“Have you seen this movie?”
It’s a conversation we have over and over. Virtually every book or movie we come across that involves science and nature as its subject matter is pumping out the same message: There is no god, our origin is largely an accident, and our existence has a negative impact on the universe.
“Have you seen this movie?”
I ask my kids as we sit together on the couch scrolling through a list of kid-friendly shows and documentaries.
“Is it any good? Your sister hasn’t seen it, wanna see it again?”
“Nah, that one has all that stuff about billions of years ago we came from slime and then we became human and destroyed the planet…” they eloquently sum up the standard message kids grow up with today.
It’s a conversation we have over and over. Virtually every book or movie we come across that involves science and nature as its subject matter is pumping out the same message: There is no god (though the goddess Mother Earth is revered), our origin is largely an accident, and our existence has a negative impact on the universe.
Even schools in Israel today—which cover the story of creation in Jewish Bible class—will teach evolution in science class. The result is a disconnect in the child’s mind when it comes to reality and faith. After all, if creation isn’t true, what else in the Bible isn’t true?
Thankfully, many scientists have written books that demonstrate the harmony between the Scriptures and science in a family-friendly manner. These books are an incredible resource for helping ground us in the truth and beauty of God’s creation. Unfortunately, none of these books are available for Hebrew-speaking Israelis.
Each book we translate and publish can take months, sometimes years, to complete. That is why we take a lot of time before choosing a book that is worth the cost and effort. These three books are a culmination of three years of searching for children’s books that both cover the stories of the Bible and address modern day issues.
The Action Bible, which is illustrated by a Marvel Comics artist, was the first picture Bible I ever saw that made the good guys look cool. This comic-style Bible provides a very readable story line while not deviating from the essence of the original Bible record, and for almost a decade it has been the only book in our home library that continues to make its rounds between the kids rooms.
I only recently came across the best-selling kids’ devotionals Indescribable and How Great is Our God by Louie Giglio. Giglio describes his inspiration for these books: “It’s impossible to out-imagine God. He orchestrates time, creates light, and speaks things into existence—from the largest stars to the smallest starfish. God is a powerful, purposeful, personal, unparalleled Creator. Indescribable and How Great is Our God display the majesty of creation with scientific findings, photography, and original illustrations to encourage awe at God’s creativity.”
That my own children found these among my stuff and read them before I had a chance to offer them was the first clue that we had a winner. That the science-inspired content was specifically designed to tie together everything we believe with everything we see made me want to make it available to every Israeli child in Hebrew by next year! And we plan to do just that.
Dear Maoz Partner,
Have you ever read a book that stayed with you years after you read it? One that your mind references over and over at different points of life – or one that you reread every few years to experience its journey once again?
Good books have a way of getting into the core of who you are, and how you think–especially if you first read it when you were young. So, this month we are focusing on three books that we believe will have that lasting effect on Israeli children: The Action Bible, Indescribable and How Great is Our God.
We are always just one uninformed generation away from total godlessness. It is our responsibility to provide God’s message to each generation in a language and format they can understand.
The Biblical Feasts are a unique way God keeps His story going through the ages. Each generation is told and retold the story. But each generation must also read and learn the story themselves in order to stay grounded in God’s truth.
As you read in this month’s Maoz Israel Report, you see we are committed to make God’s story accessible And we cannot accomplish this monumental task without your support! We ask boldly for your prayers for these projects. We ask unabashedly for your gifts to get these books into the hands of Israeli children. They are our HOPE for the future! We are committed to the next generation of believers so they can be strong, mighty, and ready!
For future generations!
Ari and Shira Sorko-Ram
Kobi and Shani Ferguson
P.S. With your gift of $50 or more, we will send you the COLOR ME FAMILY family-discipleship coloring book, if you request it. Your children and grandchildren will LOVE IT! And you will be doing your part to reach generations to come with the TRUTH of HIS WORD!