“The Incredible Growing Basketball Goal is more than a book for children. Everyone should read it and share it in schools, Bible study groups, and with their family. Through DJ’s story, he shows us in a clear and practical way the value of true love, sacrifice, patience, faith, and confidence. This story is a powerful example that, in God’s hands, ‘powerful and great things can grow from small seeds.’”
—Victor Britos Tillner, Asuncion, Paraguay
“A beautiful, engaging story of a little boy’s determination to make his dream of becoming a basketball player come true and a father’s love for his son to help make that dream a reality for him. Through the father’s imaginative way of demonstrating his caring heart, he teaches DJ patience, obedience, faith and the true meaning of love. I was spellbound by Dennis’s ability to make the reader feel the young boy’s excitement and courage. Within this story are many wonderful lessons for children and adults alike. I highly recommend that parents and grandparents read this book to their precious little ones.”
—Lucie Comer, Middleton, Nova Scotia
“It usually takes an entire novel or movie to inspire me. Dennis pulled it off in just one short kids story. In a time where children are learning everything should be about instant gratification, this book takes you back to a time in which you had to work for what you wanted; that the reward and value of the item was that much greater for it. Your child will love this book, and you, as a parent, will love it more. It teaches belief, faith, and community . . . and that maybe even a miracle can be seen if you keep your eye on the sky.”
—Lance Pittman, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Dennis Jernigan's (DJ’s) dad was a referee at a local high school, so DJ got to go to most of the games. He loved to watch the big boys warm up and shoot hoops. He hoped to one day be able to play basketball just like them. He imagined stepping onto the court and dribbling towards the goal. He could hear the crowds cheering for him! He fell asleep thinking about basketball, and he woke up thinking about basketball.
As this sport became his passion, he decided to ask for a basketball goal for his birthday in hopes of growing his skills to one day become a basketball player. Rather than saying “yes” or “no,” DJ’s father did something different—something that would teach DJ what could become of patience, determination, hard work, and faith.
Through the story of The Incredible Growing Basketball Goal, we see that not only do we have to work hard for the things that we want, but we need to trust in God’s promises, even when we do not see immediate results. DJ's faith in his father's promise and his father's dedication to bless his son is such a precious reminder of the heavenly Father who loves his children and loves to give us the desires of our hearts. This is a great story to teach little ones to trust in the Father's love.