Book One Endorsements
Check out what pro skaters from the UPRISING skateboarding TV show are saying about Lion Heart and Alessio, a Christian skateboarding fiction book for kids ages 8-12….
In this book it’s amazing how God intervenes through a dream to connect with a child. I believe God can use this book to inspire children of all ages to seek God and discover their dreams as well as God’s dreams for them. This is much needed in literature for young people in this day and age. Children are dreamers and we need to give them something to dream about . . . and that’s living for the Lord Jesus Christ.
In this day and age with books all about this, and all about that, one thing has to be central for me to even consider a read, let alone recommend it to someone. Christ has to be central! In just one chapter as I encountered Jed, Mak, and their love for skateboarding, I was more than excited to see God’s fabulous work through His One and Only Son boldly and beautifully presented as really He is. Jesus and skateboarding? Need I say more?
I cannot imagine anyone not liking this book. Jesus and skateboarding. It’s real.
Book Two Endorsements
The Lion Heart and Alessio adventures cleverly combine the hilarious with the miraculous. As Mak and Jed enthusiastically embrace three more God-given missions they will tickle your funny bone and touch your soul. Expect rollicking family fun. This marvelous series deserves to become a classic. Any age will want to read it over and over.
It is with a humble and excited heart that I encourage boys and girls of all ages to read this beautiful story about two boys and their family’s wonderful journey with God. The whimsical cast of characters and their personal encounters with Christ, through the Holy Spirit, will inspire strong family values and relationship with God.
As a former pitcher in the Red Sox organization (1979-1985) I can appreciate the author’s use of baseball metaphors and authentic Boston accents within the dialogue. To say the least, Chapman hit one “outta the pahk” with this book! Megan is a gifted storyteller who has a unique way of describing a setting. I was able to see, smell, and feel each scene as she carried me through the story.
Although humor is a mainstay, the impactful moments will make you stop and think about how Christ works in your life. She is able to communicate biblical truth wrapped up in a fun adventure filled with sports and recreation for the whole family. So sit back, kick your feet up, and enjoy the ride!
As a homeschooling mother and wife of a pastor, I am thrilled to find books that not only capture my daughter’s interest but also reinforce the culture of faith we are trying to develop in our home. In such a fun and unique way, the characters in Lion Heart and Alessio show what a daring life of following God looks like. My 7-year old daughter is able to identify with Jed and Mak and could hardly wait to start this second installment after finishing the first. She says, “I love all the adventure! I can’t put it down. It’s so good!”
Book Three Endorsements
Megan’s writing certainly relates well to her audience. She is able to communicate strong Christian truths through a story that youth find appealing and exciting. It causes students to think about what they can do to impact the world for Jesus.
I enjoyed getting to know the characters and joining them on their fantastic adventures. Megan Chapman uses out of the ordinary fantasy to engage young readers and convey biblical truths. More than just kid’s fiction; Mission Goodness & Faithfulness touches on some tough topics for parents to discuss with their children.
Megan’s book could actually be an intentional tool in leading children to understand certain dangers, trappings of the enemy and how trusting in God and obeying His word, leads to victory and the life He intended for us. Starting off each chapter with Scripture provides parents with the possibility of making this an evening devotional time to tackle sensitive topics that are a part of our fallen world.
The story is about two typical boys named Jed and Mak, who through Christ become extraordinary heroes. I appreciated how the author weaved Bible verses into the book that connect with the plot. As a young avid reader, I couldn’t put the book down. Her writing has unique charm and I enjoyed the lighthearted skater language throughout the series.
At a camp for troubled girls, I am trying to grasp God’s faithful love. And after reading this book, it was easy to do. What I appreciate most are the challenges Jed and Mak face, always persevering with God on their side. So curl up with your favorite blanket, grab a snack, and enjoy!
First of all, I just have to say that I absolutely LOVE this series! This book perfectly combines reality with God’s supernatural power. I’m sure everybody will be able to relate to at least one of the very diverse family members of Jed and Mak, and will be able to clearly identify with what they are going through. This book is sure to inspire, bring hope, and show everyone Jesus’ love.
Buckle up because this is filled to the brim with laughs and fun! MAY HIS SPIRIT BE WITH YOU!!!
Book Four Endorsements
In Megan Joy Chapman’s newest book, Mission: Gentleness & Self-Control, you’ll need a box of tissues, or two, or three. She has a way of bringing up real-life issues in a way that makes sense. For me personally, her series has touched several parts of my own story and helped bring some new perspective to it. Her newest book also encourages you to follow your dreams and “face your fears.” I identify with the character Jed because we are both worrywarts and resistant to do new, hard things. We also both have genuine desire to follow Jesus, but we sometimes let our fears or practical minds get in the way. Mission: Gentleness & Self-Control teaches us to let go of hatred or bitterness and to let go and let God. The story shows us the real transformation that happens when we invite Jesus into our lives. It also shows us that God has a bigger picture and plan for our hardships in the long run.
I really appreciate how Megan’s books have taught us kids at Wilderness Way Girls’ School about Jesus and how He wants a relationship with us. Mission: Gentleness & Self-Control shows us how to give God glory no matter what happens in our lives. Megan Chapman demonstrates the greatest example of this through her work. Plus, skateboard flying with Jesus? Way cool!
For young teens looking for quality in a series, they need not look any further. Megan Chapman’s books offer all the excitement that young people enjoy. From skateboarding to fashion, you will be taken on an exciting journey that will draw you closer to Christ.
Mission: Gentleness & Self-Control is a good wrap up to the Lion Heart & Alessio series. Through this two-part book, one can see the heart of the Father reaching out to His children, wanting them to know they are seen and loved. I can really identify with the hurt, pain, and unforgiveness that Grandma Anna battles with, before finding healing on the other side.
Also very relatable is the struggle of a young boy who works through the pain of a tragedy and breaks free from his crippling fears, in order to influence the world around him. This Lion Heart & Alessio book has touched my life, and I believe that all other readers will find it to do the same for them.
The Lion Heart and Alessio series is one of my favorites, and this final installment, Mission: Gentleness & Self-Control, definitely served it justice. This book not only captured my attention but also talked about touchy subjects in Christianity with grace. Megan Chapman did an amazing job showing how God provides and how fun a relationship with Him can be. She also showed that God can take something tragic and make it into something beautiful.
This series did wonders for me, furthering my relationship with God. The well-placed verses, always on topic throughout, made me want to read the Bible. As a teen living in New England, the least Jesus-focused region in the United States, I’m inspired by the storyline that Megan Joy Chapman has created to reach more people for Christ.