Lee Ann Mancini and Discipling Our Children

We have a great conversation with Author/Speaker Lee Ann Mancini who runs a non-profit Raising Christian Kids that provides materials for homes and churches for discipling children. Her children’s books have been made into Christian videos available on several sites. She has some great insights and materials to share with us today including her latest book Raising Kids to Follow Christ.

Transcript/Show Notes:

Terrie (00:37):

Welcome to “Everyday Discipleship, Every Day” where we discuss discipleship in the 21st century, guided by biblical discipleship, a Christian worldview, and the individual needs while focusing on discipling our children as well. I’m Terrie Hellard Brown, your host, and we are releasing my discipleship book on my blog right now. It’s free for you to download and use with those in your church you’re trying to disciple or just to go through it on your own as a disciple of Christ, and I hope it blesses you, and we are releasing it chapter by chapter. So there’s so far, just a few chapters up. We will continue to release those throughout the next weeks and months and years, probably, but those are for you, and I’ve been working on this discipleship book since we were missionaries in Taiwan, and I realized we need to discuss more than just how to read the Bible and what it means to be a church member, and how to pray because that’s typically what we’ve taught in the past. We need to tackle the hard questions and the issues that we’re facing today as believers, and also, we’re raising a generation that knows more of the different philosophies and religious beliefs of others than we had originally in the days past in the United States. It was more homogenous, and now it’s not, and so we need to address those. Why do we not believe in reincarnation? You know, what does it mean to be a follower of Christ in the 21st century? So that’s what we’re trying to do through this discipleship book and through this podcast, and so I hope these conversations we have and the chapters we give you, that they bless you and help you in your walk with God and in discipling others. We want to disciple this next generation to be able to stand firm and to follow Christ faithfully.

Terrie (02:32):

Now, today we have a fantastic conversation I’m so excited to share with you. Lee Ann Mancini is here with us today, and we’re going to be talking about her new book and her children’s books as well. But mostly we’re talking about what we can do as parents to help our children grow in their understanding of Christianity and a Christian worldview. How can we help this generation understand that? How can we check ourselves and see what we believe if it is true to what the Bible says, and if we are truly living out a Christian worldview today? So join us in this conversation. I know you will be blessed today. We have Lee Ann Mancini with us, and Lee Ann, I’m so thankful that you joined us today. Thank you for being here.

Lee Ann (03:19):

Well, thank you for having me.

Terrie (03:21):

Well, I’m very excited to talk about your new book, Raising Kids to Follow Christ: Instilling a Lifelong Trust in God. I love that subtitle. Why is your new book so important and urgent for parents today?

Lee Ann (03:39):

If you look out into the world and you see how the devil is attacking our children, and you see that there’s a lot of parents who are unchurched and are really getting scared and not knowing what to do. They need resources that just don’t just tell them what to do, but tell them how to do it, and I felt a calling from the Lord to write this book. It was not on my radar. My raising Christian Kids podcast was not on my radar. I was, you know, teaching class at the college and doing my children’s books, and then the Lord has called me to research and give us information over the podcast and then condense it into the book.

Lee Ann (04:22):

If you look out there, the devil is devouring our children at a rapid rate. Our children are walking away and we need to have, you know, it’s a circle, full circle type thing. If you don’t have enough Christians in the four pillars of society, which is government, academia, the media and the church, you find ourselves where we are today, but we can’t put Christians into these four pillars of society if we don’t raise them to be strong in their faith and stand up against the devil in his tactics, because he is so powerful and he’s crouching at the door to devour our children. You know, Aristotle said, give me a child for the first seven years of his life and I’ll have him for the rest of his life. Well, you know who else believed in that was Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin. So it’s really paramount that we start training our children early in building a foundation, and again, I don’t want parents to feel guilty if they didn’t because there’s so much we can do. It’s never too early and it’s never too late, but it’s beneficial if you start early.

