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I’ve been looking forward to posting this for quite a while now.

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As soon as I’d polished my book manuscript enough to send out a submission, I needed something to keep me busy so I wouldn’t worry. Learning to get the word out to as many people as possible was the next obvious thing to do.

Right away I learned the most valuable thing an author can collect is the emails and/or snail mail addresses of interested people. Much as I like facebook and Twitter, apparently they are too fickle to be trusted. Plus, if you’re offline even one day, you miss a lot. Emails wait for you.

OK, how to get more than a few email followers when social media is so much easier? Giveaways.

I like giveaways. They are fun to get and even more fun to give out. What’s great about setting up a “give me your email and I’ll give you this freebie” is everyone wins. 🙂

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But, what to give away? It took ages for me to realize (partly thanks to the great lady at Future Flying Saucers) we parents/youth workers need way more info to help teach our kids worldview and prepare them for apologetics. I was shocked at how little was available online. There are reams of info for adults, but much of it is harder to understand than a scientific journal!

Slogging through the adult stuff helped me realize some of the basic info they covered I’d already written up. It was just hanging around in my book manuscript waiting to get published. What could be better? I’d already done most of the work and could give you a book excerpt (another common freebie idea), too.

Now, how to automate my blog to make things easy for everybody? At first it looked like moving my whole blog was the only solution. That was, until a couple days later Jacob Howard of Already Answered contacted me. He just wanted to know how the baby and I were doing and could he help with anything online?

Thank you, God!

He loved the idea of a sign-up giveaway and within a couple days had set up his own (be sure to check it out) and offered to help me with mine. All I had to do was make time to prepare a PDF, collecting what resources I could find to give you the highest quality product possible.

Today it’s finally ready to check out and I pray God would use it to arm many families with the realities we face behind the world’s slick marketing.

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My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. Proverbs 5:1,2

Thank you!

Kids’ Book Review: Timothy: A Little Fish with a Big Purpose

TimothyFish-CoverColorful illustrations and a gentle story of God working through little things make this book a delight for kids and parents.

This story was born when Pastor Brad Riley asked, “how did that fish end up with a coin in its mouth for Peter to fish out?” By showing us the fish’s viewpoint (Timothy in this case), he gives us an example of being “faithful in that which is least” and the backstory for a “coincidence” miracle children can understand.

I don’t want to give away the whole plot, but the thing I found most refreshing was how the story wasn’t driven by the main character doing something wrong. Instead, adventure finds him when he goes out of his way to follow his grandmother’s request to care for the local environment.

As with the best kids’ books, it isn’t the author who puts the story over the top, it’s the illustrator. The one Pastor Riley got is perfect. His style is cartoony enough it didn’t bother me at all to have Peter and Jesus portrayed. The watery environments are lovely and you can’t help liking Timothy.

My kids were so enchanted, they begged for the story again the next evening, which is a first for any book I’ve tried to share with them on the computer.

Pastor Riley and Gary Heiney, founder of Samuel's House Orphanage

Pastor Riley and Gary Heiney, founder of Samuel’s House Orphanage

I didn’t get a paper copy of the book to review, but just a download. I’m not completely sure why, but my guess is this keeps overhead low so they can send more money where they really want it to go. Namely, 25% of the proceeds from Timothy the Fish go to help an orphanage in Venezuala. You can find out more about this on Brad Riley’s Amazon author page.

OK, I’ve been careful to start with the half of me that just loved the book. Now for the other half that’s had a bit of a tough time with it.

Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee. Matthew 17:27

The book messes with the verse! If you can’t stand watching Veggie Tales Bible stories or movies where Moses is raised by Pharoah’s wife instead of daughter, this book will drive you crazy. It’s not too hard to figure out why a kids’ story from the fish’s perspective didn’t want to put a hook in his mouth, though.

I ran into the book’s facebook page and was able to ask if the change was purposeful or not. I got an answer and my hunch was right, he didn’t want to traumatize the poor kids. As long as your children learn what Jesus really said from you, I don’t think the slight deviation is going to mess with them. 🙂

My other wish was to have had a hand in the editing before the book came out. You know how English teachers are always getting their feathers ruffled by bad grammar? This book has fine grammar and such, but it could have used a fair amount of word trimming and a few more explanations.

There was even one point I couldn’t suspend my disbelief. It doesn’t take more than a split second to feel terror that you’re about to die. Don’t tell me Timothy didn’t have time to feel frightened, tell me a strange peace filled him despite the danger!

In closing, when I opened the Amazon author page I was shocked to see such a young writer. The story feels like it is being told by a grandpa: warm, wise, and comforting.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this story in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
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Children at a Gospel presentation

  • 64% of American Christians choose Jesus before turning 18
  • Over 88%  of church kids go to public school
  •  70% of church kids drop out of church once they are on their own

Why do they drop out? (from Answers in Genesis)

 “A substantial percentage of the young adults surveyed said they started to doubt the Bible as early as fourth grade.

