The Short “About”
(Scroll down for the longer one!)
We believe all children should have access to Christian books. Not so that they can be persuaded to follow Jesus… so that they have the opportunity to make up their own minds about what they read. Stories are a great way to show faith in action – Jesus told stories for a reason! Not everyone believed Jesus’ stories (not everyone wanted to), but at least, if they heard, they had the option of at least looking into it.
So that’s what we’re about!
Even church children need to hear and accept the message of the gospel for themselves.
How can you be sure your children/the children on your heart will always be strong in their faith?
You can’t, of course. Only the Lord can touch hearts, change lives.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a part to play. The Lord has chosen to use us, to share the good news.
Scripture tells us we must talk about the Lord and His ways with our children as we walk along the road of life together (Deut 6:7).
This directive is not optional, and the consequences of not doing so aren’t worth thinking about… We want our children to be happy, healthy and to do well in life, but above all else, we want them to know Jesus. Nothing else quite compares, does it? According to research by Care for the Family, 50% of all children brought up in church will drop out. None of us want that, for any of the children we love.
There are many ways to bring faith into conversations, and of course you will want to read the Bible and pray together if you can…
But there is an easy and fun way to bring up issues of faith – fun, relevant Christian stories are brilliant conversation starters!
If your children don’t like reading, you can read to them, listen to the stories on audio, or buy kindle ebooks so they can read them on their phone/tablet/laptop with the free app.
You can start today! Here’s what you need to do:
1. Choose your books and order.
2. Read with your children if you can, or send your gift with the message, “I saw this and thought of you.”
3. Discuss the story in person, on the phone, skype, whatsapp, instant message service…. or by letter. Where there’s a will there’s a way!
Pray and see what the Lord will do! We have had some amazing comments from parents/grandparents/carers/teachers and children who have read our books – it’s truly awesome, and we feel privileged to be part of it.
Whether “your children” are family, friends, church kids, pupils or friends and neighbours’ children, every one deserves to have someone talk to them about Jesus.
How will they know if no one tells them?
But think what could happen if YOU DO?
We’ve had some amazing feedback on our stories – here are three quick quotes: (You can read more here):
“I would happily read this book over and over again!” – Caitlin
“Another brilliant adventure! I really liked the new characters and stories. It taught me that when I’m feeling down, God is trying to show me how to think about and help others, which will make me feel better again.” – Matthew
“This is the best book I’ve ever read!” – Emily
Make sure the children on your heart don’t miss out.
That’s why I set up Dernier Publishing, after my first husband died. I realised that none of us know how long we have in this life, so we have to make every day count.
Janet Wilson, founder of Dernier Publishing
P.S. One book costs about the same as coffee and cake in a High Street coffee shop, but can have eternal value.
The Long “About”
Children – such a precious gift from God! I love to watch my grandsons climb trees, dig for worms, pretend to be dinosaurs, stare with fascination at a horse skull in the museum, dabble a stick in the river, dig in the sand at the beach and collect “treasures” in the woods – a stick, a fir cone, an interesting stone.
Some are desperate for food, shelter and clean water. Some need medical attention, and/or have no access to education. Some are victims of tragic natural disasters. Some are victims of cruelty. Some become perpetrators of violence and hatred. I don’t need to spell it out. You know.
But all children need to hear the good news, whether they are privileged, desperate, or somewhere in between.
The good news is, the kingdom of God is growing; unseen but a mighty army, all over the world. Jesus is building his church! The Lord Almighty is with us. We are now a family of believers, all working towards the same aim. We are now the hands of feet of Jesus, taking this good news all over the world.
We can’t be complacent though, or leave things to other people. Children are leaving the church. I’m sure you know some who have. Many are growing up not knowing they have a Father in heaven who cares for them. There’s a battle for their lives.
Did you know that 75% of Christians made the decision to follow Jesus in their youth? You may already have heard that figure, and you may be part of it – I was! I was invited to go to church when I was 13, and have never looked back.
There are so many children in the world, all needing to hear the good news, growing up fast! The harvest is ripe and ready – we need to act NOW!
Dernier books are all fun stories, but every one is more than a good read; each holds a message in the story. Deepest Darkness is about a girl who finds freedom from her fears, while on holiday in Canada. I Want to Be an Airline Pilot is about a boy from a child-led family who discovers through a series of adventures that he has a father in heaven who cares for him. The Beech Bank Girls series of stories look at issues girls face from a Christian perspective . . . and lots more!
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Giving a child a Christian book is like taking a child to Jesus.
Imagine a world where every child had the opportunity to hear the good news that Jesus loves them!
One day we will have to give an account of everything we have done. It’s time to act.
Here’s what you can do to make sure the children on your heart don’t miss out:
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- Buy our books for the children in your life.
- Pray. We will pray with you – we love our books, but what we really care about are the children who will read them!
Be the one who feeds the lambs. Don’t leave it to someone else. Don’t walk by on the other side. No one else might come.