“God told Jonah to obey, said, ‘Go to Nineveh this day.’ But, stubborn Jonah fled instead. Didn’t do just what God said.” Jonah’s disobedience landed him inside a big fish! And there he had time to think and pray. Children will feel the waves and hear the splash as Jonah sinks “down and down and down” into the belly of the fish. This story serves as an excellent reminder of how important it is to listen to God.
Rhonda Gowler Greene
Rhonda Gowler Greene is the author of over twenty picture books. Her books have received honors such as School Library Journal Best Book, Children’s Book Council Showcase Book, Bank Street College Best Book, and starred reviews. A former elementary school teacher, with a master’s in educational media, Rhonda is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences. She lives with her husband, Gary, in a house overflowing with books in West Bloomfield, Michigan. They have four grown children. For more information, visit her on the web at—www.rhondagowlergreene.com
Jonah has always been one of my favorite bible stories. I mean who wouldn't be in awe of a man who lived in the belly of a big fish for 3 days. I imagine it would have been frightening and miserable. Beyond that part of the story I love going to deeper and talking not only about Jonah obeying God's calling but also Jonah's heart after God spares Ninevah. This children's story does not go into those details but it does cover the basic lesson of the importance of listening to God. How easy it is for us to be going along our day ignoring the Holy Spirit asking us to slow down and do something for HIM. This book is a great reminder to teach our children the importance of following God's calling and direction even when it seems too hard or difficult.
The pictures are illustrated by Margaret Spengler and they are fantastic. They are vibrant and show excellent emotions through the character faces. My kids enjoyed this story and they are excited to share this book in Children's Church.