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With hosts best-selling author Amy Parker and author and co-creator of VeggieTales Mike Nawrocki.


If you have a child in your life that you want to pass along biblical values to, this podcast is for you. Hosted by best-selling author Amy Parker and author and co-creator of VeggieTales Mike Nawrocki, The Bible for Kids podcast seeks to provide a discovery platform for the best resources for teaching biblical values to kids.   Guests include authors, teachers, musicians, film makers and more.  The Bible for Kids podcast is produced by Dan Lynch for Brentwood Studios.

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This week hosts Amy Parker and Mike Nawrocki talk with Michelle Nietert, about her new book Loved and Cherished. Michelle is a licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor has been providing therapeutic interventions to children and their families incounseling offices for over 20 years. As a previous educator, public school crisis counselor, and youth and children’s minister, she interacts regularly with parents and students at public school assemblies, PTA meetings, local churches, and is the mental health consultant for a local private Christian school. She also joins her audiences in the parenting trenches as a happily married mom of two-school aged children. To discover her Counselor Thoughts blog and podcast providing Solutions for Life, please visit www.MichelleNietert.com .  L O V E D A N D C H E R I S E D So often, girls and women give in to the lies that how they look and how popular they are determines their worth. But as children of God, we can have the confidence that we are loved, protected, secure, whole, and valuable because God is our heavenly father. Loved and Cherished equips girls ages 8–12 to: Discover perfect, unconditional love in God, and that she doesn’t have to perform or be perfect to receive that love. Know she has God’s protection, despite living in an often scary world. Let go of heartaches, fears, and failures, because she has the love she needs to face it. Build a strong foundation of faith on the love who will never leave her so she can face the challenges of growing up.
Mike and Amy talk to podcast triple threat Randall Goodgame, creator of Slugs & Bugs about exciting new things - a new book set called Adventures from the Workshop and Beyond and a new Christmas special Make Ready for Christmas! Make Ready for Christmas As Randall and friends prepare for Christmas, Maggie decides to expand the annual Sing-Along into a full-blown Christmas Eve pageant spectacular! Randall introduces everyone to the season of Advent, and Doug discovers something mysterious going on when chocolate chips go missing. Neighbor Scott Hamilton announces he's building a huge 12 Days of Christmas display, and Maggie finds herself called on to sacrifice more and more of her pageant dreams to help her friends. With so much activity and a dizzying carousel of friends stopping by, will Christmas end in disappointment or will the Workshop bunch embrace the invitation of the season and experience the true meaning of Christmas? Adventures from the Workshop and Beyond! Join Doug the Slug, Sparky the Lightning Bug, Morty and Maggie Raccoon for a series of adventures from the workshop and beyond! Imaginations are kindled, hijinks are uncovered, along with timeless truths about life and faith. Delightful, whimsical, hand-crafted fun for kids of all ages. Ages 3-7 | All 5 books - 32-page 8 x 10" hard-cover picture books in a limited edition box.
Amy and Mike talk with author Emily Assell about her new series of board books for kids - Generation Claimed. Each book in the Generation Claimed series contains life-giving promises from Scripture that remind all God’s children, both young and old, of who they are in Him. Page after page shares a promise from God and the corresponding scripture from the Bible. Readers will be transformed from the inside out and rest easier in God’s love for them. This 3-book set of board books includes the following: You Are: Scripture promises reminding readers of who God says they are Tonight: Scripture promises for a peaceful night’s rest Chosen: Scripture promises that reveal God has a plan for each person’s life Words are powerful. Speak God’s life-giving Word over your children, and claim this generation for his Kingdom. Emily is a first time childrens' book author. Her passion is to call this generation to be a generation whose hearts and lives belong to Christ. She believes that your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, loved one is a child of God and has a right to an abundant life. It is Emily's prayer that her books plant deep within your children who and whose they are. She believes God's Word, and uses her words to join in agreement with Him, that together we may claim the lives of this generation as His! She does most of her writing at night after her 3 precious children are tucked quietly into bed. Emily is a nurse, a speaker, a wife, a mom, and now an author, but credits it all to her great God.
