Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Lost Medallian by Bill Muir and Alex Kendrick - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Lost Medallion
B&H Kids; Mti edition (June 1, 2013)
Bill Muir and Alex Kendrick


Bill Muir is a popular speaker, an international award winning film maker and a sought-after consultant.

Having completed his new novels The Lost Medallion and A Hidden Treasure, Bill has turned his creativity to his new Children’s novel, Howdy Neighbors.

When Bill isn’t writing a novel, he’s busy directing and producing movies. He recently spent four months in Thailand filming, The Lost Medallion: the adventures of Billy Stone. The movie will be in theaters this fall. When he isn’t working on movies, he’s having fun with his family working their farm.

Alex Kendrick is associate pastor of movie outreach for Sherwood Baptist Church. He is also an actor, writer, and director whose film credits include Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. He and his wife, Christina, have six children.


Archaeologist Dr. Michael Stone looked for the lost medallion his entire life, and now his son Billy has taken up the search. Amazingly, the medallion ends up in Billy's hands and a spontaneous wish in a precarious situation takes Billy and his best friend Allie, back 200 years to what they realize is a very different Aumakua Island. When Billy and his friends are not jumping off waterfalls, avoiding animal traps, crossing the ocean, sneaking through caves or escaping a prison they're facing their nemesis Cobra, who wants nothing more than for them all to disappear. With no other way to get home, and the well being of the entire island resting on his shoulders, Billy must discover the key to reclaiming the medallion and its tremendous power. One way or another, this adventure will change Billy, and life on the island, forever. Best-selling author and film director Alex Kendrick (The Love Dare, Courageous) and Youth for Christ veteran Bill Muir bring us this exciting novelization of The Lost Medallion movie.

My Thoughts:
“I don’t know. It doesn’t make sense.  We just decided to check this area last night.  It’s almost as if…”  (p. 45)

WOW!  I wish the Hardy Boys had been as exciting as The Lost Medallion when I was growing up!  Kids are surely in for a Cadillac of a mystery in Bill Muir and Alex Kendrick’s collaboration! Granted, this is a novelization of an already released film, but I am willing to bet stories like this one will make life-long readers out of many young adults!  It excites me to know that this caliber of work is available for young people to read!

Honestly, I’ve seen the movie trailers, and thought this book would be…well, not too readable.  I was very pleasantly surprised!  This book was well-paced, exciting, had many twists and turns and best of all, had a very satisfying ending that left plenty of open doors to present the gospel to unbelievers!  The faith element isn’t too overt, but it is solidly placed in an effective way within the context of the story.  Better yet, the characters are believable and honestly transparent, and that only adds to the depth of the story.

I am all too happy to recommend The Lost Medallion to readers young and old, and it is my deepest desire that this writing duo will create more stories in the future! Great story!!

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Lost Medallion, go HERE.

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