Come with us as we journey with Coo and Flutter on their first mission in the very first garden where they eagerly accept the job to guide, guard, and protect, Adam and his mate. Coo’s wacky ways and selfish desires cause him to be unaware of the true mission God has ahead of him, and believes he can easily accomplish this seemingly simple task on his own. After all, “What’s the worst that could happen?” But then when Flutter, his mate, discovers that Eve is missing, Coo finally takes the lead in a race against time to save her from the evil one. Tragically, they are too late. It is in crushing defeat that Coo learns the true meaning of selflessness, obedience, and love. Now God’s gift of forgiveness prepares Coo for the incredible journey that lies ahead. His mission is not over. . .It’s about to begin.
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Let. There. Be. Light. With these four words, God began to create everything that ever was or ever will be. He hung the sun, moon, and stars in the skies. He painted the light and the darkness. Filled the oceans. Carved the mountains. The true biblical story of creation and Adam and Eve unfolded. Yet, there remained a fantastic tale, or the icing on that story, no child heard. . . until today. This untold tale begins on the fifth day, when God created the very first of His flying creatures.
The Creator, God, lifted his arms, and a sound like thunder clapping with the wind rang from his mouth. All the trees bowed under his roaring breath. Moments later, two small creatures dressed with white feathers appeared in the sky. One cooed. One chirped. Each landed on the Creator’s outstretched arms.
“Yes, friends,” God said, “I am happy to see you too. A very special mission awaits the two of you.”
They watched God create other birds, sea creatures, and every living thing, filling the earth from high in the sky to the bottom of the oceans.
“I am Creator of all, and I love you,” He winked at them and nodded, “more than you could possibly understand. You may call Me Father.”
On the sixth day, the twosome perched in a beautiful tree. Poking their heads out of their cozy nest, they watched God scoop up a handful of dust from the ground.
The male cocked his head sideways and cooed, “What is He doing?”
“I don’t know.” She whispered as she watched Father at work.
He chattered louder.
The female nudged him with her wing. “Shhh!”
God held the dust in His hand and closed His eyes. “Let Us make man in Our own image.”
The curious one inched closer to his mate. “Can we do that?”
“I don’t think He means you and me, dear,” she said and smiled as she brushed his beak with her wing.
“Ba-but. . .” The male mumbled on with a mouth full of feathers. “I don’t even know what a man is, do you?”
The female rolled her eyes upward. “Look,” she said and pointed to God.
He whispered loving words as He sprinkled the dust on the ground and created a man.
The male bird’s eyes bulged and his beak fell open.
All creation fell silent, including the male bird.
And God said, “This is very good!”
Next, God planted a beautiful garden. He placed the man and all the animals in it. Calling out to His two flying friends, He said, “The time has come for your work to begin. First, lead all the animals, two by two, to the man who I named Adam. Then he will name all of you.”
The bird flapped his wings and cooed, “I can’t wait to get my name!”
Table of ContentsChapter 1: IN THE BEGINNING
Chapter 2: FLUTTER AND WHO?
Chapter 3: LAST IN LINE
Chapter 4: MAN AND WOMAN
Chapter 5: NO TIME FOR NAPS
Chapter 6: PERFECT LOVE
Chapter 7: WHERE’S EVE?
Chapter 8: FRANTIC FLYERS
Chapter 9: THE DECEPTION
Chapter 10: FORBIDDEN FRUIT
Chapter 11: LAMB OF LOVE
Chapter 12: OUT OF EDEN
Chapter 13: MISSION OF LOVE
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First, the book itself it beautiful. I like the soft feel of the cover. The illustrations are gorgeous and I like the way each page has pictures (even though it isn't a picture book). As for the story, it is a unique additional perspective of events from Genesis that most people know fairly well. There is a bit of mystery with the two main characters and how they fit in to the events as they unfold. The ending is as expected, but also a beginning for our two main characters. The story is well written and should hold the attention of readers, even those reading to others or being read to. The chapters are short and each kept me wanting to start the next. There is action and great, sometimes humorous interaction between the characters. I can't wait to see what is next for The Gardener's Helpers!