Going behind the scenes to see God working – for kids!


TWELVE HIDDEN HEROES 
(Book two: Old Testament & New Testament)
More Bible people who lived behind the scenes
By Rebecca Parkinson
Day One. 102/103 pages. £5.00
ISBN 978 1 846 252 730 (OT)
ISBN 978 1 846 252 747 (NT)

These well-produced paperback books are part of a series, books one OT and NT having already been published. There are stories of between three and six pages about Bible characters who are rarely mentioned, but whose actions were used by God to make a massive difference.

Although written primarily for children, I suspect that there are many adults who either may never have read of these hidden heroes or would be glad to be reminded of them in such an engaging way.

Rebecca Parkinson brings to life such characters as Eliezer, Hur, Barzillai, Jehosheba and Baruch from the OT and Jairus, Philip, Silas and Paul’s nephew from the NT by telling their stories as if from their own experience. This unusual approach obviously calls for imagination, yet she is careful to keep this within the bounds of the biblically recorded facts. Each beautifully constructed story ends with a paragraph or two of comment on how God used the person in his sovereign purpose.

Unlike us, God uses seemingly unnoticed people, and those who work behind the scenes. Also there follow a few thoughtful questions, which could form the basis of further discussion with a child. I warmly recommend these books for use with children of all ages.

Christine Gobbett, 
wife of a retired (but now itinerant!) Grace Baptist pastor, living in Kent