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An Extraordinary Teacher: A Bible Story About Priscilla (Called and Courageous Girls) Hardcover – April 3, 2018
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Called & Courageous Girls - Bible Heroes That Inspire Your Child's Faith in God
Called and courageous girls are disciples, political and spiritual leaders, philanthropists, moms, businesspeople, evangelists, prophets, and so much more.
Through the stories of female Bible heroes, The Called and Courageous Girls series invites your children to answer God's calling to discover and use their talents, passions, and gifts to journey with Him on a lifelong adventure.
Beth Koser Schwartz, Women’s Minister at Saddleback Church
“As a mother longing to impart the knowledge and strength of biblical women to my daughter, I truly wish this resource was available for us during her young formative years. Making the truth of God’s Word understandable and applicable to young children can have the power to change a generation.”
The Called and Courageous Girls Series
A Brave Big Sister
A Bible Story About Miriam.
An Extraordinary Teacher
A Bible Story About Priscilla.
Coming Soon... A Fearless Leader
A Bible Story About Deborah.
"Girls and young women today receive many powerful messages about what it means to be female. From Disney princesses to teen pop stars, these 'icons of femininity' can obscure God's message of love and identity for young women. Christian communities have not always been proactive in ensuring that girls receive an identity derived from Scripture. That is why I am excited to see Rachel Weaver and Anna Haggard create a children's book series that recounts and honors the women of Scripture. In every story, we see how a woman responded in faith to God's call on her life and was used by Him for incredible purposes. As parents and churches use this book series for instruction, I see many girls responding to God in faith and being used by Him to reach the world with the gospel. We've waited for a series like this for a long time, and I'm so glad it's finally here."
—Katelyn Beaty, managing editor at Christianity Today magazine and author of A Woman's Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World
"As a mother longing to impart the knowledge and strength of biblical women to my daughter, I truly wish this resource was available for us during her young formative years. Making the truth of God's Word understandable and applicable to young girls can have the power to change a generation. Thank you, Rachel and Anna, for filling the gap with this series."
—Beth Koser Schwartz, women's minister at Saddleback Church
"I can't wait to give these books to my own tinies! If you've ever wondered where the women of Scripture are in the children's book section, this book is your bright and bold and gorgeous answer."
—Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith
"Scripture is filled with stories of women who are role models of faith, intellect, and resolve, characteristics I see in my wife and daughter, as well as in the entrepreneurial women we serve around the world. It is exciting to see a book series that shares biblical stories of women who are leaders in their homes, businesses, and communities. Called and Courageous Girls is perfectly timed and expertly positioned to reach the littlest leaders, those whose characters are being shaped to look like Jesus. The series fills a gap in children's literature. We must share these stories, and I am thrilled to enthusiastically support Called and Courageous Girls."
—Peter Greer, president and CEO of HOPE International, coauthor of Mission Drift
About the Author
Rachel Spier Weaver is a recruiter at HOPE International and has worked as a career counselor at the University of Florida and Dickinson College. She is passionate about sharing stories of women of God who led in extraordinary ways. She lives with her husband, Shane, and their two children, Norah and Jack.
Anna Haggard is coauthor of The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good and Mission Drift, a 2015 Christianity Today Book Award winner. A writer and editor for the Brethren in Christ U.S., Anna previously was a staff writer for HOPE International. She is delighted to write for children (her favorite people).
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I love children’s books. I was blessed to have been given an advanced copy by the publisher and be a part of the launch team.
This book has a lot of pluses. “An Extraordinary Teacher” is the story of Priscilla from the New Testament. Married to Aquila. Because of their industry of tent making they become acquainted with Paul and help further the Gospel of Jesus.
I am a huge fan of the women of the Bible, and love to see books about them. It shows young girls that there are more Bible stories than just David & Goliath, and the Ten Commandments, etc. I love that the authors portray a young Priscilla as being gifted in teaching. And that God will use that gift at some point. Little girls, young children need to see characters from the Bible as strong and having gifts and abilities that God can use.
Another plus of the book is when they make the acquaintance of Paul. Here they find out about Jesus. And choose to help Paul share the Gospel. Even going with Paul to another country and planting a church there. Showing to young girls who typically grow up only learning the typical “boy” stories from the Bible that there were women who did help spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus. I do love that they chose a woman from the New Testament that is often more of a background figure. Not as popular for Bible stories as Mary the Mother of Jesus. Or even Mary and Martha of Bethany.
Unfortunately, while this book has some great parts and sticks close to the Scriptures for most of it. I have struggles with other parts. I realize that most parents who read this to their children and children who read it on their own won’t know Pricilla’s real history. I am not implying I do. But there were some things that just didn’t sit well, as a parent who wants to instill Truth to their children through the books they read.
The story opens with a young Priscilla reading. The authors mention that she is one of the few girls who can go to school. This part is only partially true. Priscilla may have come from a wealthy Jewish family which would allow her to receive an education in some things other than running a household and servants. But, I believe culturally, even the wealthy girls of Rome didn’t go to school. They would have had a tutor come to the house. Being Jewish she would be reading and studying the Torah, (among other writings) which the authors emphasize. I was happy to see this. I don’t see many children’s books actually mention the Torah. Unfortunately, she is portrayed as learning about Jesus as well as God. Jesus was not mentioned by name in the Torah. And the New Testament wasn’t written when Priscilla was a child. She was an adult at the time of Jesus. She probably didn’t live anywhere near where Jesus Himself was so knew little if anything of The Messiah. Most parents of Christian faith would also know that Jesus wasn’t written in the Torah, which is the first five books of the Old Testament. So it’s a bit misleading.
On a whole I did like the book, but I couldn’t love it like I wanted to. this is a good book to remind little girls that they have a place in God's kingdom. But unfortunately there were just enough missteps. Granted a child isn't necessarily going to notice what I found as negatives. But an older child might.
Even with the things as I see as negative about the book, I would read the others that are already published and I am looking forward to seeing what other women Rachel and Anna come up with. I'm especially excited about Deborah. One of my personal favorites.