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Life at Merrispring Farm takes an unexpected turn one morning when Alan notices a problem with his neck. It feels tight and thick.
For four-year-old Alan, the days spent in the hospital are frightening and tiresome. But Mother reminds him that God is with him. "And maybe," she says, "there are sick children in Mercy Hospital who have never heard about Jesus. Maybe God wants us there to tell those children about Him."
Whether in Mercy Hospital or at home on Merrispring Farm, Alan, Lora, and Lois learn about God's care for them. They learn about sharing God's love with other children who don't have the blessings they do. And along the way, they also learn other helpful lessons about how to live Jesus' way.
Written for four- to seven-year-olds. More info...
Old Seymour can tell something special is going to happen today.
Old Seymour sits and rocks all day in his old house high on the hill. He knows he is not like most folks. "A-ain't t-too smart," Seymour says.
Other people tease old Seymour and call him names. But today... something is going to happen. He can feel it all the way down to the bottom of his heart.
What happens when a kind family gives a lonely, old man a loving, happy surprise? More info...
A story from the Great Depression
Annie dashed through the bitterly cold twilight and entered the dim barn. Its heavy beams creaked from the cold. Cobwebs swayed in the corners. A thick smell from a hundred years of hay and cows emanated from the stalls, floor, and the very walls.
Annie reached for the lanterns and matches and then stopped, absorbing the silence, letting herself be still. If she and her family needed to leave the farm, she wanted to remember the barn like this.
Annie leaned against the wall and shut her eyes.
Caught in the vortex of the Great Depression, the Hess family needs to work and sweat and pray for every mortgage payment on their Ohio farm. Their savings disappear when the bank fails, and prices for farm goods drop ever lower. Disaster sweeps across the entire nation, and no one knows when—or if—things will get better.
But even when life seems to hopelessly out of control, fourteen-year-old Annie finds that God is still unchanging and eternal source of true riches.
This is a story of faith and trust, of loving and sharing, of giving and receiving. More info...
A Book of Inspiration for Those with Physical Limitations
Strange gift indeed!—a thorn to prick,
To pierce into the very quick;
To cause perpetual sense of pain;
Strange gift!—and yet, 'twas giv'n for gain.
We enjoy receiving gifts. But what if the gift is painful—physically and/or emotionally? Though our small minds cannot always understand, God's gifts are always for our good. The thorns He gives are gifts with divine purpose. More info...
A family who loved through tragedy
The bitter threats rang in Rebecca's ears long after the young men had slipped back into the shadows of the Costa Rican hills. How could someone her family had cared for harbor such hate toward them? But despite the dark cloud that hung over them, Rebecca and her sisters continued to pour their energy into caring for the special-needs foster children in their home. Then tragedy struck, and the dark cloud seemed to envelop them. How could God bring a song out of their darkness? More info...
General Washington's soldiers seize copies of the Martyrs Mirror in Ephrata
A sequel to A Single Page.
"Soldiers are here!" gasped the young man. "They say the army in Massachusetts must have paper for gun wadding.... They've come to get copies of the Great Book." More info...
God's original purpose for the church and why it matters
Disagreements and church splits can be disillusioning, both to those within our churches and to seekers. Some want to relax church standards in order to be more relevant to the surrounding culture. Others rigidly adhere to traditional lines. Both have strong arguments to back up their views. Who is right?
Many of us have wondered at times, Is church life, as I am experiencing it, really what God had in mind? How can ongoing friction accomplish God's plan? Some have decided it's not worth it and have checked out, thinking it easier to worship at home than to deal with the personalities and opinions in the larger church. Others keep attending church but are constantly on the lookout for something else—something a little more compatible with their view of church.
In Church Matters, Gary Miller compares the current state of the church with God's original vision as seen in the book of Acts. His examination of God's purpose for your congregation is a thought-provoking challenge to complacency and drift, and to the conflicts and struggles that keep us from reaching others with the Gospel. More info...
From the Hightower Book Series.
This is a compilation of true life events experienced by a young couple who dared to follow God's leading. James and Charlotte Huskey's faith and confidence in God were deep. They did not hesitate to obey God's call to go to the mission field. This led them through many dangerous and exciting adventures.
Charlotte gives a first-hand account of how God supplied needs when it seemed impossible. She tells about James' arrest, of emergencies with no way to send for help, and how they were stranded in a burning desert. She relates how God miraculously healed their bodies, sent help just in time, and directed their lives.
This book is an excellent resource for parents who desire to build their children's faith. At the end of each episode there are questions for discussion. Children will look forward to family worship time. It will provide an excellent opportunity to help them see that God is real and that His way is truly best. More info...
"In a world full of abused and neglected children, I count it a privilege to have been raised by a godly father who loved his wife and children." —Roberta Gaines, daughter
Alvin watches the cruel Great Depression rip away his assets and the dry scorching wind of the Dust Bowl destroy his crops, yet he keeps his faith in God. He inspires his family to work hard, play together, and sing and pray at the end of each day. Through the providence of God, they migrate to Oregon and soon own a farm in the lush Willamette Valley. These true stories will inspire fathers to stand strong in a time when men are cowardly, deserting their place in the family and society. More info...
From the Hightower Book Series.
A Demonstration of the Power of God's Word
This memoir is about Mabel, a remarkable young girl left alone in the world. Her life is shattered when both her mother and brother die, and her father abandons her. While struggling to survive, she is mistreated and falsely accused. Mabel's strong faith in her heavenly Father is put to the test. Will she ever have a home to shut out the cold or a family with hearts of love as she once had?
After enduring four turbulent years, Mabel receives a letter from her papa. It is postmarked Oklahoma City. She uses all her money for a train ticket and goes searching for him. It is 1917, and without any modern communication, will Mabel find her papa in a city of 90,000 people? If by a miracle she finds him, will she be able to love and forgive him?
