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Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

This tract examines the subject in the light of God's Word.
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Growing into His Likeness

Devotional thoughts for women

Can others tell that you are set apart as a member of Jesus' family? Do your attitudes and actions reveal His presence in your life more and more? Wilma weaves down-to-earth personal stories with insights gleaned from Scripture as she calls us to examine our lives and press on in faithfulness to the Lord.

Pause. Respond to Christ's invitation to come closer. Seek Him on the pages of Scripture. Learn to see His active presence in your life. Notice His glory around you. You will be changed as you grow to be more like Him. More info...

Protecting Your Child's Purity

Encouragement and Direction for Parents

How can I protect my child's innocence?

How can I protect my child's purity?

Who can I trust?

Who should I be careful of?

How much should I talk to my child?

What do I do if something bad happens?

Protecting Your Child's Purity offers direction and encouragement to parents as they consider the often difficult task of guarding their child's purity.

Protecting Your Child's Purity provides a fast, easy-to-read format that allows any parent to begin practicing protection today. Now.

We pray that this book will be another small push toward a tomorrow where our world will have zero tolerance for sexual abuse. One child abused among us in the next hundred years is one child too many.

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2021 Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner

Designed for the busy homemaker, this planner will help you efficiently organize your schedule and de-clutter your mind. Includes pages for yearly, monthly, and weekly planning (2 extra transitional months included), as well as space for tasks, events, and addresses. A handy section of perforated pages in the back is included for weekly shopping lists—enough for the whole year. Thumb tabs, dog-ear page markings, and contextual calendars make this a fast reference tool. Along with inspirational quotes, weekly Scripture verses point you to the homemaker's true Source of all help and hope.

Packed with friendly features:

  • Page size: 5.5" x 8.5"
  • 14-months for easy transitioning
  • Holidays and Daylight Savings Time alerts
  • Inspirational quotes heading each section
  • Scripture promises for each week
  • Contextual calendars on week and month views for quick orientation
  • Tabs and dog-ear option for quick reference
  • Tear-out shopping lists
  • Pocket storage inside back flap

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The Final Conquest (Volume 7) - "The Conquest Series"

American History Through Indian Eyes

Volume 7 of The Conquest Series; sequel to Black Clouds Over the Ohioland.

In The Final Conquest, the Revolutionary War rages through the Ohioland, further testing the faith of the believers in three Christian Indian villages along the Muskingum River. Threatened with death and destruction on every side, the believing Indians and their beloved teachers cannot determine who are their real friends or enemies.

Despite numerous death threats and a number of attacks, the white teachers loyally stand by their flocks and trust in God to watch over them. Yet they fear the British Indians and look to the Americans for protection. While professing neutrality in the conflict, John Heckewelder and David Zeisberger seek to "save lives" by secretly sending letters to the American military, warning of coming attacks by the British Indians.

On the other hand, the believing Indians fear the Americans with their broken treaties, wanton murders, and threats of "visits." Furthermore, they understand the natural Indian desire for peace and a secure homeland. The believing Indians trust their own tribal nations and agree with why the Wyandot Half King "stopped up" the road to Fort Pitt and ordered that the letters should no longer go.

In The Final Conquest, you will learn the answer to which side in the conflict one could trust and the difference between being a practical pacifist or a nonresistant believer. And you will discover the true meaning of the gold medallion and its promise to Isaac Glikkikan of a permanent homeland for his people. More info...

A Cane for Grandmother

It is Sunday morning, and Grandmother wants to go to church. The trail to church is too narrow and steep for a car or truck. If Grandmother wants to go to church, she must walk.

But the trail is long and steep, and Grandmother is old and frail. She cannot climb the trail by herself. Is someone willing to help her? More info...

The Influence of Affluence

God loves to provide well for His people. But He understands human nature. He knows how attractive material things can be. The more people have, the greater their temptation to use more and more for selfish reasons. So God gives His people outlets for the excess.

"Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15).

"Charge them that are rich... that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute,... laying up in store for themselves a good foundation" (1 Timothy 6:17-19).

The real enjoyment of riches is the ability to give and share freely with others. That is one way we can lay up treasures in heaven. More info...

Sylvester's Journal

Scrawled secrets. A heart sealed off from wife and God... Was his life a sham?

"I don't like having my papers shuffled around by anyone else! I put them where they are for a reason." Sylvester's voice softened a bit when he saw the look on Naomi's face. "My father always kept his desk locked."

Sylvester turned his back, locked the desk, and walked out the door toward his woodworking shop.

A closed door. A locked desk. A hidden journal. Irregular trips to town. And a man named Sylvester Martin. Who really is this man and what is troubling him? These are questions that Naomi cannot answer, even after years of marriage. Around his heart, Sylvester has built a wall that shuts out his wife—and God.

Riveting and candid, this story is a fresh reminder that the actions of every individual greatly affect others in the family, church, and community. More info...

Captain Garrison (1701-1781)

Based on the life of Captain Nicholas Garrison

Desperate and daring, Nicholas seeks a compass for his soul.

Young Nicholas blinked back tears and set his jaw as he watched the full moon rising. He would prove he could be trusted. He would forget the past. As soon as he was old enough, he would leave and go to sea. He loved the sea.

Nicholas' parents had taught him right from wrong. But the bitterness of loss, the anger at cruel treatment, and the lure of a sailor's loose life led him further and further from God.

After years of braving storms and pirates on the high seas, Nicholas became desperately ill. Then he remembered his Moravian friend, Brother Josef. He remembered the verses his mother helped him learn as a boy. His wicked life stared him in the face.

God had seen every sin he had ever committed. Nicholas was not smart enough to escape nor good enough to go to heaven. His attempts at right living had fallen to the ground, and he had nowhere to hide himself from God. He deserved to die.

"Father God! Give me one more chance!" More info...

Growing Children in the Light of Eternity

Growing Children in the Light of Eternity is full of outstanding philosophies for Christian parenting. It includes diverse concepts of parenting and recommendations for using the best one. One section is devoted to getting a child off to a good start in the first few years. It contains excellent instructions for training children to control their emotions while very young, which will help any child to enjoy a happier, more successful life. There are chapters on teaching the grade school age child to mature, listen to his conscience, and take responsibility for his actions and duties. Other chapters are directed to coaching teenagers into assuming adult accountability. In this section parents will find hope, courage, and instructions for heart bonding in those years that some parents find turbulent.

