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Teach your children big ideas with simple language
Boys and girls, from 5 to 8 years of age, will love the fun world of Cassie and Caleb, two energetic and inquisitive children discovering the beauty of God's wonderful design.
Through twenty beautifully illustrated short stories, followed by an interactive time between parent and child, your children will learn:
- The creational principle that "God created man in his own image . . . male and female he created them" (Genesis 1:27) is extraordinary!
- That Jesus is in all of Scripture. The Bible is not a collection of disconnected stories; it is the one big story of the Triune God redeeming His people.
- God's Word is our authority and His Glory is our purpose.
- That when we belong to Jesus we belong to His covenant family, the Church.
- A Biblical framework for living and thinking.
The authors do not underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit in the heart and mind of a child. This book intentionally uses the rich language of faith, and then builds meaning around the words and concepts as the stories proceed, providing children the words of life.
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About the Author
RICHIE HUNT is the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Georgia. He co-authored Big Truths for Little Kids, My ABC BIble Verses, and My ABC Bible Verses from Psalms. Richie is married and the father of three children.
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Cassie & Caleb
Discover God's Wonderful Design
By SUSAN HUNT, RICHIE HUNT, Annette LaPlaca
Moody PublishersCopyright © 2013 Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt
All rights reserved.
What's the Difference?
God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27 NIV)
The doorbell rang, and Cassie hurried to greet her Sunday school teacher and the girls from her Sunday school class. Immediately the house was filled with hugs, giggles, and chatter.
Caleb looked at his dad and granddad. "I think it's time for us to leave."
Pop laughed, Dad grabbed the fishing gear, and the guys headed for the truck.
Let me tell you about Cassie's friends.
Kate loves frilly clothes and her favorite color is pink.
Abby never wears pink and she loves soccer.
Suzie plays softball, and she agrees with Kate about pink—she even has a pink batting helmet.
Heather is crazy about books and animals. Her room is stuffed with stuffed animals.
Rachel plays the piano and sings.
Mary lives across the street with her grandmother, Granny Grace. She has a very tender heart—just like Granny Grace's.
Maggie is gentle and sensitive. When there is a visitor in Sunday school, Maggie always sits with her and helps her feel welcome.
And what about Cassie? She's a little like all her friends, plus she likes to fish with Caleb.
These girls are very different, but they have something in common—they are all girls. And they are girls who love Jesus.
After playing games with the girls, Miss Karen gave them colored paper, pens, stickers, and glitter, and they made cards to send to missionary families. "Miss Karen, you are the best Sunday school teacher ever!" Rachel exclaimed.
Miss Karen's eyes twinkled. "I never married and had children, but the Lord gave me you girls and I love you as if you were my own." They finished making cards, and Cassie announced, "Now Morn and Miss Karen are going to teach us to decorate cupcakes." Soon the girls were up to their elbows in frosting and sprinkles. It was a very girly afternoon.
Meanwhile, the guys sat on the edge of the dock enjoying a quiet afternoon of fishing.
"I've got a question," Caleb whispered, being careful not to disturb the fish. "Why are girls so ..." Caleb knew he was not supposed to say unkind things about others, and he was thinking words like weird, annoying, and silly. Finally he said, "So different?"
"I thought you were going to say 'loud,'" Dad muttered.
Pop grinned and shook his head. "That's a good question, Caleb, and there's a good answer. Boys and girls are different because God made us to be different."
Caleb thought long and hard about what Pop said. "So ... which one is better?"
Dad made a perfect cast under an overhanging tree. "Men, but don't tell your morn I said so."
Pop laughed out loud. "I thought I taught you better than that!"
"It's been that kind of morning getting ready for all those girls." Dad chuckled. "Seriously, Caleb, women can be a complete mystery to us, but the Bible says that God created man in his own image and that He created them male and female. Since He created us both in His image we are equal, and since He created us male and female we are different."
"Hey, I got one!" Caleb yelled as he reeled in a fish. He took the fish off the hook and returned to their conversation. "Equal but different—very interesting."
"Yes," Dad agreed. "And God said that it is very good."
* If you are a girl, which one of Cassie's friends are you like?
* What were Caleb's questions?
* What did his dad and granddad tell him?
READ PSALM 139:1-6
* According to these verses, what does God know about us?
* How does that make you feel?
* Guide your children to use the words of Psalm 139:1–6 to thank God that He made and knows them.
Plants and Plants
Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace. (Psalm 144:12 NIV)
After dinner Dad opened his Bible and read Genesis 1:27: "God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."
Then he continued. "Caleb asked an interesting question while we were fishing this afternoon."
Mom raised one eyebrow. "I didn't think talking was allowed while fishing."
"Well, it's not preferred, but it is allowed."
Cassie looked at her brother. "What did you ask?"
"No offense, Cassie, but I asked why girls are so different."
"What do you mean? We're not different—it's boys who are different."
"Slow down, Cassie," Dad said. "It's a good question, and I think Pop and I had a good answer. Caleb, see if you can explain it to Cassie."