2 Corinthians 4:8-9—"We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed."
Mabel's young life is shipwrecked and torn to bits. She is troubled on every side, yet she is not forsaken by her heavenly Father. Will He ever restore her life and mend her broken heart? Can she believe in His plan for her life and trust He will give her good things when all she has known is affliction? More info...
The Graber family has a busy growing season ahead of them, and the entire family pitches in to help. Thirteen-year-old Gloria finds herself busy in the greenhouse—restocking the racks with fresh flowers, designing attractive planters, answering customers' questions, and ringing up sales.
Each day brings its unique customers and its unique challenges. In working with many people and their varied circumstances, Gloria finds opportunities to learn valuable lessons from their lives. She soon discovers that a growing season is for more than just growing beautiful plants. It is for growing in understanding the needs of her own heart and for developing a character that is beautiful and blooming for God. More info...
Sanford was a little boy who like to do big things. Ideas sprouted inside his head like weeds on a rainy day. Sometimes his ideas worked out well, but other times...
Well, Sanford discovered that little people just can't do all the things that big people can do. He would just have to wait until he was older. But Sanford didn't want to wait; he wanted to be grown-up right now. What would it take to help him grow up fast? More info...
This coloring book has lots of wild animals your children will enjoy coloring. More info...
Andy's pocketknife was the best thing he owned. It had a sharp blade and a fine, shiny handle.
Andy carried his pocketknife everywhere. He used it in the barn and in the woods. He carried it to the pasture and to the orchard.
One day, Andy even carried it to church, where pocketknives do not belong. He had a big surprise waiting for him that Sunday—and an even bigger surprise fifty years later. More info...
Esther loves to go to market to help Papa sell his vegetables. She likes to place the vegetables neatly on the tables and then to talk to the people who come to buy them.
But market days do not always go as planned. A thunderstorm, a gusty wind, and a fluttering newspaper turn one market day into an astonishing surprise for Esther and her papa. More info...
Two big tears roll down Rosy's cheeks. The little white car goes up the hill and down. It takes Rosy farther and farther away from the big white house where she had lived with other foster children.
The white car goes up and down another hill and around a curve,... and there is a tan house with brown shutters! There is a big tree with a swing. And Rosy feels afraid.
"This will be your new home," the tall lady says. She puts her arm around Rosy. "The kind man will be your papa, and the sweet lady will be your mama. They love little girls."
"I'll never love them, Rosy thinks. " 'Cause I'll soon have to leave again." But Rosy does not say anything. Fear and sadness fill her life, and she does not understand the feelings in her own heart.
But God has something better for Rosy. He loves Rosy, and He knows what she needs. He knows that the kind man and the sweet lady will help Rosy learn about God and find rest in His love. More info...
Nick is fed up with life. Family, financial, and relationship problems have made his life difficult. And everywhere he looks, he sees pointless, purposeless pain. Natural disasters strip some of all they have. Others become victims of war, terrorism, political upheaval, and random shootings. Many experience the ravages of hunger and sickness. Suffering is everywhere!
But most amazing to Nick is that in the midst of all this agony and chaos, there are simple-minded people who still believe in a supreme being—one who could stop all the suffering, yet allows it to continue. And then they have the audacity to say their God is good!
Nick has just one simple question: In light of all the facts, how can anyone say God is good? More info...
Nicu wanted to serve God in any capacity he could, but he had not anticipated an assignment full of danger and sleepless nights. Yet the opportunity sparked a sense of excitement and purpose. A stranger in a country not his own, Nicu began to realize his unique position to take precious cargo to his closed home country.
The dangers were not unknown to him; Nicu constantly had to decide to place his life in God's hands. As he began his new side job with support from his faithful wife, he witnessed miracle after miracle. You will be both humbled and amazed as you read the bracing story of how God's hand led and protected His secret agent. More info...
American History Through Indian Eyes
Volume 3 of The Conquest Series.
In this book you will feel the terror of nineteen-year-old missionary apprentice John Heckewelder in the Ohioland. Left alone on the Muskingum River by his mentor, Christian Frederick Post, young Heckewelder suffers hunger and sickness.
Famished and weak, "Turtle" Heckewelder is taken captive by Big Indian, a savage Delaware. In a complete reeducation campaign, Big Indian shatters all the pet myths of the Whites that Turtle had been taught. He tells Turtle impassioned stories about George Fox, William Penn, Thomas Penn, Conrad Weiser, George Croghan, Pisquetomen, Canasetego, Nutimus, Teedyuscung, and Israel Pemberton. It was all so different from the "history" Turtle had heard during his Eastern Pennsylvania upbringing.
Struggle with Turtle in his isolated and lonely condition to decide if the tales Big Indian tells are the truth or only fabricated stories to make the Indians look good and the Whites appear as villainous thieves.
If Big Indian's tales are true, will the rising anger Turtle senses in Big Indian lead to yet another war in the Ohioland? Find the answer to this terrifying question in Tomahawks to Peace. More info...
The story of an ordinary woman with a BIG heart.
A house to build in tropical Belize. Babies. Piles of food and piles of dirty clothes. Caring for aging parents. More babies. Added to the duties over the years was a husband who worked hard but also fostered harmful habits. Although Gertel was grateful for her family, sometimes she had to cover her eyes and sigh with exhaustion. As her family grew, her responsibilities changed‐but still there was little rest in sight. Children who were not her own needed Gertel's care, and her husband became an invalid.
Gertel reflected. The Bible said, "Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days." She had to wonder if this would be true for her life. Would the results of her hard work ever come back to bless her? More info...
