Item description for False Coin, True Coin by Lois Hoadley Dick...
Overview Cissy Nidd, daughter of a jailer, is puzzled by the wisdom and cheerfulness of John Bunyan, an imprisoned preacher. Trapped in dangerous circumstances and struggling with a heart-wrenching choice, Cissy searches for the source of Bunyan's joy.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.45" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.44" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1993
Publisher BJU Press
Grade Level High School
ISBN 0890846642 ISBN13 9780890846643
Availability 0 units.
More About Lois Hoadley Dick
LOIS DICK is a freelance writer with over thirty years of experience. She specializes in historical biography. In addition to numerous articles and lessons for such organizations as Child Evangelism Fellowship, Inc., she is the author of several books, including Mercy at Midnight, False Coin, True Coin, Isobel Kuhn, Devil on the Deck, and Amy Carmichael. Lois resides in New Jersey.
Lois Hoadley Dick currently resides in the state of New Jersey.
Reviews - What do customers think about False Coin, True Coin?
Sensationalistic, Writing So-So, Little Educational Value, Don't Bother May 10, 2008
I got this book because I had greatly enjoyed Dust of the Earth, another historical fiction title from BJU Press. Unfortunately, this one didn't live up to that standard.
Why do I call this book sensationalistic? Because, it's one overly dramatic, soap opera moment after another.... Cissy Nidd lives during the time of John Bunyan; in fact, he is a prisoner in her father's jail, and Cissy is drawn to his teaching and his faith. Cissy's family has recently begun making counterfeit coins, and Cissy must help in changing the false coin for true coin. Her father pressures her to marry someone she can't stand because he has found out about the counterfeiting and is blackmailing her father. Cissy, when returning from exchanging counterfeit coins, instead falls in love with a highwayman after a brief encounter, during which he gives her a ruby necklace. After this a correspondence results, because he must flee England. Meanwhile, the undesired suitor tries to kidnap Cissy to compromise her reputation, but her brother rescues her. After Cissy becomes a true Christian and a Dissenter, she runs away from home to avoid being forced into marriage, lives through the Great Plague in London and the Great Fire. She's jailed for her involvement in the counterfeiting, as well as for being a Dissenter from the Church of England, and is to be publicly whipped, but at the last moment it's stopped by John Bunyan and her beloved..... This book is 172 pages! It's exceedingly sensationalistic and melodramatic.
The writing quality was so-so. The plot at times jumped off in another direction without it making any sense. Like the brief encounter with the highwayman where she falls in love and accepts a ruby necklace after a few minutes. I was really scratching my head over that one. There are several other plot jumps where things happened in 1 or 2 pages that should have developed over dozens of pages. There are also some moments where the undertones made me a bit uncomfortable in a book aimed at young people (when the highwayman is wooing her, when the undesired suitor tries to force her to kiss him, and when he tries to kidnap her).
You get to understand a bit about the Dissenters from the Church of England and the difficulties they faced. It's only a very little bit, however, and it hardly makes the book qualify as an educational read. There also is no information anywhere indicating how much of the information about John Bunyan is based on evidence or whether it's mostly speculation.
I won't be keeping this book. There are a few good pages here and there illustrating the change Jesus makes in Cissy's life, and a bit of historical/educational value. But, that doesn't redeem the rest of it.
Flashlight Reading Oct 7, 2004
I liked this book because it kept me on the very edge of my seat(so to speak). I stayed up till 12:30 AM to finish it. It was so good I could hardly put it down. Luckily, I had my trusty LED flashlight. Cissy (CeCelia) Nidd is the main character in the book. Her father is a maker of counterfeit coins and she is supposed to help exchange false coin for true coin. But in the process, John Bunyan, a True coin, comes for a stay in the jail. Will he have an effect on Cissy? Will she die of the Black Death (Bubonic Plague), or in the Great Fire of London, but more important, will she die to her sin? It's a very good, clean book, recommended for anyone who's age 12 to 112.