The Third Release in an Epic Bible Adventure Series for Kids The last thing fifth-grader Jake Henry remembers (before the world as he knew it disappeared) is napping at summer camp. What happens next can't be explained as Jake finds himself surrounded by massive stone walls that rise up all around him—in ancient Jericho! Imagine. . .The Fall of Jericho is the third release in an exciting epic adventure series for kids ages 8 to 12 written by schoolteacher Matt Koceich. The Imagine series brings the Bible to life for today's kids as they ponder what it would be like to live through a monumental biblical event. Don't miss Book 1 in the Imagine Series--Imagine...The Great Flood or. . . Book 2--The Ten Plagues!
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Matt Koceich is a husband, father, and public school teacher. Matt and his family live in Texas.
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PRESENT DAY NORTH CAROLINA 3:33 P.M.
Jake stared out the side window of his parents' minivan. The Appalachian Mountains passed in a blur of hurried green streaks. He was supposed to be headed to camp with Danny, but that fell through when Danny's mom called saying that her only son had a 101 fever and wouldn't be going anywhere. Jake figured, incorrectly, that Danny's illness would translate into a SKIP CAMP pass for himself. No such luck. Here he was getting shuttled across northwest North Carolina to attend Oak Bay Camp. With no buddy. For a whole week. Joy.
"You should work on having a positive attitude," Jake's dad said from behind the steering wheel. "When I was your age, I would have given a lot of money to be able to go to summer camp."
Jake bit his tongue. He wanted to tell his father that he'd be more than happy to trade places. But he didn't want to be disrespectful. He knew his parents paid big money for him to attend camp. "I just don't know anybody."
The mountains slowed down, and the blur of color became clear shades of hunter and forest green. Endless stands of red maple and white pine trees lined the highway like soldiers standing guard in front of the mountains rising behind them.
"We've talked about that, honey," his mother said.
Jake saw the huge camp sign come into view as the van made the right turn into Oak Bay. He wanted to try once again to talk his mother out of sending him here, but instead he just exhaled loudly.
"Your mother's right, son. You'll meet a friend. Maybe even two ... or five."
An older man stood next to the gatehouse and waved for the Henrys to stop.
Jake's mom rolled her window down.
The old man looked back at Jake before consulting his megalist of names. "Henry ... Henry ... yes, here it is. ... Jake, you'll be in Cabin 33 over on Karankawa Hill. Follow this drive all the way to the end. Thirty-three will be on your right. If you go into the lake, you've gone too far."
No one laughed except for the old man. He waved them on, looking at Jake the whole time as the van passed.
Jake's dad parked next to a blue Dumpster that had the camp's oak tree logo painted in white on the side. Jake grabbed his backpack and got out of the car. The sooner he got going, the sooner this whole camp thing could end.
The cabins were painted chocolate brown with white trim around the eaves and doors. Boys and girls of all shapes and sizes were milling around in front of the cabins as well as in the parking lot. There was even a large beach ball getting punched around in the air by random hands.
Jake's dad also got out of the vehicle and caught up to Jake. His mom stayed in the car, checking Facebook on her phone. She'd told Jake she had to make an important call, but he knew better. Last summer when they dropped him off at the airport for his flight to visit Grandma and Grandpa in New York, his mom had cried and his dad told her to dry the tears. Since then, Jake noticed, she had used the distraction of her phone to avoid emotional situations.
Jake found Cabin 33 tucked away behind the other cabins, down a well-worn path that skirted the lake. Boys were running in and out of the screen door. A young guy with an Oak Bay T-shirt and khaki shorts stood on the deck, smiling.
"Hey, guys! Welcome. I'm Sam. I'll be your counselor this week."
Jake noticed that Sam had a cross tattoo on the inside of his right forearm.
"Martin Henry. This is my son, Jake." Jake's dad shook Sam's hand and then said, "His buddy Danny was supposed to be here but got sick at the last minute."
"Sorry about your friend," Sam said. "Trust me, Jake. You're still going to have a blast!"
