Book review: "This book's strength lies in the author’s applications"

Sarah Mowery is the children's book reviewer for the magazine Perspectives in Covenant Education. She is a wife and mother and attends Loveland Protestant Reformed Church in Loveland, Colorado.

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Jehovah’s Mighty Acts, the newest RFPA children’s publication (to be released August 2019), is the first in a series by Rev. Nathan Langerak entitled Tell His Wonders. In thirty-one chapters (one hundred pages) Rev. Langerak surveys Old Testament history from Genesis through Esther. The book’s target age is 7–10 years, but the superb, original color illustrations by Michael Welply, illustrator of The Random House Book of Bible Stories, will intrigue children much younger (as well as adults).

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"We will not hide them from their children..."

JEHOVAH'S MIGHTY ACTS

Bible Stories by Nathan J. Langerak

Illustrated by Michael Welply

The creation of the world, God’s word to Adam and Eve after the fall, the worldwide flood, God raising up Moses to deliver Israel from Egypt, God’s provision of manna in the wilderness, and the Jews’ return home after seventy years of captivity—these are all saving acts of Jehovah towards his covenant people in the Old Testament. And they all show one of God’s most important perfections: though his people often sin against him and are unfaithful, God is always faithful to his covenant promises he makes with his people in Jesus Christ.

The first book in the Tell His Wonders series of Bible stories, the stories and accompanying illustrations in Jehovah’s Mighty Acts are a tool for parents of the church to use in the instruction of their children about the theme and truth of Jehovah’s mighty acts of salvation in the Old Testament, mighty acts which pointed to the mightiest act of all—salvation in Jesus Christ.

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Nathan J. Langerak is a minster in the Protestant Reformed Churches of America. He is the author of Walking in the Way of Love, a two-volume commentary on the book of 1 Corinthians. He and his wife and their six children live in Crete, Illinois.

Michael Welply has illustrated more than eighty books, including The Random House Book of Bible Stories, and Biblical Times, published by Simon and Schuster. He has two adult children and three grandchildren. He and his wife live in Levet, France.

Retail: $24.95 | Book club: $21.21
96 pages | hardcover
Coming early August 2019!

 

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RFPA Update newsletter - Winter 2019

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Reaching the broadest possible audience
  • Theological Book Network
  • "A teaching aid on the Canons"
  • Gold star membership
  • RFPA classics reprinted
  • God's Everlasting Covenant of Grace published in Spanish
  • Coming Soon! Jehovah's Mighty Acts
  • Coming Soon! Letters from Katie Luther: A Novel
  • Seeking donors
  • His Mercy Endureth Forever reviews
  • RAM conference
  • Iron Sharpens Iron pastors' luncheon

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Book Review of His Mercy Endureth Forever

Psalm 136 stands on its own merit. It needs no extraneous efforts to prop it up. Just read this chapter. Read it aloud. In exalted language the psalm rehearses a litany of God’s wonders to Israel and his covenant care of his people. What is most memorable is the refrain (repeated 26 times!): “For his mercy endureth forever.” Above all, Psalm 136 is a psalm to be sung, and new RFPA illustrator, Kathleen DeJong, does not overlook this important aspect in her artistic renderings. The opening page of His Mercy Endureth Forever includes enhanced line drawings of ancient musical instruments, and the book closes with a musical score from Psalm 136.

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Our 2nd children's book, His Mercy Endureth Forever, has arrived at the RFPA!

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His Mercy Endureth Forever

God’s mercy endures forever. And the same mercy he displayed in the creation of the world and to his people Israel, he also reveals to his children in Jesus Christ. The words of this psalm and illustrator Kathleen DeJong’s beautiful acrylics and line drawings will inspire covenant children and their parents to thank God each day for his unending mercies.

Retail: $13.95

Book club: $11.86

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New competitive pricing for children's books!

We're lowering our prices just in time for Christmas!

Come, Ye Children: A Bible Storybook for Young Children (was $47.95... NOW $36.95)

Gottschalk: Servant of God (hardcover) (ebook) (was $17.95... NOW $13.95)

T is for Tree: A Bible ABC (was $17.95... NOW $13.95)

His Mercy Endureth Forever: Psalm 136 ($13.95)

Book club members get 15% off the retail price on all children's books.

 

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It is of the Lord's mercies...


