- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Paperback: 118 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452889228
- ISBN-13: 978-1452889221
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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- #670711 in Children's Books
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God comes to us like a caterpillar:: Jesus' stories retold for kids Paperback – October 6, 2010
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"While it's written for upper elementary school ages, it has something for adults, too." -Sally Santana, Kitsap Sun
"Jesus' parables are retold in a way that will interest your grade-schooler and pre-teen.... You can tell the author took great pains to try to be as true to the original parables while spinning them into modern language. Several of the stories are funny, all are thought-provoking." -Liberty Speidel, Christian Children's Book Review.
From the Author
The stories Jesus told are the wisest stories I know. But I think it's hard for children to understand and enjoy them. So in this book I've tried to retell Jesus' stories using examples from our life today. I've read each story and thought about the mystery it presents. I've tried to understand how the story answers that mystery. Then I've tried to think of an example from kids' everyday lives that would also give a bit of that same answer. The stories Jesus told almost always surprised the people listening. I hope that kids will be surprised by these stories in a way that makes it easier for them to find the answers that Jesus gave.
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Parables are an interesting means of communicating truth. Why did God Incarnate choose to tell us stories rather than delivering a theological treatise? My suspicions: because He wished to speak to the illiterate as well as the literate, the intelligent and the simple; because stories can express truths at many different levels; because stories probably translate across time and culture better than erudite argument. So in his exploration of the parables, Mr. Chadwick has chosen to do so in…parables!
Mr. Chadwick's re-tellings are sometimes as enigmatic as the original parable, but each one is thought-provoking. Many of the "recast parables" told by the author opened for me a new insight into a possible interpretation of the original.
The book's format, which includes discussion questions following each short parable, makes it ideally suited for use in Christian youth education programs. I compliment Mr.Chadwick for his creative efforts and encourage youth ministers to give this book a hard look as an educational tool. I think it would be particularly effective if read side-by-side with the original parables.