The happy counselor led Jake and his dad into the cabin. There were bunk beds against three of the four walls. One set of bunks was empty. "Make yourself at home. We're going to meet out front at five. That gives you about an hour to hang out. Meet the guys. After the meeting, we'll all head over to the lodge for dinner."
Jake's dad gave him a quick hug and told him to have a good week. Jake watched his father leave and then thought about his next move. None of the boys who had been in the cabin were left. They all must have slipped out while the counselor was talking.
Jake wanted to just lie on his bunk and wait until dinner to move. But that wouldn't be a smart way to meet anyone.
He walked outside and noticed a bunch of boys had grouped up in front of the cabin. One of them had a football in his hands. Jake walked over to them and saw that the kid with the football was dividing the group into two teams. By the time he was done, all the boys had been sorted except Jake.
That was awkward. None of the boys acknowledged him. They just hustled over to the field and started their game.
Jake walked to where another group of boys were huddled around a camper who was playing a Nintendo Switch game. None of them said anything to Jake, so he said, "Hi." One of the kids said, "Hey," but never made eye contact. This was going to be a long week.
The lake looked like a good option. There were two boys standing by the water's edge skipping stones. Jake headed in that direction. As soon as he got to them, they stopped what they were doing and walked away.
Maybe I smell like a dead skunk.
Jake sat down on a rock and wondered what it would be like to be one of the popular kids. To have the feeling of fitting in and having tons of friends. He watched the sunrays sparkle across the water. Back at school, Danny was his only friend — and even that title was probably a stretch. They didn't hang out after school or on the weekends.
He hadn't even known Danny that long. When Jake's older brother, Ted, moved away to college last August, his parents had decided a change was in order. After the Christmas holidays, they moved with Jake from their country house in Oklahoma to a quaint town house in Charlotte. Right in the middle of the school year.
While Jake and his parents were unpacking, Danny and his mother paid a visit, welcoming them to the neighborhood. Jake had a really hard time connecting with Danny. The boys had nothing in common, but Jake could tell that Danny tried very hard to make him feel welcomed. The camp trip was Jake's mom's idea. She'd told Danny's mother, who in turn said her son would love to go before she even asked him. Danny said he'd go and then managed to get a stomach bug. He was probably faking it just to get out of coming here.
Jake found a small flat stone and sent it skimming over the lake. He watched it bounce three times before disappearing under the glittering surface. He looked at his watch. He still had thirty minutes before he had to be back at the cabin.
He thought about taking a long walk in the woods, but the warm sun made him sleepy, so he decided to lie down in the grass and rest until it was time to head back.
* * *
"Open his eyes."
The sound of a man's deep voice came from behind Jake. But when he sat up and turned around to see who was talking, there was no one there.
Just the trees.
And the path that led back to the cabins.
I'm hearing things, that's all.
Then Jake turned back to look at the lake and felt his heart rate explode. It was gone. No water. The only thing he could see was flat land stretching out toward the horizon. Tall grass covered the earth. It swayed back and forth like waves on a wide green sea. The sky was painted with morning tones of dark blue, orange, and red.
The camp had disappeared. The lake, gone. The path, gone. The trees, gone. Oak Bay had simply vanished.
Vanished. Everything had disappeared, just like that. Gone.
Jake felt a strong breeze at his back, like nature wanted to push him out onto the plain. He turned in circles, feeling small tendrils of fear begin to creep their way across his mind. This wasn't a dream. He hadn't fallen asleep by the lake.
What is this?
Where am I?
The breeze was stronger now. Jake had to find the camp. He took off jogging. The wind, growing even more powerful, made it hard to run. At some point, his brain caught up with his body and he realized there was no camp where he knew it should have been.
Jake turned again and looked way off in the distance where the plain touched the sky. He noticed lines and angles of stone that were dotted with openings, like windows and doors. Tiny shapes moved back and forth like ants across the scene.
He started jogging again, but this time the wind was at his back.