Bill and Pauline Miller's plans for peaceful family holidays were abruptly overturned when Christmas Day found Bill unconscious in a hospital bed, fighting for his life against a mysterious disease. As the family gathered at his bedside, no one could guess whether they would be celebrating the holidays together or planning a funeral. While hundreds of people prayed earnestly for Bill's healing, Pauline and the family battled doubts, questions, and fear as they repeatedly chose to trust God's goodness in spite of their circumstances. In the meantime, Bill's faith was also being challenged and strengthened by the remarkable things he saw and experienced while unconscious.
This book demonstrates the power of God and the sufficiency of His grace in hard times. But it also testifies to the incredible blessing of belonging to a church where members love and care for each other in times of crisis. More info...
From the Bible Stories for Young Readers Series.
The Bible has many interesting stories about preachers and their sermons. God used these preachers to teach the people about His laws.
Bible Sermons is a collection of stories about various sermons in the Bible. It teaches the importance of hearing God's Word preached and obeying what we hear. God has a jealous interest in His people, and He is always ready to help those who obey Him. More info...
A story about the first German printing of the Martyrs Mirror in America
The candle was burning in a small room off the passageway. It showed a desk cluttered with printed pages. Then he saw something on the window shelf and forgot the cold. It was the Great Book. More info...
How much do you know about the cities and towns mentioned in the Bible? Could you still visit these places today?
This set of two books gives the Biblical accounts, followed by more current information to link the long-ago names and places to modern towns and countries.
Each chapter contains simple, hand-lettered and -colored maps that are easy for a child to follow in creating his own with the blank maps provided at the end of each chapter. Suitable for children in the lower grades.
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Daniel enjoys being a helper. He gathers vegetables from the garden for Mother and puts tools away for Father. Each day is a day of helping and learning for a seven-year-old boy.
Daniel also enjoys playtime with Laddie, his big collie. Laddie can play ball and do some tricks. Daniel loves his pet, and he is sad one day when Laddie gets his foot caught in a raccoon trap. He worries about his pet, but Father assures him that God cares even about dogs like Laddie.
Daniel enjoys his friends too, and he wants to cheer them up when they have hard times. His friend David must sit in a wheelchair every day. Thomas has a broken leg, and cousin Nevin has diabetes. Daniel wonders why God allow some people to have so much sadness in their lives.
Through his daily experiences, Daniel finds joy and contentment in knowing that God cares for each of His children in the way He knows is best. More info...
Each book contains 24 Bible verse posters that can be colored. Perforated pages (8" × 10.5") allow easy removal for display on bulletin boards, wall décor, etc. More info...
Children are naturally sympathetic toward those who live in unfortunate circumstances. This book, with its poetic narrative and bright pictures, will spark that sympathy and help your children understand that they live in much better conditions than most. More info...
These 32-page books are composed of simple, basic, outline pictures of common things that children see around them every day. Their small size, 8" wide and 5" high, makes it easy for little ones to handle. The name of each picture is printed in bold letters on each page. More info...
Your child will love paging through this booklet with lots of full color pictures throughout. (Try it yourself—see if you can flip through these photos without cracking a smile!) Plastic coil bound with durable pages for young hands. More info...
2 new titles in the Nature Discoveries with Uncle Mike photobook series for young children.
Dive into the wonders of discovering the amazing creatures of the ocean, or visit the zoo every day in a beautiful book featuring gazelles, bears, gorillas, leopards, and many more zoo animals. More info...
60 Scenes of North American Wildlife
Beautifully detailed artwork of North American wildlife for children and adults to color. More info...
Your toddler will enjoy the colorful pictures of this board book as they become familiar with animals of the Bible. Perfect for taking along to church. The pictures are taken from 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible. More info...
From the Conqueror Series.
Spreading sunshine in darkness
All around Martha are beautiful things she cannot see—the green grass, the sky, and the light of the sun. But Martha's life is full of light because she walks with God. She spreads sunshine wherever she goes. Her neighbors know her as a person who lives to give and does not complain. A full-color children's book. More info...
Kevin, Violet, and Andrew live in a happy home on Dogwood Hill. With Christian parents to help them, the children learn important lessons about life.
When Andrew shares an unkind story about one of his friends, he learns about slander and how it hurts others. The discovery of purple beans in the garden brings the opportunity to learn about wastefulness. Lively, roly-poly puppies give the children a chance to learn about treating animals kindly. A wheelbarrow load of tomatoes teaches perseverance.
The natural world around Dogwood Hill also inspires learning. From cardinals and monkey flowers to doodlebugs and bats, the children learn to see the hand of the Creator.
The Family at Dogwood Hill contains thirteen stories for children five to seven years old. More info...
Leroy Martin smiled as he drank in the freshness of the May afternoon. Blue skies, a gentle nip in the air, and the tender green of bursting buds filled the countryside. From his perch on the tractor seat, he could see his father's fields stretching before him—three hundred acres of a well-managed farm. The barns and pastures held a herd of cattle that was known to be one of the finest in the area.
Leroy enjoyed his work on the home farm, but life held more than just work. He also enjoyed his friends and their frequent ball games. Eva, a fine young lady, also held a place in his thoughts; and altogether, it seemed that life was working out in a satisfactory and comfortable way.
But his complacency was seriously jolted when his friend Mark—the most valued athlete on the team—no longer had time for ball games. "God has been showing me that I've really been living for myself," Mark shared. "I love to succeed. I love to have fun. But where does God come in? Am I dying daily for Christ, as Paul did?"
"But do we really have to go that far, to be an oddball and have such a radically different life?" Leroy asked. "A lot of people are Christians without going off the deep end."
Leroy tried to forget his friend's concern, but disappointment and tragedy suddenly brought him face to face with the most serious question of his life and one that he could not ignore: What really does God require of a Christian? More info...
