed out. His father is always nagging him about college, but Philip wants to make his own life. When he seeks answers from Tarot cards, his life starts spinning out of control. But that’s exactly what the cards predicted, so it couldn’t be their fault, right? Scott wants to help his friend, but before he can offer a warning, he needs to learn to love.
I really enjoyed these books. They dealt with the supernatural and occult in a Biblical manner, exposing the truth behind twelve different types of occult, one in each story. I highly recommend this series for all young readers, twelve and up.
One thing that bothered me plot-wise: it was a bit convenient that such trouble continued to come to this one family. Like Ralph Macchio in the Karate Kid running into convenient “Karate trouble” everywhere he went, Becka and Scott run into “occult trouble” at every turn of their lives. The series also didn’t tie up the loose end of who Z was. It hinted at a resolution, but not in a satisfactory way for the end of a twelve-book series. So if you’re looking for an answer to Z’s identity, you won’t find one.
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