Terrie (05:36):

That’s right. Yeah. Even before birth, and at birth I always say start teaching and training, and you’ve mentioned in our conversation before the Shama, and that’s what our whole ministry is also based on. Everything we do is based on that scripture. Talk a little bit about how that has played into all that you’re doing here.

Lee Ann (05:59):

Well, when I was researching the book for the book, first I start in the word of God, you know, digging deep into the word of God and what does He say? Because that’s always our first resource and our correct resource, and I noticed that there are biblical examples of men who were raised to have a strong foundation. Paul Timothy, Jeremiah Samuel, what do they all have in common? They were taught from infancy, and in my research I found that a pregnant mom, the baby, the fetus hears, can hear at 18 weeks of pregnancy. So I simply say, volunteer at your church nursery. Let your baby hear the sounds of children singing about Jesus. Then when they’re an infant, continue to bring them, and then when they’re a toddler and they go on their first day, there’s no tears. So this is how you prepare them in the womb.

Lee Ann (06:53):

You know, the dolphins teach their babies in the womb a signature whistle. So when they’re born, that baby dolphin hears that whistle knows it’s the mommy, and dolphins are second in intelligence to humans. So there’s so much, there’s so much information in the book of what to do, and I always say for parents, okay you’re feeding your infant, your infant is screaming because they’re hungry. You, as soon as you give them that bottle, what do they do? They start making soothing noises and they’re just being comforted. Simply say, Jesus loves you, Sally. Jesus loves you so much. You’re connecting their needs, being met with the name of Jesus. Now you have a six month old looking in the mirror, laughing, giggling, having fun. You say, Johnny, Jesus thinks you’re so beautiful. Jesus loves Johnny and so does mommy and daddy.

Lee Ann (07:49):

Now you’re connecting their happy emotions with the name of Jesus, and then I say, you have a toddler. Now you’re getting ready to take a nap. Instead of saying, take a nap, say, let’s take a sabbath’s rest. Now, they don’t understand the full meaning of the Sabbath, but what you’re doing is you’re building a vocabulary, and vocabulary in their mind for the word Sabbath. Then from ages four to seven, well, I call all of that from the womb to age three, preparing the soil. Then from age four to seven, when you’re teaching them the true meaning of Sabbath, you’re planting seeds into rich soil to grow deep roots. There’s just so much we can do. We just have to do it.

Terrie (08:27):

I love that, and that’s one of the things too, in our culture today, I’ve found with my own children, is teaching them the concept of being still and resting and knowing that He is God and taking that time. Our culture does not promote that anymore, and if we can start instilling even that concept as a baby, and as they’re growing, it could change so much in their development as they’re growing up. So many of the concepts that we have lost in our culture are concepts that the Bible has told us to adopt and to teach our children, even that one, to rest, to be still with the anxiety and the tension deficit and the, you know, every six seconds, the picture changes on the screens in front of them to teach them to be still and to know that He is God, and then to be preparing them for then a devotional time with the Lord as they get older is such a vital skill that I feel like this generation won’t get if we don’t take the time to teach them.

Lee Ann (09:35):

Absolutely. You know, it just hurts me when I see children in a park, walking through the park and I see a 2-year-old on a tablet. They’re in nature. Nature is the best classroom to teach a child absolute truth.

Terrie (09:48):

Yeah.

Lee Ann (09:49):

You know, it’s just the phones are horrific. They’re killing our children. There’s a new phone called Troomi, T-R-O-O-M-I that I think is fantastic. It grows with a child. So the parents can determine, you know, that they can only call mom and dad. It looks like a regular cell phone. Then they can add people, you know, mom and dad can add friends and family to that. Then they can add the apps that Troomi has, that’s been vetted, that protects the child. The one of the gentlemen I was talking with said that at first the teenagers were very upset that their parents took away their phone and gave them this Troomi phone, but then they came back and thanked them, because what they realized was they were not, they were not under peer pressure to look at something that they really didn’t want to look at because their phones wouldn’t allow them, and they could just simply blame it on their parents. My parents gave me this phone, I can’t access that.

