TOS Review: The Heart Changer

The Heart Changer {Jarm Del Boccio, Author Reviews}

The Heart Changer

This month our family had the chance to read and review the Biblical/historical fiction The Heart Changer, a debut book from a SchoolhouseTeachers.com, written by Jarm Del Boccio, Author.

We received a digital copy, and I was able to read it on my iPhone quite easily. The download process was seamless, and with in minutes I was able to dive right into the book.

What is the story about?

The story is told in first person, about a 12 year old Israeli girl named Miriam. In the first chapter, we learn how to Miriam is captured during a horrible raid on her village. She is picked as a “gift” to the Commander’s wife to serve as her maidservant. The Commander’s wife is dissatisfied with the maidservant she currently had, and was pleased when Miriam arrived.

Miriam struggles with her faith, feeling abandoned, as she is force to serve the family who may have been responsible for the death of her own family. There are so many unknowns in Miriam’s life, she is completely unaware how the Lord is preparing her for a greater mission.

What age range is this book for?

The Heart Changer’s publisher recommended age for this book is ages 7 to 12. I originally started reading this book with my newly 7 year old son, however within a few pages I decided to stop. For my son I decided that the book was a little too mature for him. I am not one to usually sugar coat what we read, however this book was so well written in my opinion, the scene was so real to us.

I decided to continue reading this book on my own and I will put it aside for a year or two, and then pull it out to read with my son. My decision to stop reading it with him was just a “mom gut feeling”. In no way was the book inappropriate, and I’m sure it would be a fit for many 7 year olds. However I consider Zakari to be a young 7 year old, so it just did not feel right.

That being said, limiting this book to the max age of 12 would be unfortunate. As an adult I enjoyed reading about Miriam’s trials and her journey while she struggled with her faith.

Teachers Guide

What I loved was parent’s can access the Teacher’s Guide free of charge. Just head to the publishers website, and scroll down till you a see a white graphic with black text that simply says The Heart Changer Teacher’s Guide, like the image below. Click on that image(on the publishers website), and it will bring you to a PDF copy of the teachers guide.

In this teachers guide you will find:

  • A getting to know the author section
  • Getting to know the main character Miriam section
  • Researching the setting section
  • Activities relating to The Heart Changer
  • and Syrian Recipes

What I thought about the book?

I really enjoyed the story and the style it was written in. The author capture the emotion of the character that made her come to life.

What to Know What Others Thought?

If you want to hear what other homeschooling families thought of this book, click the link below. There you will find reviews from 40+ families.

The Heart Changer {Jarm Del Boccio, Author Reviews}
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2 Responses to TOS Review: The Heart Changer

  1. Thanks for your thoughtful review! I certainly understand waiting a year or two until your son is ready for Miriam’s story, but, I’m glad you could enjoy it. Blessings on your home education.

    • earlylearningmom says:

      Thank you so much for the chance to review your book. Also thank you for taking the time to come and read my review.

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