“While most said they still believe that the Bible is God’s Word, they also said that the idea that the earth is billions of years old was one thing that caused them to doubt the Bible. Also, one of the main reasons they left church is because they thought it was irrelevant and boring.”

The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United St...

The Gutenberg Bible displayed by the United States Library of Congress

There are many reasons young people drop out, but the undermining of the authority of God’s Word is the overarching reason.

Everywhere you look, Christian leaders will tell us the Enemy is going after our kids. We all know it, but what can we do? Parents have a lot of opportunity to guide their own children, but what about the kids whose parents can’t or won’t help them?

Right now, on my computer, is a book written just for these kids. It’s not too long, it is easy to read, and packed with the kind of information they need to face a hostile world.

There is also a cover letter and synopsis with samples in the inbox of the president of New Leaf Publishing Group. It’s normal for a book proposal to spend weeks or months before overworked staff have a chance to look at it. It’s also normal for newbies to have a difficult time being taken seriously.

It wasn’t even my idea to start out this year with the biggest creation publisher. I know the rules: build a platform first with magazine articles, guest posts, and other small things, then convince them my followers will buy enough product to be worth the risk.

But, it wasn’t God’s plan to wait so long. He gave me the assignment and I’ve done everything in my power to get the book ready quickly and well. There also aren’t many publishing options for books taking the scientific establishment head on. Either you print with a tiny publisher or with Master Books (in the USA). The whole point is to get the word out, not to see my name in print (although that does sound incredible!), so my prayer is to get in with Master Books.

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Gunsight mounted atop an M-91 .308 caliber sniper rifle

It also isn’t my plan to give you a sob story of pre-rejection/acceptance angst. Last night, Ravi Zacharias brought me to tears when he reminded us of the attack on our youth. Here I am, with an answer all ready, and stuck waiting.

Then I remembered some counsel my dad gave my husband and me when we were heading out as missionaries, “don’t wait until God comes through for you. Bring people in to the faith moment, so they can be part of it and grow too.”

So, I’m asking for your help. If God doesn’t work, nothing worthwhile will happen. But, God is powerful and also loves to hear us ask politely, gratefully, and passionately.

Plus, when God comes through (which He will), you’ll all be part of this and always know Cheri Fields isn’t some super woman who had the way smoothed for her, we all have a calling and it’s all about Jesus!

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« A Song of degrees for Solomon. » Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. Psalm 127

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The Bible Loves Science

That’s the “working title,” anyway.

Typewriter adler3It’s been close to a year since starting this blog and all along I’ve been wondering if and when God would give me a book idea. My situation is a little complicated because I really want another baby and when my body is providing for a new little one, my brain fries! As you can see, it’s not permanent, but it gets pretty bad for a few months (not to mention after the baby comes!). So, I haven’t focused on a big goal for fear of getting myself in for more than I can handle.

SKY U KIdsTwo weeks ago, the idea came anyway. A good friend of my daughter’s came for a sleepover. She’s 10 years old, thoughtful, kind, and very much in love with Jesus. But her parents are too busy to take her to church themselves, let alone give her a Christian education or guide her in her faith. Having read the book Already Gone, I know the statistics are very much against her still being a good friend for my daughter in just a few years. That thought breaks my heart!

So I looked around for a simple but powerful book for kids like her. What can caring people give the millions of kids who love Jesus at 10 years old but have less than ideal home lives?

  • It has to be inexpensive, so a church could buy a bunch to have on hand when they see a need.
  • The book needs to cover much more than Evolution. It is wonderful to see how Answers in Genesis, Creation Today, the Institute for Creation Science, and others are recognizing the attack is on more than just God as Creator. It is also aimed at God as Author and Authority as well. So, topics like ‘is the Bible accurate about history we can check out?’ need to be covered, too.
  • It would be great to show how many scientists they study about believed the Bible. Even today, there are 1,000s of scientists who believe the world is only millennia old. Real science and the Bible get along more than fine; they support and encourage each other!
  • All of this has to be in an easy-to-read format: no big words (without explanations) and as interesting a layout as possible. This is for a kid whose parents aren’t involved.

Only a couple of books come anywhere close to matching this description. So, that’s what I’ve been busy planning. A lot of areas to include are already covered here, but there are a few I want to polish up. Dr. John Ashton of Evolution Impossible has already agreed to help me and I just sent an e-mail to another group for info. ASAP, I’m hoping to put together a mockup to send to AiG, Creation Today, and eventually Master Books.

I know getting in with Master Books is a long shot, but I’m not writing this for fame, I’m writing this for impact and they are the most recognized name in the field. We’ll see, because I don’t have enough followers to get free books to review, let alone talk them into taking on my book.

