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The Ship of Dreams
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The ship that would never be sunk, a ship of dreams - becomes a ship of nightmares as it is swallowed beneath the freezing Atlantic Ocean. Hit by a massive iceberg it was as much the arrogance of the ship's owners and operators that caused the tragedy of the Titanic on 14th April 1912. 1,517 people perished that night but there was at least one man who was focussed on saving souls amidst the horror. As the icy waters brought the life of John Harper to a close he still had the energy to call one final person to come to Christ. This is a story of tragedy but it is also a story of faith and courage and eternal hope.
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I was surprised and disturbed at the way certain things were handled in this book, causing me to remove it from our church's library. The story is about John Harper, a pastor on the Titanic who shared the gospel even as he was drowning in the ocean. That part of the story was great. However, the story of his last few hours on the ship only took about 40 pages, the other 115 pages of the book were about him and his daughter on the Titanic and especially his daughter's supposed adventures on board. As best I can tell her escapades are complete conjecture, they certainly seem ludicrously far-fetched. His daughter, Nana, was six years old and had another little girl and boy her age on board and they went exploring the ship together. The first day she and the other little girl were supposed to be playing in the library but a little boy convinced them to go off exploring. So disobeying their parents they went through doors labeled "crew only" eventually reaching the first class part of the ship where they met the richest couple in all the world who showed them all around first-class and then took them to buy them candy and chocolates for their parents to make up for them being gone for so long without their parents knowledge. When the little girls are returned to their parents after having run away and been gone several hours causing the parents to worry, their parents are pacified by the chocolate and the opportunity to meet the richest couple in all the world. I was disturbed at how lightly their disobedience, not just against their parent's commands, but against ship rules, was taken. Is this really what we want our children to learn? That if they disobey, they'll get lots of candy and a fun adventure with no consequences? I really have no explanation for how this book got published as a Christian book and why so many like it. I also found this part of the story ridiculous and unbelievable. The next day the same children went off again to explore a different part of the ship, but one that was still off-limits to them. At one point a crew member tries to catch them but they run away from him, causing him to fall down in the soot in the boiler room they had been exploring. They hid in the laundry room, getting it dirty and eventually made it back safe and sound. When her father heard the story, he gave her some mild instruction and then laughed about how much fun it must have been. I think the purpose of these stories was to make a very short story into a longer story and let you know what a great ship the Titanic was. But this does not excuse such a casual approach to obedience. I also believe it is an injustice to the real John Harper, who I have a feeling would never have responded this way to his daughter's disobedience. Yes, he was a man who prayed and a man who shared the gospel, as this book presents him, but to say that he also was a man who laughed at disobedience, is to misrepresent him and to misrepresent what it means to be godly. - Heather Thieneman
  • Type: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 9781845506414
  • SKU: 9781845506414
  • Publisher: Christian Focus