Closer now, the whole arrangement of staggered structures became clearer. The ants were actually people! The entirety of what Jake saw had to be the outline of some massive city that looked like it had been chiseled out of the side of a mountain by a giant sculptor.
Surely someone there would be able to help him get back to the camp.
Coming even closer, he saw a ring of two stone walls running around the base of the city. The first wall rose up from the plain. Behind it there was a grass embankment that looked like the outfield of a baseball diamond. At the crest of that rose the second wall, Jake guessed almost fifty feet above the first one.
In the lower wall were two stone towers on either side of a wide entrance. Each tower had a single wooden door attached to it at the base. A gateway into the city. Jake headed there and thought about the camp guard who had stared at him when they drove onto the camp property. What if there was a guard here? What would Jake say? Can you help me get back to Oak Bay?
To Jake's relief, there was no guard. Just past the entrance, the ground angled up a steep incline covered in grass. At the top of the hill, he saw a boy who looked to be about his age standing behind a group of kids. Jake couldn't tell what the kids were doing, but it seemed clear they weren't involving the boy in the back.
The kid turned around and saw Jake; then he took off running.
"Hey, wait!" Jake took off after the kid.
He followed the boy along the grass until he came to an opening in the second, inner wall. The grass turned into a stone path that led through the outskirts of the walled city. Jake ran past houses that were carved into the outer wall. As he ran, he noticed that off to his left the inner wall rose much higher than the outer wall. Even way up there, more houses had been created.
The boy stopped and cut through an opening in between two houses, and Jake followed.
The alley ended in a doorway. The boy ran in the door. Jake followed. There was hardly any light inside, only patches of sunlight that poured down from somewhere way up above.
But the lack of light didn't keep the boy from running. He navigated the twists and turns of darkened stone like a nimble and swift cat. Jake had a hard time keeping up. It felt like he was running through houses and hallways, but the sporadic shards of light every once in a while made it hard to know for certain. Jake kept running into walls and stumbling over rocks. He would have lost the kid completely if it hadn't been for an old man who suddenly appeared in his path.
The boy stopped. Jake ran up and stopped behind the boy.
The boy turned on Jake. "Are you with Ka'nah?"
The boy stared at Jake, disbelief in his eyes. "Why are you chasing me?"
The old man put a hand on the boy's shoulder. "Dair, let him speak. He's not from around here. And he's obviously not an enemy spy, because I've never seen anything like what he's wearing. Let's listen to what he has to say."
Jake took his cue and explained how he'd found himself in this place. "I just need help getting back. I'm supposed to be back at my cabin. I don't want to miss dinner."
The boy's face changed from the hard lines of fear into a soft smile of greeting. "My name's Dair."
"Can you tell me about Ka'nah?"
Dair continued. "He is a wicked man. The meanest man in Jericho."
"Jericho? Like the Bible Jericho?"
Jake shook his head. "Never mind." There was no way on earth he could actually be back in the real Jericho of the Bible.
"Let's go," Levi said. The old man walked away, and Dair followed him. Jake did the same. After a few more minutes of navigating dim stone alleyways, Jake felt the ground angle up. They climbed a huge flight of stone steps that took them to the second, upper level of Jericho. Levi led the boys out across a ledge that skirted the houses built around the edge of the upper wall. The old man stopped at a small wooden door. Dair inched past Levi and opened it, letting in a flood of daylight.
Jake squinted and then followed Levi and Dair through the opening and out onto an expansive stone walkway. They were somewhere way high up on the top of the city. So high, in fact, that Jake freaked out. He hated heights, and this was crazy high. Higher than the Mind Bender at Six Flags. That ridiculous roller coaster, the one his dad forced him to go on, was the memory his brain was choosing to bring back now.
They had gone on vacation, and his dad said he was going to make Jake ride the coaster to force him to face his fear. The whole debacle of plunging down an insane three-story drop and then around two inverted loops in a tiny car only served to solidify Jake's terror of being anywhere off the ground. Jake tried facing his fear that day but lost the fight.