This book will point parents to God's thoughts about parenting. It should help them to lead their children away from low, earthly things into the high fields of God's eternal values. Hopefully it will encourage parents to nurture their children's spirits as they nourish their bodies, because the child's spirit will live forever.

From time to time, the author has written memos to parents. This book is a collection of those bits of wisdom God has given. It is written in hopes that it will inspire weary parents, and that it will answer a few of the many questions young mothers have. It is given with a prayer that it will bless families everywhere, and that godly parents will be able to more effectively influence their children to follow the Path to Heaven. More info...

God, Our Children, and the Facts of Life

As parents, we know we should teach our children about their God-given sexuality. Yet the thought of doing so often makes us self-conscious and uncomfortable.

However, God created us male and female, and His design is perfect and wonderful. God knows we can teach our sons and daughters how to be pure. He placed children in our homes, and He gives us what we need to love and instruct them. We have the privilege and responsibility to teach them a Biblical view of their bodies.

Discreetly written, God, Our Children, and the Facts of Life offers an encouraging and practical perspective on sensitive issues for parents. As parents of fourteen children, Steve and Sandra Ebersole give guidance for teaching children from toddlers to teenagers and in between. Their caring counsel prepares parents for those important conversations with precious sons and daughters. More info...

Led by His Hand

Stories from Merle Burkholder's forty years in missions

The world is so big, Merle thought, but space is much, much bigger. God is in heaven, somewhere beyond all that space. He looks down on the world, and He can see me, a young boy here in the silo.

The thought was staggering. The great and mighty God who controlled the universe saw and cared about him. Merle could not refuse the call of such a great and loving God. I don't know what you want to do with my life or where you want me to go, he prayed, but I am willing to do whatever you ask.

Merle's call to missions came as a boy growing up on a small Pennsylvania farm. Later, his dream of establishing a business nearly silenced that call.

But God's hand continued to lead Merle and his wife Edith. They ministered to souls in snowy northwestern Ontario and under the tropical sun in Haiti. God also led Merle to help begin and administer savings groups among the needy around the world, enabling them to also open their hands and give.

These stories portray the real life of a missionary—a mixture of success, failure, and everyday living—told with a touch of humor. Be inspired, and consider God's call on your own life as you read. More info...

What the Blind Man Saw

The story of Johnnie Wenger

"I've been thinking," began Johnnie as he tied the knots to hold the thread in place on the broom he was making.

"I don't doubt that," interrupted Papa dryly. "I can't keep up with your ideas. What am I to expect next?"

John S. Wenger made his home in the fertile farmland of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Born blind in one eye, he lost sight in the other at the age of twenty-two. It was a hard blow, but Johnnie was not one to give up.

Blind Johnnie learned to make brooms and assemble farm equipment, especially binders. He liked new inventions and understood machinery. He was a big help to the farmers in his neighborhood.

Blind Johnnie also helped with the Mennonite mission on Welsh Mountain. In his older years, he was delighted to learn to read the Bible with his own fingers. Determined, cheerful, and content with what God planned for his life—that was blind Johnnie Wenger.

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Destiny by Choice

Defining moments—we all face them. Times of testing. Personal crises. The crossroads of life.

Destiny by Choice is a collection of true stories. Mennonite author Lily Bear draws from a lifetime of writing experience to tell about people at the crossroads.

Though each journey is different, the characters have one thing in common: God is asking them to choose the right path.

  • Tempered Through Trials—Jacob, a peace-loving follower of Christ living in Alberta, Canada, has every reason to wonder what will happen to him when he faces the draft for World War II. In time, his trials begin to make more sense.
  • God, Where Are You?—Paul and Angela leave all to serve Jesus in remote Papua New Guinea. The mission God has for them is more trying than they ever imagined—and far more beautiful.
  • No Promise of Tomorrow—Galen, Kenneth, and Lamar: three men in their prime, three different outcomes. God asked them to consider their ways. How did they respond?

These stories and others give a sober reminder that choices take people places—and eventually to one of two eternal destinies. Choose this day whom you will serve, and choose well. More info...

Blind Johnnie - "Conqueror Series"

From the Conqueror Series.

Brooms, binders, and a big heart

Johnnie Wenger learns to live without sight as he finds his way around the farm and community. He overcomes many obstacles while making brooms, assembling farm equipment, and running a store. Fully illustrated in color, this book is inspirational for both children and adults.

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Blue Hen and Her Babies - "Green Meadow Series"

Oh, Blue Hen was happy! How busy she was! She led her babies out to the green meadow to catch bugs. She took them to the little creek to get a drink. She warmed them under her feathers.

These babies did not swim in the creek. They did not fly high, high up in the trees. They just scratched in the dirt like Blue Hen did. They did everything just like Blue Hen did. More info...

Black Clouds Over the Ohioland (Volume 6) - "The Conquest Series"

American History Through Indian Eyes

Volume 6 of The Conquest Series; sequel to War Chief Conquered.

Black clouds of war again rise over the Christian Indian villages of the Ohioland. The Delaware capital of Coshocton is shaken by the great struggle of the nearby Moravian mission at Meadows of Light to keep the Delaware nation neutral.

Black Clouds reveals how promises, treaties, and justice mean nothing when war erases any sense of right and wrong. At first, both the Americans and the British promise the Indians safety if they stay out of the argument between a father (Britain) and his rebellious son (America). Instead, both sides coerce the Indians into the war.

In Black Clouds, you will see the Moravian missionaries, David Zeisberger and John Heckewelder, toiling to keep the Delaware nation neutral. In addition, you will see how the towering presence of Isaac Glikkikan brought faith and calm at a time when the storm seemed about to unleash its fury.

Furthermore, Isaac Glikkikan lays bare the root cause of the Revolutionary War. Was it taxation without representation? Oppressive government? Attacks by savage Indians? A desire for independence? Discover the real cause of the war in this historically accurate and provocative tale. More info...

Exploring... The Epistles of Peter

From the "Exploring..." Bible Study Series.

Peter began his second epistle with the words, "Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ." Peter learned early, especially after the Holy Spirit came upon the church, the value of being a servant. It was the last lesson Jesus endeavored to teach the disciples when He washed their feet. By the time Peter wrote his epistle, the problem of who would be the greatest seems to have disappeared.

