In Production!!

6th March, 2011 - Posted by Claire Larsen - 2 Comments

It’s finally happened. God’s Great Covenant — Book 3 is in production. A little bird told me last week that the designer has finished the first unit. After three years in the writing and editing process, I am excited to see what the finished product will look like.

This book has a few differences from the previous two books. First, it’s longer. There are 36 chapters instead of 32, and the book is evenly divided into four units of nine chapters. I presented the chronological story of Jesus with four themes: Jesus the Son of Man, Jesus God’s Servant, Jesus the Messiah, and Jesus the Son of God.

This book also has a whole section of introductions. What happened historically between Malachi and Matthew? What is the geographical make-up of Palestine? What was happening religiously in first century Palestine? What was it like to live in a simple Galilean village at the time of Jesus’ life? All these questions can be answered by the introductions at the front of Book 3.

God’s Great Covenant — Book 3  has several challenges. One challenge was telling the chronological narrative and harmonizing four stories into one, finding explanations for the many seeming contradictions between the accounts. The biggest challenge for me was to write the narrative in such a way that Jesus would come alive for the reader. I wanted to write the facts. I wanted to explain the theology behind such things as the Jesus’ incarnation and Jesus’ sacrificial death. Yet, most of all, I wanted Jesus to become a real person — a person that has relevance for today. I wanted Jesus’ deity and power to be evident while never glossing over that vulnerability of Jesus the man and the gentleness of Jesus the humble Servant. Jesus was fully man while never losing any of His deity. He was a King who lived las a pauper and never tried to usurp what was rightfully His.

Writing the gospel story was a life-changing experience for me. I approached the task with a certain amount of awe and fear, but I loved every minute of study and writing. I hope that what I learned will not just be bits of knowledge, but that my heart will be changed as a result. I hope that my readers, especially the children, will read this text and say, “Was Jesus really like that? If so, I want to believe in Him!”


Just His Best

March 10th, 2011 at 1:40 am    

I’m really looking forward to this!! By the way, can you suggest a great reformed VBS curriculum? So much of what I see is “over the top” has more to do with celebrating ourselves than celebrating the Lord.



April 12th, 2011 at 1:20 pm    

We are so excited! We loved the first 2 books!

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