Terrie (10:44):

That’s fantastic.

Lee Ann (10:46):

Yeah. There’s a lot we can do.

Terrie (10:49):

Well, and we know a lot of children are in public schools. What advice would you give parents with who have children in public schools and are struggling to help their children?

Lee Ann (11:00):

Yeah. You know, you have to double down. You have to make sure that you know what’s being taught in the classroom. I know parents have heard this over and over, but sit down with your child and prepare them early, help them to become critical thinkers. So when they come home and they say, mom, you know, Johnny said that it’s okay to have two mommies and they can be married, or whatever. What do you think about that mom? Instead of answering right away, ask your child the question back. Well, Tommy, what do you think? How do you feel about that? And what do you think about it this way? You have, you’re helping your child become a critical thinker. And before you answer them, you are understanding what their thought process is. It might be right on point with yours.

Lee Ann (11:46):

And then you can tell them, that’s great, you know, and encourage them. Or you can say, well, let’s look at God’s word and see what His word says. So you have to be extra, you know, extra time and due diligence to make sure you know what’s going on, what your child’s being taught, and be willing to stand up and fight for their rights and, and support, you know, organizations that help to keep the parents’ rights intact and not taken away. Is it ESLA, I forget, I can’t think of the name right now. The organization that works to do that, volunteer or donate, be active. Don’t sit on the sidelines and just hope that everything will turn out okay when your child’s attending a public school.

Terrie (12:33):

Yeah, and I feel like some parents are afraid to bring up certain topics because they don’t want to put those ideas into their kids’ minds, and I’m like, they’ve probably already been exposed to ’em. We can’t be afraid to tackle them and to help our children know how to, in a godly way, handle those situations and, you know, be loving, but be truthful and don’t fall into the traps that are being set for our children.

Lee Ann (13:01):

True. Yeah. We have to educate ourselves. We cannot teach our children what we don’t know. So we have to be prepared and we have to prepare them.

Terrie (13:09):

So what are some, I think one of the most disturbing statistics, let me start there, from Barna that I’ve heard is the one about our youth and children’s ministers in the church and how they are not holding many of them to a Christian worldview. Do you remember that statistic?

Lee Ann (13:29):

Yes. 50, 53% of children’s pastors believe that reincarnation is a possibility and 50% believe that Jesus possibly sinned while He was here on Earth. Now I know that’s shocking, but I want to believe that, I hope to believe that our children’s pastors don’t believe that, but these are statistics from Barna, from churches all over the country working with the, it’s George Barna. He wrote these statistics in his Raising Spiritual Champions book that just came out and it’s working with the Arizona Christian University.

Terrie (14:07):

That’s right. Yeah.

Lee Ann (14:08):

Yeah. So it’s, they’re shocking to say the least, and you know, cause we’re on the precipice of irreversible destruction. When you hear that, you can understand why, because of the statistics are alarming.

Terrie (14:21):

And it just reiterates that we can’t rely on someone else to teach our children, you know? We need to double check what our youth pastors and children’s ministers believe what our own pastor believes and make sure that they are on solid footing and believe in a Christian worldview, but once again, the responsibility is on us to really be teaching our children and making sure that they are being taught what they need to be taught and shown what they need to be shown. We could sit around and be so alarmed and so afraid, and that’s not what God wants. We can be informed and prepare ourselves, like you said, what we, we can train ourselves so that we can help train our children, and you have some wonderful resources for that as well. So let’s break from your book for just a second and let’s talk about your materials you have through your nonprofit for families to your parenting class, formative parenting. Tell us about that. I think that’s so wonderful.

