A couple of weeks ago I laid down with my nine-year-old son to read Lindsay Hardin Freeman’s book The Spy on Noah’s Ark. I flipped to our bookmark where we had left off a few nights earlier and began to read about Moses atop Mount Sinai. My son stopped me, “I already read that one.” So I turned to the next chapter about young David and his trusty slingshot. He told me he read that one, too.
“How many of these have you read?,” I asked. “Uhhh, a lot,” he responded.
Hill told me he skipped around in the book, reading the chapters that seemed interesting to him: Jonah, Moses, David, Daniel. I was taken aback. Even with a stack of library books tempting him from the bedside table, my nine-year-old willingly chose to read bible stories.
We snuggled up together and read chapters he overlooked including mighty Deborah from the book of Judges, a story my son deemed as “so awesome.” This has to be some sort of parenting win.
In The Spy on Noah’s Ark and The Spy at Jacob’s Ladder, Lindsay Hardin Freeman retells bible stories from unexpected points of view. Her creative perspective wholly captivated my son. We hear from a bullfrog in the bulrushes who watches over baby Moses, the slingshot used to take down a Philistine giant, and the water jug held by the woman at the well. Lindsay writes in a breezy, laugh out loud style while also including deep theological teachings. The first chapter in The Spy at Jacob’s Ladder is told from by Oak of Mamre, the ancient tree Abraham and Sarah laid against after the three visitors prophesied about her pregnancy. The chapter begins,
“Some say that I am dead. As dead as the papery shell a butterfly leaves behind when it flies free. As dead as an autumn-burnsiehd leaf, slipped loose from its mother tree. But I will tell you a secret: Once somebody or something is alive in God’s creation, even if our bodies slip away, we are still alive, held tight by God’s love. God loves everything that has been made and never lets any of us go.”
These stories are ripe with opportunities for conversation between adult and child. Lindsay even offers carefully crafted questions at the end of each chapter to keep the story going. What might you say to God if you are scared? How do you help God? When do you ask God for help and what happens when you do? Why does God care what we do with our money? The questions provided the opportunity to broach subjects we otherwise would not.
And now, dear friends, you, too, can own the two books in the The Bible Spy Series courtesy of a Forward Movement giveaway! You, too, can read, laugh and ponder with your children what it must have been like to be the whale that swallowed Jonah while swimming around in the Mediterranean Sea.
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