HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Sons for King Yah
Author: Linda Gordon Howard
Illustrator: Ati Forberg
Publisher: Bridge-Logos Foundation, 1975
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Anyone under, say, age 12, would probably have some difficulty understanding the symbolism, but nothing objectionable for anyone.
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Howard, Linda Gordon. Sons for King Yah (published in 1975 by Logos International, 185 North Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060). I picked this book up at a used curriculum swap. An Internet search on the book and the author came up with only two entries, both from a message board, one asking if a certain Linda Howard who authored another book was the same Linda Howard who wrote Sons for King Yah, and the other responding that he did not know. She did also write The Secret of a Housewife and Mothers Are People Too. Barnes and Noble indicates that the last publication of Sons for King Yah was by Bridge-Logos Publishers, P. O. Box 141630, Gainesville, FL 32614-1640; phone: (877) 523-3805 (evidently Logos International was merged with or bought out by another company). Barnes and Noble had no new copies available, but there were two used copies, each running about $9.00! A look at the Bridge-Logos website showed that Linda Howard was not listed among their current authors.
This book is an allegory, somewhat similar to John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, although it will likely never replace that English classic in popularity, presenting the basic gospel message in a story about the Kingdom of Light ruled over by King Yah(weh or Jehovah), his son Prince Christos (need I explain that?), and the Ambassador (the Holy Spirit), the Kingdom of Darkness ruled over by King Beel(zebub or Satan), how Prince Christos went to help people in the Kingdom of Darkness and was killed by King Beel and his followers, and Victor Mann who eventually leaves the Kingdom of Darkness and enters the Kingdom of Light. Depending on his religious beliefs, there might be a few details with which one would disagree, but the basic story of redemption through the death of Christ is presented in an allegorical form, and it makes for interesting reading.