A loud sound like thunder boomed up over the stone walls. Jake jumped in response. "What in the world was that?"
Dair stared at Jake. "What are you called?"
"My name is Jake. Jake Henry."
"Well, Jakehenry. That noise is the sound of the city gates closing. There is a threat to our safety out on the plains. Come here." Dair stepped to the edge of the walkway. "Look."
Jake forced himself to stand next to Dair. His legs felt weak with the fear of being up so high. He looked down and saw a sea of people flooding the plain. Thousands and thousands marching toward the city. He thought about the Bible story. The Israelites marched against Jericho. Yes, they marched around the city once a day for six days, and on the seventh day ...
This whole city is going to be destroyed!
"Have they marched around your city at all?" Jake had to know where he was on the timeline of events.
"They have not," Levi answered. "Until now, they've just stayed out there on the plain."
Jake was trapped.
The gates were shut.
And there was no way out.CHAPTER 3
There were thousands of men holding weapons. Even though he was so high up, Jake could see that the men in front of the procession were dressed in robes and carrying horns. Behind them, there was something that looked like a big golden box. It was so shiny that it appeared to be glowing. Jake thought about the story and remembered that that was the ark of the covenant! The presence of God.
"Listen, Dair. I need to tell you something."
"We need to get out of here."
"Why? This is Jericho. Nothing's going to happen to this city."
Jake considered his options, but there weren't any others. All he could do was warn Dair. "That army down there ..."
"What about it?"
"They're going to march around your city for six days and then —"
Dair looked at Jake with wide eyes. "Then what?"
"Then on the seventh day, the whole city is going to be destroyed."
"I'm serious. On the seventh day, all the walls are going to collapse and that army is going to take over the city. Everyone is going to be wiped out."
"Do you know how crazy that sounds?"
"I know, but you have to believe me. I don't understand what I'm doing here, but you — and everyone in this city — are in big trouble."
Dair placed a hand on Jake's shoulder. "I don't know what you're doing here either, but I have to go now."
Jake still had questions. "Can you at least help me get out of here?"
"Even if I did get you out, there's no way you'd survive out there in the wilderness."
"Maybe if I get back to the same spot I was out on the plain, I can get back to my time."
Dair smiled. "Come on."
He took off toward the opening they had just come out of, and Jake followed.
But before they got to the door, a giant man stepped from the shadows of the doorway, blocking their path.
Dair tried to change directions, but the man was too fast. His hand shot out and grabbed Dair's shirt. "I am very sad that you wanted to leave our family."
Jake couldn't believe how tall the man was.
"Who's your new friend? Is he the reason you ran away?" The man dragged Dair across the top of the stone wall until they were both inches away from Jake.(Continues…)
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Imagine… The Fall of Jericho by Matt Koceich is a wonderful fiction story based on the True story of the Walls of Jericho falling down in the Word of God. The relatability of the boy was spot on. There are so many who feel unwanted and unloved and this is a great example of the truth of that untruth. The main character finds himself in Jericho and it’s so intense and frightening, in a good way. A great thing we enjoy about this writer is that he has a way with words and he makes it so colorful and realistic. Relationships are formed and untruths change into truth. Can’t wait to read his next one… I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Jake really didn’t want to go to summer camp, especially without his friend Danny. Meeting new people and trying to fit in really wasn’t his strong point. In fact, he hadn’t even known Danny very long. Danny was sick and Jake was going to camp whether he wanted to or not. Jake found camp pretty much as he expected. Everyone already had friends they were hanging out with and didn’t seem to want to include him in their activities. Finally he wandered down to the lake and sat on a rock watching the sun glisten on the lake. The sun make him sleepy so he decided to lie on the grass and rest until time to go back to camp. In an instant, or so it seemed, Jake was transported to a time long ago in a place called Jericho. No longer was he by the lake. Now he was smack dab in the middle of an adventure. From here the action throughout the story is fast paced. I literally couldn’t stop reading and I am an adult reading a kids book. The first few pages of chapter 1 seemed to move very slowly. For that reason I am glad there was a short preface to the story that hinted of the adventure to come. The rest of the chapters kept up the fast pace to the point even a reluctant reader might find it hard to put the book down. Although this is a work of fiction, the Biblical account of Jericho is definitely presented. I recommend this book for young boys and girls either to read for themselves or to have the book read to them. In my opinion the story will capture the interest of reluctant readers. I enjoyed reading this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
