I don’t remember exactly when it happened. It was well after spending months learning about what to expect during my pregnancy, purchasing the car seat, and packing the bag for the hospital (a month early, just in case). I remember I felt large and so ready to meet our little girl. It was during the excitement of those final days of pregnancy that I came to this realization: I’ve been so focused on the pregnancy, I know NOTHING ABOUT PARENTING!
Should I have been reading books about parenting instead of focusing on the misery of morning sickness? Why hadn’t I been getting advice from other parents instead of complaining about stretch marks? The baby is going to be here any day—what about sleep training, potty training, and deciding between homeschool and public school?! Oh, no! #alreadytheworstparentever
Our baby arrived, and we made it through the weeks and months of sleepless nights somehow. We watched her learn to roll over and then crawl, and we even baby proofed the house. Then, somewhere in the middle of that haze of developmental milestones, I came to another conclusion: I’ve been so focused on sleep and diaper changes, I know NOTHING ABOUT PASSING ON THE FAITH TO MY KIDS!
And while my first parenting epiphany was bad enough, this realization struck me even harder. I felt like I had missed the point entirely. #forsuretheworstparentever
Learning how to parent is important, of course, but I have a desire to give my kids the best gift of all—a love for Jesus Christ. This burden of responsibility hit me later than I would care to admit, given that I’ve worked in Christian publishing for the last 14 years. And while I’m far from perfect, I love finding book projects that will help normal, imperfect, and panicked moms like me. And trust me, I’m a great test case, just see above for proof.
Eighteen months ago, my team and I set out to create a book that would give kids and their parents a wow-worthy, faith-affirming, craze-mazing (yes, I work in publishing and I just used a made-up word!) experience with the Bible. We wanted to show young kids how amazing the Bible is and how it points directly to our Lord and Savior from beginning to end. We wanted to capture the attention of kids of all ages (from 9 to 969 to be exact) with facts and information they could relate to. (For instance, do you know how many soccer balls could fill Noah’s ark?)
And that’s why we created Bible Infographics for Kids.
Achieving our goal was sheer delight. The Word of God is nothing short of completely sufficient, absolutely incredible, and amazingly awe-inspiring. By connecting the exciting people, unusual facts, powerful concepts, and the awesome God of the Bible with dynamic visuals, we made a book you can enjoy right along with your kids. It even folds out to make a Bible timeline board game (think Candy Land but with a purpose)! You can be confident you are passing on the faith in a way that is both relatable and memorable for kids.
I learned so much more about the Bible through the research and development of this project. Even as an adult, I found myself sharing fun facts and interesting anecdotes with anyone who would listen….and I mean anyone!
Imagine your kids on the school playground sharing facts with their friends or in Sunday school feeling awesome because they know about Deborah and Methuselah and Balaam’s talking donkey! Delight as you see the miracles of God unfold on the page or the sheer volume of prophecies Jesus fulfilled or the number of shoes Paul must have worn through as he walked around spreading the Gospel.
I’m amazed at my now four-year-old daughter’s capacity for and desire to learn more about the Bible. Yes, God’s Word is nothing short of amazing and totally sufficient, even when you don’t feel like you are. A good parenting book or blog post is always helpful, but ultimately, we just need Him. That said, here’s one tool you can add to your super-cool mom tool belt. My hope and prayer is that our book blesses your family as much as it has mine.
P.S. It would take 7,453,506 soccer balls to fill Noah’s ark. Just sayin’!
Heather Green has been working in Christian publishing for nearly 15 years, but her true joy is as a wife to her husband and a mommy to two craze-mazing kiddos.