"I can't wait to hear this." Cassie sighed a bit sarcastically.
Suddenly Caleb was in full-concentration mode as he tried to remember exactly what Dad and Pop had told him. He spoke slowly. "The Bible says that God created us in His image so we're equal, and that He created us male and female so we're different. Being different is not bad. God says it's very good."
Cassie looked puzzled. "Oh—so you're not saying boys are better?"
"Well," Caleb said, pretending to be serious, "I wouldn't say that, but Dad did."
"What!?!" Mom and Cassie gasped.
Dad smiled sheepishly. "Uhhh ... let me explain."
Mom was amused at Dad's predicament. "We're all listening."
"Actually, Cassie, it's wrong to say that boys or girls are better because we're all created in God's image. We're equal, but He designed males and females for different functions." He held up a red crayon and a green crayon and asked, "Are these crayons equal, or is one a better crayon than the other?"
"They're equal," Cassie answered.
"Are they the same?" Dad asked.
"Well, not exactly," Caleb replied. "One is red, and one is green."
"Exactly! Two things do not have to be the same to be equal. One crayon is designed to color things green, and one is designed to color things red—but one is not better than the other. They're equal, and their different functions are equal."
"Good explanation," Mom exclaimed.
Cassie twisted a strand of hair around her finger. "This is really interesting."
Dad read Psalm 144:12. "We're going to memorize this verse and talk about it for our devotions the next few nights. It's important for you to understand what it means to be created in God's image and what it means to be male and female."
He repeated the verse and then they all said it with him: "Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace" (Psalm 144:12 NIV).
"I like the way this verse sounds," Cassie said. "So Caleb is a plant and I'm a pillar. Are we going to learn what that means?"
Dad nodded. "Yes, we are, and I think you'll like it even more when you understand God's design and plan for each of you as male and female. It really is very good."
* Do two things have to be the same to be equal?
* Why are males and females equal?
* Who designed males and females for different functions?
READ PSALM 139:13–18
* What do these verses tell us about God?
* What does the psalmist do in verse 14?
* Guide your children to use words from Psalm 139:13–18 to praise God.
Living for God's Glory
So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV)
Ten more minutes, and I'm done!" Mac called as Caleb walked across the street, his dog, Buddy, running beside him, playfully licking Caleb's fingers.
Mac and his sister, Mary, and their morn, live with his grandmother. Everyone in the neighborhood and at church calls her Granny Grace. Caleb's morn says it's because she's a spiritual mother to all the young women. Caleb doesn't know about that, but he knows that he loves her and her yummy snickerdoodle cookies. (See Granny Grace's recipe at the end of this book.)
Caleb picked up a sponge and helped Mac wash Granny Grace's car. "It's been a boring week. Let's make today epic."
Their plan began to take shape, and Caleb was anxious to get started. "Do we have to wipe the car? Can't we just let it dry in the sun?"
Mac shook his head. "Granny Grace says real obedience is thorough. She always tells me to glorify God in the details."
"Dad tells me that obedience should be instant. I guess instant, thorough obedience is a good thing."
The boys finished washing the car, filled two buckets with water, and went to the garage to gather more supplies. They got a wheelbarrow and two shovels and headed to the vacant lot to dig a hole, but they soon lost interest in digging and more creative ideas took over. "I'm thinking stealth attack!" Caleb said.
They mixed the dirt and water in the wheelbarrow to make mud and were off to find a target for their assault. They did not know what kind of target they were looking for—they were just looking for an adventure but as they sneaked around the house they could not believe what they saw. Their sisters were swinging, and they were facing the other direction!
"This is perfect!" Mac whispered, anticipating the mud attack that was about to rain down on Cassie and Mary. "Operation Mud-Bath is now in effect!"
Suddenly, with no warning, Cassie and Mary were covered in mud. The ensuing shrieks and screams were almost deafening.
The two moms and Granny Grace, calmly sitting on the front porch, were instantly on high alert. They ran to the backyard. When the moms saw their mud-drenched girls they were horrified, but Granny Grace could not hold back her laughter.
Cassie and Mary looked at Granny Grace, and their shrieks turned to giggles.
The moms were totally bewildered. Granny Grace took charge. "Girls, hose yourselves off. I'll get lemonade and snickerdoodles. This will be a story for you to tell your children."
Later Mom asked Granny Grace, "Why would the boys have done such a crazy thing?"
"I raised three boys and never did understand what makes them tick, but I know God made males and females to be different so I finally decided the best thing to do is laugh at their adventures—and make them clean up their mess."
The women watched as Caleb and Mac washed mud off the swings.
* How did the boys glorify God as they washed the car?
* What did you learn about obedience in this story?
* How did Granny Grace help the girls turn from anger to laughter?
* Q. 1. Who made you?
* Q. 2. What else did God make?
A. God made all things.
* Q. 3. Why did God make you and all things?
A. For His own glory.
* Guide your children to ask the Lord for grace—for God's power—to glorify Him in all they do.