Mike and Amy talked to author and speaker Jennie Allen about her new series for kids, Theolaby, a 5 book series that tells the story of God from creation to heaven. From Jennie: Fifteen years ago, I found myself smack in the middle of raising (and surviving) a house full of little ones. I wanted to know God for myself and teach my children about who He is. As I did, I found myself searching for the right resources to help. They wanted to know what kind of slingshot David used, how long Moses floated in a basket, and what other fruit was in the garden, but I struggled to get them to connect to the heart of God—His character and His power in their life. That’s when I began dreaming about Theolaby. I wanted resources that caused my kids not to just know about God, but to experience His power and His love for them. My greatest prayer was that my kids would have a personal relationship with Jesus. So in that effort, the pages of 'The Story of God' series were creatively written directly to children and aretheologically grounded in Scripture. Under the words in these books, we’ve provided the scriptures that inspired them, and we encourage parents to read both to their child. My other hope and prayer for my kids is that, as a family, we can come together and talk openly about God and His Word. No topic or question off limits! But even my seminary degree couldn’t have prepared me for the deep questions I would get from my five-year old son! On the last page of each book, we have given parents a simple activity guide to inspire great memories and conversations with their kids, based on each story they will read to them. My prayer is that Theolaby would be pivotal to children’s understanding of God’s character and their relationship with the Creator. Their little minds grasp more than we think! Let’s give them a huge, fun, and personal understanding of Jesus and His plans for them!
Amy and Mike talk with Josh Straub about the book Advent with 25 Days of the Christmas Story: An Advent Family Experience written with his wife Christi. Josh and Christi Straub are speakers, authors, and marriage and leadership coaches. Together, they lead  Famous at Home, an organization equipping families and leaders to be famous at home, so they can thrive on their stage. Both Fellows of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, together they host the weekly Famous at Home podcast, write children’s books including What Am I Feeling? and cohost Sex, Love, and Relationships on the Hillsong Channel. Josh and Christi love spending time on the lake with their three sweet kids, Landon Kennedy, and Micah, and their feisty goldendoodle, Copper. 25 Days of the Christmas Story: An Advent Family Experience helps families spend a few moments of each day leading up to Christmas focusing on the true joys and meaning of Christmas. This is a devotional perfect for families of all shapes, sizes, and schedules. Each of the 25 days highlights a different person, place, or object from the Christmas story—from the prophet Isaiah to Baby Jesus, from the Christmas star to the gift of frankincense. All devotions include an easy-to-read story, character trait, activity, and more—each designed to reinforce the main theme of the day. Your family can choose simply to read each day’s story or to go deeper and engage with each day’s features. Either way, parents and children are sure to learn and celebrate the season of Advent together while having fun in the process! A true heirloom in the making, the book includes pages in the back where parents and kids can record memories of each day’s activities and write journal entries to look back on year after year, Christmas after Christmas.  
Amy and Mike catch up with BibleForce creator Wayne McCay on this weeks episode.  Lots going on with BibleForce including the free Audio app, lots of new website material and the Jesus Lives book and video series. If your children are fans of comic books and graphic novels, they'll enjoy reading about the action and adventures of biblical heroes retold in BibleForce. With captivating artwork and a fast-paced narrative, this Bible storybook shares nearly 200 stories of Scripture. BibleForce is perfect for: Readers, ages 6-10 Read aloud group sessions or solo reads Beginning honest discussions about the drama of the Bible with children Highlighting the amazing heroes of the Bible Every BibleForce purchase comes with free access to the BibleForce app, available on iTunes and Android. Children will enjoy: A child friendly overview of the Bible: the law, history, poetry & wisdom, and the prophets An easy-to-follow illustrated timeline of events Resourceful maps to help visualize locations and landmarks Kids will be fascinated by the thrilling drama of the Bible and the detail of the illustrations--they won't be able to put down this exciting book. Jump into the story of God's Word and discover the amazing heroes within its pages. Check out the rest of the series, BibleForce.net
This week Amy and Mike talk with Art Ayris and Linda Howard regarding the new comic/graphic book, The Epic Bible: God’s Story of Redemption and Love from Eden to Eternity. Get swept away by God’s awesome story in this riveting graphic Bible. A stunning visual journey, The Epic Bible tells the central story of the Bible, with dramatic, full-color art created by DC and Marvel artists. Whether you’re reading the Bible for the first time or looking for a fresh perspective, The Epic Bible’s cinematic storytelling will make God’s Word come alive. Perfect for teens, comic book fans, and reluctant readers. Art Ayris is the founder of Kingstone Media and the Executive Editor of the Kingstone Bible which was a Finalist for 2017 Christian Book of the Year, Children’s category. Writing and producing recognition and credit include Best TV Movie Hollywood’s Next Success contest, Best Feature Florida Film & Television, Best Feature Angel Awards, several major motion picture options, over 60 comic book and animation credits to date.  Linda Howard is Associate Publisher for Children and Youth at Tyndale House Publishers. She brings an extensive background working with children and children’s products to her role including teaching, marketing, and product development for several brands. Linda currently leads the kids’ team, developing overall strategy for Tyndale Children and Youth, acquiring projects, and overseeing product development of all books. She has also worked in the marketing arena and built strong relationships with several of Tyndale’s publishing partners. She oversees the Compassion International Publishing partnership and has worked with best-selling authors, Mike Nawrocki, Amy Parker, Ann Voskamp, and more. Linda’s enthusiasm and passion for bringing children to a deeper understanding of Christ is what drives her acquisitions choices. Helping authors to publish and shape products that start children on a path to spiritual maturity is a responsibility she takes seriously, and she is grateful for the opportunity to serve.
