The Mastery Club is a children’s book that doesn’t quite fall into any one category, so I have delayed reviewing it on the Litkidz site. However, I keep finding myself recommending the book to people, so I obviously think it has great value.
The book is a well-written novel that anyone over the age of about 11 could relate to and enjoy. If it were only a novel, I would certainly have reviewed it in the normal way. But the novel is really a vehicle for teaching. In this case, the children’s book is teaching children about the power of the mind, the power of thoughts, to shape one’s life. The teaching element is the main point of the book, and the activities of the children are a way in for children to relate to the material.
It’s not easy to offer a world-view to kids in a way that they can take in, and I think that the author has done a great job in attempting this. I myself have often wished that I could have learned more about the power of thought when I was younger. At the same time, I think that to be fair, this book is best read by adults before giving it to their children. It would be most helpful to be able to support children by understanding, and practicing oneself. I know for myself, when I read this book, I found myself immediately applying the lessons to my own situation. That’s the kind of experience the book can give, to young people and adults.
The book is not spiritual or religious, but one might say it is ‘new age’ in the way it understands and presents the relationship between thoughts and our world. It helps to have an open mind when reading this book.
Finally, I think that if you want to introduce children to the power of thought less directly, and with more subtlety, then perhaps a fantasy book like The Wee Free Men would be a better place to start. It simply introduces the possibility that what you think affects your world. Later, if your child is really interested, then The Mastery Club might be just the right step. You can find out more on the author’s website, at TheMastery Club.com.au