I’m excited to be able to tell you about the writing project that’s kept me busy since I finished Eat with Joy—a book about Jesus for children with the working title God’s Upside-Down Kingdom.
Equally appropriate for church-based Christian education, homeschooling, or Christian school, God’s Upside-Down Kingdom is the third volume of the Telling God’s Story series, published by Olive Branch Books,the religious education division of Peace Hill Press (who publish the fabulous Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer, author of The Well-Trained Mind).
Scholar (and blogger) Peter Enns wrote the introductory text and the first two volumes of the series, which I’ve been using with my children at home. I’m honored and grateful to be participating in this project. Not only it is a blessing to be a part of a project aimed to introduce young children to Jesus, but the time I spent studying the Gospels as I wrote helped me to understand Jesus–and the upside-down ways of God’s Kingdom–in new ways.
If you’re in the market for some quality curricula for Christian education that’s “free from narrow sectarian and political agendas,” I encourage you to check out the Telling God’s Story series!
I don’t either.
But my six year old son does, and it’s not because I’ve drilled him on it or anything.
It’s because of Susan Wise Bauer’s The Story of The World audiobooks.
We’re very relaxed homeschoolers, which mostly means that my kids have a lot of time to play Legos. But ever since Aidan was 4 and listened to E.B. White read Charlotte’s Web, he’s been hooked on audiobooks. Now Graeme is 4 and is conversant with all kinds of books that are not age-appropriate. They listen and build; build and listen. It works for us.
Anyway, I’m not holding us up as an example or anything (who KNOWS what my kids will say about their early education in years to come!) but I do want to suggest that you check out this series (Peace Hill Press website is here). Jim Weiss’ voice is reason enough to listen.
(And then, if anyone asks, you can tell them that Alexander’s horse was named Bucephalus.)