This is a story about a boy named Ben, who is ten years old. He wants to go to camp with his big brother, Tom, but his parents don’t think he should go because he is afraid of so many things and hasn’t behaved well at times. Ben decides to try to overcome his fears and ask himself what Jesus would do in the situations he faces.
Ben learns good lessons about faith and trust in God while facing his fears and also the difficulties some people face in life, such as his friend, Mary, who is in a wheelchair, and a homeless man he meets.
Children should be able to relate to Ben’s struggles to do the right thing and not be so fearful, learning that God loves and takes care of him. Readers will find satisfaction in how Ben’s simple longing to go to camp leads to important changes in him that positively affect others.
You can visit author Janet Ann Collins at her blog, Onwords and A Shadow of Fear may be purchased from Amazon.