Twelve-year-old Andrea looked forward to spending four summer months at Grandpa and Grandma's delightful little cottage on Sage Street. With her sister Amy and her brother Alex to keep her company, the days would fly swiftly until Father and Mother returned from their missionary trip to India.
But the cottage on Sage Street is small, and Grandpa and Grandma do not have a garden, because plants do not grow well in the Sage Street area. The rest of the neighbors living on Sage Street are older people—like Grandpa and Grandma. What will three lively children do all summer?
That first evening, Andrea's thoughts churned as she prepared for bed. If only she had a place to plant flowers, she would be content. But it was out of the question , for the soil was so poor that most plants refused to grow. It was too bad, for surely the older people who lived in the other cottages would also enjoy a hobby like growing flowers.
Then—the very next day—an empty sandbox frame sparks Andrea's great idea. Not only would she grow flowers on Sage Street, but she could also be a missionary while she was at it. More info...
A simplified version of Tip Lewis and His Lamp designed at a Grade 2.5 reading level especially for special education of older children. Due to the limited vocabulary, younger children may enjoy it as well, but because it deals with issues of repentance and salvation, be careful not to make young children in their innocency feel guilty and accountable to God. More info...
A Keeper'sBook from the editors of Keepers at Home Magazine.
Protecting innocent children from sexual abuse: Stories and how-to for mothers
Protecting children from a lifetime of struggles with
What can be done to prevent it? How can we protect innocent children from its emotional, physical, and spiritual consequences? Are there ways to shield them? Should we talk about sexual things? When? How much?
The seventeen authors of Protecting Their Purity provide biblical encouragement and practical answers to one of the most important parenting questions of our day. Many of them have experienced abuse personally. In Protecting Their Purity they offer how-to, encouragement, and most of all, hope. Hope for mothers of children and teenagers who take seriously their responsibility to protect their daughters' purity.
This book is intended for adult reading. More info...
A Keeper'sBook from the editors of Keepers at Home Magazine.
Candid, practical advice for getting along with another human being (who is your leader at that!) after the honeymoon—from those who have survived and learned to thrive on the journey. More info...
An Activity a day for Mothers and Children—Includes Gems of Inspiration
In order to bond with our children, we must invest time in their lives. Unless we are intentional about this, opportunities slip through our fingers. Minutes spent today to build relationships with our children will yield benefits tomorrow when outside pressures threaten to unravel those ties that bind our hearts together.
The purpose of this calendar is to provide organized, helpful ideas of things for mothers to do with their children. Most of you will not find time to do an activity every day, but each week choose three or four activities that you can work in, making sure you have the supplies needed ahead of time. More info...
From the Bible People Series.
The story of David and his sheep. A delightful story for all ages. More info...
Book 4 of the Manners Are Homemade Series.
When Mr. Waverly comes home from the hospital, Caleb uses his homemade manners to show kindness and consideration to his elderly neighbor. Seeing Mr. Waverly gives Caleb a good idea for naming his favorite kitten. More info...
Will Lorenzo be willing to share the coins Tío Francisco gave him for helping to pick papayas? This story will familiarize children with the Guatamalan culture and will teach them the joy of giving to the Lord rather than selfishly keeping all for themselves.
"Mamá!" Lorenzo called as he leaped onto the porch where his mother was washing clothes at the pila. "Papá is going to Tío Francisco's field to help him pick papayas. May I go along to help? Papá said I may if it is okay with you."
"Yes, that is fine with me," Mamá agreed, flashing her excited son a smile.
"Oh, good! Goodbye, Mamá."
The 3rd Edition of the Grade 1 Bible Nurture and Reader Series provides texts and workbooks for most of the first grade pupil's basic needs—reading, phonics, language, spelling, penmanship, and Bible memory. Separate math, music, and art courses are available to round out the first grader's curriculum.
This edition has a greater emphasis on phonics than former editions. It contains considerably fewer sight words, and has much more drill and practice built into it. The stories are from the Bible, but have been rewritten to fit new word lists.
This course is arranged into 6 units, with a total of 160 lessons. (In essence, the "pre-reading" lessons of the 2nd edition have here been expanded into their own unit.) Unit 1 has 15 lessons, Unit 2 has 25 lessons, and Units 3-6 have 30 lessons each. Each lesson has 6 divisions: Reader, Reading Workbook, Phonics Workbook, Penmanship Workbook, Worksheet(s), Practice Page(s), and sometimes Blackline(s). All of these divisions relate to one another in a given lesson, thus thoroughly acquainting the child with the lesson for each day. More info...
One little stitch is the start of this story.
Whirr goes the machine,
and there on the patch
is one little stitch
and another to match!
Many stitches later, Stephen has a very special comforter—cozy and bright. It is just right to give away to someone who needs it.
Stephen never knows where his comforter goes. But God knows. He knows exactly where Stephen's comforter is needed!
This beautifully illustrated story helps children understand how their willing efforts can bless others. More info...
More than anything else in the china cabinet, Mary Ellen Stutzman likes her mother's gold carnival pitcher. With its glowing rainbow colors, the pitcher is the most beautiful one that Mary Ellen has ever seen. Not only is it a lovely pitcher, but it is also a precious heirloom that once belonged to Daudy Kauffman.
Sometimes Mary Ellen wonders how the pitcher was made. How did the glass get its rainbow colors? What other stories lay hidden in that beautiful, old pitcher?
To her surprise, Mary Ellen is to find out some of the secrets of the gold carnival pitcher. But the greatest surprise is yet to come! More info...
Stories from the author's girlhood memories
Suddenly something dawned on Esther that she had never thought of before. "We live in the middle of the world and everybody else lives around us."
Everyone but Esther laughed.
"What's so funny?" Esther cried. "We do, don't we?"
"Yes, dear," Mom said. "Our home is in the middle of your world. That's the way it should be."