This is the first of the series that I have read and it stands on its own perfectly. The book involves unexpected time-travel for a 12-year-old boy back to the days just before the fall of Jericho. Jake attends summer camp alone, after plans to go with a friend. This is the last straw for a lonely boy, recently uprooted by a move and loss of familiar surroundings. When he fails to connect with other campers and takes a nap by the lake, he awakens to find himself on the outskirts of Jericho 1400 BC, just prior to the time "the walls came a' tumblin' down." The book is thrilling and adventurous, but not in an overly frightening way. For a boy or girl who has read the biblical account of the fall of Jericho, I believe this would be especially enjoyable, fleshing out some of the details of the story that might seem dry to a youngster. For a young person who is not familiar with the biblical account, there miight be a bit of confusion, but it's possible it might lead to a search for the Bible story. In addition to personal reading, I could see this book being used in a middle-school Sunday School or youth group setting. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
This is a great series of books to get kids reading! The book keeps your interest as Jake Henry travels back in time to the story of Jericho.
Always exciting, with peril and adventure, this is a great series for young elementary readers. Author Matt Koceich makes Bible stories come to life by placing a character in the story, allowing the reader to imagine themselves right there. Jake is lonely and having trouble fitting in at summer camp. He finds himself in Jericho, where things are much different than what he’s used to. Get a copy for your young reader and let them experience biblical history for themselves! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
This is a wonderful book for kids. It's like a time travel book back to the bible days, It was very well written and will hold their attention. It is full of action and adventure. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Thank you Barbour Publishing via NetGalley for the free copy of this book. This is my honest opinion and I think this series of books would make an awesome gift.
Imagine: The Fall of Jericho is an engaging adventure story in the Imagine… series. This story reveals the remarkable experiences of twelve-year-old Jake Henry. Summer camp isn’t anything like he expected. Feeling alone, left out, and apprehensive about his stay at Oak Bay Camp, he wishes he could’ve played sick and stayed home, like his friend Danny had done. But things quickly change after taking a short nap and finding himself in an unexpected and miraculous adventure! He is transported back to ancient times, shortly before the fall of Jericho, and is forced to help save some important people. He faces fears, overcomes obstacles, and finds his purpose. With themes of consequence, purpose and faith, this adventure story is easy to sink into. It reveals that we are never truly alone and play an important role in God’s ultimate plan. The characters are easy to connect with and unforgettable. The Fall of Jericho, as with all the books in the Imagine… series, shares smart, exciting, and meaningful spiritual messages. 5 Stars Cover: Love Title: Love Pages: 112 Series: Imagine… Book 3 Publisher: Barbour Books I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
The only reason I am not giving this book a five out of five is I didn’t care for the way that Jack ends up in Jericho. I loved the rest of this story. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series and I wonder if all the children from each book will meet in a book later in the series. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
I love these books...I have read many in the series. This one is just as wonderful as the others. Jake is a boy who gets a first hand look at the fall of Jericho. My son loves these and I really enjoy the viewpoint of seeing these stories through the eyes of an outsider. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review
Imagine the Fall of Jericho is another intense installment of the Imagine series aimed for pre-tweens. This one takes Jake behind the walls of Jericho as he witnesses the culture and the coming of the Israelites outside of the wall. He is able to meet some friends and tries to warn them and works with them as the coming of Jericho’s judgement is very near. In our time Jake is a very lonely boy and doesn’t have any friends. He cares very much for these friends he now has as he knows only too well what is coming their way. As you can imagine they at first do not believe him but he is strange to them and his dire warnings begins to open their eyes. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
The IMAGINE series by Matt Koceich is becoming one of my favorite series for kids. This is not the first of the series I’ve had the pleasure of reading, and I hope it won’t be the last. The Fall of Jericho is a creative version of the Bible story found in the book of Joshua 6: 1-27. Fifth grader, Jake Henry, is off to summer camp despite his protestations that he didn’t want to go. Things are weird from the moment he enters the campground gates. It’s not always been easy for Jake to make friends, so after meeting his camp counselor and checking out his quarters, Jake follows a path through the woods coming out to a beautiful lakeside retreat. Laying down to enjoy the view, he falls asleep only to wake up in Jericho! Jake soon realizes that he is in the Jericho of the days of Joshua, not only that the march should begin the very next day! He has 7 days to find a way out before the entire city collapses, taking him with it. Will Jake and his new friends make it out in time? And why does old Levi look suspiciously like the gatekeeper at the campground? Just what is going on! I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher and am under no obligation to provide a review. All thoughts and opinions, therein, are solely my own.