In Peter's epistles, the word precious appears a number of times. Peter spoke of the precious trial of one's faith, the precious blood of Christ, a precious cornerstone, a precious faith, and exceeding great and precious promises. Most important, "Unto you there which believe he is precious" (1 Peter 2:7). Indeed, Christians find Jesus precious as they walk and work with Him.

Hopefully, the comments on these epistles will increase your love for Jesus and for the truth set forth by an apostle who loved Jesus very much. Peter's many exhortations speak to us all, regardless of our station in life.

"But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you" (1 Peter 5:10). More info...

Christian Courtship and Marriage

Most youth are keenly interested in courtship and marriage because God has planted in almost everyone the desire for companionship. These seeds are always good and right in themselves, for they fill a God-ordained role in courtship and marriage.

But Satan also takes an evil interest in the seeds that God plants, and he likes nothing better than to warp your ideals with his seeds of selfishness, pride, self-will, and lust. If allowed to grow, these seeds will send a courtship into sin and woe. They produce marriages that can best be described as hell on earth.

God's seeds bring good results. If you faithfully uproot all Satan's weeds and allow God's pure plants to grow in your heart, courtship becomes enjoyable, and marriage, bliss.

This book points out Satan's evil seedlings and how to uproot them, or better yet, how to never let them germinate. It will also help you to till the soil of your heart so God's good seeds can grow in health and vigor.

Will you allow your heart to be receptive to God's seeds? More info...

Bible Inspirations Coloring Book

Sixty motto-style drawings for both children and adults. A Scripture or saying framed by scenery, flowers, or designs. More info...

Tell Me About Jesus (board book)

A toddler will tear a Bible storybook to pieces, but not this one! This sturdy board book features paintings from Tell Me the Stories of Jesus. Baby's love the mirror inside!

Slip baby's first book about Jesus into your purse or diaper bag for church, waiting rooms, or quiet moments anywhere. More info...

Creation and Salvation

The study of science can be faith-strengthening or faith-threatening. On the one hand, the amazing wonders of the physical universe point directly to a wise and benevolent Creator. On the other hand, some observations and theories raise troubling questions. Many have had their faith in Salvation through Jesus Christ spoiled by their unbelief in Creation by God. This book is for those who want to come to faith in God or want their faith strengthened. Salvation is too important to be missed by unbelief in Creation. More info...

Amanda's Noodles

Outside God sends raindrops spattering on the muddy brown lawn. Raindrops make silvery trickles down the windowpane.

But Amanda is not sad. Today is noodle-making day! More info...

The Missing Invitation (Book 3) - "The Fehr Family Series"

Book 3 of The Fehr Family Series. A sequel to More Trouble Than Trouble Creek.

Megan noticed that each of her friends was holding a pink card. "What's that?" she asked.

"It's an invitation for a special singing practice," Valerie explained. "All the girls are joining in. Isn't it exciting?"

"Yes," was all Megan could say. Why hadn't she received an invitation? Tears stung her eyes, and she hurried away. It was just as she thought: the girls were leaving her out. They didn't want to be friends with her anymore.

When a new girl comes to church, Megan wants to be her friend. Can Megan and her friends learn to share the gift of friendship with everyone? More info...

From Contra to Christ

Forced into a war he didn't want to fight, Tomás longed for peace. But peace didn't come with a cease-fire. He finally found it at the foot of a cross.

Tomás enjoyed a carefree childhood in the rough mountains of northern Nicaragua. As a boy he went to church with his mother and decided he wanted to follow God.

But growing political unrest erupted into civil war. Despite having a conscience against killing, Tomás was forced to join the Contra rebels and was swept into a maelstrom of fear and battle, hunger and loneliness, and grief for fallen comrades.

When it was over, Tomás was scarred by war. Drifting far from God, he failed to keep the promises he had made during moments of wartime terror. Tomás became an expert chain saw operator, but he also became enslaved to drink. His addiction nearly destroyed his home and wrecked his life.

Then visitors arrived in Waslala, bringing the Gospel of peace. They learned to know Tomás and liked the excellent work he did when he was sober. Little by little, their words and prayers began to affect Tomás's cold heart. At the foot of the cross, he found forgiveness and true peace. From Contra to Christ is Tomás's story. More info...

Prejudice and Pardon

In the face of injustice, Lillie finds grace to forgive

"We gotta love folks even when they do bad things; that's the only way ta have peace down in the heart." The words little Lillie hears Pappaw say echo down through her life. Born into a family of sharecroppers in the Deep South, Lillie has plenty of opportunities to put this teaching into practice. Through racial slurs, grinding poverty, marital turmoil, and the accusation of insanity because of her boldness for Christ, Lillie faces it all with active forgiveness and stubborn faith. Her life and her lips bubble over with exuberant joy in her Savior, and her testimony displays the miracle of His grace. Because she chooses to forgive, God brings beauty out of her deepest heartaches. More info...

Restored (Volume 10) - "Keeper'sBook Series"

A Keeper'sBook from the editors of Keepers at Home Magazine.

Hope for the Sexually Abused and Those Who Care About Them

This book is intended for adult reading only.

I asked God, "Why didn't you let me die when I was a child? I don't want to grow up! Please let me die now!"

I thought dying was the only way my pain could end. Every night when I went to bed, I wished I would not have to wake up in the morning. I thought everyone would be happy if I died.

I felt trapped, violated, and so helpless. My brain started to go crazy. I didn't know what's right and wrong anymore. My head would hurt so badly I thought it was going to split in two. Sometimes I would inwardly yell to God, "Help me! Help me!" Other times I would just silently suffer, hoping God would see me.

The devil told me, "You know better! You were taught better than this! What is wrong with you!"

It felt like my sin was way too big to be forgiven...

—from Angela's Story

Is there hope after sexual abuse? Are the reality of words like restored, fulfilled, secure, loved, and cherished even worth considering? Does God care about the outcome of my life?

The stories and how-to in Restored shine a ray of hope into the soul of abuse victims. You're not alone. God does care. His hand reaches out to you even now. The pain of the process is worth the joy of restoration. The power of Jesus Christ prevails—even in your darkest hour.

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Nobody's Boy: Kidnapped in Mexico

Where do I belong?

