Book Review: Sanctuary Light

Unpacking the concepts of the investigative judgement and the day of atonement for kids.

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Sanctuary Light
A story of God’s redeeming love for children of all ages
Nicole Parker

Understanding the judgement can be a daunting prospect at the best of times, even for adults. But how do you explain the concept of the investigative judgement and the day of atonement to kids? I love a good story. But when that story helps me unpack a concept that is otherwise difficult to grasp, I have a special appreciation for it.

Sanctuary Light delves into the deep and sometimes difficult concepts of judgement and atonement through the lens of the sanctuary. But perhaps the best thing about this book is the fact that it unpacks these concepts for children.

As a mother of two small girls, I am always on the lookout for good books—and good books that tell compelling stories. But Sanctuary Light is not just a good book with a compelling story, it is also a book that helped my children understand the beauty of the gospel and the power of the day of atonement.

We decided to read the book together for family worship and, before long, my kids were totally engrossed in the story of Asher and his best friend Iru. The twists and turns, not to mention authentic struggles experienced by the main characters, made them both realistic and easy to relate to.

If you’re looking for a good bedtime story, worship resource or just a good read that you can enjoy together as a family, this book is for you. Each chapter has a set of accompanying questions at the end that you can use as a guide to encourage discussion and more questions.

When we came to the final chapter of the book, we were all a bit sad. We had made friends with Asher and Iru and Asher’s sister Zara. We felt their pain and their loss and also their joys and their triumphs. We weren’t really ready to say goodbye to them, which is why I went out and bought Faith Roots—the next book in the series—but that’s another story for another time.

Sanctuary Light and other books by Nicole Parker are available from Adventist bookstores in Australia and New Zealand, or online.


Sukeshinie Goonatilleke, author, Sisters in Arms.