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Posted June 26, 2012
I always enjoy Kevin Collier’s faith-based works, and Tales from Kensington Forest is one I’m recommending today. His animal folk wrestle with the same problems we all have. The stories are enhanced by Kevin’s artwork which helps us see the characters come alive.
In the first chapter, Pastor Prickly Pete learns his sermons are too long and too frequent. His congregation wants an Events Coordinator, a school and an outreach center. They host a bake sale fund raiser, but it ends in disaster. Fester Fox sinks in quicksand trying to save the cash box. He’s saved only when he lets it go. Pastor Pete realizes that folks will volunteer when asked. It’s a great reminder to all, “Ask and ye shall receive” God’s blessings; help is available to those who need it.
An act of kindness in the second chapter results in another disaster when fire destroys Fester’s den. He angrily confronts the culprit, Betty Brown Bear. Then he finds out later she fell asleep baking his favorite birthday pie! The message here is that a kindness can sometimes go awry, and accidents do happen. However, when one’s heart is in the right place, understanding and forgiveness will shine through.
In the third chapter, Fester Fox stays with Pastor Pete while his damaged den is rebuilt by the congregation. However, Fester becomes too comfortable and over stays his welcome. Harrington Owl helps Pastor Pete get Fester back into his own home. Pastor Pete suggests he move in with Fester Fox in his new den. Fester then realizes he has a fine new home of his own. Now Pastor Pete can enjoy his home in solitude. Here we learn that hospitality is valued and friendship worth preserving. Sometimes we’re stuck in comfortable ruts, and our friends can help us see our way home.
Thanks again to Kevin Collier for fun stories with inspirational messages.