HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Tuesdays With Matthew
Author: Mike Nappa
Publisher: David C. Cook, 2003
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Older teens and adults
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Nappa, Mike. Tuesdays With Matthew (copyrighted in 2003 by Nappaland Communications Inc. and published by River Oak Publishing, an imprint of Cook Communications Ministries, 4050 Lee Vance View, Colorado Springs, CO 80918). To be honest, I purchased this book only because I needed another couple of dollars on an order to take advantage of a special offer and CBD had a fiction package of this one and another for $2.00. It is somewhat of an odd book, but overall I enjoyed it and think that it has a useful purpose. Apparently, it is an attempt to base a fiction book upon what is called "relational apologetics."
Photographer Todd Striker is a thirty-something disillusioned son of a minister. He experienced some rather unpleasant situations as a child in his "church career," had some doubts and questions that were never satisfactorily answered, quit going to church when he was in college, and then suffered the untimely death of his father to cancer. A couple of angels arrange for Todd to spend twelve Tuesdays with the apostle Matthew. Todd asks various questions about miracles, Satan, prayer, purpose, pain, wealth, faith, greatness, honesty, failure, and love, and Matthew answers them, mostly by relating stories about Jesus from the book of Matthew. Matthew’s explanations remind Todd of various in his life when the principles enunciated were applicable.
There are some denominational concepts and terminology used in the book with which non-denominational Christians would disagree (calling the preacher "pastor," instrumental music in worship, observing Christmas as the birth of Christ, and the definition of miracle), but aside from these there are some beneficial concepts to be found in it. Norm Wakefield, a homeschooling father of four, founder of The Spirit of Elijah Ministries International, and frequent homeschool conference speaker, recommends this book, saying, "A unique blend of creativity, wisdom and warmth make Tuesdays With Matthew a delight to read! Mike Nappa’s novel left me with a sense of our Lord’s presence."