Item description for Coming Home by Max Lucado & Justin Gerard...
Overview As shipwrecked brothers Argo and Arion wait on the silent, gray island of Terrene for their captain to return and take them to their new home, they ponder his warning about avoiding the local forest and mountain.
Twin brothers Arion and Argo are scared. They have spent most of their lives shipwrecked on the lonely, gray island of Terrene with their ship's captain, and now he is leaving and they cannot imagine life on Terrene without him. He is going to Bluestone, a place where the birds always sing and the grass is ever green. He tells them he is going to prepare a place for them in Bluestone. Then he will come back for them, and they will all go to Bluestone together.
Though Bluestone sounds like a wonderful place, the boys find it difficult to wait for the captain on Terrene. The island is so gray that it is hard for them to imagine the vibrant colors of Bluestone. Soon they grow tired of watching and waiting for their captain, and it is hard for them to remember his voice. Can they really believe that he will come back for them? To do so they must have faith-they must see with their hearts, not their eyes.
Will the captain really come back for Arion and Argo like he promised? And will the boys be ready for his return?
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 9.25" Height: 10.25" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jan 9, 2007
Publisher GOOD NEWS PUBLISHING #65
ISBN 1581347561 ISBN13 9781581347562
Availability 0 units.
More About Max Lucado & Justin Gerard
Max Lucado (MA, Abilene Christian University) serves as the minister of preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, and is a best-selling author and speaker. His award-winning books have been translated into more than fifty-four languages and he has been named one of the most influential leaders in social media by The New York Times. Max lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Denalyn, and has three daughters and one granddaughter.
David Wenzel received a BFA from Hartford Art School and has been illustrating professionally for nearly thirty years. He is recognized for illustrating the graphic novel adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, as well as numerous other children's materials.
Max Lucado currently resides in San Antonio, in the state of Texas.
Max Lucado has published or released items in the following series...
Christian Large Print Originals
Historias Biblicas Ilustradas
Inspirational Bible Study; Life Lessons with Max Lucado
Reviews - What do customers think about Coming Home?
Great book Mar 27, 2008
This is a great teaching book. I love to read these books to my students. shipment was quick.
A captivating story that falls flat toward the end. Apr 20, 2007
Renowned Christian author Max Lucado weaves a captivating tale in "Coming Home." Arion and Argo are twins who have been shipwrecked on the island of Terrene for 14 years with their Captain. Terrene and all of its inhabitants are grey in color. Arion, Argo and the Captain are not grey.
One day the Captain tells the twins that he is leaving for the island of Bluestone and will come back for them one day. Bluestone is a beautiful island full of color and life - and the boys' true home. Before the Captain leaves, he reminds the boys to stay out of the grey forest in the center of the island and not to interact with the animals of the forest. Only the beach is safe, for if they venture inward, they will turn grey.
Arion listens to the Captain's warning and stays on the beach, but after awhile Argo decides to venture into the forest. He returns to tell Arion how much fun the forest is and that the Captain is never coming back. But Arion sees that Argo has turned grey just like the island and continues to wait and watch for the Captain.
The Captain finally returns to take the twins to Bluestone. Arion eagerly boards the ship. Before the Captain and Arion leave, they see Argo watching from the shore. Argo asks if he can come too. The Captain says yes and when he boards the ship the Captain touches him and makes him colorful again.
The story of Arion and Argo is well written and the pictures are beautiful, but in my opinion the plot falls flat toward the end. This seems to be a pattern I've noticed with Lucado's stories. His ideas are amazing and intelligent but his endings are lack-luster.
"Coming Home" obviously parallels the story of our lives here on earth and Jesus' second coming to take us "home." Lucado's story seems reminiscent of the Creation story in parts, such as when Argo emerges from the forest and tells Arion that he's seen things he's never seen before and knows the "truth" now (Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden, anyone?).
However, unlike Adam and Eve and other Biblical characters, there are no consequences for Argo's sin except he's now grey. He tells Arion he's having fun in the grey forest with the grey animals. But when the Captain comes he joins them without any big forgiveness scene or any epiphany on his part. There could have been at least a paragraph or two dedicated to reminding kids that God asks us to repent when we wander away from Him.