Amy and Mike talk in this episode with Jesse Florea editor of "Family Clubhouse" from Focus on the Family, about his new book Defend Your Faith - 100 Devotions for Kids with Questions. Why do you believe in God? Answering that question might seem hard, but it’s important. “Defend Your Faith: 100 Devotions for Kids with Questions” introduces young believers to apologetics. These devotions give readers real tools and real answers for why they believe in God and why they trust the Bible. Through the easy-to-digest entries, kids will look into the universe and see how God’s fingerprints are all over creation. They’ll dig in the dirt to uncover archeological evidence. And they’ll hear stories of real-life defenders of the faith who inspire us to do the same. The “Defend Your Faith” devotional is written for kids 8 to 12, the age when many make a decision for Christ. Let’s equip and empower them to know what they believe, why they believe it, and how to defend it. Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for nearly 20 years. For more than 15, he's been the editor of “Focus on the Family Clubhouse” (for boys and girls ages eight to twelve). He earned bachelor and master's degrees in communications from Wheaton College in Illinois. Jesse has written or co-written several other books (including “The One Year Sports Devotions for Kids,” “Adventures of Average Boy: Growing Up Super Average,” “The One-Year Devos for Sports Fans” and “The One-Year Everyday Devotions.” He lives with his wife, Stephanie, and two teenagers, Nate and Amber, in Colorado Springs.
This week Amy and Mike talk with author Dan DeWitt who has written a number of books for kids including Why God? and his latest The Bright Light and the Super Scary Darkness. Dan DeWitt (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of applied theology and apologetics and the director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity at Cedarville University. He is the author of several books, including “Why God?” (B&H Kids, 2019), “Life in the Wild” (The Good Book Company, 2018), and “Jesus or Nothing” (Crossway, 2014). He posts regularly on his blog, theolatte.com. Have you ever been super scared of the dark? The Bright Light and the Super Scary Darkness uses the imagery of darkness and light to help children understand God’s power over evil. With an emphasis on Jesus, the Light of the World, this book reassures children ages 4-8 who struggle with fear and anxiety and offers them courage from God’s Word. Kids will find comfort in the book’s reassuring tone and brilliant illustrations, which show that Jesus’ love is strong enough to defeat even the super scary darkness.  
In this weeks episode Amy and Mike talk with Dorena Williamson about her books Thoughtful, Gracefull and Colorful. Dorena Williamson is a bridge builder, speaker, writer, and worship leader who knows the power and beauty of racial awareness. She and her husband, Dr. Chris Williamson, planted Strong Tower Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and have spent more than twenty years ministering to its richly diverse faith community. Dorena and Chris have four children. Why be colorblind when we can be colorFULL instead? Imani and Kayla are the best of friends who are learning to celebrate their different skin colors. As they look around them at the amazing colors in nature, they can see that their skin is another example of God's creativity! This joyful story takes a new approach to discussing race: instead of being colorblind, we can choose to celebrate each color God gave us and be colorFULL instead.  
