Author Mary Hamilton is no stranger to this blog. We interviewed her when Book Two in the Rustic Knoll Bible Camp Series, Hear No Evil, came out. I just finished reading the most recent and final book in the series, and loved it.
Each book centers around different characters and the problems they bring with them to camp. For the final installment of the series, See No Evil, we “see” camp through a blind camper named Stephen. He’s been in all three books and is my favorite character by far. As a golden child, I wondered what his issue would be. And it’s a sad one. Not only does he question why God made him blind, but he struggles with pornography, a prevalent problem in our society. How does a blind teenager struggle with pornography? Good question, but you’ll have to read the book to find out. 😉
In the first book, Hear No Evil, Brady’s mom dumped him at camp and told him she wasn’t coming back to get him. Ouch.
In Speak No Evil, we get inside the head of the bully from book one and get to see what makes him tick. “Hurt people hurt people” after all.
The thing that makes all of these books great isn’t just the characters and their issues, it’s the nuggets of wisdom from the camp pastor, Zeke. Mary does a tremendous job of weaving short devotionals through the book that tie in with each books’ theme. These are delivered in an organic, non-preachy way.
And since the protagonist in each book is male, the stories are created with guys in mind. Books like these are hard to find.
The entire series is recommended for Christian fans of YA literature (teens, adults, whoever), especially those who have been to camp. Both guys and gals will enjoy these books.
LET US HEAR FROM YOU: EVER BEEN TO CHURCH CAMP? WHERE?