Lee Ann (15:19):

Yes. I put together, well, let me start with my, my church asked me to rewrite their curriculum, their parenting curriculum after I held a class, a parenting class, that I gave a lot of information, offered a lot of information to the parents from my research, from my book, and it’s even more than my book. It’s very heavy. Well, not more than my book. It’s heavy duty in a different way. It’s not like a same reference as my book. It’s more information in addition to my book, and what I talk about is biblical parenting directives, God’s word, but again, I have a whole chapter in the book about that too. So I guess that’s kind of parallel, but because God’s word is first and foremost, the most important resource as parents based on Deuteronomy 6:4-9, so I have biblical parenting directives. People don’t realize there’s verses in there that say Psalm 52:6, yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb.

Lee Ann (16:17):

You taught me wisdom in that secret place. Well, what does that mean? And then I have about the perfect time is now we wait too long sometimes to teach our children, and you know, then I have parents say, well, you know, I didn’t do this when my kids were little. What am I going to do now? Well, it’s never too late. I say, for those of teenage age, sit down with your teenagers or your preteens and say, look, you know, we haven’t been doing what we should be doing as a Christian family. We’re going to change what we’re going to do, and write a family mission statement. Draw up a family mission statement and draw up a disciplinary contract and have your teens involved because they’re more likely to adhere to the stipulations if they’re involved in helping to create them, and then you give them three reasons why you’re doing it.

Lee Ann (17:06):

Three reasons they cannot argue. One, I have to adhere to what God has called me to do, and I’ll have to answer to Him one day how I’m raising you. I’m doing this also because I love you and I’m doing this because I want to keep you safe. Those are three reasons that they cannot argue with, and then if there’s going to be pushback, probably, you know, especially in the disciplinary arena, but you simply say, you know, parents have to understand kids don’t have rights. They have rights to food, clothing, shelter of course, but they don’t have a right to have a cell phone or a right to have a computer or a right to have keys to the car to go out on a Friday. Those are all privileges, and you’ll see how fast they turn around when you take those privileges away for disobedience. They turn around real quick, and you want them to obey because it’s the right thing to do in their heart. Okay, not because of behavior modification. Do this, you get this. There’s a fine line there. You want them to understand that it’s the right thing to do, but if they disobey, there are consequences.

Terrie (18:15):

Yes. That’s great.

Lee Ann (18:16):

So this parent, this effective parenting helps do that, and we have screen time also tons of resources for them to look up and online and, you know, to purchase in the bookstore, parents need to educate themselves before they can educate their children.

Terrie (18:37):

And this curriculum, if someone wanted to use it in their home, they could do it just as a facilitator. It’s set up that way. Right?

Lee Ann (18:45):

Yes. We have a leader’s guide and a participants’ guide. So with the word of God, this curriculum and my book, Raising Kids to Follow Christ: Instilling a Lifelong Trust in God, you have really great resources to start having Bible studies in your home or in your church to help parents learn how to raise their children so they stay strong in their faith and they don’t walk away.

Terrie (19:10):

That’s great. Well, I have a question for you. With your research and your book, what do you see as the number one reason that children are walking away from their faith? We see that so much today. What is at the root of that, do you believe?

Lee Ann (19:25):

Well, I believe the problem is that it starts in the home if they’re not raised to understand what is true. What is real. You know, it’s not about faith. You can have faith in a lot of things. Okay? You can have faith in the wrong things. It’s what they trust to be true and real, and that’s God’s word, and parents have to live out these biblical principles they’re trying to instill in their children. Because otherwise you become high, you know, hypocrites. Well, mom, you say one thing, but yet you do another thing, so I can’t trust you. It’s not true. It’s not real, and it’s not about belief so much. You can believe in a lot of things, but it’s about conviction. What convicts their hearts based on what is true and what is real. So I believe the problem is a lot of parents may be unchurched and they just don’t know how to live out biblical principles. Maybe they weren’t taught, but again, it’s never too late and it’s never too early. Irwin Lutzer talks about the story of the Egyptian tombs where they found 4,000 year old seeds and these Egyptian tombs, and they took the seeds and they planted them in rich soil, and they watered them, and they gave them sunshine and they grew.