An exciting adventure any young person would love to be a part of. Following along with Jake as he wakes up in the ancient city of Jericho makes the Bible story of the fall of the city come to life. The story is set behind the walls of Jericho and portrays the life of orphans that may have lived during that time and what their lives could have been like. The book was entertaining with good examples of helping others and making friends.
This third installment in Matt Koceich’s Imagine series is my favorite so far. It handles issues pertinent to both Biblical and contemporary society, such as child exploitation and not fitting in, with grace, adding in just enough detail to make sure that young readers understand the situation without it being overwhelming or too frightening. Jake Henry makes a laudable role model, and his situation of feeling alone and unwanted resonates with readers of all ages. His experience in the world of the Biblical Jericho vividly demonstrates a lesson from which we can all benefit: “It’s like God is using this to show me I’m never alone, and I always have a job to do no matter what I feel inside or how crazy the situation is on the outside.” Undeniably, such an outlook on life helps all of us to face our fears and to fully rely on God even when our walls—literal or figurative—are crumbling down around us. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
My 12 year old loves the Imagine books. The Fall of Jericho did not disappoint. We recommend for all kids. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing & was under no obligation to post a review.
A vivid portrayal of the Bible story that all ages can enjoy, written in language easily understood by kids. I found myself being drawn into the story, almost feeling like I was there and hoping to help those I knew to survive. The author has taken the fall of Jericho and made it real. I loved the little surprises closer to the end of the story - they brought the whole book together! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All impressions and opinions are my own.
This is the third book in Koceich’s Imagine series, where modern-day kids are dropped into exciting Biblical adventures. During their time away, they experience what it could have been like during different events in the Bible and learn important lessons about faith. I really enjoy how the young protagonist's voice shines through. Jake really does sound modern and the contrast between him and those he meets are interesting. The exciting storyline is good for both boys and girls alike and will hold the reader’s interest right through to the final page. The best part, however, is the spiritual take away that the main character experiences, in this case, knowing that God is with him and has a plan for his life, that he is never alone, even when he feels like he has no friends. It speaks to the need we all have to feel important and valued, that we have a purpose and meaning, and is a fantastic, positive message to send to our children. I highly recommend it for upper elementary readers and up, or as a parent/child read together. It might be especially good for kids who may think the stories of the Old Testament are “boring;” it may just spark their imagination to really think about the stories they read in the Bible, what it might have been like, and how they’d respond in similar situations. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
My grandson is enjoying these stories of Imagine. And, that is an appropriate title. This is definitely a story for the imagination. Kids of the 8-12 age range enjoy an adventure. In this particular story we get a modern day kid feeling out of sorts at camp, go into the lives of the people the time of Jericho, and live the day to day life of what happened at that time. Of course, he knew that the city would fall and was trying to figure out how to handle all this. A delightful story. Holds the interest of both young people and adults, alike. I enjoyed this and am looking forward to giving it to my grandson. I recommend this book for all ages really. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I have had the privilege of reviewing several of Matt Koceich's books and each one has been exciting and focused on the interest of the upper elementary student. In this story, the third in the Imagine series, Jake, a fifth-grader represents a modern day student with the age-old problems of loneliness, fear, and rejection. Being transported back to the time of Jericho, Jake is given the opportunity to be courageous, a loyal friend and see the Biblical event in a way we can only "imagine" it might have occurred. Matt's writing is exciting with enough imagination to interest students of any age. If his goal is to bring the Biblical stories to life with engaging and exciting storylines, then he is reaching his goal. Students of any age will love the adventure and the truths presented in these books. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