"You can start from home and go anywhere in the world—and all the way to Heaven too," Daddy said.
Appealing stories from the author's childhood memories that grab the attention of boys and girls alike, plant life lessons in their hearts, and bring on occasional giggles and sympathetic sighs. More info...
Little Pedro from Paraguay needs to have a series of shots to help his body heal from a disease. Will he be brave through the whole ordeal as God heals his body?
This is Pedro. He lives with his family in Paraguay.
When Pedro was almost six years old, he became very sick.
Father drew Pedro onto his lap.
Pedro rested his feverish head against Father's chest. Father took Pedro's thin hand in his big, strong one. Pedro closed his dark eyes. He felt so safe to be in Father's arms.
From the Bible Stories for Young Readers Series.
God loves to hear songs of praise from His people. It is easy to sing in times of victory and rejoicing, but God also wants His people to sing during times of hardship and sadness. Bible Songs contains stories of God's people and some of the occasions on which they sang. More info...
Words are broken into syllables, and pronunciation is included with harder words to help the beginning reader.
Each book in the Don and Jill Series is written to make a child's first reading experiences a pleasure. Simple words and short sentences allow first graders to read a whole book on their own!
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How a simple four-line poem changed the minds of robbers
Grandma Lizzie and Grandpa Phares froze when they woke up and saw robbers in their bedroom. What do you think the robbers did when they heard Grandma Lizzie saying the prayer rhyme she had learned as a little girl? This is a full-color book for children of all ages. More info...
A cold... a fight to breathe... weakness... death.
Sara Beachy and her husband Noah were a busy couple raising their family in the 1940s and 50s. Sara's mother-heart suffered deeply as one child after another succumbed to a mysterious genetic heart condition. Yet her trust in God deepened, leaving a testimony of faith that lives on, unsullied by bitterness. May this true story inspire you to lean on God wholly as you face trials, and remind you to treasure the moments you have with your children. More info...
With its fascinating color illustrations, this book is an enjoyable way for children of all ages to learn about William Penn. Instead of stealing the Indians’ land, Friend Penn wanted to buy it fairly with cloth, mirrors, and other special trinkets from the Old World. This book holds a beautiful message about fairness and respect that resulted in many years of peace between the Indians and settlers in Pennsylvania. More info...
Meeting with God is the most important appointment of your day, but many demands and distractions compete with that meeting. That's why a Bible-reading plan with a few exercises may be just the tool you need. The four volumes of My Quiet Time with God...
- ...take you through the Bible chronologically and topically.
- ...provide a flexible schedule by using numbered days rather than dated readings.
- ...are simple enough for young readers, but stimulating for older ones as well.
- ...are small enough to place inside most Bibles.
- ...help you focus on the passages and remember them.
A message of hope for those who experience rejection
Every person has a deep need for fellowship, camaraderie, and companionship with others. But in our fallen world, rejection is commonplace and painful. We hurt when we are left out or purposely excluded, especially when it involves our family, our close friends, or our church.
Rejection has driven many people to become rebellious, controlling, intemperate, or obsessed with their performance. But being rejected does not doom us to living in misery and bitterness. Jesus offers a far better way.
As believers, we are spiritually united with Jesus. In Him we are loved and accepted. In Him we receive the declaration of full approval from the Father. In Him we have the promise of being received into glory for eternity. This is an unspeakable wonder!
Accepted in Jesus is more than an exploration of rejection. It points the way to a life centered on Jesus, a life that takes up residence in Him. In Jesus we are not only delivered from the ways of self, but the life and vitality of Jesus also thrive in our relationships. We can be people of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness... the very things that characterize Jesus. More info...
One woman's journey to victory
Jenna, the older sister, was beautiful. Talented. Popular. Neat. Confident. Sarah was the next born—the ordinary one. For years she was simply known as "Jenna's sister," without an identity of her own. Falling into the trap of comparison, Sara became all too familiar with inferiority, the gut-wrenching pain of believing she was worthless. But she found victory and wants others to find it too.
I share my testimony for two reasons: First, it is my song of victory to God in thanks for His glorious freedom and healing, as well as a declaration to Satan that I am done believing his lies. Second, I share it because I am convinced this is a much-needed message, especially among youth girls. I have an urgency to offer hope to young women who feel of little worth, inferior, or who think of themselves as failures. In Christ, there is a way of escape from these debilitating feelings.
This series is especially prepared to give extra reading practice to first-graders. More info...
From the Word Search Puzzles Series.
90 puzzles. The Bible verses selected for these puzzles are taken from the King James Version.
Are you looking for worthwhile ways to occupy your children? Do you want to brighten the outlook of a shut-in or a lonely senior citizen? Or perhaps you want to fill your own mind with thoughts of God.
The Bible verses in these puzzles remind us of the importance of being joyful. The Bible tells us to "rejoice evermore" and "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." In addition to finding the hidden words, you may enjoy the challenge of memorizing selected verses. More info...
Here he is again, little Eli—still small but a bit older, a bit taller, and still wishing to help Dad on the farm. At their new home in eastern Kansas, a place of creeks and fertile fields, Eli is more than just a water boy. He milks Hipbones every day, and when the rush of summer arrives, Dad needs his help to rake the sweet-smelling hay. Dad also promises Eli he may run the buckrake, pushing the windrows into piles. But each time Eli tries, something dreadful happens.
Eli is never happier than when he can explore Fish Creek, which meanders through their farm. Then Dad and Mom begin to see dangers in Kansas that Eli doesn't fully comprehend. They begin praying about another move, and Eli finds he must leave Fish Creek and the West far behind. Will his dreams of becoming a cowboy farmer on the prairie be lost forever? More info...
Enjoy coloring favorite scenes and story characters from the Pleasant Valley Farm Series, featuring:
A God's Miracle series book.