Terrie (20:41):

Wow.

Lee Ann (20:41):

You know, so God says, my word will never return void, and he will restore what the locusts have eaten.

Terrie (20:49):

Mm.

Lee Ann (20:49):

So, but I think it’s the… We find ourselves in the situations we are because children are not being raised to believe what they believe. Why they believe it to be true. Great apologetics, you know, being able to defend what they believe in a loving manner. And they go out in society and someone says to them, “You think God created everything in seven days? Are you stupid?”

Terrie (21:14):

Yeah.

Lee Ann (21:15):

And they’re not prepared. They have no defense, because they don’t understand Genesis. All our problems are addressed in Genesis.

Terrie (21:23):

True.

Lee Ann (21:24):

And the devil knows if he can attack Genesis, then the rest of the God’s word doesn’t seem true or viable or real.

Terrie (21:34):

That’s true, and I think too, we as parents, many of us, don’t read the Bible. We don’t know what the Bible says. How can we pass that on to our kids? And so we may hear something, we may hear something that we think is in the Bible and share that with our kids, or we may teach something incorrectly because we’ve been listening to wrong teaching. We’ve got to know what the word of God says and what it really says, and then be able to pass on that truth to our children, and not some pie in the sky false theology that the Christian life means we’ll never have any problems or, you know, whatever. I’ve seen some people become so disillusioned because they’ve been taught that God always heals everybody, and I had a friend walk away from her faith because her cat died.

Lee Ann (22:25):

Yeah.

Terrie (22:25):

You know, because God heals everybody, and why didn’t He heal my cat? Why doesn’t He love me? And it’s heartbreaking. It’s like, no, she was reading a book from another teacher, not listening to us, and it just broke our hearts, and having her come back to the Lord was very difficult. She actually left our church and joined another church that taught more what she wanted to hear, at least for a long time. I haven’t, I don’t know where she is now, but that was quite a few years ago, but those kinds of things I’ve seen happen because they’ve bought into a false theology, and so they either wind up walking away from God completely or trying to get into something that tickles their ears. And my son, many of his friends are Mormon, and a lot of his friends now that they’re becoming adults, are walking away from God because they’ve realized that what they were taught was not true, but they don’t try to find what is true. They just throw everything out.

Lee Ann (23:26):

It’s so sad. The statistics Barna again shows that only 2% of our Christian parents have a true biblical worldview.

Terrie (23:36):

Wow.

Lee Ann (23:37):

Only 2%. What happens is, they’ll look out in the world and people will say to them, well, if God is all love, then what’s wrong with two men who love each other getting married? What is wrong with that? And these, they don’t know how to defend that. Because they don’t want to seem intolerant.

Terrie (24:00):

Right.

Lee Ann (24:01):

You know, they don’t want to seem–well as Christians, why are you intolerant of that? If it’s, if God is love and love is love, and so they don’t know how to defend that. And the devil will do, he’ll use everything to trick us into believing what we believe really isn’t from God. God didn’t really, he started that with Adam and Eve. God didn’t say, you know, and that, and that’s what’s happening.

Terrie (24:27):

It just breaks your heart. I just want people to hold onto the truth and to know it and stand firm and see them not blown around by every wind and wave. You know?

Lee Ann (24:44):

I teach, I taught my kids. I said, look, “Yes, we’re to love everyone. Okay. Jesus ate with sinners and prostitutes. We’re to love them. We’re not to judge those outside of the church.”

Terrie (24:57):

That’s right.

