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Halfway Herbert Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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A lot of times, the Christian parent tendency is to wait until kids are older to teach them about following Christ, but Chan holdss to the belief that raising a child with a sense of commitment to Christ will make cultivating their relationship with the Creator even easier. His written-for-kids-but-also-poignant-for-adults Halfway Herbert is meant to teach children how even they can live fully for God.
Since Crazy Love became a runaway success, Francis Chan has been hard at work developing a media ministry that involves both books and DVDs. Now he brings his signature messages in a format meant to instruct even the smallest among us. Parents everywhere will find Halfway Herbert completely useful in teaching their kids about following Jesus.
That's how Francis Chan begins his children's book, Halfway Herbert. Herbert only ever does things halfway. He brushes half his teeth, does half his homework, eats half his food and gets half the sleep he needs. So when he is riding his bike and is only half paying attention, he hits his dad's car & decides to tell only half the truth... and gets caught in a whole lie. When his dad confronts him, he teaches Herbert that none of life isn't meant to be lived halfway--especially our lives as Christians.
In this book, Chan does a terrific job of distilling the core message of Crazy Love into a powerful reminder of the importance of loving the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. That there's no such thing as being halfway obedient to Christ--He demands all of us. Although we always follow imperfectly, even in that the Holy Spirit is making us more and more like Christ.
I was quite impressed when I read Halfway Herbert. It's geared perfectly to children around ages 4-8 (my oldest daughter listened attentively as my wife read it to her before we secretly bought it as a Christmas gift)--but it also has a lot to teach adults. Our children learn as much from our example what it means to be a Christian as they do from reading the Bible themselves. And when they're really young, they learn almost entirely from us. So what's the example we're setting? Do we live like people who are completely sold out for the cause of Christ... or are we, too, Halfway Herberts?
I'd highly encourage parents to pick up a copy of Halfway Herbert for their children. Read it together and encourage one another to live a life fully devoted to Christ.
The book is great. My children love it. The illustrations are fun and colourful.
The best part though is the strong message against lukewarmness in the life of believers. I feel this is a message for the parents as well as the little ones.
This is a good quality, hardback book that will last years if looked after well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect for my 4 boys and helping them to remember what God says about doing our best ... I would recommend this book to anyone with small children.Published 1 month ago by Graceandglory26
Super cute book that we used for an Elementary school chapel. Worked great with the theme!Published 2 months ago by Karyn Hopper
I love Francis Chan...the title intrigued me, as it described my condition...I purchased the book for myself, even though I have 4 grandchildren...I loved the story!!Published 3 months ago by Kathleen A Schmitt
Fun book for kids, my son loves it and it is still one of his favorite books.Published 4 months ago by ina
Really good way to teach your kids about following God and letting the Spirit work in them. I love Francis Chan, will definitely use more of his kids booksPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent teaching and inspirational children's book! Great depth, well written and illustrated. My grandkids 7 and 4 liked it.Published 6 months ago by o2binhvn
The kids enjoy it and it actually has a point so I don't feel like I just wasted my time after I read it.Published 8 months ago by SadieRocks
My kids, 6 and 9, recognized the application of the book to their lives. It's a cute book that is a good reminder for me even to live fully for God.Published 10 months ago by Kimberly Burgess