Danny Howard Student Ministries Pastor
More and more students today are living in a world full of pressures and challenges which come in all shapes and sizes and know no age boundaries. At times those pressures can be unrealistic and unmet expectations, academic challenges, or many other things. Far too often, the challenges our students face today come at the hands of a peer.
As a parent, I believe the content delivered in this book will open the door to better communication with your children. Often, it can be challenging for a student to know when and even how to talk to his or her parents about the pressures they are facing. But the tools that James has given in this book, I believe, will really help to open those lines of communication.
In my time as a teacher, and now as a Student Ministries Pastor, I have seen bullying affect many of the social settings our children are a part of today. In the time I have known James, it is very easy for me to see that he has a heart and a passion for students who are dealing with these pressures. As you read through the pages of this story, it will be easy for you to see this and his convictions.
James has not only chosen to write a story for kids to read and enjoy but has given parent/leader guides that will be great for a family discussion or a group study. I love his passion that is evident in this engaging story, as well as taking it another step by giving tools to help with the application of what the readers are learning to apply to their own unique situations. The questions are designed to promote open conversation by helping to build confidence and deeper relationships with God, their parents, the leaders they look to for support, and their peers.
This book reinforces that a child doesn’t need to feel alone in any situation. God is always with them, and they can ask Him for help, as Davy learns to do throughout the story.
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