As a child, Obando observes his dark-haired, brown-skinned schoolmates and compares their appearance to his own blond hair and blue eyes. Which of the two dark-haired Mexican ladies in the house where he is actually his mother? Who is his father?

When adverse circumstances leave Obando homeless, he has a strong desire to uncover the mystery surrounding his life. Unusual circumstances bring him face to face with his biological parents.

This story brings out the cultural contrast between the native Mexicans and the Russian Mennonites living in colonies. Although Obando struggles to find a place to belong. God in His mercy reveals Himself to a boy who was literally lost and helps him discover his true identity. He is no longer nobody's boy. More info...

A Teacher for Calvin

A one-room schoolhouse. A first-year teacher. And a bundle of boyhood trouble.

Laura had not expected teaching to be easy. But neither had she reckoned on Calvin.

What Calvin did, he did with all his might. He worked furiously to complete his schoolwork. He played hard, and he played to win. He was the fastest runner in school, and when the children chose teams, Calvin was the first one chosen. And his side usually won.

But none of the children exasperated Laura or tried her patience like Calvin. It seemed that she hardly spoke to him except to give orders or to reprimand him. Most of the children's faces were as open as a book. But not Calvin. Inside Calvin was a boy she didn't know.

Laura knew Calvin needed a wise and loving teacher, one who could cope with his boundless energy and bring out the best in him. And Laura was not that teacher—or so she thought. More info...

Fabric of Endurance

The tough, dark threads of trial wove enduring faith into Sheldon's life.

Sheldon Grover felt ready to tackle the world. After the ravages of the Great Depression and World War II, the country was well on its way to recovery. The lush fields and vineyards of central California were in their prime. He had the skills, the farm, and a beautiful wife.

Then, in the span of twenty-four hours, Sheldon's world unraveled. Would the love of God and a loyal church family prove sufficient? Would Sheldon's life be transformed into the image of Christ, even in the face of profound tragedy?

To read this book is to witness a testimony of God's faithfulness. It is a story of how God used pain and hardship to weave beauty into the tapestry of Sheldon's life. And in tender care, God never stopped providing. More info...

Beyond the Sunset and Razor Wire

Reflections from prison

Timo Miller was kidnapped in broad daylight on a street in his hometown of Managua, Nicaragua, deported to the United States, and imprisoned for nearly eight months. His crime? Being a Good Samaritan in a situation where man's laws opposed God's laws.

Separation from family and church was painful, but Timo discovered that God was with him in prison. He found opportunities to witness and make new friends. Prison also provided time to pray and reflect on God, life, and the human condition.

This compilation of meditations was inspired and written while Timo was behind bars. His writings encourage us that a person who knows Christ can be free in spirit even when his legs are shackled, his window is barred, and he is surrounded by razor wire. More info...

When a Tsunami Comes

A compassionate companion and guide for dealing with great grief

Disappointments come to everyone. They come in all sizes. Some are temporary and can be fixed. Others are like scary storms that shake us up but eventually pass, and life returns to normal.

And then there are tsunamis. They are the kind of storm no one ever wants or ever dreams would happen. But one day, while life is going on as usual, it happens. A devastating tsunami strikes, leaving in its wake incredible destruction and pain. The ruin and loss are stunning. Life will never be the same again.

When a Tsunami Comes was written from the heart of someone struck by a tsunami. Members of the Esh family and two friends were on their way to a wedding when a tractor trailer smashed into their van, snatching the lives of ten occupants and the truck driver. Only two young boys survived. It was a heart-wrentching and utterly life-changing tragedy.

The journey to healing is long, winding, and tortuous. Along the way, the Esh family found that God is faithful and good. With expressive paintings and simple language for young and old, When a Tsunami Comes grieves with the grieving while pointing to the God of all comfort. More info...

This Little Monkey and Other Picture-Stories

"See! I can read!" That's what children like to say.

The stories in This Little Monkey use pictures in place of some words. Young children love to follow picture-stories with their fingers. When the reader pauses at a picture, the child can say the word.

This Little Monkey helps your children get started with words and books and learning about life and God's world. Try it and see! More info...

Popcorn Song!

All ages will enjoy this book about popcorn! The first part of the book is a story poem, which tells about planting, harvesting, popping, and enjoying popcorn. The last part gives some popcorn facts and history.

Did you know...?

  • The largest recorded kernel of popcorn measured 37 centimeters around.
  • About 498,000 tons of popcorn are grown in the United States each year.
  • In a year's time, an American eats about 68 quarts of popcorn.

If you enjoy popcorn, read this book to learn more interesting facts about one of our favorite snacks! More info...

Three Can Be Friends

Why is it so hard for Abigelle and Marie to love Jenny? There is nothing wrong with Jenny, but the other girls find that unkind habits are hard to break. However, when Abigelle becomes sick, she finds out who is a true friend. Follow these deaf girls at a school in Haiti as they learn that three can be friends. More info...

Grade 2 Penmanship "Penmanship for Christian Writing" Set [2nd Ed]

This revised course is composed of one workbook with three units divided into 70 lessons that have tear-out pages, and a 161-page teacher's guide that contains a reduced pupil's page and detailed teaching instructions for each lesson. Principles for teaching penmanship are taught, along with proper posture, pencil holding, and paper placement. Special instructions are given to teach left-handed students. This course also gives considerable attention to quality in penmanship, which includes slant, alignment, size, proportion, line quality, and spacing.

Unit 1 reviews the stroke formation of each of the capital and small letters of the manuscript alphabet, plus the numerals. Pupils learn about animals as they print sentences about them.

Unit 2 teaches cursive strokes and the formation of cursive small letters. Practice sentences about animals continue to use manuscript letters as a review.

Unit 3 teaches how to form cursive capital letters, and teaches how penmanship quality is affected by letter size, proportion, and also by word spacing, slant, and alignment. Practice sentences about animals are in cursive.

Each lesson has practice lines on the back of the tear-out sheet. Optional penmanship tablets of 100 sheets, ruled on both sides, are also available (see below) for any writing practice or assignments. The lines are spaces 1/2" apart, with a middle dashed line to help children proportion their letters properly. More info...

Set of 2 "Little Verses for Little Ones" (board books)

From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures. 2 Timothy 3:15

Each of the books in this set contains sixteen clear and simple selections from God's Word that even a child can understand and learn. More info...

