Wilderness Warriors, by Colleen Reece, is an intense story of self-discovery and sticking to your values, even when it means deep sacrifices. This is a good book for any family struggling with problem teens, drifting away from their faith, and losing family closeness. It’s especially moving because it’s based on a true story. This story completely gripped me – I read it in one sitting.
The Clarks are a Christian family in our complex present day. They’ve let things and status get them sidetracked. When their two teens, Ty and Caitlin, get into trouble at school, Mom and Dad decide they need to do something drastic to get “back to basics” -- back to what is most important and meaningful in their lives. They let their kids stew, wondering what the consequences will be for their transgressions.
Mom and Dad leave their jobs and lease their house in Vancouver, WA. They rent a rustic log house in the mountains of Eastern Oregon with no close neighbors. The kids have real chores. They chop wood for the wood cook stove and fireplace, pump water from a well, care for the cow and chickens, clean out the barn and coop, cook and bake on the wood stove, and even hand-make family Christmas gifts. The kids are home schooled. No electricity means no computers, iPod, TV, or radio. And, no indoor plumbing means no toilet or shower inside the house.
They return to evening family devotionals and attend a country church till the roads get snowed in. There are winter sports (sledding, ice skating, hiking in snowshoes, etc.). There are wild animals, an illness, and an accident. This is truly a " wilderness survival” story.
The parents help their family get back on track with God. Their kids learn what's truly meaningful in life. It's a good book to show teens the love of family, the importance of truth telling, and the impact of decisions. It shows why developing strong personal values are vitally necessary for a solid foundation in life.
If you loved Brian’s Saga: Hatchet, The River, Brian’s Winter, Brian's Return, and Brian’s Hunt by Gary Paulsen, you will enjoy this story. I highly recommend it.