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Book: With Wings as Eagles
Author: William Pinkston
Illustrator: Dana Thompson
Publisher: Bob Jones University Press, reissued in 1990
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Probably intended for grades 4-8
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Pinkston, William. With Wings as Eagles (published in 1983 by Bob Jones University Press, Greenville, SC 29614). This book was apparently intended as a supplemental reader in Bob Jones University Press’s curriculum and tells the story of Bob Duncan who, following his tenth birthday, is allowed to spend the whole summer with his father, a research scientist, at a cottage on Ward’s Lake in Waunakee National Forest to study a couple of eagles nesting nearby. While there, they encounter a teenage boy who has run away from home and is hiding out in the woods. Drawing upon their faith in God, they help him turn his life around.
The story may sound a little “preachy” to some, but I enjoyed reading it aloud to the boys. It is always beneficial to read about people, even in fiction stories, whose lives are guided by God’s word. The only questionable thing that stuck out to me was a mention of Bob’s mother going to a Women’s Missionary Circle dinner. I picked the book up on the free table at a used curriculum sale. Unfortunately, it was not listed in the current Bob Jones University Press curriculum catalogue when I checked, nor could I find it anywhere on their website (unless the name was somehow changed), but I know of other instances where Bob Jones dropped older books from their supplemental reading curriculum when they added newer ones.