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Halfway Herbert Hardcover – September 1, 2010

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About the Author

A pastor and church planter based in San Francisco, Francis Chan speaks to tens of thousands of people around the world every year. Known for his passionate, biblical style, Chan is on the board of World Impact and is the author of Forgotten God, Erasing Hell, and Crazy Love, which has sold nearly two million copies.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781404185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781404181
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Nicodemus on September 9, 2010
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My 4 year old son Jack prayed this at bedtime tonight: "Dear God. Thank you for giving me your spirit to come in me. Help me to follow you with my whole heart. I don't want to follow you halfway like Halfway Herbert but all the way." It's been about a week since we've read Halfway Herbert. I think the prayer speaks for itself.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Josh Olds of Life is Story on September 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Halfway Herbert only does things halfway. He doesn't finish anything, whether its homework or his dinner. But when Herbert tells a half-truth, his whole halfway system falls apart. He learns that if he's going to like a life like Jesus, he's going to have to put his whole self into it. It's the Crazy Love message for kids, and Francis Chan and illustrator Matt Daniels put together a charming tale meant especially for young kids.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Armstrong on December 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Herbert Hallweg was seven-and-a-half years old, three-and-a-half feet tall, and fifty-five-and-a-half pounds heavy. He had lots of friends, but none of them called him Herbert. Instead, everyone called him... Halfway Herbert."

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AMiller on April 27, 2014
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Deeply profound Biblical principles simple enough for children to understand. It is never too early to start teaching your kids.
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Format: Hardcover
I was blown away by Chan's message "Lukewarm and Lovin' It" and so I wanted to by both of his books geared towards adults, which I did. Then I saw he did a couple of children's books, which I snapped up for my little lambs.

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.
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By Trina on July 15, 2014
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Beautiful, colorful, clean illustrations. Simple wording, easy for my toddler to follow & understand. Great way for kids (and big kids!) to metaphorically understand being whole-hearted vs. halfway. We often use the idea of being "Halfway Herbert" w/ my toddler, to which he responds, "No, I don't wanna be..." Love Francis Chan! Also have "Big Red Tractor" - great book too!
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Format: Kindle Edition
quick bedtime story with a great message for a 6 year old to grasp. Hope he writes more like it!!
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By KC on December 3, 2013
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A great story for teaching children the value of doing things whole heartedly in a humorous way that children can understand.
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