Fiction from Bob Jones University Press
Peanut Butter Friends in a Chop Suey World
Publisher: BJU Press, 1994
Length: 186 pp./ages 9-12
Amy is determined to be a good missionary when her family moves to Taiwan. But the neighbor girls laugh at her, and Sunday services at the Chinese church become an ordeal. It seems that the only place she feels comfortable is at the English- speaking school with her “peanut butter friends.”
This book practically wrote itself because it was my life on a kids level. I took an American girl and thrust her onto the mission field in Taiwan and let nature take its course. The issues Amy faces are real issues MK’s face every day. I saw many of these things happen in the lives of kids I knew in Taiwan. My own daughters, however, grew up in Taiwan and didn’t have to make many of these adjustments.
Since this book first came out in 1994 I keep seeing it pop up in the most unusual places. I’ve met adults who read it as a child and are now serving the Lord on their own. It is now it its sixth edition and has been printed with three different covers.
The Lord has used this simple book to teach kids about missions and even prepare kids for the mission field. Here are some organizations who use it to teach cultural issues. Ethnic Harvest (ethnicharvest.com), GO International (missionarycare.com), World Missions Bookstore (missionequip.com), and Association of Christian Schools International (asci.org).
Bob Jones University Press uses it as a companion novel to their third grade Bible Truths curriculum.
Though written specifically about Taiwan, it can help the reader understand cultural adjustments that need to be made in other countries too.
Written for readers aged 9-12.
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Two Sides to Everything
Publisher: BJU Press, 2004
Length: 160 pp./ages 9-12
While his mother recuperates from an accident that has left her partially paralyzed, Josh leaves Denver and goes to stay at his Uncle Hamish’s New Zealand sheep farm, where his faith in God is strengthened as he faces new challenges.
Writing this book taught me a lot about raising sheep. Uncle Hamish became a real person to me. I lived with him in my mind for several years before his character developed into this book. The visual picture I had of him in my mind was one of a friend of ours. The artist patterned the pictures of Uncle Hamish after Ken Thompson.
Written for readers aged 9-12, it could easily work for someone who is slightly older.
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Publisher: BJU Press, 2007
Length: 140 pp./young adult
Moose is a miracle-a huge, clumsy, honest miracle. But living with a miracle can take a lot of patience, especially when Moose still struggles with smoking and controlling his language. Cody wonders if the other Christians at Moose Peak Bible Camp can love Moose enough to give him a chance.
When a totally obnoxious person becomes a Christian he suddenly changes into a loveable sweetheart with no problems, right? Not Moose. This light-hearted book shows the value of friendship to a new believer.
I had a lot of fun writing this book. Cody and Moose helped me have compassion for the “Moose” in my own ministry. I started writing this book as a sequel to Two Sides to Everything but my editor persuaded me to put it in its own unique setting. So don’t be surprised if Moose seems a bit like Neville in Two Sides to Everything.
Written for teens.
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