Through lovely verse and full-color illustrations children learn secrets about the butterfly's life. From stationary egg through creepy crawly caterpillars, a cozy den and wet wings, the wonder of a butterfly points to our amazing Creator.
Come see the pretty butterfly
That flutters on our lawn.
I see him floating low, then high;
I blink and he is gone.
God made the lovely butterflies
With wings of cheerful lace.
They flicker through the sunny skies.
What fun for us to chase!
Carlos carefully carried a gift of eggs to the neighbors. Sharing made him happy. But the happiness didn't stop there! Watch how his gift sparks other acts of kindness. God loves cheerful givers! More info...
These small activity books for children are just the size to keep in your purse for any moment when young minds and hands need something to do. More info...
Great stories for children—life-changing Biblical principles for adults
Every Sunday morning the children at the church in Hickory Stick were treated to a horse story from the man who played with sticks—horse trainer Vernon Boggs. But the stories weren't only for the children. The very first Sunday, Vernon explained, "I'm going to tell you a story about a horse named Raven. At the same time I'll be teaching a lesson to your parents, if they listen carefully."
So Vernon Boggs told the children how he almost gave up on Raven, an angry, fearful horse who seemed impossible to train. On another Sunday he told them about Cinnamon, a horse who refused to go where his rider wanted. The children learned how an older, well-trained horse taught a younger, restless horse how to behave, and how a mule could win a race without being whipped to run faster.
The children and parents in the congregation at Hickory Stick learned about more than training horses. Through the horse trainer's stories, they learned about obedience, God's ways, and being useful in God's kingdom.
Follow the instructions at the end of the book to make a gee haw whimmydiddle stick, one of Vernon Boggs' favorite teaching tools. More info...
Seventy stories about Jesus for young children
Jesus loved people. He blessed children. He told stories, taught lessons, and stretched out gentle hands to heal. These simple stories and vivid illustrations help young children see Jesus as a real person who did real things.
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus will begin to form in children's minds the outlines of a picture that will be filled in as they grow—the picture of Jesus as a caring, understanding, and trustworthy Friend. More info...
American History Through Indian Eyes
History is usually written by the victors, but this series of historical novels is an attempt to tell it as felt by some of the vanquished.
In gripping narrative, the first volume of The Conquest Series tells the early history of the Lenape Indians and the coming of the white man to the Delaware River Valley. It shows why the Lenape claimed the lands they lived upon as their homeland. It explains Indian concepts of land use and details how the Lenape men came to be called women.
Intent upon dominating the Lenape and their lands, avaricious Whites cames from England, France, Holland, and Sweden, sailing across the Great Salt Sea in their inspiring white-winged canoes. Men from each arriving nation brought their rivalry and warring methods to the Lenape homeland.
This Indian saga reveals how great sachems of the Lenape—Eesanques, Mattahorn, Tamanend—tried to preserve their homeland amidst the wonders and terrors brought by these European invaders.
The account, as imaginatively told by master Lenape storytellers, stands in stark contrast to the biased tales of the Whites' "pen and ink" men who thought themselves civilized and believed the Indians to be only crude savages. More info...
Diligence has its own rewards, and the satisfaction of a job done right gives a happy feeling, Rebecca’s mother tells her. Young readers will learn with seven-year-old Rebecca that diligence in doing chores results in a happy heart. More info...
Five teachings of Jesus often missed, ignored, or rejected
Jeremy and Alicia enjoy attending Lakeside Believers Fellowship. The sermons are gripping, the programs exciting, and the worship team is second to none. Without question, Lakeside is the place to be! But there is one problem: Jeremy and Alicia have never paid much attention to what Jesus actually taught.
Many people think they understand Christianity. They believe that a man named Jesus came to earth a couple thousand years ago, died on a cross, and then rose from the dead. They believe that accepting these facts makes them Christians and allows them to go to a place called heaven when they die.
That is what Jeremy and Alicia thought Christianity consisted of too... until they began to look at what Jesus really said. More info...
Dirk Willems gives his life to save his enemy
Lucia Willems greatly admires her big brother Dirk. He treats her kindly and works hard to provide for the family. But he leads a dangerous life at odds with the law. With beliefs rooted in the teachings of Jesus, Dirk baffles his friends and angers the authorities. And when he acts on his beliefs and saves the life of his enemy, the whole town is shocked.
Lucia is angered at the injustice in her world. Yet as she faces her anger and pain, she remembers her brother's example. She finally learns that it is possible to live in a kingdom where forgiveness wins, evil is repaid with kindness, and death is a new beginning. More info...
Terrorism. From the barbarous actions of ISIS to the shocking tactics of al-Qaida, radical Islamic extremists seem to be everywhere and growing stronger. We can hardly pick up a newspaper or listen to a newscast without being assaulted with another wave of their horrific acts.
Americans wonder in alarm: What if this movement keeps growing? Will it overtake the West? Will it forever change America's way of life?
But there are other questions we as Christians should be asking: How should we respond to radical Islam? Does the Bible have answers? How would Jesus respond? More info...
War-weary refugees tell their stories
Bombs fall. Buildings explode. People die. The war in Syria is a seemingly endless cycle of death and destruction. Yet behind the numbing statistics and finger-pointing headlines are real people—men, women, and children whose voices are seldom heard. Millions of them have fled their homeland in a desperate attempt to survive.
This book is a collection of Syrian refugee stories, an attempt to give a voice to ordinary people whose lives have been shattered and who long for peace. These stories are told in the context of the author's trip to the Middle East, a trip where she experienced Middle Eastern culture for the first time as she listened to brokenhearted Syrians who had fled to Lebanon and Jordan. Hear their stories. Listen to the voices of Syria. More info...
Featuring eye-popping macro-photography and captivating stories, this beautiful volume is a cross between an encyclopedia and an adventure tale.
