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.
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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

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  • This will make a great Christmas gift!
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    **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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    His Mercy Endureth Forever


    His Mercy Endureth Forever

    illustrated by Kathleen DeJong

    O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

    —Psalm 136:3–5 (KJV)


    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.


     

     

     

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  • 36 pages | hardcover
  • This will make a great Christmas gift!
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    Author interview with Connie Meyer

    We interviewed Connie L. Meyer on her latest children's book published by the RFPA, T is for Tree: A Bible ABC.

    "Sit down" with Connie as she talks about her beautiful new picture book for young children.  

     

    Retail: $17.95  | 32 pages | hardcover 

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    The riches of God’s promises are for young children

     

    T is for Tree

    The riches of God’s promises are, indeed, especially for young children; God specifically includes them in his everlasting, unconditional covenant of grace: “...and to thy seed after thee” (Gen. 17:7). Our little ones may not be neglected. Even in the books we choose to read to them, we can and we must keep the vows we made at the time of baptism to “help and cause them to be instructed” in the “true and perfect doctrine of salvation” (the Reformed baptism form).

     

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    Guess what finally came in?

    We are SO excited that T is for Tree is finally here!

    If you haven't ordered a copy already, you will want to order one! https://bit.ly/2FF3cuD

    This alphabet book, written and illustrated by Connie L. Meyer, is a collection of Bible passages, short rhymes, and detailed illustrations designed to teach young children of their heavenly Father’s almighty power and his faithfulness to fulfill the promises he makes to them as children of his covenant. Use this book to instruct your children in the truths of salvation for all of God’s people and especially his littlest lambs.

    • 32 pages
    • hardcover
    • ISBN 978-1-944555-27-6
    • Retail: $17.95
    • Book Club USA: $11.67 | Book Club International: $12

    Endorsements:

    "Share this lovely ABC book with your youngest children. Mrs. Meyer’s colorful, detailed illustrations please the eyes; her simple, rhyming verses gratify the ears; and the selected scripture texts delight the soul. What better way to introduce our little ones to the alphabet than with the word of him who is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last?"

    —Sarah Mowery, children’s and youth literature reviewer for Perspectives in Covenant Education

     

     

     

      

     

     

     

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    I is for Ice

    T is for Tree: A Bible ABC

    written and illustrated by Connie L. Meyer

    The unifying theme of T is for Tree is God’s promises to his people and his almighty power to fulfill those promises.


    One of the most important reasons the author chose to write an ABC book was to introduce young children to a variety of Bible texts.

    Using twenty-six letters of the English alphabet, children will learn about topics ranging from the rainbow as the sign of the covenant, to God’s directive hand in the hearts of earthly kings, to the promise to God’s people of eternal life with him in Zion.

    After each letter of the alphabet is introduced, children read a rhyme that is  limited to three lines. The Bible texts included on each page can be read as a child’s   attention grows and allows.

    A wide variety of colorful illustrations will capture the attention of young children as they listen to the words that are read to them.

     

    “He casteth forth his ice like
    morsels: who can stand before his cold?”
    —Psalm 147:17
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    I is for Ice

    Cast out across the land.
    Our God sends forth his bitter cold.
    Before it, who can stand?

    * This book will not be automatically sent to RFPA book club members. You must preorder this title to receive it.

    ** Book club members' discount and free shipping will apply, however, when they order this title.

     

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    "Share this lovely ABC book with your youngest children"

    The Reformed Free Publishing Association is pleased to present T is for Tree: A Bible ABC book written and illustrated by returning author and illustrator Connie L. Meyer. Connie is the author of the book Gottschalk: Servant of God published in November 2015. The expected release date of this title is January/February 2018.

     

    "Share this lovely ABC book with your youngest children. Mrs. Meyer’s colorful, detailed illustrations please the eyes, her simple, rhyming verses gratify the ears, and the selected scripture texts delight the soul. What better way to introduce our little ones to the alphabet than with the word of him who is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last?"—Sarah Mowery, Children's & Youth literature reviewer for the Perspectives in Covenant Education magazine

     

    T is for Tree

    written and illustrated by Connie L. Meyer

    The unifying theme of T is for Tree is God’s promises to his people and his almighty power to fulfill those promises. Using twenty-six letters of the English alphabet, children will learn about topics ranging from the rainbow as the sign of the covenant, to God’s directive hand in the hearts of earthly kings, to the promise to God’s people of eternal life with him in Zion.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    One of the most important reasons the author chose to write an ABC book was to introduce young children to a variety of Bible texts. After each letter of the alphabet is introduced, children read a rhyme that is limited to three lines. The Bible texts included on each page can be read as a child’s attention grows and allows. A wide varies of colorful illustrations will capture the attention of young children as they listen to the words that are read to them.

     

    T is for TREE
    That grows where waters flow,
    With leaves that never wither;
    A blessed man is so.

    "Blessed is the man...[whose] delight is in the law of the Lord…And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."—Psalm 1:1–3

     

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    Gottschalk: Servant of God - Now Available!

    Gottschalk: Servant of God

    written and illustrated by Connie L. Meyer

    For several years the RFPA has discussed publishing books for younger readers and Gottschalk: Servant of God represents our first effort. This book is intended for junior high and high school ages. Because the story is intriguing and the history of Gottschalk is not well-known, adults will also enjoy this book and find it profitable.

    Retail: $17.95
    Book Club: $11.67

    • 160 pages
    • original illustrations and maps drawn by the author
    • makes a great Christmas gift

    Those were the Dark Ages, the days of knights and castles and kings and queens, of monasteries, Vikings, and monks. The days were spiritually dark. True doctrine was hard to come by, if not nearly lost. But there was a light. A clear beam of understanding and truth reflected from one monastery, from one courtroom, from one dungeon–from one man. This is a story of courage, of faith, and of love for the truth. This is the story of Gottschalk, the monk from Orbais.

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    RFPA Update - Winter 2015

     

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    Articles in this Issue:

    Looking for More Authors for Children's Books

    New Books

    The Bearer of the Standard: In the Age of Compromise

    Come, Ye Children: A Bible Storybook for Young Children—Best Storybook I've Had

    The Triple Knowledge Series

    In Review: Hyper-Calvinism and the Call of the Gospel: An Examination of the Well-Meant Offer of the Gospel

    Recap of the RFPA Annual Meeting

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