Caleb Finds a Friend (Book 5) - "Manners Are Homemade Series"

Book 5 of the Manners Are Homemade Series.

Caleb isn't sure how to talk to a boy who cannot hear well, but Daddy and Mama encourage him to use good manners. When Caleb is friendly, he finds something he has been wishing for. More info...

Surviving the Tech Tsunami

Electrical technology is not just a spot of rough water the church must navigate; it is a virtual tsunami.

Electronic technology is taking our culture by storm. This is having a profound effect, not just on society at large, but on our occupations, our families, and our personal lives. It is also having a tremendous impact on our churches. As followers of Jesus in these last days, how concerned should we be?

Technology offers some obvious benefits, such as enabling Christians to reach out to the lost around the globe in ways that men like the Apostle Paul could never have imagined. But does the good offset the evil?

Gary Miller interviewed church leaders and youth across the conservative Anabaptist spectrum. Learn with him how different groups are dealing with electronic technology—what is working and what is failing dismally. What do church leaders think is happening in their congregations, and what do their youth know is actually occurring?

This behind-the-scenes glimpse at the cultural upheaval caused by technology should serve as a sober wakeup call and help our families and churches weather the tech tsunami. More info...

War Chief Conquered (Volume 5) - "The Conquest Series"

American History Through Indian Eyes

Volume 5 of The Conquest Series; sequel to Under Attack.

In War Chief Conquered, the young Moravian missionary, John Heckewelder, prods Glikkikan into telling his life story. But the famous Indian chief is wary of the white men's corrupted treaties and requires Heckewelder to write his story exactly as he tells it.

Historically accurate and filled with emotion, War Chief Conquered brings the reader close to the heart of a powerful war chief, showing his struggle as he attempts to lead the Delaware Indians to a secure homeland.

Would overcoming their English and Iroquois enemies in battle bring security to the Delaware? Glikkikan learns that war and murder only increase bitterness and hatred, and he yearns for something better.

When Glikkikan confronts the Christian Indians who refused to join in the warfare, he is confident that he can overcome them with his carefully prepared arguments. Instead, the Great Glikkikan finds himself speechless. Then he declares to his fellow warriors, "These Christians have the truth! Listen to them!"

Precisely when Glikkikan is convinced he has found the path to truth and happiness, a difficult choice confronts him. Must he love his enemies to serve the Savior?

Witness Glikkikan's struggle to overcome the bitterness of his warring past by allowing the Savior to conquer his heart. More info...

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help" (Psalm 121:1).

Prayer is the gateway to many blessings. It brings us to the throne of God, and shields us from the power of the tempter. Daily communing with God is essential to victory. Prayer is not a tool to put on the back shelf and use only in an emergency. The person who lives in the spirit of prayer will find it to be an avenue of reciprocal love.

How can we have effectual, fervent prayers in the midst of the snares of a fast-paced twenty-first century society? A key thought in this book is "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). "Being still" means getting out of the whirlwind of life and stepping into God's holy presence.

Drawing from Jesus' own examples, as well as examining the prayer life of saints in the past, this book contains much practical advice to help the believer more fully enjoy the blessings of daily communion with our heavenly Father.

"The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth" (Psalm 145:18). More info...

Ecclesiastes, Hebrews, and James

3 new titles in the "Exploring..." Bible study series. More info...

The Biblical Doctrine of Authority

To understand the origin, purpose, and power of authority.

God holds ultimate control over all His creation. He establishes laws, institutions, and authority to maintain order in His creation. He delegates authority to men to regulate conduct and to maintain peace in the home, the church, and the government. But that in no way diminishes God's authority over all things.

We properly exercise authority only as we submit ourselves to God and to those whom He has set over us. As we submit to God and his delegated authority, we achieve our highest purpose and ultimate usefulness. If we resist God's will and rebel against those whom He has set over us, we condemn ourselves. "Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation" (Romans 13:2).

God gave us life, order and authority to do His will "in earth, as it is in heaven." In this life, God allows us to choose how we will respond to His will. But ultimately, God will bring all things back into subjection to Himself. More info...

Bible Pictures for Toddlers - "Favorite Stories from the Bible" (board book)

Your toddler will become familiar with the stories of the Bible with this color picture book. Take it with you wherever you go. They will want to look at it many times. Pictures are from 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible. More info...

Bible Pictures for Boys and Girls - Mini Picture Book - "Favorite Stories from the Bible"

A simple sentence describes each story. This book for young children is a great introduction to arouse their curiosity and interest in the Bible. Pictures are from 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible. More info...

Prayer - Word Search Puzzles

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. This book of puzzles may be just what you're looking for.

The Bible verses in these puzzles remind us of the importance of prayer. God hears the prayers of His children. Jesus taught that we "ought always to pray, and not to faint." The Apostle Paul encourages us to "pray without ceasing." In addition to finding the hidden words, you may enjoy the challenge of memorizing selected verses. More info...

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus - Coloring Book

Children love the storybook Tell Me the Stories of Jesus. Now they can enjoy coloring scenes based on its rich and beautiful paintings. More info...

"God's Care Series" Coloring Book Set of 4

Size: 8" × 5"

Simple outline pictures from everyday life that children can relate to. Some dot-to-dot drawing and some number-sequence drawing make these coloring books a bit more activity oriented. Ideal for the developing child. More info...

Home Sweet Home Coloring Calendar

This make-your-own calendar includes twelve pictures to color as well as blank calendar pages so children can fill in the days for each month. Each picture includes a verse or saying related to the theme of homes. It is undated, but includes thumbnail calendar dates in the front through 2026.

This book is designed to help your children express their creativity. By coloring the pictures carefully, they can enjoy them each day of the month. Later, verses from outdated calendars may be framed to be used as mottoes.

As children fill in the numerals for each day of the month, they will observe that a month may begin on any day of the week. Below the numerals, they may want to write birthdays of family or friends, or other important events.

We hope this calendar will increase children's interest in understanding and using a calendar regularly.

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The Debt I Owe

A memoir of 1-W Service in Zanesville, Ohio

When Johhny Miller received his draft notice at the height of the Vietnam War, he knew that as a follower of Jesus, he could never take a human life. Although his debt to God could never be paid in a lifetime, Johnny was willing to serve two years in 1-W service to pay his debt to his country.

