Nathan's Story   -     By: Michael J. McHugh
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 Nathan's Story

Great Light Publications / 2010 / Hardcover

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Many years ago, a prophet in ancient Israel by the name of Nathan told a touching story to King David in order to help him to see just how far he had strayed from his duty to love his neighbor. The book entitled Nathan's Story, is based upon the timeless message that was given by the prophet, and is designed to provide young children with a clear understanding of what it means to love ones' neighbor.

This hardbound, beautifully illustrated book will not only entertain youngsters, but will teach them about the importance of respecting the property of others. It will also warn children of the dangers that are associated with greed, coveting, and selfishness.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Great Light Publications
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.25 X 8.88 (inches)
ISBN: 0982284853
ISBN-13: 9780982284858
Ages: 3-7

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  1. Age: 18-24
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    Perfect for Little Ones!
    June 29, 2012
    Amy B
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book, Nathan's Story, is a sweet and simple to understand retelling of the story which the prophet Nathan came and told King David illustrating the error of the king's way. The story of the rich man and his abundance of wealth- his fields of sheep, his grand house, and many servants- in contrast to the story of the poor man- a widower with his two little sons barely getting enough to eat- but whose delight was the little lamb that he and his sons cherished as a pet.

    The opposite lives of the two men collide when the rich man is visited by a traveling friend and he wants to feed him a good meal- the problem is, he doesn't want the expense...

    The tale woven is one of greed and envy- but ultimately resulting in brokenness and redemption.

    The book is divided up into six short chapters, each with their own teaching guide- a type of devotional with scripture passages to think about concerning what was read.

    -Worldview: Christian.

    -Character Qualities: Contentment, Brokenness

    Final thoughts or comments:

    I was thrilled reading this book as I saw the sweet illustrations, the simple language, and the ratio of words to page- it was sheer brilliance! As you all know, I have 8 younger siblings and have quite a frustration when the 3-year-old gets bored looking at the same illustration for 5 minutes as I'm trying to get through the second or third paragraph on the page! What a pleasant surprise to see that Mr. McHugh did a fabulous job capturing the perfect balance for those sweet little attention spans.

    The devotionals in the back of the book are good and biblical- helping to reach into the Word and reveal what God says about the problems that arise for the characters in each chapter. My only apprehension with them is that they may be a bit tiresome for younger children- but definitely a blessed resource for children (and adults!) that can understand.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Michael McHugh
Located in: Palatine, Illinois
Submitted: April 16, 2010

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am a Christian who makes a sincere effort to think and write from a biblical perspective. I hold to a view of Scripture that is consistent with the historic Reformed faith. In other words, I am a conservative Christian who has a high view of the authority and power of the Word of God.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I wanted to write a story that would help young children to understand what it means to love one's neighbor. The story that the Prophet Nathan told to King David long ago, is the basic storyline that I use to help teach children about how the sin of coveting can undermine their ability to love others.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope youngsters, and those adults who share the story with them, will both gain a better understanding of the wisdom and justice of God's Law, so that they can love their neighbor to the glory of God.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I was touched, once again, by the simple but powerful message of Nathan the prophet regarding how harmful our sins can be when we determine to live in a selfish and prideful manner.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  The Spirit of God, working through the Word of God, is my Guide and Pilot. Only by His grace do I stand!

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I have been married for 25 years, and have seven children and a lovely wife. We have been homeschooling our children for over 20 years. I have had the opportunity to edit or author several textbooks for Christian Liberty Press over the years.

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