Reading ‘The Chest of Visions: Secrets of Caperston’ by Tim Ferguson
A new interpretation of religion through a child’s eyes
This book is told through different letters sent from a young boy in a mythical town called Caperston to people that live on earth. Through these letters, we learn about life on Caperston and how similar it actually is to earth.
In Caperston there are two different races of people that are divided due to their socio-economic status. The first race, the valley people, are the wealthy group that live near the water. The second race, the mountain people, live in the mountains where they make their houses out of stone and do not have as much to live on or eat as the valley people.
A young boy that lives in the valley begins to write letters that a church youth group finds. Through this correspondence, we learn that changes are coming to Caperston.
There is a man that is like a priest discussing the bible and the idea of God. Over time the young boy from Capterston, Mattpaul, becomes enthralled with the ideas and joins the man and his group. He discusses the ideas he is learning with his new friends on earth. His new friends on earth bring up similarities in the teachings to their own beliefs. The new friends also discuss philosophical ideas that seem like two teenagers trying to understand the way the world is.
This book is an interesting way to discuss God, the bible and its teachings. It is done in a way that is understandable and can, at times, be interesting. The use of letters written in the first person by young children is a great idea to capture your attention better.
It also can be interpreted as a new-age way to look at possible life on other planets. The child in the story is not necessarily an alien, but it can be interpreted that way. This book can be interpreted in a few different ways depending on your view of religion and other life forms. The two can also be combined however that is also subjective.
This book is for those interested in religion and applying it to their world or who want to read a different interpretation of possible life on other planets. If you are only mildly interested in religion, it may capture your attention a lot better than other books; however, it will most likely only hold your attention for a little while if it is not an interest.
The use of letters between different children who are trying to understand their world by applying their religious beliefs is a great and interesting way to capture most people’s attention about a topic that can be difficult. This is why I am giving it 4/5 stars.
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