The Jumbo Shrimp of Dire Straits, by Kristen and Kevin Collier, takes us from the depths of despair in “Dire Straits,” through serious peril at sea, and finally to safety at the Cape of Hope. Captain Luther of the S.S. Hope B’Gone shrimp boat faces certain disaster if he and his crew can’t increase their shrimp catch. Tales of a jumbo shrimp lure them out to sea where they come under attack when the huge shrimp destroys the ship and leaves them hopeless.
All seems lost when Captain Luther asks the Lord to help them. The Good Lord responds to Captain Luther’s prayers by commanding the jumbo shrimp to rescue Luther and his crew. They land in Paradise, at the Cape of Hope. The message is clear: the Good Lord will save you from the despair of your Dire Straits and deliver you to Paradise through Hope, if you but call upon Him.
This book is filled with verses in rhyme, exciting sea adventures, and powerful images of monster-sized sea creatures to entice young readers. There are references to David-and-Goliath and Jonah-and-the-Whale for young Bible scholars. The rescue by the Good Lord, through the jumbo shrimp is the ending that satisfies completely.
This story shows us our faith in God will see us through hard times, struggles against impossible odds, and bring us safely through our faith and hope to paradise. Thanks to Kristen and Kevin Collier for this entertaining moral lesson presented in a vivid and exciting story.
Available through Guardian Angel Publishing, www.guardianangelpublishing.com