The Nate and Abi Show

The Nate and Abi Show

The Nate and Abi Show was another pilot, this one made several years after The Newsom Kids Radio Show, and designed to allow the “middle kids” (Nathanael and Abigail) to host a short, fun show. This one also featured our then-youngest child, Kaitlyn (just under two at the time), and the mysterious, time-traveling Door of Many Keyholes. A fun show for your younger kids, The Nate and Abi Show is one Nate and Abi themselves are hoping to return to at some point for future episodes. Available December 8,...
The Second Kingdom Extended Preview

The Second Kingdom Extended Preview

The Extended Preview (five minutes) of our first major audio drama, the three-part The Second Kingdom Book I: A Christmas Mystery, is now available on our YouTube channel. You can also view it here, on this page. Below is a description of the story. The Warfield family is sliding into the darkness of their age: bad news in the media, personal losses in the family, and the apparent end of Christian influence in the culture have made them ready to give in to despair. But a strangely hopeful radio broadcast at Christmas begins to bring back the light, and sends daughter Rebekah on a quest to solve the mystery of John the Broadcaster. But enemies are dogging John’s trail, and it may be that the one voice of hope will be silenced forever. Join Rebekah and her family in a quest for hope in The Second Kingdom Book I: A Christmas Mystery. Available December 8, 2015 from Family Lore Audio...
Family Lore: Kindling a Love of Story in Children

Family Lore: Kindling a Love of Story in Children

I am convinced that storytelling, so carefully woven into human nature by our Creator, is becoming a lost art to most of us, as we continue to outsource our storytelling needs to the movie-and-book making professionals. Nothing wrong with enjoying a good film or novel, of course; but something vital is lost when storytelling is no longer reflected in the life of churches and families. Better that we tell our own stories, however poorly, than to completely surrender this important work to the self-styled professionals. Thus this little book, Family Lore: Kindling a Love of Story in Children. In seven short chapters, we’ll explore the importance of Story in the lives of children, and examine specific strategies for building a storytelling culture in our homes. The book is designed to be practical in nature: the last chapter is entirely devoted to suggestions you can put to work to help guide your kids in their growing love of Story. While the book is primarily written with parents in mind, the ideas here can certainly be used in classroom settings (day school or Sunday School) as well. This book will be available soon as a Kindle eBook, but you can get a copy now, for free, by signing up for our email list. Thanks, and be sure to share the book on Facebook, Twitter, and all your favorite social media...
Talking of Dragons: The Children’s Books of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

Talking of Dragons: The Children’s Books of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

Christian Focus Publications released Talking of Dragons, my second book, in November, 2005 (U.K.) and December in the U.S., just in time for the release of the much-anticipated film version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. This book is a family-centered introduction to the children’s writings of two great authors: J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Included are chapters on The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia, but the book also looks at lesser known children’s writings, such as Tolkien’s Roverandom, Mr. Bliss, and The Father Christmas Letters, as well as Lewis’ Letters to Children, and Boxen. Other chapters explore the friendship between Lewis and Tolkien, their storytelling methods, a Biblical view of Fairy Tales, and more. It includes, at the end of every chapter, practical suggestions to help parents and children get more out of books and stories. The publisher retained the services of well-known Lewis and Tolkien scholar Colin Duriez as editor (in addition to his many books, he also appears on the behind the scenes features of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings DVDs, and on the Chronicles of Narnia DVDs as well). Mr. Duriez wrote a nice endorsement, which you can read below, along with another from pastor and author Douglas Wilson, and an excerpt from the excellent foreword written by scholar and author Bradly J. Birzer. “This readable book is excellent for parents who wish to have a deep quality of communication with their children. It will also be very useful for librarians and primary school teachers, and those in churches who have responsibilities with children. The author has a firm grasp of the...
The Nicholas Book: A Legend of Santa Claus

The Nicholas Book: A Legend of Santa Claus

Pastor Douglas Wilson tells of a family who told their little girl that Santa Claus was not real, and received this reply: “Is Jesus real?” In a world filled with doubters and skeptics, who needs one more thing to confuse our children? On the other hand, I, like many, grew up with the Santa Claus legend and very much enjoyed it. But because of stories like Pastor Wilson’s, I was concerned to think carefully about what I taught my children concerning Saint Nicholas. For several years, I remained relatively silent on the issue, not saying much of anything about the Santa Claus legends one way or another. Eventually, of course, I had to take the time to settle the matter. To work through my own views on the various Christmas legends surrounding St. Nicholas, and to discover just what I needed to teach my children, I wrote The Nicholas Book: A Legend of Santa Claus. If it comes down to a choice between losing Santa or losing Jesus, then Santa will have to go. But if it was possible to keep the Santa story, then I needed a story my children could grow into—not a story they would be forced to grow out of. As it stands now, children have to grow out of the Santa story, which is a sure sign that something is wrong. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The great G. K. Chesterton said it well: “What has happened to me has been the very reverse of what appears to be the experience of most of my friends. Instead of dwindling to a...