Getting accepted by a publisher and a lot of other things are in God’s hands. My part right now is to write for my daughter’s friend and all the other kids like her.

Watch out so you don’t despise one of these little ones; for I tell you, That in heaven their angels  always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. Matthew 18:10,11

PS the manuscript is all finished now (May 2013) and I’m praying for Master Books to take it on!

Here are some posts covering topics I’m planning to include:

Stretching the Heavens

Ancient Technology (sort of): Musical Scales

The Whole World Knows the Mountains were Underwater

How to Read a Typical Geology Article

Species: How Many Bats did Noah Need on the Ark?

Human Language

Ancient Technology: Farming Terraces

And lots more. I’m hoping to cram all this in around 100 short pages! God, help me!

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Parents: Believe in Special Creation if you must, but don’t pass it on to your kids!

Yesterday this video made the rounds on the Creation facebook pages.  It is not from a Creationist site and this guy is certainly not a Creationist himself.  Have a look for yourself:

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Notice how he says that it’s OK with him if you old people continue to believe your misguided worldview, but don’t hurt society by teaching it to your kids.

If I were an Israeli or German, Indian, I would be hurt by his Ameri-centric view of science.

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Does that look simple to you?

My brother is a mechanical engineer and I asked him if he used evolution to do his science.  His immediate response was, “no, that’s for biology.”

The world is more complicated without evolution, and Creationism is “self inconsistent”?   Compared to what? Evolution?  I note that he didn’t give any examples of where Creationism would get in the way and where consistent Evolutionary thinking would point researchers in a useful direction.

Check out this list of Creation believing scientists to see how incompatable Creation is with science.

Notice that they need VOTERS that believe Evolution.  Can you guess why that would be?  Because if we believe in a Creator God that we are accountable to and that people are more special than animals, then our vote will be harder to control.  For example: We won’t be for euthanasia.   We won’t want to holding society back because people are singlehandedly overheating the world.  We also won’t be for forcibly limiting population growth.

When he said it was fine to continue believing if we want to, but not passing our belief on to the next generation, it reminded me of some other groups saying the same thing.  Check these out:

Persecution of Christians during the USSR: The deprivation of parental rights for teaching religion to their children, a ban on the presence of children at church services (beginning in 1961 with the Baptists and then extended to the Orthodox in 1963) and the administration of the Eucharist to children over the age of four.

China: it is illegal to teach Children about Jesus until they are 18 

Sweden is going to make it illegal to talk about God outside of Religion class and “Björklund told reporters that the Intelligent Design theory would be banned from Swedish biology classes even as a proposed theory.”

And of course we are well aware of the desire Evolutionary Atheists have to stop children from hearing about the possibility of an Intelligent Designer.  “Public schools shouldn’t teach Intelligent Design for the very same reason that they shouldn’t teach flat-earth or Creationist theory.  Because it is nonsense…We know—just as surely as we know that the earth revolves around the sun—that evolution has spawned earth’s wonderful diversity.  We have an obligation to tell our students the truth, not whatever a group of well-meaning but misguided intelligent design theorists think we should tell them.”

Now, how will we react to this news?  Cover our children’s ears and buy a ranch in the middle of Montana?  Hardly!

Is God real?  Is He powerful?  Can our children be deceived against their will?  There is no reason to worry, but there is a lot of reason to PRAY, prepare ourselves for the battle and be honest with our children.  My kids will know more about Evolution than any of their peers by the time the graduate high school.  They will just also know the flaws, problems and faulty predictions that go along with Evolutionary thinking.

The scariest thing for me as a parent is that each of my children has free will.  I called my engineer brother last night and learned he has turned theistic evolutionist.  That hurts, but he has free will just like I do.  If your kids are more interested in being liked by everyone than they are the truth, they have a good chance of ending up like that, too, whenever they get out in the world (which will happen).  I have a couple of young ones like that with those tendencies in my house now!

So am I worried?  No, because Jesus is more powerful and I’m teaching my children as much about the Enemy’s [Satan, never people] tactics and lies as I can.  There are no guarantees, but there is a lot of hope- as long as they belong to Jesus, it’s all going to be alright in 100 years!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness [seized] it not. John 1:1-5

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.  Matthew 24:24

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.  I John 4:3-6

For more check out:

As For Me and My House by Eric Reinstedt at A Great God and Good Coffee

Creation Ministries International, Video: Evolutionism is not appropriate for anyone

Time is Nye for a Rebuttal and Bill Nye “The Humanist Guy” by Ken Ham Videos

Biblical Relevance in Modern Culture: Bill Nye – The Philosophy Guy a longer, thoughtful article by Marc Jacobs of Scripturosity