The Way Home by Max Lucado is the story of redemption told in a colorfully illustrated fairy-tale form.
Anna, the adopted daughter of the king, has everything she needs and more, but she hears stories of the Lowlanders. They never work. They play all the time. The forest where they live looks so inviting.
Her tutor, Sir Henry, tries to warn her of the evil that dwells in the forest. Edward, the king's strongest knight, pleads with her to avoid "these servants of Olbaid." But Anna is only half listening. When invited to visit the woods by an old woman, "For just a peek," Anna follows. When Anna finds she has been tricked, she is hopelessly lost among the trees.
Only the king can rescue her--she is his child. He knows what Olbaid really wants. You will find examples of Mr. Lucado's humor as you read the various charactersí names. The story is wonderful read by the child alone, but even better when a parent reads and explains it as a picture of God's redemptive love.
This is a book a child will treasure and want to read over and over. And, itís meaning will only deepen as he grows. -- Linda Demorest, Christian Book Previews.com
Princess Anna, adopted by the king in her infancy and now a young woman, is intrigued by the world that lies beyond the lush, green hills of the kingdom. When she seeks to satisfy her curiosity, she falls under the influence of the Lowlanders and begins to resemble their haggard style. Never to let a child slip away that easily, the king follows her, and trades his life for hers in order to provide her with a way back home. Despite the king's sacrifice, the choice to return home is ultimately Anna's to make.
The underlying truth is unmistakable as Max has crafted this powerful story that will speak to all of the King's children and implore them to follow the path that leads home.