books for children and adults that carry Christian themes
The 3rd Option
by Ben Sharpton
Allan Chappel enrolled in seminary to change the world, but people lied and people died, and he turned in his clerical collar for an office cubicle. Now, years later, the ghosts of his past are back to haunt him, and they’re uglier and more powerful than before. When the offices of a new medical think tank called Inc.Ubator are destroyed in a fiery blast, Allan finds himself the prime suspect and the target of an international manhunt. Forced into hiding, he sets out to find the terrorists responsible and clear his name. But his quest for answers only leads to more questions: What were the researchers at Inc.Ubator hiding? And who was willing to spill blood to keep their work a secret? Allan must stay alive long enough to untwist the truth. Unfortunately, the forces opposing him will stop at nothing to prevent the release of the 3rd Option.
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Adder in the Path
Beautifully written and unflinchingly honest, Adder in the Path is a tragic chronicle of the Mormon War, and two very different families caught up in a maelstrom of intolerance and violence. It is a tale that teaches the fragility of human connection and the destruction caused by fanaticism and hypocrisy--crucial lessons that resonate long after the last word.
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Redeemed by the Light: With the Faith of a Mustard Seed
In Redeemed by the Light, author K.W. Rustin tells the story of his harrowing journey through a blur of alcohol and drug addiction, broken marriage, serial housing situations, unemployment and the inevitable depression and loss of self-esteem that accompanies a life gone wrong. Along the way, he is blessed by the mercy and grace of God, so this is also a story of his redemption. As he writes, “the dark veil of alcohol covers a lot of people, and the testimonies of Christ are for all who will hear. If I can help one person shake off the weight of depression and save one child from hopelessness, I will have done my part, because we are not alone. There is hope in the words of Jesus Christ.” Join Keith as he travels from the darkness into the light.
From Morning 'til Evening: The Autobiography of Grady W. Powell, Sr.
From Morning ’til Evening traces the life of Rev. Grady Powell, Sr., a devoted man of God, who has served as pastor of churches in Virginia for more than fifty years. This vivid and personal story chronicles Rev. Powell’s journey from his upbringing in Brunswick County, Virginia, through his marriage to Bertie Jeffress of Pittsburgh, the raising of five children, and the challenges and rewards of a rich professional life. Ultimately, we join him as he stands in the pulpit of Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia, where he ministered to hundreds of parishioners.
This is the story of a man whose faith and family are truly his touchstones. We follow him on his journey from youth to his professional and personal destiny and, finally, to his dance with retirement, where in the evening of his life, he reflects on the deeper meaning of God, the importance of family, and the people he serves.
The Man Called Jesus
by T. F. Lloyd
The Romans rule Israel with an iron fist, and young Hanan is angry and conflicted. The soldiers murder his father and take their livestock, and he becomes sole provider for his mother. Yet without the cattle that had been his family’s livelihood, Hanan turns to a secret life of thievery. He manages to care for the family while keeping his ways hidden—until he pilfers a valuable Roman necklace and becomes a wanted man. Riddled with guilt and fear, he believes his fate is sealed. Only one beacon of light shines to give Hanan hope for removing his guilt and cleansing his soul: the man called Jesus. Hanan follows the teacher, feeding on his every word and miracle, hoping to find the salvation he craves, before it’s too late.
ABCs By Jesus and Me
written by Elizabeth Grapes
illustrated by Elizabeth Scolero
A is for Amen. B is for Bible. C is for Christ. In this spiritual journey through the alphabet, children are invited to join in and celebrate the wisdom and teachings of God. ABCs By Jesus and Me guides young readers through each letter, imparting Christ’s love and lessons along the way. Author Elizabeth Grapes weaves powerful meaning into simple, easy-to-understand definitions for kids and parents to explore, while Elizabeth Scolaro’s vibrant illustrations accompany every letter and deepen the experience from the first page to the last. An invaluable way for families to spend time together in the Word, ABCs By Jesus and Me seeks to educate young readers that Christ truly is everything from A to Z.
During this season of giving, love, and cheer, remember the reason for this special time of year.
written by Jenny Oates Riggs
illustrated by Dennis Auth
When the clouds open for winter's first snowflake,
When children with new toys run off to play,
When the table is set and the cookies are baked,
Remember that Jesus was born on this day.
During this season of giving, love, and cheer, remember the reason for this special time of year.
Everyone loves the festive trappings and traditions of Christmas, but the holiday’s Christian elements can sometimes become lost amid the celebration. "Remember This" encourages children to look for Jesus’ example and teachings in the traditions and joyful moments of the holiday season.
Santa’s Sick of Cookies: An Eastern Shore Christmas Tale
written by Karen Young Foley
illustrated by Jessica Gibson
Santa flies South from a Pole far away
as Eastern Shore young'ns keep watch for his sleigh . . .
Surely even old Saint Nick gets sick of cookies on Christmas Eve! A little boy from the Eastern Shore of Virginia is determined to give Santa some variety in his Yuletide snacks . . . But how?
PRAISE FOR SANTA'S SICK OF COOKIES:
“A creative twist on a timeless tradition that gives children everywhere a taste of Eastern Shore life . . . a must-read for Santa’s list.”
~ Jimmy Kelley, aquaculturist, Willis Wharf, VA
“My kindergarten students will be delighted by this imaginative holiday tale that captures many iconic landmarks and traditions unique to their lives on the Eastern Shore.”
~ Susanne Spady, National Board Certified Teacher, Kiptopeke Elementary School, Cape Charles, VA
“Children will learn to love and appreciate the wonderful bounty of our local waters in this enchanting Christmas book.”