Sharing from his experiences as a conscientious objector in the Bethesda Hospital, Johnny introduces us to a memorable cast of characters ranging from friends to coworkers to patients. He writes honestly about the tragic, the touching, and the humorous events that filled his days as an orderly. The memoir of this talented storyteller will move and bless you. His sincere efforts portrayed the love of Christ to those he encountered while paying the debt he owed. More info...

Stronger Than Fire

The Spanish Bible Triumphs Over the Inquisition

Few people realize that while the Reformation was altering the face of central Europe, a parallel movement was underway in Spain. It was inspired by brave people who dared to study and practice the Bible in the face of intense opposition from the Catholic Inquisition.

Among the leaders of the Spanish Reformation was Casiodoro de Reina, a man who passionately wanted to provide the people of Spain with the Bible in their own language. During the twelve years he spent translating the Bible, the Inquisition ruthlessly hunted him in an effort to destroy his work. As Casiodoro fled from country to country across Europe in search of safety, the Inquisition imprisoned, tortured, and burned his fellow believers, determined to suppress the spread of God's Word.

Despite all their efforts, Casiodoro completed his translation at last, and it became the foundation for the Bible that is still read by millions of Spanish-speaking believers today. The gripping story of Casiodoro de Reina's mission is one of adventure, betrayal, suffering, endurance, and death. Most of all it is a story of triumph—the triumph of God's Word that is stronger than fire. More info...

Living Tabernacle

Sequel to Fountain of Life; also available as a set.

"Don't Let Adam's ideas confuse you," Father told her.

But her brother Adam said, "I'd advise you not to let Father influence you so much."

Father warns that Jerusalem and its temple are destined for destruction. Adam declares that God will never let His temple fall. He believes God will soon destroy Roman rule and restore true Temple worship once more.

Is Adam right? Or does Father speak truth when he says that believers are now God's living tabernacle?

Set in the time of the apostles, this story vividly portrays both the turmoil and the deep peace devout Jews experienced as they grappled with the reality of Jesus the Messiah. More info...

Growing Up with God in the Valley - [Hightower Book Series]

From the Hightower Book Series. A sequel to How Big Is God?

Take a break from life and sit down with a child and read him or her a story. Relax in the valley of La Misión with Bob, Tricia, Tim, Rosi, and their new baby sister, Leah. Come with them as they make new friends and share God's good ways. Attending classes only half a day gave them plenty of time to roam the great out-of-doors in the year-round, spring-like climate of Northern Baja California, Mexico. Come with them swimming, fishing and playing on the rocks and the sand of the beach. Go with them climbing the rugged mountain, go bike riding down the steep hill from their little yellow house, or play at the neighborhood ball-field. Travel with them on mission trips over the mountains into barren deserts. Watch their dad pulling and filling teeth, or sewing up wounds, or baptizing new converts. Help them set up the big camp meeting tent in the valley and make memories that have lasted a lifetime. More info...

My Little Creation Book - "Little Lamb Series"

From the Little Lamb Series.

Note: in addition to covering the acts of the Creation days, this booklet concludes with a brief summary of the Fall and Redemption.

Size: 3.5" x 5.5"

This simple picture book is intended not only as entertainment for small children but also as a teaching tool to help them appreciate the gifts God gives us. The fantasy found in many children's books is detrimental to the development of sound character. Our hope is that this book can be used to instill seeds of truth into very young minds. More info...

Under Attack (Volume 4) - "The Conquest Series"

American History Through Indian Eyes

Volume 4 of The Conquest Series; sequel to Tomahawks to Peace.

Under Attack lets you in on the desperation and frustration of Moravian missionaries and converted Indians as the duplicity and greed of the Whites force them to leave their prosperous villages and start over again... and again... and again.

As the story unfolds, you will thrill when adult heathen Indians like Chief Wassamapah, Renatus, and Papunhank cast themselves upon the Savior's mercy and seek healing for their souls... and a place of quiet refuge for their bodies.

In Under Attack you will witness the suffering and injustices thrust upon godly people as they are driven like cattle from one place to another. You will read true accounts of slander, race baiting, theft, murder, deportation, captivity, forced marches, and exile. In one situation after another the Christian Indians find themselves despised and unwanted by so many, yet possessing a power that draws men from the darkest corners of heathendom to join them in daily worship of the Savior.

Listen in as the aging Glikkikan recounts to the thirty-year-old Moravian scribe, John Heckewelder, his version of the troubling times. Feel the tension as Glikkikan insists that he knows the underlying cause of what repeatedly pushed the Christian Indians out of their homes and villages. Young Heckewelder disagrees.

Join these two in a quest for truth in this historically accurate story and catch a glimpse of the vision embodied in a yet undiscovered gold medallion. More info...

"Missionary Adventure Stories Series" Set of 4

Charles Ludwig knows just what boys and girls like to read in adventures. These stories are written right from the heart of Africa. As a boy Mr. Ludwig spent ten years in Kenya Colony, attended school there, and slept under the stars with only a fire to keep the hyenas away as they greedily circled the camp. One night lions came and stole the dried meat suspended on a wire near the camp. Mr. Ludwig has written many books, most of them about Africa.

In this series you'll read about the adventures of Chuma, daughter of the most famous witch doctor in Bunyore, and also about Ndama and Ochella, two brothers who join Missionary Green and have many narrow escapes as they help to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. More info...

Samuel's Choice (Book 3) - "The Great Book Series"

From the Great Book Series; sequel to Cloud of War.

Copies of the Martyrs Mirror return to Ephrata after the Revolution

The officer led them into a large storage room. In one corner of the room was a pile of crates. A few sheets of paper straggled out between the slats of the crates. Samuel thought... Those must be the Martyr Books!

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A Drop of Mercy

Heinrich's enemy was in his power. Could he forgive?

Heinrich glared at the soldier, pity draining from his heart. "You killed a good man," he said at last.

The soldier looked at him uncomprehendingly. "Have mercy, sir. I'm so thirsty."

"Is this what you want?" Heinrich asked, holding up his cider skin.

The soldier's face lit up. "Aye. Bless you for it."

Heinrich spat. "Not even a drop. Here's your mercy." He turned the skin upside-down and squeezed every last drop of cider onto the ground.

