Today I have a review of the book The Promise Box: The Miracle of Commitment by Anna Alden-Tirrill. It’s the 4th book in the series Annie’s Adventures.
Once again, I have learned some very interesting things that I have never heard of before! We follow 13-year-old Annie to Germany. She is homeschooled and an only child, so Annie and her parents have been traveling around Europe living in different cities while her father works for the universities in different cities. In The Promise Box we not only experience the adventures Annie goes on, but we learn about German food, culture, and a lot of history!
While out shopping in an antique store one day, Annie and her mom find a pretty box. They are able to open it and discover some wonderful secrets that have been buried since World War II.
They are living in a small town called Oberammergau which has a long history dating back to the bubonic plague in 1632. The town has been performing a Passion Play since 1634 as a thank you to God for sparing their lives from the dreadful plague. Then, many years later residents from the town decided to help rescue people from the German concentration camps during World War II. You’ll follow the story as they read through an old diary and follow leads to uncover the whole mystery–including one about the Spear of Destiny (the sword which allegedly pierced Jesus on the cross and which Hitler was supposedly “using” to give him power. As soon as the sword was confiscated by the Americans, Hitler killed himself.)
The story itself was really exciting. But the writing gets a bit bogged down at times. I would recommend it for ages 13 and up, although my 10-year-old daughter read it and then immediately started book 5! Girls would probably enjoy it more than boys, simply because it has Annie for the main character. The book is also unabashedly Christian–which I love! Scripture and prayer are woven through the story.
Check out Annie’s Adventure’s website to order the books.