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Jonah and the Worm Hardcover – December 1, 1983

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers; No Additional Listings Printed edition (December 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084075289X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0840752895
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I'm so sad that this book is out of print! I just finished reading it with my 7-year-old, and it is one of the best Christian books I've ever read. I think I enjoyed it as much as my son did.
The story includes parallel tales of Jonah, known as the Worker (who disobeys God...with "fishy" consequences, as we know), and Little Worm (who obeys God). It's well-written, clever and engaging, and teaches many Biblical truths along the way. If you can get hold of a copy, buy it!
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If you can purchase a copy of this book, your children will love it. I am reading this book to both my granddaughter (4) and my grandson (9). They both love it. Take time to read to your children, they will love the time you spend with them.
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There aren't enough books out there that teach children deeper theological truths. There aren't enough books that teach adults deeper theological truths and are a fun read. This book does both. My seminary professor would refer to this as the best book on missiology he had ever seen, and it was one of his required readings. It's great for 10 yr.-olds to read on their own, or for reading a chapter a night to younger children.

The illustrations are well-done and engage kids, without distracting from the text itself. Too often books for kids that talk of the Bible will only deal with the same hacked-out stories of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Jesus, et. al. These are good stories, but the same ones appear to be continuously recycled, with little discussion of others present, or other truths in the old stories. If they hear about the Bible, children often grow up with certain ideas weeded out, that they "aren't ready to handle". Some parts of the Bible evidently need to be censored or in some way kids should not hear of truth. Missions is a large area that is not significantly covered for kids. Briscoe takes the idea of what might have been going on with the worm that appears in Ch. 4 of the book of Jonah. After all, God directs all things, does He not? If so, then what was he doing with that worm...
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When obedient to God, even the smallest members of His Kingdom can do great things. This is written as a children's book and a good book for missionaries. Briscoe does a good job in tying together several different journeys all for God's grand plan.

However, I am concerned about what age this is intended. There are several references to gory violence. "... splattering bloody bits of people onto the ground! ... Screams from their family and friends rang from the crowd. Blood was everywhere." (p.82) This is not an integral part of the story and wasn't needed. In fact, it seems very strange this reference would be in a Christian children's book. I wonder what she was thinking. I'm not planning on reading this to my daughter.
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One of the best books I read in Seminary! Thank you, Chuck VanEngen. "And God provided ..." What a great spin on the reluctance of a successful minister vs the obedience of a simple worm. Lest we be too hard on Jonah, Dr. VanEngen asks the question at the end of the study, "Okay. Who wrote Jonah?" Cook on that one for a while, fellow worms! Also, you will probably find a realistic price online at Fuller's book store.
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