Heinrich walked away from the wounded soldier, but he could not get away from the wretchedness he felt in his heart. How could God show him mercy when he had been so ruthless?

Set in the American Revolution, A Drop of Mercy is the story of a young man finding his way—and finding hope—through the smoke and confusion of a war that crashed into his own backyard. More info...

Susannah's Quest

A story of hope in adversity

"Only a Heckendorn," they said.

All her life Susannah found herself struggling to overcome the stigma of being one of John Heckendorn's daughters.

"Too lazy to work," people said. "He'd rather roam the woods like an Indian. No wonder they're so poor."

And poor they were. Poor, that is, in everything but children. Of children there were eleven and most grew up in other homes throughout the community.

Among them was Susannah. As a young girl she found herself forced to live with the Martins, a prosperous Mennonite family—fine Christian people. Or were they? Susannah learns early on that appearance can be deceiving.

Susannah's Quest is a true story, a sad story, a troubling story. It's a story of hardship, emotional struggles, and sadly of church problems.

And yet, Susannah's story is also a story of hope. Despite adversity, she rose above her past and finds peace and contentment in yielding to the will of God. More info...

What Is the Bible?

Understanding God's Message

The Bible is the best-selling and most widely read book of all time, but many people are intimidated at the thought of reading it. Maybe you've heard that it's an ancient and outdated book, or perhaps you've been told it's just too difficult to understand.

What Is the Bible? offers helpful tools to familiarize yourself with the Bible. You'll learn that knowing more about the time and culture in which the Bible was written makes it easier to understand. You'll discover that it contains timeless wisdom—yes, wisdom still relevant in our modern world. And best of all, you'll find that it contains the greatest story ever told, a story with the potential to change your life forever.

This little guide provides you with a brief overview of each book of the Bible and gives tips on how to read and study the Bible. Let this booklet guide you into a wonderful journey of exploring the most important book ever written, God's Word, the Holy Bible. More info...

The Beauty of Home Order

Is home a refuge to flee to or a misery to escape from? This largely depends on whether we accept God's order or not. Rebelling against or neglecting God's order results in chaos and is anything but beautiful. Accepting and practicing God's order results in a beautiful home.

A large portion of this book deals with parenting, which is overwhelming without God's help. Are we aware of the directions God gives in His Word? Do we understand the importance of a Scriptural brotherhood? Do we realize the aid of the Holy Spirit?

What if we have failed? Homelife includes difficult relationships, special challenges, or less-than-ideal circumstances. This book presents hope for such situations, even after failure or defeat.

Can a husband and a wife live in peace with each other? Is it possible to raise God-fearing children in a God-dishonoring world? What are the challenges of raising children in foreign cultures? What are the challenges and blessings of adoption? How should parents relate to rebellious children? How should they relate to married children? What is God's plan for single adults? What is our responsibility to aged parents and other elderly ones among us? How should parents teach their children the facts of life? How should one relate to a marriage partner who is not a victorious Christian? What if we have failed? Are peaceful relationships possible? This book presents Bible principles and applies them to these questions. More info...

Exploring... The Epistle to the Ephesians

From the "Exploring..." Bible Study Series.

Paul addressed the Epistle of Ephesians to "the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus." This included not only the Christians of Ephesus in Paul's time, but also all faithful Christians down through the ages to the end of time.

What does it mean to be a "saint"? The original Greek word means "sacred" or "holy one." We cannot become saints through superhuman effort, but only through Jesus' regenerating work in our hearts. Saints are those who have been redeemed from sin by the blood of Jesus. They remain faithful in the pathway of holiness by yielding their lives to Jesus Christ. It is to these that Paul writes this profound epistle.

"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour" (Ephesians 5:1-2). More info...

Faithful Families: Stimulating Trust in God - [Family Devotionals Series]

From the Family Devotionals Series.

A Family Worship Resource: Devotionals for parents and youth, plus stories for children.

Family worship is a time for parents and children to gather for singing, Bible reading, and spiritual instruction. Many parents see the importance of family worship, but struggle to find material suitable for their whole family.

Faithful Families is part of a series of devotional books that addresses that need. Each of the thirteen sections in this book focuses on a different Bible character—Noah, Rahab, Samson, and others. Each sections has readings for seven days, making ninety-one lessons—enough for approximately a quarter of a year.

Each day's lesson consists of two parts. The first part is especially for Dad and Mom and the older children. It includes a suggested Scripture reading, a theme verse, and a devotional meditation on the topic introduced by the Scripture reading.

The second part consists of a reading from a continued children's story related to that week's theme. Each story is followed by questions for review and discussion, which provide opportunities for applying the theme to life.

May God bless your family worship time, that you and your family may "grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18). God is faithful to His promises, so "let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering" (Hebrews 10:23). More info...

Clutched in the Talons and Two Other Stories

"I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life."

Jordan looked down at the magazine cover hungrily, his heart thudding against his ribs.

Captain Jim felt calm elation as he leveled the C-130 at cruise altitude. He'd show those boys some real power.

Samuel didn't do it because he was humble. He did it to appear humble. Yes, he admitted to himself, it was an act.

Kaitlin slipped down by her bed and the words came, broken words from a broken soul. It was not good English. It was good submission.

Carlton ascended the stairs, pondering. How easy it would have been to shut out the inner voice and just do what he wanted to do like—well, like Martha had. But the difference, as he now saw it, was staggering.

The stories in Clutched in the Talons powerfully illustrate the danger of becoming ensnared by lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Let the message of these stories grip your heart and stir you to greater surrender and commitment to God's will. More info...

Cindy and John

Also available in this set; a sequel to Cindy.

Cindy Cox looked back on her childhood with a desire to forget. Those years had been filled with aching loneliness, the antagonism of her parents, the longing for love and joy, and the search for truth.

Since Cindy had learned to know her Saviour, she looked forward to a joyful future. And the future looked bright indeed! She had peace with God and was a member of the little Deep Valley Mennonite Church. John Miller was also an important part of her life. As their relationship grew and blossomed into mutual confidence and love, Cindy and John looked forward to a home of their own, one on which God's blessing would rest.

