I GET EMAILS from readers. Usually they’re nice.
Here’s one. It’s from a young lady named Sarah Ruppard. She gets a free, signed copy of a book for her trouble.
A note from Sarah
It is so exciting to get to write you and tell you how helpful your books have been to me over the years….I received one from you as a gift that I picked out that I really wanted for my kids. Its Who’s Who & Where’s Where in the Bible for Kids. We love this book.
You see I am a home school mother, so this book is a wealth of information—and my kids love the layout. They are two boys and it can be a little difficult to keep their attention, but not with this book. Their ages are 8 and 4. It’s one of their favorite books….We use it every day.
They love the pictures, maps, examples of boats, towns, and what structures looked like back in Bible times. This book amazes me; it can really get them thinking and asking some really cool questions. It’s nice having the answers right there. It’s like you knew what kids were going to ask.
My 4-year-old loves the cartoon puppy that shows up throughout the book. My oldest likes to try and memorize the “Why He’s Famous” sections to impress his dad and grandparents. It’s amazing how much information they retain from this book.
On page 92 of your book I started to read the second paragraph in which you mentioned how Jonah was to carry God’s message to the city of Nineveh which was in the land of Iraq. This made my oldest interrupt me and recall what he had seen on the news concerning ISIS and how they bombed the church that had Jonah’s Tomb in Mosul, Iraq (Nineveh).
He asked if that was where Jonah carried God’s message to the people to stop their sin and tell God they’re sorry so God wouldn’t destroy them?
It blows my mind that he made that connection.
He made me stop reading and he wanted his little brother and me to pray with him in our little classroom that God would save the people again not just from their sins but from those who were trying to hurt them and take their homes.
My 8-year-old said it must have been really scary for Jonah to be a Jew then. But I told him thankfully he did obey in the end and 120,000 people were not destroyed.
When reading this section from your book they did enjoy how you wrote “When Jonah ate fish, I wonder if he remembered when a fish ate him.”
They brought this up once when eating fish sticks one night.
This book has been a real handy tool to have. Thanks for working so hard and writing it for us to enjoy and learn from. It’s not just my kids learning from this book. I as an adult have learned tons, too!
How about we all take a moment and join an 8-year-old boy and his little brother and their mom, and say a prayer for the people of Mosul, and for all the souls caught in that war and for the powerful world leaders who have a decision to make.