Telling the next generation about the goodness of God through story.

by Karen Ferguson

“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.” (Psalm 78:4)

My writing career began by writing for adults. In higher education and corporate communications. In my fictional memoir (that is still sitting in my desk, unfinished), and with my first book, a self-published wellness devotional.

I have a background in K-8 education, but never considered God would call me to write for kids until He gave me both inspiration and confirmation about an entire book series at a writer’s conference in 2018.

Fast forward to 2020, and He made it clear it was time to step out in faith. Two years later, the first book was released. Now I’m getting ready to launch the second book in the Questions for Kids picture book series and I have to say: Only God. His timing is perfect.

Writers have the capacity to help shape culture through our words, as stories can be a powerful force for change. Jesus used stories to plant truth in the hearts of His people; we might as well learn from the best and follow His lead.

I’m a grandmom now, and I couldn’t be happier about using the power of Lucy’s story (the main character in the series) set within different periods of Bible history to captivate young readers’ attentions and activate their faith. I want to see this next generation grow in biblical literacy. I want to cut through the noise and confusion so rampant in our culture, and point this next generation to God’s Truth and Love.

God is a Good God, and He doesn’t make mistakes. He created each one of us in His image with a loving intentionality that is indescribable, which means our identity is secure and we are welcomed into His family. This is a message you won’t hear in mainstream circles, but one our kids and grandkids desperately need to hear.

If you’re a parent, grandparent, or caregiver, I’d be honored if you would share Guess Who Is in God’s Family with your special young reader. This book will engage kids in one of the most foundational biblical accounts important to building a solid Christian worldview, while delivering a heartwarming message of family, faith, and God’s faithfulness. All through the eyes of curious young Lucy who takes her questions about God and family to her trusted advisor Papa Joe. This story is a biblically-based account that showcases the beauty and diversity with which our Creator made the human family and His Good Plan for us from the very beginning, driving home the timeless truth that God’s love is never-changing, never-failing, and never-ending.  

Let’s be diligent to tell this next generation about the goodness and good plans of God!

Karen Ferguson is a freelance writer and the author of the Questions for Kids picture book series. A lover of words, family, animals, and Jesus, Karen is a passionate advocate for truth that transforms lives. Her faith in God and background in K-8 education inspires her mission to write stories that grab and hold young readers’ attention, teaching them all about God’s unchangeable truths and His unchanging love for them.

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