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Launch the Lifeboat! Review by Jennifer King

Mrs. O.F. Walton
Lamplighter Publishing
Lamplighter Ministries International

Not long ago I determined to read more with my kids; a lot more. Of course, with this came the realization that we need more to read than just books. We need good, meaty books. Stories that are timeless; that teach and inspire and that come alive for us all. Launch the Lifeboat is one of those stories. I was so impressed when it arrived with its unique illustrations and an exciting story full of danger and thrills!

The tale takes place in England in the 1800’s as we follow along with a holiday at the seashore and meet the old sailor, Jonah. From him, we learn about Mother Carey’s Chickens and Sailors Dinner Bells. We were on the edge of our seats as we read, captivated, as the terrible storm and the huge waves were described by Peter. We could feel the cold from the storm and hear the roaring waves.

What bravery, sacrifice and courage we read of as those sailors went out to sea in the hopes of saving a ship and its men, in distress. Throughout the journey and the rescue made, we see the power of prayer. I love how it is repeated through the pages, Lord Save Me. Three simple little words, yet woven throughout this story, they remind us He is mighty to save.

As we read we explore and enter into the beauty and joy of summer days at the beach; we also learn fascinating tidbits about those beacon lights and the farmer’s ride.  Throughout this captivating story are images which bring to life the various tools of the trade; a life belt, a rocket apparatus, flares, breeches-buoy. These are all simply fascinating materials used by sailors who are on an errand of mercy.

This was an amazing story, one we will read again and again. We were all amazed at how much there was to learn about the value of sailors and all that they dedicated themselves to. There is just so much goodness in this book; virtuous characters, amazing history and impressive illustrations to bring it all to life. What a wonderful story, a great example of loving thy neighbor and trusting in God!

-Product review by Jennifer King, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, April, 2017