A fly with no mouth, a hydraulic-powered spider, a freeze-proof caterpillar, and a deadly message coded in light pulses—are such things found only in exotic places like Africa or the Amazon basin? Follow the author and his family as they discover these wonders and many more in a single two-acre Ohio backyard. And don't be surprised if this book puts you in the mood to strike out on a backyard safari of your own. More info...
A rat, a rat,
a rat in a sack!
The tan rat
is in the sack.
Scat, rat; scat.
Jill can help cut dill.
Jill can fill a bag with dill.
Cut, Jill; cut.
Cut and sing.
Simple words and catchy rhymes will help your first-grader to enjoy reading his first book. More info...
A Keeper'sBook from the editors of Keepers at Home Magazine.
The Big Book of Activities for Little People
Compiled from the contributions of over 100 mothers. More info...
This is a story of two families. Both lived in the United States. Both wanted to see Canada. It was 1816.
The Peter Miller you met in Clyde the Rebel is now grown up, with a family of his own. He is a wealthy Pennsylvania farmer who, along with his married children, moves in order to own more land. Peter and his family load an enormous Conestoga wagon and travel to Canada in style with a team of four draft horses.
Not so the Paul Bolger family. They are slaves on a Virginia plantation and they are fleeing from cruel oppression. Always fearful of the slave hunters, they must run by night and sleep by day.
Kind friends help the Bolgers along. Though not yet known as the Underground Railroad in 1816, a route exists where slaves find lodging as they flee. It's because the Miller family has a slave hiding place that they get to meet the Bolger family.
But the Bolger's can't stay long. They must go on, following the Freedom Star.
All the way to her new home in Canada, Betsy Miller keeps wondering, "Will we find the Bolgers when we get there?" More info...
Rosa was seven years old, too old to cry very much anymore. Mamá had gone to heaven, and now Rosa lived with Tío Carlos and Tía Carmen. She wanted to be brave, but it was hard.
"Jesus will help you after I go," Mamá had said before she died.
Rosa looked at the fluffy popcorn clouds and wondered. If God had helped Mamá when she was sick, could He help Rosa too with her many troubles?
Although Rosa didn't know it then, God was preparing rainbows for her life—beautiful rainbows to comfort the lonely girl and remind her that God loved her and remembered His promises. More info...
Now that he had reached the "old age" of twenty, Daniel Yoder faced the normal life decisions of a young man. Knowing that these decisions would affect his entire future, he wanted to choose wisely. Was God calling him to continue his service at home on the carpenter crew? Or was God calling him to teach at one of the many schools who were still needing teachers? If so, which school should he choose?
What should he do about finding a life's companion? Although he knew many fine girls, it did not seem as if he had found the right one. Did God have a godly young women for him—somewhere?
God would make His placements where it pleased Him, and Daniel had only to follow. The years ahead would prove that the threads of life were not all golden. Dark strands wove their way through the light ones; and together, they made a beautiful pattern, woven by the Master's skillful hand. More info...
God has a special gift for five-year-old Sandra. This gift is her precious grandfather.
"Grandfather and Grandmother took care of me when I was a little girl," Mother explains to Sandra. "Now it is our turn to take care of Grandfather."
Sandra is pleased that Grandfather is coming to live with them. Perhaps he will read stories with her. Perhaps he will bring candy.
But something is happening to Grandfather. On some days, his mind is good, and he smiles and tells stories. On other days, his mind is sick, and he says and does strange things that make Sandra feel sad.
Through the days that follow, Sandra learns how to relate to the elderly and finds special joy in being Grandfather's helper. More info...
Dan lost his left leg. He cannot run or jump or cut the grass. But Dan can swing and sing and fish. He can help Mother and Father, and he can still thank God.
This book is written for children who are learning to read. More info...
God's World Science Series
This final course is divided into 8 units, with a total of 122 class periods. Quarterly reviews prepare the students for a final test. The teacher's manual provides scheduling guidance for dividing the material into two years of study, although it may also be covered in one year if science is taught three to four times per week.
Unit 1 covers the principles of light, including color, optics, and the eye. Unit 2 covers work and machines. Unit 3 discusses energy and engines. Units 4 and 5 cover principles and applications of chemistry. Units 6 and 7 deal with electricity, magnetism, generators, motors, circuits, electronics, and electrical safety. Unit 8 introduces reproduction and heredity.
The book has many full-color illustrations, a glossary, and an index. The hardcover teacher's manual contains a copy of the pupil's book, an introduction to each unit, an outline of major concepts, and an answer key. Tests are in a separate booklet with tear-out sheets. More info...
Every child, just like every snowflake, is a unique creation!
Melanie is only seven years old, but she knows that she is the oldest and must be brave. Her mother has cancer, and no one knows if God will choose to heal her.
As Ervin finally recovers from rheumatic fever, his doctor shares the shattering news: Ervin's heart is permanently damaged. Will Ervin ever be strong again?
Haying season has returned, and Douglas longs to help in the way his friends do. He's almost sixteen, but he's still too short to drive the big tractors safely. Why has God chosen to give him unusually short stature?
Clayton knows that taking a nature hike with his classmates would not be possible for him. Joanne tries to satisfy herself by smelling cookies rather than eating them. Grace befriends a blind girl. Why did Victor need to eat during classtime? Why did the doctor wash out Albert's wax factory?
Just as every snowflake is different from all other snowflakes, every person is created in a unique way by a loving God. These nineteen stories illustrate how God's grace can help people of any age to triumph over life's most difficult and challenging questions. More info...
A little brown hen may not be the most common kind of pet, but Sally and Susan mother her as much as their dolls. So when Josie disappears one day, the girls become quite concerned.
In this story, children will learn about trusting God's care for us in sad times—and how God sometimes answers our prayers with a glad surprise.
