“My two boys and I loved Dragon Seed. Our imaginations and hearts have been stirred by its distinct message so creatively wrapped in a great story. It has led to significant conversations about the awfulness of rebellion against God and the dangers of letting the seed take root in our hearts. Parents, dont hesitate! Read this together with your adolescent . . . indeed, Nicks struggles are familiar to all of us.”See All
Professor of Christian Theology, Boyce College, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
“I recently read Dragon Seed together with three of my grandsons, Daniel (12), Silas (13), and Matthew (14). Through this fascinating story, the boys gained a renewed understanding of the gospel and the horror of pride. I strongly recommend Dragon Seed for teens and young adults.”See All
Author of Gospel Powered Parenting
“I gave my ten-year-old daughter a copy of Dragon Seed. Her mother caught her up an hour and a half past her bedtime still reading. When asked Why are you still up? she replied, I couldnt put it down! I wanted to find out what happens next. Need I say more? Dragon Seed captivated my daughters imagination, as Im sure it will with your own children. In a day and age where Christian allegories are uncommon, Marty Machowskis Dragon Seed is a very welcome addition to our library. If you have a teen who shows you attitude, disrespect, and disregard, then Dragon Seed will be a help you and your kid. We all need help with fighting pride and cultivating humility. So read Martys book along with your teen, so you can deal with the roots of pride taking over your own heart!”See All
Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; author of On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church and Preparing for Fatherhood
“In Dragon Seed, Marty Machowski pulls back the curtain to give us a creative and sobering look at the cosmic powers and spiritual forces of evil. While the story is aimed at teenagers, adults would do well to reflect on its pages and the insidious nature of pride. I hope that readers young and old will pick up a copy of Dragon Seed to help them prayerfully consider the pride at work in their own hearts and give thanks to the One who ransomed those stony hearts.”See All
Resource Coordinator at Reformed Youth Ministries; author of Your Days Are Numberedand What Would Judas Do?
“Dragon Seed unmasks and disarms the pride that so easily takes root in the heart. In the tradition of Lewiss The Screwtape Letters, Machowski retells the ancient saga of our defeated Enemy, through one familys spiritual battle. Between the page-turning plot and thought-provoking studies, teens and their parents will find much to discuss. Its divine truth through good storyone might even say, diabolically good.”See All
Author of The Radical Book for Kids
An angry teen, a desperate mother, a missing father, and a shadow lurking in the background. Things were going from bad to worse for Nick and his family. Tempted to run away after yet another argument with his mom, Nick receives a handwritten, leather-bound copy of an old book—a family legend passed down to him from his great grandfather. The book, called Dragon Seed, leads Nick deep into his family’s history and introduces him to another angry young man who lived in the shadows (the shadows of the tombs). Like Nick, you’ll be shocked to discover where he fits in this story of epic proportions!
This page-turning, young adult fiction story invites older children and teens into the real-life struggles of Nick. But it also ushers them into an imaginative exploration of the life of the young man Jesus saved as he wandered through the tombs. Best-selling author Marty Machowski uses both stories to introduce the reality of spiritual warfare and how its shadows affect and change us.
Machowski, a trusted teacher for children of all ages, presents a thoroughly biblical view of spiritual warfare that emphasizes the importance of humility and dangers of pride. Teens will be drawn to the story of Nick and his struggles and will learn, as they read, to also identify the shadows in their own life and turn from them. While the biblical teaching is evident throughout the narrative of Dragon Seed, Machowski also includes a twelve-lesson Bible study at the end of the book to help teens ground their understanding of spiritual warfare on biblical principles.
Youth pastors, leaders, and parents will also want to explore with teens the small group study at the end of the book with its unique take on spiritual warfare that emphasizes the biblical theme of humility. This is a perfect book to read with a group and discuss together the implications of Nick’s struggles for their lives.
What Is the Product for? Dragon Seed is made up of two distinct parts. The first part, 24 chapters, is a fun-to-read, dramatic fiction story; the second part is a 12-lesson Bible study that explores the deeper spiritual themes from the story. The story helps older kids and teens to recognize the problem of pride, while the Bible study drives home the gospel solution.
Who Is the Product for? Dragon Seed is the perfect book to give to a preteen or teen to help them recognize the dangers of pride as well as the God-given antidote to its destructive forces. Dragon Seed is allegorical, but fun-to-read and not didactic so that kids can enjoy the story as they learn. Parents can also read Dragon Seed to their older elementary children and do the Bible study together.