After two years in the making, our first book for kids is finished! Thane and I are really excited to share this project because it has been a true labor of love. I’m not entirely sure what we were thinking when we started it (ha!), but let me just say that writing and illustrating a full length picture book is no cup of tea. I can’t even tell you how many times I was sure it would never be done! But, by the grace of God and by hours upon hours of late-night writing, editing, drawing, re-writing, re-drawing, endless formatting, and some serious what-are-we-doing? moments, here it is!
HOW WE GOT STARTED
This all began with our own kids in mind. Our children are ages seven, five, three, and two, and they have so many big and important questions about life and God. “If God is so big, why can’t we see him?”…”why do we need to be saved?”…”what happens when we die?”… “why did Jesus have to die on the cross?”, etc. I’m naturally a visual person, so I was always wanting to sit down and draw out bible concepts for them. It was with that motivation that we set out to produce children’s literature that goes beyond the what and really expounds on the how and why of Bible doctrine. A New Heart is just one book, obviously, but we have lots of ideas and more titles in the works!
WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT
A New Heart is based on Ezekiel 36:26, which reads;
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
Our story is told from the perspective of a young boy named Christian Ford who is–as his name suggests–a believer. He is led to his unbelieving Aunt and Uncle’s home to share his faith and explain their need for a new heart. Their hearts are broken and the only way to have them replaced and in working order again is by faith in Jesus Christ, the God of the bible. He leads them through Scripture and shares Bible truth courageously, acknowledging that it’s the Christian’s job to share his faith, but God’s job to lead sinners to repentance and faith.
Here is a peak of the inside;
WHO THIS BOOK IS FOR
This book is intended for children ages five through nine, roughly. It should be used as a tool for instructing your kids and it should spark engaging dialogue about the nature of the human heart, evangelism, and what it means to need a new heart (or to be re-born), in order to become a disciple of Christ and join the family of God.
GET YOUR OWN COPY
This book is intended for ministry, not money making. But we would be so thrilled if your kids were blessed by it! Again, A New Heart is available for purchase through Barnes & Noble HERE and through Amazon HERE. You can also read a little bit more about it on THANE’S WEBSITE.
For all of you who encouraged us, supported us, and helped us along the way, thank you so much!