In a time of uncertainty, filled with focus on material gain and worldly vices, children often find solace in attending Bible school, where able teachers equip them with knowledge and inspiration to live a life that is in the world but not of the world. Author Kenneth L. Simmons presents The Shade Tree, a children's ministry of which the central focus are the behavior problems of children caused by distress. The Shade Tree shows God's ability to use distress to bring children into his kingdom. Simmons points out the difference between children who are ornery and the ones who are distressed, offering valuable teaching tools and biblical truths that will allow teachers to counsel and direct those who are struggling. By turning to the Bible, Simmons believes, Christian teachers will find the answers to why a child (or an adult) is in distress. The Shade Tree exposes the myth that simple behavior modification (humanism) does not work on children who are having serious problems. That's obvious. They didn't respond to the initial behavior modification before, so why should they respond to just more behavior modification? In contrast, God's directives has given us clear teaching on how to have victory over life's problems.