These two books, published by Church Strengthening Ministry (CSM), will be formally launched today at the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) at 6 PM. I am now clicking on my excitement button. Ooops, it's been on since yesterday, the opening of the MIBF.
They had been written for tweens (ages 8 to 12), that life stage when kids seem to think they are no longer kids, but still too young to be teens. These in-between years are critical times.
Their eyes open to new, exciting concepts they never saw before. Their ears hear noises of interesting ideologies that are different from theirs. Their hands touch objects they never thought existed. Their noses smell the scent of scenes from the movies and broadcast media that are now bigger-than-life. Their whole person is challenged every minute by the wider, more colorful world they have moved into.
While they are busy exploring new things, many of their parents are busy making a living. Study of the Word becomes the sole responsibility of the pastor or Sunday School teachers once a week.
These devotionals wish to partner with parents in those in-between days. May their tweens find time (only 1.5 to 2 minutes per devotion) every three to four days to be closer to God and understand His Word through little stories relevant to the young.
With BRB (Bible-Reading Buddies), we hope tween boys develop friendships among their peers so they could read the book together or compare notes apart.
With BFF (Best Friends Forever), we hope tween girls gain friends who share their treasured values and become closer to the best-ever Friend one could have, Jesus.
Writing devotions for tweens has always been a challenge for me—but during those times, grace comes to visit and, like a much-welcome house guest, stays until the last page of the book is written.
Thank you, Lord, for the privilege of writing for tweens. You are our Guest of Honor at the CSM Grand Launching later today. Amen.
On the first day of the book fair yesterday, the books were displayed at the CSM booth. Even before they could be formally launched, BRB and BFF made their way to the readers' shopping bags. I enjoyed signing all those books and picking from among the shoppers the winner of a surprise gift at that hour.
(Photos courtesy of CSM)