Tim Ferguson The Chest of Visions

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The Chest of Visions

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Can you imagine receiving e-mails from a different planet? Welcome to "The Chest of Visions" by Tim Ferguson where e-mail messages are shared between youth on Earth and young people residing in the parallel universe's world of Caperston.

Through a fast paced story we learn about Mattpaul and his challenges in Caperston, a planet smaller than our own. We also meet Alex, a teenager from Earth, who is struggling with justice and fairness.

The age old question: why does God allow bad things to happen to good people is answered in "The Chest of Visions", allowing Alex to escape the anger that developed over the death of his best friend.

As Alex expresses his loss of faith, he learns that Caperston is separated into two communities, the Valley People, privileged and self absorbed, and the Mountain People, talented but always struggling to survive.

Mattpaul gives Alex encouragement but shares the difficult choice he has to make: follow the newly emerged prophet, Chihaysu, or stay in the comfortable world provided for him by his influential father.

Chihaysu, the prophet, also has choices to make. To whom does he share his source of inspiration?

The miracle of the actual chest of visions provides hope for Caperston's future. Will Mattpaul and his friends cling to this hope? Will the division between the Mountain people and the Valley people be broken down?

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Having been raised in a Baptist Church on Long Island, NY, I was active in youth programs and soon after became a youth group leader.

In 2002, I was challenged. How about all of these activities you have been creating to use with youth? When are you going to write them all down?

Five years later my first book, "Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings", was published, 350 pages of activities for Christian Youth leaders to use in their youth programs. The book has been a success with over 2,000 copies sold.

As time passed, it became apparent that something truly new was needed.  The Chest of Visions was originally written for my website, Christianyouthgroup.org, and chapters were released on a monthly basis. The online story was popular so the decision to write an illustrated book was an easy one. In July 2012 the book was published. 

The story does not end with Chapter Ten of the book, entitled "Heaven". Rather it continues with an additional year and a half of  the events in Caperston and those on Long Island. The continuation of the story of Mattpaul, Huchfee, Michaeling, Alex and Laura has been made public on christianyouthgroup.org. New events in the emerging story are highlighted on a Facebook page entitled "Friends of Mattpaul".

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                Book Review by Ann B. of Reader's Favorite (Fives stars out of five)
 
In this book we meet youth from two different worlds. Onewhich Jesus hasn't arrived yet, and the inhabitants do not know God. Throughoutthe book there are letters being sent between Tim, Alex,Mattpaul, and Huchfee;and during these letters Alex and Mattpaul become friends. Mattpaul is beingchallenged with wanting to become a follower of Chihaysu, when his parents, andcommunity are against the man. Alex is also being challenged in faith as well,stepping away from God and the church.
 
This book is unlike any other Christian book I've read. OnceI opened this book, I couldn't set it down. This book is perfect for youth andeven adults, it answers questions in a way people can easily understand it.It's perfect for a youth group read. The artwork in this book is also amazing.It really brings the story to life.
 
Positive Elements: We are all faced with set backs, and alotof times we struggle with our faith. We wonder why God would let this happen.God is all around us, he has a plan for everything. This plan may not seemideal for me or you, but never lose your faith, always trust in God.
 
Other Thoughts: I love this book! I think it's perfect for ayouth group read and study, since they have lessons for youth groups in theback of the book. If I was already a youth minister, I would use this book inmy group. But since that's ways off, I'm going to recommend this to my pastorfor our youth at church. This book is part of an anticipated trilogy, I cannotwait to read the other books in this series.

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