The heart changer: Only he can set a captive free

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion leader



The heart changer: Only he can set a captive free


Jarm Del Boccio


Ambassador International






116 pages


The Heart Changer is Biblical fiction for children as its best. The author fleshes out the story of the young maid who directs Naaman, her master, to Elisha for instructions on how to heal his leprosy. A miracle to be sure as he erupts from the dirty River Jordan after seven times and his skin is beautifully clear of the disease. But also miraculous is what takes place in this young girl’s heart (named Miriam in the story) as she must come to terms with the anger and bitterness she feels at being wrenched from her family and not knowing if they live or die.

Jarm Del Boccio takes us to this time and place in Bible times and gives readers a very credible account of how this story could have taken place. Young readers will enjoy the tale and take away knowledge of the freedom that only the Heart Changer can give.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Children,  ages 5-10, particularly girls

Christian Impact:

God never deserts us, even in the most dire circumstances, and He expects us to be loving and forgiving to those who do us harm.

Other Notes:

-a teacher’s guide is available online

The Heart Changer

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

2 Responses to “The heart changer: Only he can set a captive free”

  1. Thanks for sharing my story, Ciel!☺️

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