Lee Ann (24:58):

But we’re to be discerning, knowing what is sin and what is not sin. Sin is sin. There is no difference between a homosexual sin or alcoholism or lying. Sin is sin. We have to love them enough to tell them, to build that bridge, that apologetic bridge of love and concern so that they hear us, not as clanging symbols condemning them, but as someone saying, “Hey, you know what sin is, all sins are sinful desires, whatever they are. And those are desires that have to be fought.” And so I know a lot of, and I don’t know them personally, but I’ve read a lot of research where homosexuals just abstained from that sinful desire and they follow Christ. But they know that, that that’s their sinful desire. So we have to teach our children to love these people, not condemn them. That’s what’s happening. We’re condemning them. And we seem as intolerant people, liars that talk about loving people, but yet we condemn them. So there’s a lot we can do.

Terrie (26:06):

Yeah, and even with… My kids were raised in Taiwan where we were missionaries, and so they were confronted constantly with Buddhism and Taoism, different thinking and knowing, helping them to love their friends and have close friends, and yet not condemn them because they are worshiping their ancestors and doing all these things that we find so wrong, and how to walk through that and not be pulled into it, because a lot of it involves demonic things, and so, you know, my kids going to people’s houses, my younger daughter, she was exposed to a lot of satanic creepy things because she was at her friend’s homes and having them as insulated as you can and prepared for these kinds of things, and as a mom trying to protect them as much as possible, but yet you can’t, you just can’t put them in bubble wrap, you know?

Terrie (27:05):

Especially in that environment. They’re going to be exposed to some things that are just not, they may not be ready for at times, and I know she’s struggled a little bit with some of that, but we’ve talked through it all. We talked about it ahead of time. We’ve talked about it even recently as she’s seen some things that just really disturbed her. A lot of her friends are still Buddhist, A lot of her friends are still atheists, and she’s, God has just given her a gift to be with people who don’t believe like she does, and still love them to pieces and be their friend and share the gospel with them. When God opens the doors for that, I think she’s amazing, but it isn’t easy and it is hard, and sometimes if she’s confused about something, she’ll come back and we’ll talk through it.

Terrie (27:52):

And I love that. And that’s one of the things when I’m talking about discipling our kids. It’s mentioned in Deuteronomy as well, is that we need to be teaching them what we know, but talking, we need to be having conversations. Our children need to know that if they’ve heard something disturbing, if they’ve seen something disturbing, that they can come talk to us about it. Not be afraid to do that, whatever the topic may be, and sometimes we can be, as parents, a little taken aback by what our kids are asking, but we want to keep that door open because we want them to be able to come to us no matter what. If they’re being tempted, if they’re being confused, you know, or if something has frightened them that they can come and say, this is what happened. Help me understand this, and I think that is so, so important when we’re being bombarded with so many ideas in our culture today.

Lee Ann (28:47):

Yeah. I think that’s why it’s important. I say, listen to the small stuff now, and they’re little there. You only have 10 short years approximately with your children. Listen to their small stuff now, and they’ll tell you the big stuff later. That line of communication’s important, and when they’re older, don’t lecture. They don’t want to lecture. Let them lead the conversation. Be like a coach. By that time you’re kind of a coach walking alongside them, coaching them. You’re not training them anymore. You’ve already trained them how to kick the ball. Now you’re coaching them to get to the goal.

Terrie (29:19):

That’s good. I like that analogy. That’s perfect. So one of the things too we’re seeing in culture today is young people who don’t understand that they are a sinner, or that we were born into sin. As parents, how can we help our children understand they need a savior? Because if they don’t understand they need a savior, they’re not going to open their lives up to Jesus. So how can we help them with that?

Lee Ann (29:44):

That’s kind of a tough question, really. But you know, the way I think the way you do it is as you point out how they feel when they are sin, when sin is against them, the feeling they have when someone has sinned against them. Well, you know, Mary, how did you feel when your friend said you were ugly and dumb? Did that make you feel good or bad? Okay. It made you feel bad. Well, that’s because it’s sinful. Things that are sinful will make a person feel bad. Things that are good and just and loving will make a person feel good. That’s why we’re to take every thought captive, even sinful thoughts that come into our head and make sure they fully understand that this wasn’t God’s original plan for us. That, you know, Adam and Eve sinned and now we have sin living in the world and living in all of us until we’re saved. But once we’re saved, we still continue to sin. But the difference is we’re forgiven. So you have, you just have to teach them everything and be honest with them and start early. You know, sin is a desire.

