See No Evil by Mary Hamilton

See no EvilAuthor 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.

Rustic Knoll #1

Rustic Knoll #1

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.

Rustic Knoll #2

Rustic Knoll #2

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.

Mary Hamilton

Mary Hamilton

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.


5 thoughts on “See No Evil by Mary Hamilton

  1. Oh, yes! I went to camp for like 10 years in a row. Great memories.


  2. I really need to check these books out. With the subject matter, would they be better for slightly older/more mature children than the MG crowd? They seem MG to me but the contents – though acknowledging how grown up my daughter is getting may be the issue. 😉

    I never “attended” church camp but twice I went to a youth-group retreat thing that was almost identical. We drove hours and hours to Teen Valley Ranch in NC and stayed about a week both times. And I worked at Camp Victory in AL as a CIT (camper in training) occasionally. Only once did I take the leap as an actual counselor for a weekend retreat and that was quite enough for me. I love being support and behind the scenes – but children ministry is definitely not for me.


    • I went to church camp up in the mountains in New Mexico during high school and it was always a lot of fun.

      I still think the books are upper middle-grade. Although this one has a mention of pornography, it is discussed in general terms without any detail. Enough to know it is something that should be avoided, but not enough to contain explicit directions on where to find it.

      I could never be a camp counselor. Scary.


  3. I never went to camp, church or otherwise, but I love it idea of getting inside different voices, within the same setting, bully, blind kid etc. All really great ideas to help our teens ‘get’ other’s personalities and having tools to cope with different people. I must look at this series. From the first cover though, I sensed it was for a middle grade group.


  4. I never went to camp, but I’ve allowed my teen daughter to go and she always enjoyed it. This sounds like a great series for my grandkids (should they ever arrive in the future!)

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