Timothy: A Little Fish with a Big Purpose!by Brad Riley, Krystahl Goodale
Can God use the little things in our lives-our little acts of obedience
"Deep in his heart, Timothy believed everything that had just happened was some sort of miracle and that picking up the disk, simply to be obedient to his grandma, was part of a higher purpose. He wasn't sure what that purpose was, but what he did know was that he couldn't wait to tell his mom."
Can God use the little things in our lives-our little acts of obedience-to serve a higher purpose? Can He do the same with "little people" who trust Him, too? Author and Pastor Brad Riley believes He can. As he shares with us, "The heritage of responding to the love of God was demonstrated to me by godly grandparents and parents and is an eternal value that all of us can pass to each succeeding generation."
"Put yourself and your children in the hands of the Master. You, too, may feel like a ﬁsh out of water, but the brave choice of obedience always takes you out of your comfort zone. Give this book to the kids in your life. They will be in the right place to change the world."
-Dave Paﬀord, Youth and Christian Education Director for Northern Missouri AG District
"Timothy is an adorable character with whom children will immediately identify. This story explores a scripture that most children's Bible curricula fail to teach. I highly recommend this book for your Sunday school classroom, homeschool, and children's church."
-Kristin Skebo, Director of Faith Academy and National Coordinator of Care Ministries Int'l.
"I felt like a child, clapping my hands with delight at the story of a little ﬁsh with a very big tale. This is a "Max Lucado" type of story for children that will absolutely delight parent and child alike."
-Dr. M. Ray Brewer, Superintendent for Northern Missouri AG District
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I love getting new books for the kids which have a spiritual basis. I was excited to read Brad Riley's new book, "Timothy: A Little Fish with a Big Purpose". The colorful pictures will immediately grab your child's attention, and the story will keep her attention. The way Riley has created the characters, they are sweet and loving. There is a very sweet background to Timothy which has to do with his mother and grandmother, and their very close relationship. If you don't understand the correlation to the biblical Timothy during the story, you will understand it when reading Riley's afterword. I think he made a great decision to characterize this fish after Timothy in the Bible. In the story, Timothy gets the opportunity to obey his grandmother. When he does, that decision will change him forever, because it allows him to be a part of one of Jesus' miracles. Of course the story is fictional, but it is an extremely important lesson for our children to learn and for adults to be reminded of. When we walk in obedience, it is easier for God to use us in the plans He has laid out. As your child gets older, you can read to them the corresponding story from the Bible. I could easily see this book being used as a foundation for several activities with kids in a home or church setting. Thank you to Cross Focused Reviews and Vox Dei Publishers for a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
I highly recommend this book not only to kids but also to parents and grandparents. The obvious teaching of this book may be on obedience, but there are many other teachable moments in this book, which we can all discover and benefit from. We can all learn a thing or two about how obedience and trust can make the difference not only in our lives but also in other people’s lives. More often than not, we may not know the downstream positive impacts of such actions. I was very excited to read this book to my Sunday school toddler class this past weekend. Not only did the kids enjoy the story of little ‘Timmy’ (some of them couldn’t pronounce Timothy, so we nicknamed him ‘Timmy’), but the very vibrant pictures/illustrations captured their attention as well! This is a wonderful and spiritually anointed gift to kids and adults alike! Whoever receives this book will be blessed by the story. This book is a must read!
This book was excellently written and teaches moral values to children in a way that will appeal to them. This author should write more children's stories.
What a cute little tale that teaches values in a way kids can really identify with! Timothy is a likable little fish who isn't setting out to be a hero; he's just being obedient in the little things, blooming where he is planted. Isn't that what God wants from all of us? I highly recommend this book to all grandparents, parents, and children. That includes everyone, in other words! :) As Jesus said, the kingdom of heaven belongs to children (Mark 10:14)...None of us is too old or too mature to be blessed by this tender story.
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.