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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Secret of the Ice Castle & Other Inspirational Stories by Heidi M. Thomas is a collection of four short stories for young readers. These stories are uplifting and inspiring and will encourage readers to have faith in God, no matter what their problems are. The quote of Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all you who are tired and carrying heavy loads, I will give you rest" is uplifting and will encourage readers to give up the burden of having too much responsibility and being too perfect, the burden of shyness and fear, and the burden of fear and mistrust. It is this message that runs through all four stories as they reveal the various ways people struggle while trying to please others.
This heartwarming and inspirational storybook is a must-have in school and public libraries and can be kept in personal collections at homes to help readers turn to God during difficult times. The Secret of the Ice Castle & Other Inspirational Stories by Heidi M. Thomas will definitely give them hope and faith during adversities. It is also a great book to use for Bible studies and the discussion questions at the end of the book make it perfect to use for interactive sessions with readers of all age groups. Susie Talbot's colorful illustrations add brightness to the stories and make them whimsical and enchanting to young readers.