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Timothy: A Little Fish with a Big Purpose!

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    Colorful illustrations and a gentle story of God working through

    Colorful 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.

    It is refreshing to have a story not 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.

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

    The book messes with Jesus' command to catch a fish with a hook, but who'd want to read a kids’ story from the fish’s perspective where that happened? Visiting the book's facebook page, I was able to ask the author and he said this is exactly why he did it.
    The story would have benefited from a little extra editing. It has fine grammar and such, but it needed a fair amount of word trimming and a few more explanations. I also wish Pastor Riley had talked about a strange peace filling Timothy rather than saying he didn't have time to feel scared.
    Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this story in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

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