JDFM FORUM: A Brief Interview With Jim Hamilton About His New Children’s Book, “The Bible’s Big Story” -- By: Anonymous
Journal: Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry
Volume: JDFM 04:1 (Fall 2013)
Article: JDFM FORUM: A Brief Interview With Jim Hamilton About His New Children’s Book, “The Bible’s Big Story”
A Brief Interview With Jim Hamilton About His New Children’s Book, “The Bible’s Big Story”
Jim Hamilton (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is an associate professor of biblical theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before coming to Southern, Dr. Hamilton served as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Houston campus and was the preaching pastor at Baptist Church of the Redeemer. He has written God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology and, God’s Indwelling Presence: The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments. He has contributed chapters to many other books, and has authored many scholarly articles. He currently serves as the preaching pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church.
1. You are a seminary professor, theologian, and the author of many scholarly articles and books; why did you choose to write a children’s book?
Because I love my kids and I love the Bible! The project started out as something that my oldest son and I were doing together. I would tell him about something in the Bible, and he would draw it. Some friends encouraged me to pursue getting it published. Christian Focus agreed to publish it, but they decided to get a professional artist to do the illustrations.
We found ourselves reading some children’s books over and over to the point we had them memorized. I wanted to summarize the big story of the Bible and put it in a children’s book in the hope that parents and kids might memorize it through repeated readings.
2. What do you hope to accomplish among Christian families with your new book?
I hope to see parents–especially fathers–read to their kids, teach the Bible to their kids, and lead their kids to know God.
3. What would you say are the most important aspects of The Bible’s Big Story? Why is this kind of book important for kids?
I selected events that represent major plot-points in the big story of the Bible. My hope is that reading this book will give people a panoramic glimpse of the Bible’s whole-narrative canvass, and that the memorized rhymes will stay with them and help them put their Bible reading in the context of the broader picture.
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