But the ties to the past could not be entirely erased. Cindy still faced stressful times of relating to her ungodly mother and siblings. And where was Daddy? Should she try to contact him? She had not seen him for twenty years, and the desire to meet her birth father grew stronger.

In spite of disappointments and sorrow, Cindy could say with confidence that her life was full and complete. She was a part of the family of God! More info...

Olive and the Family by the Frog Pond

Fourth book in the Olive Series; sequel to Olive and Macy.

Summer vacation has ended, and school days begin for Olive, Joy, and Macy. To celebrate the first day of school, the girls decide to sleep outside one night under a homemade tent of blankets.

Olive and Macy cannot go to sleep right away. So they take a little walk to the tree bench. After talking a while, they pray a special prayer. They ask God to give Olive a brother.

The girls do not know how God will answer their prayer. But one day, the Morrison family gets a phone call. A little boy named Colin needs a good home. Would the Morrisons like to give him a home?

In the days that follow, Joy, Olive, and Colin learn about God's love for them and the interest He has in the details of their lives. They learn that God hears their prayers and answers in the way He knows is best. More info...

God's Creatures, Good Manners, and Bible Memory ABCs

3 new titles in Mary Currier's mini activity books series for young children. More info...

Summer of the Talking Crow

"Louise! Come see what I found!" Daddy called as he strode from the barn. He cuddled something in his hat. Ranger trotted behind him, sniffing and wagging his tail. He wanted what Daddy had.

"What do you have?" eight-year-old Louise asked, bursting with curiosity. In her hurry, she splashed right through a mud puddle. Muddy water drops splashed onto her blue dress, but she did not notice.

Join Louise and her family through the adventurous summer of raising a crow and teaching it to talk. This true story, written for primary-age readers, will captivate the whole family. More info...

Alpine Flowers Coloring Book

In this coloring book, learn about the many Alpine flowers God created. One page shows the flower in full color along with the description while the opposite page is an outline for coloring. Excellent for anyone who enjoys coloring. More info...

My Little Furry Friends Book - "Little Lamb Series"

From the Little Lamb Series.

Size: 3.5" x 5.5"

This simple picture book is intended not only as entertainment for small children but also as a teaching tool to help them appreciate the gifts God gives us. The fantasy found in many children's books is detrimental to the development of sound character. Our hope is that this book can be used to instill seeds of truth into very young minds. More info...

In the Air and Under the Sea

2 new titles in the Invisibles hidden-picture sticker book series for children ages 4 - 8. More info...

The Bible in My Heart Book 2 Coloring Book

Also available in this set; sequel to The Bible in My Heart.

Designed for children ages 4 - 6.

Contains a story and a Bible verse to memorize for each letter of the alphabet. With each story is a picture for children to color. Book 2 contains verses that are several words longer than the verses in Book 1. More info...

Bless - Word Search Puzzles

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 review some of the blessings God has given us. They also remind us of our responsibility: "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits" (Psalm 103:2). In addition to finding the hidden words, you may enjoy the challenge of memorizing selected verses. More info...

A Kitten Named Birthday

Six-year-old Sarah loves to play with her birthday present, a kitten she named Birthday. Because Sarah is deaf, she cannot hear when Birthday meows. Neither can she hear his purr, but she can feel it rumbling like a tiny motor inside his throat.

Sarah's mother uses sign language to answer Sarah's many questions about her pet. As Sarah signs with her hands, another question is growing bigger and bigger in her mind. Will her mother know the answer? More info...

The Arrowhead

For many years an arrowhead lay hidden, buried in the soil of an Indiana farm. The Indian who had shot it was long forgotten. The generations of settlers who followed, chapping down trees and planting corn, never found it. Decades passed, and other families who worked the land never found it either.

Then came Ted, praying and searching for an arrowhead like those his sisters had found. Will he find one?

History comes alive through this story of an Indian brave, hardworking settlers, farm families, and a boy named Ted who longed to find an arrowhead of his own. More info...

Friends of a Feather

Julia got along better with her pet chickens than she did with her classmates. Sometimes the other children laughed at her, so she often just played by herself.

"They don't like me," Julia told her dad when he encouraged her to be friendlier at school. But when she agreed to try, nothing seemed to work.

Then something terrible happened to one of her feathered friends, and Julia discovered she had good friends after all—people friends. More info...

Teddy's Tornado

When Teddy went to sleep in his room beside the kitchen, Mommy always sang his favorite song. She left the door open so light would shine on his pillow.

Then one frightening evening a tornado smashed Teddy's bike and destroyed his house. Teddy's mommy didn't have enough money for a new house. What would they do? Would anyone help them?

Some kind people came to help, and Teddy and his mommy discovered that God cared for them. As their new house was being built, they learned a new favorite song to sing at bedtime. More info...

Sunshine for My Day (Volume 9) - "Keeper'sBook Series"

A Keeper'sBook from the editors of Keepers at Home Magazine.

Stories to refresh the spirit and warm the heart

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The Little Moores of Merrispring Farm

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...

Something for Seymour

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...

What Money Can't Buy

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...

Gift of a Thorn

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...

Doxology in Darkness

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...

Clouds of War (Book 2) - "The Great Book Series"

From the Great Book Series; sequel to A Single Page.

General Washington's soldiers seize copies of the Martyrs Mirror in Ephrata

"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...

Church Matters

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...

How Big Is God? - [Hightower Book Series]

From the Hightower Book Series. A sequel to A Faithful Father.

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...

A Faithful Father - [Hightower Book Series]

From the Hightower Book Series. A sequel to Mabel.

"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...

Mabel - [Hightower Book Series]

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...

A Growing Season for Gloria

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...

To Be Grown-up

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...

The Big Woods Animals - Coloring Book

Size: 8.5"×11"

This coloring book has lots of wild animals your children will enjoy coloring. More info...

Andy's Pocketknife

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's Good Day

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...

Rosy Meets God

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...

How Can Anyone Say God Is Good?

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...

God's Secret Agent

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...

Tomahawks to Peace (Volume 3) - "The Conquest Series"

American History Through Indian Eyes

Volume 3 of The Conquest Series; sequel to Homeland in My Heart.

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...

Bread upon the Waters

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...

Miracle in Room 3123

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...

Bible Sermons - "Bible Stories for Young Readers Series"

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 Single Page (Book 1) - "The Great Book Series"

From the Great Book Series.

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...