Josie was a little brown hen. She belonged to two little girls named Sally and Susan.
When Josie was a chick, a piece of wood fell on her wing and broke it. Sally and Susan took care of her, and soon Josie's wing was healed. By then, Josie had become their pet.
How could Timothy get the cows back into the barnyard? Finally, Timothy remembered that he could pray, and so an idea came to him. This well-illustrated book can help children learn about dependence on God.
One summer day, Timothy came to visit Grandfather on the farm. The farm was in the mountains.
Grandfather had many apple trees on his farm.
When Timothy saw the big apples, he ran to get one.
He was climbing the tree when he heard cowbells ring.
Clink clank, clink clank.
Five-year-old Karlyn learns how God has planned to give him a grown-up tooth. Children will relate well to the somewhat frightful experience of losing that first tooth.
A boy with sparkling chocolate eyes
Thought being five was fun!
And Karlyn was like any boy—
He loved to jump and run.
From the Bible People Series.
A simply told story of Moses and the people he was called to lead out of Egypt. A good book to help young readers appreciate the work God did through a faithful man. More info...
From the Stepping Forward Series.
Uncle Nathan gives Sheldon and Rachel a happy day. He takes them fishing! The children like to sit in the boat. They like to hear the waves splashing against the side of the boat. Uncle Nathan will show the children how to catch fish. Can Sheldon and Rachel catch fish too?
New concepts in this book:
- Consonant digraphs (sh, ch, th, th, wh, ng)
- The suffix ing
- Two-syllable words
Did you know a fly's eye is made up of hundreds of little eyes? Have you ever seen a candy-striped leafhopper, scarlet elfcups, or the details of a crane fly's wings? Learn about many wonders of God's creation as you meander through the summer woods in Ohio.
Children's photo book with text. Preschool through second grade. More info...
36 minutes. 26 a cappella songs.
Children love to sing, and God loves to hear them sing. This CD contains many familiar children's songs sung in four parts to help train young ears for harmony. The nine adult singers are from Bethesda Fellowship in Plain City, Ohio.
Many years ago, settlers began to spread west across America. With horses and wagons, they found their way through the trees and over the mountains.
But the people needed better ways to travel back and forth. The merchants in the cities in the East wanted to ship goods to the settlers in the West. The farmers and trappers in the West wanted to send grain, fruit, and furs to the cities in the East.
De Witt Clinton thought of a plan. Why not build a canal across New York State? Some people laughed and called it "Clinton's Ditch." But De Witt Clinton did not give up. More info...
"When will I get a new dress for the first day of school?" Mary's green eyes sparkled. "When will we go to the store to buy dress material?"
Mother kept on cranking the handle of the butter churn. The thick cream slurped. Thoughtfully Mother looked at Mary. "Father and I decided that your new school dress will be made out of feed-sacks. Your old Sunday dress will also be a school dress."
The sparkle in Mary's eyes sailed away like little boats on a storm sea. "A feed-sack dress," she sighed.
Feed-sack material was used for making a lot of things, such as tablecloths, tea towels, quilts, and pillowcases. But for a school dress?
Life in the 1950's held challenges for everyone. But six-year-old Mary soon learned that contentment was not found in the things she wanted, but rather in thankful acceptance of what the Lord provided. More info...
Challenging stories of young teens facing hard choices
Travis tensed as he heard his counsins' dirty talk. Again.
Kate stayed awkwardly in the background while her sister Amy laughed and flitted easily from person to person. It just isn't fair, Katy thought.
Haley's little brothers we so aggravating. "I wish you'd try a little harder to get along with the boys," said Haley's mom.
It was exciting to feel popular and important. But Nicole's new friends expected her to keep on slandering the teacher.
"What you need is a boyfriend," Emily said. "And I can tell you how to get one..." She leaned in closer, smiling mischievously.
Dad's always on me about something, Tony thought, scowling.
These stories are about challenges, struggles, and tough choices faced by young teens. You may recognize some of them... in your own life.
A Kind of Courage will help you make choices that will strengthen you spiritually and increase your desire to please God. More info...
Rod and Staff Nature Library
Firmly based on the creation account in the Bible and God's maintenance of all things by the word of His power, this new reference will inspire your faith with the marvels of the feathered creatures. Here you will learn things you never knew about familiar North American species, and you will also explore the wonders of many other fascinating birds around the globe.
- Easy-to-read, informative text that appeals to children and adults.
- Over 300 photographs showing bird species in their natural surroundings.
- Range maps for many species
- Fact files in each entry to provide information at a glance.
- Special features on supplementary topics such as bird's nest soup.
From the Pleasant Valley Farm Series.
"He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour." —Proverbs 11:27
Shadow was a shy cat, but she was also brave and diligent. When Farmer Don ruined her perfect hiding place in a tunnel of hay, she didn't give up. Shadow searched and searched for a new spot. It had to be just right for keeping her secret safe.
This story sweetly illustrates ways in which even a child can honor and care for the aged, through kindnesses as simple as giving "a cup of cold water."
My mother checks the calendar
And turns to look at me.
"Today we visit Sister Dawn
To do her therapy."
What is so fascinating about insects? First of all, they show the amazing creativity of God, our Creator. Scientists have identified around one million species of insects. But they estimate that there may be a few million more to discover and identify! The Amazon region of South America and the Congo region of Africa are just full of these unidentified critters.
Second, consider the immense variety of instincts in insects. Take, for example, just bees and wasps—so many types of nests that they build, and so many different foods that they eat. How do they know what kind of nests their species should build? Do they ever get mixed up and try to build one like their neighbor's? No, of course not. God gave them the natural ability to build the nest just like they are supposed to.
As you color these pictures, I hope you are amazed and thrilled with the greatness of God. More info...