~ Sally Dickinson, Education Director, Barrier Islands Center, Machipongo, VA
The Great Big Ark in the Sky
written by Liz Ballard Hamm and Andrew Ballard
illustrated by Lucy Koo
Where do animals go when they leave this world? After losing their family dog, a little girl and her brother embark on a magical voyage aboard a flying ark to seek the answer to that question. Come aboard this adventure into the great beyond!
PRAISE FOR THE GREAT BIG ARK IN THE SKY:
“The story is an enchanting tale of acceptance and assurance when a child faces the loss of a pet. The illustrations and placement of the words on the page provide a sense of wonder and adventure suitable for a variety of ages spanning the youngest of listeners to more advanced readers. This book provides an opportunity for families facing difficult times to imagine the possibilities and open the door for processing their loss across faiths.”
— Samara Musselman, MT, M.Ed., early childhood educator
“The most significant relationships of a child’s life can be those they share with their pets. This book honors these relationships while illustrating the importance of giving kids language to talk about loss and death. I’m thankful that this book continues to expand the options parents have to explore these topics with their children.”
— Joy Outland-Brock, LCSW and therapist
“Reading The Great Big Ark in the Sky was a delight. Its tender language and gorgeous child-friendly illustrations pulled me in immediately. What a gentle and kind way to teach children that death is not an end, but a transition. The artistry of Ballard, Hamm, and Koo is on display, and their reverence for the subject of love, loss, and loving again will likely comfort many young and not-so-young alike. Kudos for such a gift.”
— Cynthia R. M. Rafala, LPC, LMFT, CCMHC, counselor and therapist
“The Great Big Ark in the Sky is an absolute must in your child’s library! Not only does it tackle difficult subject matter with a gentle word and a sense of wonder, but the illustrations are charming and approachable. A dream of heaven for all of God’s creatures has never been so natural or so beautiful.”
— Jessica Moretti, MFA, designer and illustrator
“People are often young when they first experience the permanence of loss and truly deep sadness that accompanies the death of a beloved animal family member. A cat, dog, guinea pig—it does not matter—the grief is real! I would like to think my Foxhound is sitting next to the helmsman, taking in the sights on The Great Big Ark in the Sky.”
— H. E. Burchard, DVM, owner of Amberwood Veterinary Hospital
“The Great Big Ark in the Sky is a sweet story! This book will bring comfort to anyone who has lost a furry best friend. I know that I have several friends who are waiting for me! The loss of a pet is definitely a tough topic that many families have to address with their children. This story will bring comfort to the sensitive little ones who worry about all animals and what happens when they die.”
— Lisa Ann Groves, MS, MLS, school librarian
“The Great Big Ark in the Sky will touch the hearts of all of its readers. This beautiful story’s universal message of love, shared by two endearing children, provides comfort and peace, especially to anyone who has experienced loss. Imaginative and inspiring, The Great Big Ark in the Sky reminds us that those we love will always be with us, forever watching over us from their heavenly home.”
— Stephanie Parwulski, author of Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift and Gloria's Hope Tree
Before the Foundation of the World
written by Susan Weiner
Before the Foundation of the World examines the nature of good and evil in God’s creation. Using poetry and song lyrics, this collection offers a celebration of joy in response to God’s covenant with man. From Christmas poems to simple lullabies, the author paints a vivid picture of the incredible experience of wonder in a world of God’s design. An extended exchange in Appendix I with “The Father of Lies”(“Pater Mendaciorum”) and the promises of Christian faith reflects our reconciliation with God and explores the redemption of mankind in the face of radical evil. Journeying from the psychology of evil to the good news of the spirit, Before the Foundation of the World speaks to the ways of God, embodying gratitude and love as the foundation for mature Christian belief.
PRAISE FOR BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD:
“Before the Foundation of the World is poetry of the highest sort. It is a wonderful fusion of artistry and truth. It takes the reader to places where prose cannot go, into the mystery of the spirit where good and evil reside. Susan Weiner has created an enduring Christian testament that speaks to both believer and unbeliever. It is a triumph for her. I feel myself drawn back into her poetry again and again.”
—Curtis J. Young, senior pastor, Church of the Atonement, Silver Spring, MD
“Poetry challenges us to see things in a different way. Susan Weiner’s lovely poems lead us to meditate on God’s love and greatness, His Son’s birth and ultimate sacrifice, and of His mysterious workings in our lives and in the world around us. In these verses, biblical events come alive, urging us to see the stars and the stable, hear the thunder of the stormy seas, feel the sand beneath our feet, smell the spices, taste the honey—and marvel at what God has done for us.”
—Anne Morse, author (with Charles Colson) of Burden of Truth and (with Congressman Frank R. Wolf ) of Prisoner of Conscience
“Like fine cuisine, Susan Weiner’s Before the Foundation of the World is rich food for the soul not to be devoured hastily, but savored slowly and deliberately. Powerful images engage all the senses, transporting the reader back to biblical times, bringing to life the realities of good and evil and the ultimate victory God has given us in Christ. This is poetry for our time—a beautiful declaration of God's glory and His unfathomable love for His people.”
—Joanne Hamilton, former president, Associate Reformed Presbyterian Women’s Ministries
My Life in the Woods
Have you ever felt the thrill of trying to fool a Tom turkey in the spring, figured out how to ambush a big buck in the fall, or hunted copperheads? Do you really know what it means to be an avid fisherman or what the sign “Watch for Falling Rocks” actually means? From hunting rabbits in the snow and escaping from a renegade bear, to the challenges of hunting the ruffed grouse, veteran outdoorsman Neal Greene shares stories handed down from his father, grandparents, aunts and uncles and takes you on a journey through his natural world that you won’t soon forget. Join Neal on a memorable and fun expedition through his family’s great hunting and fishing traditions.