Cover Sketch Vote for “The Adventures of the Wing”
What Is It?
The Adventures of the Wing will be a series of short stories (we’re calling them “episodes”) that take place in the Feathered Kingdom world but before the events of the first book. They are still aimed at middle-graders, but, unlike the main series, these explicitly teach Christian principles (The Feathered Kingdom Series does have Christian themes but does not explicitly teach). At the end of each story there will be a “What Can We Learn?” section with Scripture passages and commentary.
Due to budget constraints we are only doing one cover and intend to just change the title for each episode. Our cover designer sent us four sketches, but we decided that we definitely were not going to use one of them so that brings it down to three. Bear in mind that these are rough sketches and we can work with our cover designer to get it just right, so if you have suggestions then please say something in the comments.
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Teaching Christian Principles to Children Through Fiction
Here I have posted an excerpt of the “What Can We Learn?” section for the first story, which will be entitled “The Root of Evil”.
What Can We Learn?
Holy Bible, 1 Timothy 6:10
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Did you notice how all of the evil in this story came from greed? The originator of the plan to steal money from the people was a greedy court official. He used greedy soldiers to carry it out. Even the oafish thug in the beginning was greedy.
Did you know that Satan was greedy in the beginning? The Bible records that he said:
“I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:13-14)
It also indicates in another place that his heart was lifted up—that he became prideful. Indeed, how prideful would he have to be to believe that he could actually take the things that he said he would take? Greed—or covetousness, which the Bible says is idolatry, the worship of gods other than the one true God—coupled with the pride to think that he could achieve and that he deserved what he wanted to have was his downfall.
Yet, did you know that each one of us has to watch out for greed in ourselves? If the love of money is really a root of all evil, then even the evil that our own flesh is vulnerable to has its roots in greed.
Greed can blind our eyes to other evils. That is why they say, “Every man has a price.” Put enough money in front of a man and he can begin to justify all sorts of wrong or shady things, just like the thug at the beginning of the story did when he said, “A rooster’s gotta make a livin’.” Yet greed is not only in money, but also in things, and sometimes the sinful price that we pay is not in acquiring the thing, but in the effect that the thing has on our lives. Anything that we really want—that we covet or lust after—can blind our eyes to the evil influence that that thing might bring into our lives or the lives of our family members.
God, give me the understanding to identify covetousness—greed—in my life, and the strength to resist it. Amen.