Saturday, July 1, 2017

Dragon Seed By Marty Machowski

An angry teen, a desperate mother, a missing father, and a shadow lurking in the background. Things were going from bad to worse for Nick and his family. Tempted to run away after yet another argument with his mom, Nick receives a handwritten, leather-bound copy of an old book a family legend passed down to him from his great grandfather. The book, called Dragon Seed, leads Nick deep into his family s history and introduces him to another angry young man who lived in the shadows (the shadows of the tombs). Like Nick, you ll be shocked to discover where he fits in this story of epic proportions! This page-turning, young adult fiction story invites older children and teens into the real-life struggles of Nick. But it also ushers them into an imaginative exploration of the life of the young man Jesus saved as he wandered through the tombs. Best-selling author Marty Machowski uses both stories to introduce the reality of spiritual warfare and how its shadows affect and change us. Machowski, a trusted teacher for children of all ages, presents a thoroughly biblical view of spiritual warfare that emphasizes the importance of humility and dangers of pride. Teens will be drawn to the story of Nick and his struggles and will learn, as they read, to also identify the shadows in their own life and turn from them. While the biblical teaching is evident throughout the narrative of Dragon Seed, Machowski also includes a twelve-lesson Bible study at the end of the book to help teens ground their understanding of spiritual warfare on biblical principles. Youth pastors, leaders, and parents will also want to explore with teens the small group study at the end of the book with its unique take on spiritual warfare that emphasizes the biblical theme of humility. This is a perfect book to read with a group and discuss together the implications of Nick s struggles for their lives.

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Marty Machowski is the Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over 25 years. Marty leads Promise Kingdom, the children's ministry of Covenant Fellowship. He is the author of a systematic theology for children entitled The Ology, Long Story Short, Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God, The Gospel Story Sunday School Curriculum and the companion Gospel Story Children's Bible. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester Pennsylvania area.

This book was reviewed by Willard Jackson for The Mary Reader.

Willards thoughts...

At first I didn't know if I would enjoy reading Dragon Seed. I must say I was a little surprised. The Story and characters are introduced and relationships develop very well. I did find myself wanting to know more about the side story more than I did the main plot. Although there are two stories being told at one time it doesn't confuse the reader. Machowski  seamlessly switches from one story to the next. 
 I must say that even though the book is for young adults I wouldn't give it to a reader that is to young. The main story is a fictional story around the Bible. A younger reader may confuse the two.
After the story there is a 12 week Bible study with topics like how to overcome pride. There are also questions at the end of the bible study chapters. 
I gave this book 4 stars.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.


  1. Thanks for sharing. I don't have young kids at home.

  2. I will check the library for this one next time I go. I just got home with my books for this week.

  3. Yes, one I might like! Thanks Willard

  4. Not for me I will pass on this one.

  5. Not the kind of book I would like to read.

  6. This sounds like it is geared towards young guys. I have young girls in my class. I will share it with the guys teacher.

    1. Natalie, you are the Winner! I will get it right out to you! Maybe you can pass it on to one of the boys that likes to read!

  7. Not one that I would like to read ,but Willard you did great on the review.