I’ve always had a hard time with the story of Job. It’s a challenging story to understand, and it’s not an easy story to share with children. The part that has always stood out to me, though, is at the end of Job, when God speaks. “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?” Job 38:12-13 NIV.
God wants us to see Him as a loving Father, a Friend, a Bridegroom, and a tender Shepherd, but there are times we must quietly and reverently see Him as God. There are things He does and things He knows that we cannot possibly understand this side of Heaven. Continue reading →
One thing many people can count on every year on October 31 is children coming to their door for trick-or-treat. To some this is an annoyance while to others it is a time for dressing up like . . . (well, there’s quite a variety here). Christians often find themselves caught in the middle over this pagan holiday and for good reason.
What is standing out in my mind this year is the simple fact that children will be coming to my door on October 31. Continue reading →
I was browsing through the October issue of CBA Christian Market online magazine and saw this cute animated movie announcement for The Star: The Story of the First Christmas. I was about to promote it on my website, but then I looked at the above trailer and now feel very mixed about it: think Shrek landed in Biblical times and you get what I’m talking about.
While I know other Biblical events have been portrayed in a lighter way (Prince of Egypt), the birth of our Savior should be treated with greater reverence than that. Silly camels, birds shaking their booties, Mary offering to give the donkey a belly rub, etc. feel out of place to me.
The Bible says that each and every one of us- every girl and every boy- is a very special person. God says, “Before you were born, I knew you.” God made you just as you are, so you could be your own unique and precious gift to the world.
So begins Desmond Tutu’s Children of God Storybook Bible, a one-of-a-kind contribution to children’s literature. Continue reading →
I am pleased to review a new children’s book by Aaron Duffy, with black and white illustrations by Katy Haaland Greene. The Kite and the Boy is a well-written, endearing story about the friendship between a kite and a young boy who spends every penny to buy it. The story begins with the kite sitting in a store window, wishing for someone to buy it and take it home. The young boy not only buys the kite, but puts his initials on the kite when they get home. Continue reading →