Good News for Children by James R. Coggins

My B.A. degree included a heavy focus on the great classics of English literature. Among them was a book by a barely literate Baptist preacher—John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. A massive volume I consulted on English literature said that Bunyan demonstrated that you don’t need great education or great literary technique to write a great book—you just need something important to say.

About a decade ago, I established a small publishing imprint (Mill Lake Books) to help people with something important to say, especially Christians, get their books published. The imprint has now published over 30 titles, and I have far more people requesting help with their books than I have time to work on. Some of the authors have advanced university degrees, even doctorates, and some have much less formal education. Some authors I have known for years, and some I had no acquaintance with at all until they contacted me by email.

One of the latter is Pamela A. James. Her qualifications are that she has a Bachelor of Religious Education degree and has been a Sunday school teacher for many years. Her more important qualification is that she understands children and is able to communicate on their level.

Pamela wrote a small book called Living in God’s World: A Book of Instruction for Children of All Ages. The book has 24 one-page “chapters” accompanied by hand-drawn illustrations. In each chapter, a child asks a basic question, and then Pamela answers with information from the Bible. The book covers key themes from the Bible—creation, God, sin, and forgiveness. The chapter titles include: “Where did our world come from?” “Why should I learn about God?” “What does God want me to do?” “Why do I have to obey my parents?” “Why do I have to go to church?” “Why is it so wrong to tell a lie?” “What am I supposed to do when people do mean things to me?” “Why do I have to give?” “What does it mean to trust God?” “Why did Jesus come to earth?” “How can I ask God to let me become part of His family?” “What if I do bad things?” and “Why did God create me?”

This is such a simple book that it could easily be dismissed as old-fashioned and not very important. And yet it presents the teaching of the Bible and the Good News about Jesus in a simple way that children can easily understand. It made a profound impact on some of my grandchildren when they read it. I recommend it. I am glad Pamela sent it to me. It was a privilege to help her get it published.

Living in God’s World is distributed by Ingram and is available through bookstores and through online retailers such as Amazon.

About jrcoggins

James R. Coggins is a professional writer and editor based in British Columbia, Canada. He wrote his first novel in high school, but, fortunately for his later reputation as a writer, it was never published. He briefly served as a Christian magazine editor (for just over 20 years). He has written everything from scholarly and encyclopedia articles to jokes in Reader’s Digest (the jokes paid better). His six and a half published books include four John Smyth murder mysteries and one other, stand-alone novel. In his spare time, he operates Mill Lake Books, a small publishing imprint. His website is
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