His Mercy Endureth Forever

illustrated by Kathleen DeJong

To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever. —Psalm 136:16 (KJV)

"Not all illustrations of Scripture are lawful or tasteful. However, Kathleen’s book of pictures carefully captures the beauty of God’s mercy described in Psalm 136. Each sketch has the imprint not only of a skilled artist but also of one who has meditated on God’s Word. Both children and adults will grow in gratitude to God by pondering the inspired text as it is illuminated by insightful art."  

— Rev. Jonathan Mahtani, Pastor of Cornerstone Protestant Reformed Church  

"Kathleen DeJong has beautifully illustrated Psalm 136 in this book. Some of these detailed, vibrant pictures portray actual historical events from scripture; others portray the spiritual reality behind biblical events. I especially appreciate that the book begins and ends with illustrations that remind us that the psalms were meant to be sung by God’s people—people who always rejoice in the goodness and mercy of their God."

— Karen Van Baren, Reformed Christian school teacher

  • Retail: $13.95 
  • 36 pages | hardcover
  • This will make a great Christmas gift!
  • Coming December 2018 

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      *This new book release will NOT be sent automatically to RFPA book club members.

      **As of September 1, 2018 book club members receive a 15% discount on new children's book releases. (This is not in addition to the normal 30 - 35% discount.)

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      Interview with Kathleen DeJong on His Mercy Endureth Forever: Psalm 136

      Kathleen’s illustrations include both full-page paintings created with acrylics and simple drawings. Not only are the illustrations engaging, they serve the beautiful message of the psalm: God is faithful to his covenant people and to their children. To introduce RFPA readers to Kathleen and this new concept of children’s literature, we recently interviewed her about her illustration work and her upcoming book. Below is an excerpt from the interview:

      1. Why did you choose to illustrate a psalm? Why did you choose to illustrate this particular psalm?
      Psalms are some of the easiest Bible passages to follow, which works well for a children’s book. Psalm 136 in particular has a lot of beautiful imagery to make art from.

      2. Were there any children that you especially had in mind when you creating your illustrations? What did you want them to get out of the book?
      I had my nieces and nephews in mind. I want them to see how beautiful and diverse God’s creation is, from fields to mountains and the changing sky, and how amazing his miracles are, like the pillar of fire and just giving us food every day. His mercy endures forever.

      3. What do you think is the benefit of a book that contains only the words from a Bible passage with illustrations?
      Having this psalm illustrated gives you pictures to think of when you read it. For people who learn in a more visual way, this can even help them memorize the psalm.

      4. Was there a particular message you were hoping to get across in your illustrations?
      I wanted to get across the scope of God’s creation in many of the illustrations, which I hope I did by keeping the people small and the backgrounds large and colorful. God’s creation is so vast and complex, and yet he made us the objects of his love. For this and all the other things he has done for us we live gratefully every minute.
      Retail: $13.95 
      36 pages | hardcover
      This will make a great Christmas gift!
      Available mid-December 2018
       

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      His Mercy Endureth Forever: Psalm 136 illustrated by Kathleen DeJong

       

      His Mercy Endureth Forever

      illustrated by Kathleen DeJong

      And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:
      Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.
      —Psalm 136:21, 22 (KJV)

      "Not all illustrations of Scripture are lawful or tasteful. However, Kathleen’s book of pictures carefully captures the beauty of God’s mercy described in Psalm 136. Each sketch has the imprint not only of a skilled artist but also of one who has meditated on God’s Word. Both children and adults will grow in gratitude to God by pondering the inspired text as it is illuminated by insightful art."  

      — Rev. Jonathan Mahtani, Pastor of Cornerstone Protestant Reformed Church  

      "Kathleen DeJong has beautifully illustrated Psalm 136 in this book. Some of these detailed, vibrant pictures portray actual historical events from scripture; others portray the spiritual reality behind biblical events. I especially appreciate that the book begins and ends with illustrations that remind us that the psalms were meant to be sung by God’s people—people who always rejoice in the goodness and mercy of their God."

      — Karen Van Baren, Reformed Christian school teacher

      • Retail: $13.95 
      • 36 pages | hardcover
      • This will make a great Christmas gift!
      • Coming December 2018 

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        *This new book release will NOT be sent automatically to RFPA book club members.

        **As of September 1, 2018 book club members receive a 15% discount on new children's book releases. (This is not in addition to the normal 30 - 35% discount.)

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