Terrie (30:54):

Okay. Yes.

Lee Ann (30:56):

It’s a desire that we all have. So you have to point out when they do something right away. Now, is that something good or bad? And how do you judge between good and bad? Well, there has to be something good to call something bad. And God is, is the person who has determined what is good. I tell for little kids, you can take a donut and say, see the hole in the middle. This donut’s really good. That hole in the middle, that sin that has, you know, the absent of good, it’s the absence of good. I have a lot of examples in the book that will help parents also.

Terrie (31:34):

Good. I love that. I think too, I was talking with some parents just this last weekend at a homeschool convention about how Jesus used object lessons all the time with His disciples. Why don’t we do that more with our children? I mean, we know, we do. A lot of us do, but I just think object lessons and parables are so powerful, especially for children, and I love analogies. I love what you’ve got offered in your book to help us as parents to be able to communicate these truths in a tangible way for our kids, and I love that. I love that it’s very practical and very hands on how to, like you said, it’s not just about parenting, but how to parent, and I love that.

Lee Ann (32:19):

And you know, Albert Einstein said, the highest form of research is play during playtime for children. So look at your child’s bedroom or their playroom. Is it Disneyland or Destiny Land? You know, do you have an area where they can have fruits of the spirit puzzles and toys and games? Do you have another area that’s biblical Legos? You can buy Biblical Legos. Do you have an area where they can practice communion at church instead of tea time? Do you have an area where they can play dress up, but using biblical costumes, not Disney costumes? You know, there’s so much we can do. Do you have sayings on your walls that your children see? Because whatever they see, it’s impressed upon their mind and their memories. They’ll recall what they see and heard as a child. So there’s just, there’s just so much we can do

Terrie (33:11):

Along those lines. I want us, before we end today, to also talk about your children’s resources. You have some children’s books and you have, I want you to talk about your scripture bear again, and we talked about that on the other podcast, and share that with our listeners as well.

Lee Ann (33:27):

Well, I have seven Christian children’s books and collectively they’ve won over 26 awards, or 26 or 28, I forget now. But they’re great resources cause they’re very, very colorful and they teach children how to live out the biblical principles we’re trying to instill in them in real life situations, and they’re, as you can see, they’re all very colorful. Children love the stories and they love the illustrations. My illustrator worked for Disney and Warner Brothers, and there’s a hidden Christian symbol on each page, like a where’s Waldo for the kids to find? But for example, a servant like Jesus, it teaches children how to be servants. Like just Jesus take helps them to learn not to think about themselves, but to think about others, and I’m not afraid it teaches children how to not be fearful. So the seven stories, again, teach them how to live out the biblical principles.

Lee Ann (34:25):

We’re trying to instill in real life situations that they go through, and then they were made into an animation series that can be seen on right now, media, pure Flix, answers TV and minnow Go minnow, and they’re just equally as beautiful. Our lead animator worked for Disney and he created like Mulan and some of the Disney movies. So they’re very colorful. They really pull the children in. In the animation series, you’ll hear the, like a mother will say, well, you know, Corey, the apostle Paul said, and she’ll repeat the Bible verse so the children see how to live out God’s word, and things that they, that they go through, and then scripture bear, he’s our newest addition, and every child wants a cuddly teddy bear. Well, we made him with eight bible verses. So little ones can learn God’s word early and I’ll play one for you.

Scripture Bear (35:21):

“Let Everything that has breath praise the Lord.” – Psalm 1:56.

