The idea came on a morning much like today. There was a chill in the air that held the promise of warmth later in the day. I’d recently read the history of creation in my Bible and as I drank in the wonder of it all, a story for kids crossed my mind. It didn’t stay there – I felt it make itself at home in my heart.
I saw three children in the story and their parents in my mind’s eye and knew the characters were my niece Sally and her family. I asked her permission and when she gave it, the words came, my illustrator captured the story with her art, and a book was born.
The truth of God’s amazing work is often so big, it’s difficult to connect with it in a personal way, and yet, creation is extremely personal – it’s not only the history of the earth and nature – it’s the true history of humanity as well.
I didn’t want to preach the story to kids – I wanted to let them see the results in the real world – their world.
If you’d like to share the creation story with kids you love, It Is Good might be a fun way for them to see God’s handiwork all around them. You can purchase it by clicking on the books tab on this site. (Price: $11)
Here are a couple of reviews:
I bought It Is Good for my Sunday school class to assist in teaching the children the Creation Story. Thank you for including the scriptures as well as showing the splendor of God in our everyday lives. Even now, months after moving on in our teaching, if there’s time at the end of our class time for a story, the book often chosen by the class is this one.
I bought It Is Good for my grandchildren at first because you are a friend and I wanted to support you. I didn’t read it until the kids came over for story time . I enjoyed the book as much as they did. We’ve read it often enough they know most of the words by heart and love helping me read the story. The illustrations are beautiful. I’m also glad you included a way to explain salvation to children at the back of the book.
I have to confess – I’ve been encouraged to share these positive comments and although I treasure them, it’s hard for me to “toot my own horn.” A friend recently said, “Joy, by sharing them, you’re not tooting your own horn – we are.” I love telling you about the books others have written that I enjoy, and I agree with my friend, but it’s still difficult. The books I write – all of them – are because of God. He gave me the talent, the desire, and showed me the path. Just wanted you to know I know that and am constantly amazed He uses me this way.