This is the third book in the Imagine series and it succeeds in both entertaining and educating young readers. Imagine...The Fall of Jericho relates the story of 12 year old Jake Henry as he finds himself transported from a summer camp in North Carolina to the ancient site of Jericho during the six days before The Battle of Jericho in 1400 BC. Jake is feeling alone and without friends and he doesn't want to be at camp. Imagine how he feels taking a nap in current day North Carolina and waking up surrounded by massive stone walls and among people that clearly are from a different era. Jake remembers the Biblical story of Joshua and the march around Jericho and he knows that these stone walls will soon come tumbling down. He knows that ancient Jericho will be destroyed and its people will perish. Jake begins to experience an amazing adventure that is fantasy based on Biblical truths. I believe that young readers will enjoy this story that has mystery, action, and adventure while touching on some of the feelings that young people often experience. Jake feels alone but he also believes that God has a purpose for placing him in this place at this time. He realizes that he is needed and this is a good message for any age group! I applaud the author for writing another book that is perfect for the targeted age group of 8-12 year olds. The text is easy to understand and its 109 pages make it just the right length for this audience. It is also apparent that author Matt Koceich is knowledgeable in both Biblical history and in present day culture because he cleverly compares one of his characters to John Cena, the popular wrestler who is currently popular with young people! I myself enjoyed reading this story and I found myself referring back to Joshua 6:1-27 to refresh my memory of this special event. I will gladly recommend The Fall of Jericho to my eight year old nephew. I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to write a review.
IMAGINE The Fall of Jericho helps you imagine what it was like for present day fifth-grade Jake, who has recently moved and has no friends, when he wakes up in the middle of a very evil Jericho. He realizes it was during the time the Israelites were following God's leading and were marching around the walls for seven days before the walls fell and the Israelites conquered the city. He lives thru some crazy adventures, meets friends and learns about God as he follows His leading in a evil world as he is counting down the days until the walls fall. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Jake Henry, as a fifth-grader has arrived at a summer camp for a week without knowing anyone, feeling alone, not belonging in any group, yet somehow he is transformed and lands in ancient Jericho, knowing the walls are going to be coming down very soon! As I read this wild fiction adventure I felt caught up with young Jake as he ran away from evil guys, fighting his way to help a new friend he made, Dair, who was captured and hidden away from sight. He had to try to rescue and older man named Levi who was trapped also. Oh, the trouble Jake kept finding himself in constantly! I thoroughly enjoyed the short book, just perfect for curious kids ages 8 to 12. I highly recommend this book along with the first two in this series. All are excellent! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Twelve-year-old Jake Henry wasn't too thrilled about having to spend a week without his best friend at the Oak Bay summer camp in northwest North Carolina. When he takes a nap, he is transported to ancient Jericho, where he meets a young boy named Dair and an older man named Levi. Looking down from the city walls, he sees the Israelites marching around the outer walls and realizes on the seventh day the walls and entire city will be destroyed. Can he help them free themselves from Ka'nah's evil rule and help them escape from Jericho before the walls fall? Imagine: The Fall of Jericho is the third book in the Imagine series by schoolteacher Matt Koceich and is a stand-alone chapter book geared towards kids ages 8-12. This book is full of action and adventure and can be read alone or with a parent or other adult reading it aloud. A take-away note for me is that no matter how alone you might feel in this world, God never leaves our side, which Jake realizes by story's end. I could picture things in my mind as I read what was happening on the pages as I read. The only issue I felt this book had was it seemed to wrap up too quickly and left a few questions unanswered for me. What happened to the little girl Jake met and all the other boys in the story? Did he have fun at camp and make new friends? It jumped from him just getting to camp to being picked up with nothing about his week at camp written about, I would like to have read a little about his time there also. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