Lee Ann (35:30):

So he plays eight bible verses. So you might as well start helping your little ones remember those bible verses early. So, and all our proceeds are donated to our nonprofit that gives free resources to families that can’t afford to purchase them.

Terrie (35:46):

And I love that. So all the proceeds from your book, from your, the different items you have, I’m just reiterating that it does go to this nonprofit Raising Christian Kids, and through that organization they help parents who can’t afford to buy these different resources and have them in their home, and it allows them then to have those. So just as we purchase these, those of us who are able to, we’re not only blessing our home, we’re blessing other homes, and I love that.

Lee Ann (36:17):

Yes. God has blessed me, and so He’s called me for this purpose, and I’m just so thankful that I can serve Him, that I have the means to serve Him, to write these books to, you know, do everything I can to help us raise our children so that they stop walking away from their faith. We need to, we all need to work together. All of us. We need to help our children.

Terrie (36:41):

And you can find these resources at raisingchristiankids.com, and I will have that link in the show notes, and I think it is so important, there’s so many wonderful free resources on the site that can help us to win this battle with our kids. There’s so much at stake. We’ve got to take this seriously that God has called us as parents to disciple our kids, to raise our kids with a Christian worldview. And if we don’t know what that is, we need to make sure we have a Christian worldview. You mentioned there’s four parts to the Christian worldview. Can you tell us those?

Lee Ann (37:16):

Oh, yes, and before I do, can I just say on the podcast we have a month of disciplining where parents can listen to experts. A whole month of disciplining episodes, and then we have a month of apologetics so parents can listen to how they can defend their faith and teach their children to defend their faith. I have like Natasha Crane, Ken Ham, J. Warner Wallace, Greg Koukl, all the experts in that field. So if you go to the website, you can listen to a lot of those episodes and other episodes that help teach you how to raise your children, but the four questions a worldview must answer, and this is so important to teach our children that for it to be a viable worldview to make sense, it has to, has to answer origin. Where do we come from? Morality, how do I determine what is good and what is evil purpose?

Lee Ann (38:08):

Why am I here? What was I created for? And destiny, where do I go when I die? And God’s word is the only worldview that effectively answers those four questions logically, empirically, and experientially. So, you know, learn, parents need to learn God’s word. They need to live out God’s word, and they need to teach their children that God’s word is the truth. Absolute truth. It’s not what you have faith in because again, faith, you can have faith in anything. It’s what you trust to be true. That’s why my subtitle of the book is Instilling a Lifelong Trust in God.

Terrie (38:49):

Yes. Well that’s great. Thank you so much for all you’ve shared with us today. I’m so excited about how God is going to use this material to help families and to grow up this next generation, to be strong followers of Christ. So thank you so much.

Lee Ann (39:06):

Thank you, Terrie, for having me. It’s been a pleasure.

Terrie (39:09):

We’re so glad you joined us today and I hope you were blessed by the conversation and that it inspired you to walk closer to Christ and to help your children. I know that some feel that it is too late to begin. They’ve wasted too much time, but as we talked about in the conversation, it’s never too late. If you are breathing and they’re breathing, it’s never too late, and if you are walking with Christ, your children will see that and they will either ask questions or begin to understand that your faith is real. So from birth to whenever you’re able to start, you want to start as early as possible, but recognize that it’s never too late to start helping your children understand who Christ is and what it means to follow Him and what it means to live out a Christian or biblical worldview. If you have questions about any of these things, we have links in the show notes for you.

Terrie (40:04):

And I think I will also put some links in there about building a Christian worldview, kind of putting that together, just writing it out and thinking through all of these things. If you have questions though, if we haven’t covered something and you have a question or we sparked a question, feel free to put a question or comment in the blog comment section and we’re happy to answer all of those questions and comments. Our prayer is that we can obey Jesus’ command to make disciples as we reach and equip this generation of believers to reach and equip the next generation of believers to follow Christ with everyday discipleship every day.

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