By Michael Foust, Crosswalk.com
Bestselling author Karen Kingsbury says too many of today’s children’s books include themes that aren’t appropriate for kids and that her newest book does just the opposite by reminding children that “God made you who you are.”
Being Baxters, co-authored by Kingsbury and her son Tyler Russell, follows the lives of the Baxter children (Brooke, Kari, Ashley, Erin and Luke) as they face challenges at home, at school and in their town. The children’s book is the fifth in a series, although it also works as a stand-alone, Kingsbury says. The target reading age is middle schoolers.
Being Baxters is really a story about identity and embracing who God made you to be – that He doesn't make mistakes,” Kingsbury told Christian Headlines. “You have unique fingerprints, unique heart, unique future that God has for you.”
Although the story is not set in a specific decade, the era feels “timeless” because the story does not include the Internet or social media, she said. Children will “learn valuable life lessons and what it means to be a good sibling, a good friend, and be true to who God made you to be,” Russell told Christian Headlines.
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