On this weeks episode Mike and Amy talk with Cynthia Yanof about her new book, her podcast, and The Bible for Kids Podcast joining the Christian Parenting Podcast Network (Yeah!) About Cynthia Yanof Cynthia Yanof is a wife, mom, blogger, and the host of the Pardon the Mess podcast. She has a relaxed style of interviewing, combining her quick wit and sense of humor with a firm commitment to never taking herself too seriously. She loves Jesus, her family, foster care, and having lots of friends around her as often as possible. Cynthia is relatable, real, and a friend to all of us just trying to walk the parenting road in a meaningful way that’s pleasing to the Lord. About Pardon the Mess Parenting can be messy. There’s lots of amazing moments followed by some really hard times that make it easy to be discouraged if we aren’t careful. Pardon the Mess tackles parenting with honest discussions about the ups and downs of parenting, and the lessons God has taught us along the way. It’s fun, it’s real, it’s biblical, and it’s for everyone! Follow Pardon the Mess on Instagram and Facebook and see more at pardonthemess.org.
This week Amy and Mike continue their discussion with Sergio Cariello, illustrator of The Action Bible and Michelle Baird from Cook Publishing. Arriving this September, and updated version of The Action Bible will feature 25 new Bible stories and 23 expanded stories – all illustrated by Marvel and DC Comics artist Sergio Cariello. The Action Bible family of products has more than 85 million units in print worldwide since it launched in 2010. The original The Action Bible has sold more than 2.3 million copies and has spent more than 515 weeks on the ECPA Top 50 bestseller list. It is available in 27 languages globally, with 10-15 additional language translations to be completed in 2020. Sergio Cariello studied at the Word of Life Bible Institute (in Brazil and New York) as well as the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning (New York). He drew superheroes for Marvel and DC Comics and served as an instructor at the Kubert School. Sergio has spent more than a decade bringing the Bible to life for children and adults around the world. “It’s been the privilege of my life to combine my faith and art in The Action Bible. I loved to study the Bible before I began drawing The Action Bible, so these illustrations are the result of a continuous walk with Christ,” explains Sergio Cariello. “Drawing Captain America or Batman is fantastic, but drawing Jesus is different because I know the Holy Spirit is touching readers’ hearts through my drawings.” See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
This week Amy and Mike catch up with Sergio Cariello, illustrator of The Action Bible and Michelle Baird from Cook Publishing. Arriving this September, and updated version of The Action Bible will feature 25 new Bible stories and 23 expanded stories – all illustrated by Marvel and DC Comics artist Sergio Cariello. The Action Bible family of products has more than 85 million units in print worldwide since it launched in 2010. The original The Action Bible has sold more than 2.3 million copies and has spent more than 515 weeks on the ECPA Top 50 bestseller list. It is available in 27 languages globally, with 10-15 additional language translations to be completed in 2020. Sergio Cariello studied at the Word of Life Bible Institute (in Brazil and New York) as well as the Joe Kubert School of Cartooning (New York). He drew superheroes for Marvel and DC Comics and served as an instructor at the Kubert School. Sergio has spent more than a decade bringing the Bible to life for children and adults around the world. “It’s been the privilege of my life to combine my faith and art in The Action Bible. I loved to study the Bible before I began drawing The Action Bible, so these illustrations are the result of a continuous walk with Christ,” explains Sergio Cariello. “Drawing Captain America or Batman is fantastic, but drawing Jesus is different because I know the Holy Spirit is touching readers’ hearts through my drawings.” See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Hosts Amy Parker and Mike Nawrocki catch up with one of our favorites Yancy on this weeks episode of the podcast to talk about what's new with her!  She just released new music in her Little Praise Party series and always has a lot of fun happening! With boundless energy, a myriad of creative channels, an unflinching commitment to evangelism and a heart of worship at every diverse turn, Yancy Ministries is rapidly becoming a premiere destination for uplifting entertainment and church resources used all across the globe. You can find Yancy at https://yancyministries.com or listen to her music on your favorite platform at https://sc.lnk.to/yancy. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Amy and Mike discuss teens and financial challenges on this weeks podcast. Very timely with school starting back up in it's many variances this year. Today’s teens are faced with more financial opportunities—and threats—than ever before, from summer jobs and scholarships to credit card applications and student loans. How are young people supposed to learn to avoid early pitfalls that could devastate their financial futures and instead take steps that can set them up for a future filled with security, contentment, and generosity? “The Money Challenge for Teens” can help. Author Art Rainer introduces readers to some fictional young friends who are navigating financial waters and learning how God would want them to face college choices and car loans and thoughts about retirement (yes, even as a teenager!). While reading about the fictional friends’ steps and missteps, readers will learn simple, practical lessons and adopt real-life goals to start their journey to a healthy and godly financial future. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Amy and Mike catch up with Todd Tilghman and his wife Brooke on this podcast episode.  Todd was the winner of the 18th season of The Voice!  You'll love his story and testimony. Todd Tilghman is the lead pastor of Cornerstone Church in Meridian, Mississippi, the husband of his high-school sweetheart, Brooke, and the father of eight energetic children. Singing in church since he was eight years old, Todd finally took that gift to the national stage as the first contestant in the eighteenth season of The Voice. Kicking off the season with a “four-chair turn” blind audition, Todd continually wowed the judges and audiences alike with his soulful, spirited performances that culminated in winning the eighteenth season of The Voice. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Author Laura Smith is back on the podcast this episode as Mike and Amy interview her regarding her latest book, How Sweet the Sound.  Moms, you're going to love this one and this book! Best-selling author and speaker Laura L. Smith is a music lover. She grew up singing old hymns in her traditional church, then rushing home to count down the rest of the Top 40 on Billboard's music charts with Casey Kasem. Smith speaks around the country sharing the love of Christ with women at conferences and events. She lives in the college town of Oxford, Ohio, with her husband and four kids. How Sweet the Sound selects 30 beloved hymns and shares the lyrics to each hymn, an interesting modern-day story of how that hymn continues to impact lives, and questions for contemplation. Discover how hymns span generations—uniting us, freeing us, comforting us, and so much more. You'll enjoy hearing the stories of how hymns have affected other people's lives as you remember how the hymns you treasure have affected yours. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Amy and Mike interview author/speaker Laura Gallier about topics facing teens and young adults today and her Delusion trilogy! In a youth culture intrigued by the paranormal yet often skeptical of biblical claims, Laura Gallier seeks to bring awareness and understanding to issues surrounding the supernatural. Having battled her own enemies of the soul throughout her teen and young adult years, she is on a mission to expose deception with the light of truth, bringing hope and healing to a generation in need. Laura speaks throughout the nation, often in the greater Houston area where she lives with her husband, Patrick, and their three children. Get to know Laura better at LauraGallier.com, or connect with her online at the following social media platforms: Instagram - laura_gallier Twitter - lauragallier Facebook - AuthorLauraGallier See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
An interesting podcast this week as Mike and Amy catch up with Eugene Bach and talk mission work. Eugene Bach is a pseudonym for a member of the Chinese underground church. He was trained in US military special operations and served two tours in the Persian Gulf and Asia-Pacific region, serving primarily as a member of a rapid response team focusing on targeted threat elimination, counterterrorism, and security. He has been working with the underground church in China for more than fifteen years, helping them to establish forward mission bases in closed countries around the world, including Iraq and Syria. Eugene leads the Chinese mission movement called Back to Jerusalem, which provides essential support for Chinese missionaries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He has also written or coauthored numerous books about the underground church in China, North Korea, and Iran, including ISIS: Heart of Terror, The Underground Church, and I Stand with Christ. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
In this episode of the podcast, go behind the scenes with podcast producer and long-time kids guy Dan Lynch!  We did into why our podcast exists, how listeners can use the information provided and the vision now and for the future of TheBibleforKids.com. It's all about empowering parents and those working with kids to help them pass along Biblical values and truths. Dan is a partner at Brentwood Studios where they do all things kids, and he served for over 20 years in kids publishing and entertainment worlds at Tommy Nelson (VP Marketing/Branding and Executive Producer) and B&H Kids (Publisher, Executive Producer). Dan also worked as a VP of Marketing in the Christian music industry with labels including Benson and Word Records. Some of the brands Dan has managed and built include Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends, Sheila Walsh’s Gigi God’s Little Princess, Bibleman, Read and Share Bible Stories, Big Picture Interactive Bible, Teen to Teen. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
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