The third book in the Imagine series, by Matt Koceich. Jake is a fifth-grader, who somehow ends up participating in the ancient Fall of Jericho. He doesn't know how it happened, but he knows he wants to live and be safe. Join in and see where his adventures take him. I found it to be a wholesome book, one that preteens would enjoy. It encourages the reader to use their imagination. I liked this book particularly, because our nephew is named Joshua, for Joshua who fought the in the Battle of the Fall of Jericho. I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Imagine The Fall of Jericho by Matt Koceich Book 3 of 3 in the Imagine Series The Third Release in an Epic Bible Adventure Series for Kids The last thing fourth-grader Jake Henry remembers (before the world as he knew it disappeared) is napping at summer camp. What happens next can't be explained as Jake finds himself surrounded by massive stone walls that rise up all around him—in ancient Jericho! Imagine. . .The Fall of Jericho is the third release in an exciting epic adventure series for kids ages 8 to 12 written by schoolteacher Matt Koceich. The Imagine series brings the Bible to life for today's kids as they ponder what it would be like to live through a monumental biblical event. Jake who feels alone and without purpose, who is suddenly transported back to the Biblical city of Jericho and the Israelites are marching around it! Jake is lonely wishing he didn't have to go to a summer camp where he doesn't know anyone. Jake falls asleep at summer camp and awakes in ancient biblical Jericho. Jake finds his purpose and feels God's hand on him as he struggles to fight the evil, save his friends and free them all from the doomed city before the march of the seventh day. The lessons he learns during his time in Jericho will resonate with all young people who ever feel alone in the crowd or like they don't matter. Everyone matters to God and He has a plan for us all. I highly recommend reading. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. Imagine The Fall of Jericho by Matt Koceich is a wonderful well written 5 star book. I am looking forward to reading more books by Matt Koceich. in the Imagine Series--Imagine...The Great Flood The Ten Plagues! Imagine The Fall of Jericho by Matt Koceich Kingdom Files: Who Is Jesus? (The Kingdom Files)by Matt Koceich Kingdom Files: Who Was Esther? (The Kingdom Files) by Matt Koceich Imagine. . .The Fall of Jericho by Matt Koceich Kingdom Files: Who Was Jonah? (The Kingdom Files) by Matt Koceich Kingdom Files: Who Was Mary, Mother of Jesus? (The Kingdom Files) by Matt Koceich Prayers for Difficult Times for Kids by Matt Koceich Come, Follow Me: 365 Comforting Messages from the One Who Knows Your Name by Matt Koceich
Imagine: The Fall of Jericho by Matt Koeich is a great story for all pre-teens. Boys especially will be excited to read this book. Jake Henry is not excited about going to summer camp without his friend. He feels left out as soon as he arrives and goes down to the lake to be alone. He falls asleep on the warm grass and awakes to an adventure in Jericho. He meets a boy his age, Dair, and together they strive to save David’s family from the destruction. Is it all just a dream or is God showing Jake how to trust in him and that he is never alone? As a grandparent I enjoyed this book. There are several twists and turns and surprises throughout the story that will keep readers wanting to know more about what will happen next. I think boys will be especially intrigued by all the action but I believe my 11 year old granddaughter will love it too as she has enjoyed the previous stories in this series and asks when there will be more. This will make a wonderful Christmas gift, if the recipient can wait! It would be a great book for middle school age to read as a group and discuss. We all feel left out or alone at times, especially at the age this story is geared to. I give it 5 of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.