He chose us in him before the foundation of the world ... to the praise of his glorious grace. (Ephesians 1:4, 6 NIV)
Get your Bibles, kids. Tonight we're going to look at the greatest story in all of history. If someone is going to tell a story, where should he begin?"
"At the beginning," Cassie and Caleb responded.
"Not this story. This incredible story begins before the beginning. This is not just a story—this is the story that the whole Bible is about. Cassie, read Ephesians 1:3 and 4."
Cassie read: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world."
"What did God the Father do for us?" Dad asked.
"He chose us," Cassie answered.
"When did the Father choose us to belong to Him?"
"Before the foundation of the world," Cassie exclaimed. "So this story really does begin before the beginning!"
"Now read verses 5 and 6. Why did the Father choose us?"
Cassie read: "He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace." She looked up. "Is it for the praise of His glorious grace?"
"Yes! Caleb, read verse 7 and find out what God the Son did for us."
Caleb read: "In [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses ..." He paused and thought about this, and said, "Jesus died for us so that our sins can be forgiven. And look at verse 12: 'So that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.' So Jesus died for us for the same reason the Father chose us—so that we can praise His glorious grace."
Mom and Dad were speechless. Caleb grinned, "Don't you remember, Pastor Scotty talked about this Sunday."
"Thank You, Jesus," Morn sighed. "I wasn't sure you were listening to Pastor Scotty. Every Sunday I pray that the Holy Spirit will help you kids listen and understand the sermon. As always, He does more than we can even imagine."
"Speaking of the Holy Spirit," Dad said, "listen to verses 13–14: You also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in [Jesus], were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit ... to the praise of his glory."'
Cassie looked at Dad. "I have no idea what that means."
"A seal is a stamp or mark that shows ownership. God the Holy Spirit puts His mark on our hearts because we belong to God. He gives us power to believe that the Father chose us and Jesus died for us. And why does He do this?"
"For the praise of His glory," Caleb responded.
Dad continued. "This is the big story. It's the gospel story that began before God created the world. It's the story of the triune God creating a world that would display His glory, and choosing and redeeming a people to belong to Him so that they can show His glorious grace."
"This story takes my breath away every time I think about it," Mom said. "This is the greatest story ever told, and think about this—whether you are male or female, you are part of this amazing story."
* What did the Father do for us?
* What did the Son do?
* What does the Holy Spirit do?
* Q. 6. Is there more than one true God?
A. No. There is only one true God.
* Q. 7. In how many Persons does this one God exist?
A. In three Persons.
* Q. 8. Name these three Persons.
A. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
* Q. 9. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit and does not have a body like men.
* Guide your children to use Ephesians 1 to thank God for what He has done and is doing for them.
Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. (Psalm 119:89)
Let's go, kids. Tonight it's dinner in the park."
Soon they were all throwing the Frisbee, then Cassie and Caleb played in the stream while Morn and Dad spread the blanket and unpacked the food. As they ate, they talked. "What have we learned about God creating us male and female?" Dad asked.
"We're equal, but God designed us for different functions," Caleb answered.
"We're part of the same story—the gospel story," Cassie added.
"Yes! And Genesis I teaches us something else that is the same for boys and girls. The first words of the Bible are 'In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.' God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light. What did God name the light?"
"Day," Cassie and Caleb answered.
"God made the light so He had the authority—the right and the power—to name it. When God said, 'Let there be light,' did the light argue? Did the light say, 'I'm busy now—I'll appear later'?"
"That reminds me of what you always tell us, Dad—don't procrastinate, obey instantly!"
"That's right, Caleb. Light immediately appeared—instant obedience. God is the Creator, so His Word is the authority."
Cassie put her plate on the blanket. "Miss Karen taught us about this in Sunday school. One day Jesus and the disciples were in a boat and there was a huge storm. Jesus was asleep, and the disciples were terrified. They woke Jesus up. He spoke to the wind and the sea and said, 'Be still!' and immediately the wind stopped blowing and the water was calm."
"That's a great example, Cassie. And the disciples were so astonished they asked each other 'Who is this that even the wind and sea obey Him?' How would you answer the disciples' question 'Who is Jesus?'"
"He's God," Cassie and Caleb answered.
"Yes. Light and wind and water obey His Word because He is the authority over everything in heaven and earth. He is also the authority over every person—males and females. Not everyone obeys Him, but God's Word is the authority whether we obey it or not. God's Word is powerful, and it's true. God's Word is our life. Do you remember the verses we memorized from Deuteronomy 32?"
Excerpted from Cassie & Caleb by SUSAN HUNT. Copyright © 2013 by Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt. Excerpted by permission of Moody Publishers.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What's the Difference?
Chapter 2: Plants & Pillars
Chapter 3: Living for God's Glory
Chapter 4: Same Story
Chapter 5: Same Authority
Chapter 6: Whatever You Do
Chapter 7: Same Purpose
Chapter 8: Reflecting HIM
Chapter 9: God Created Man
Chapter 10: God's Sons & Daughters
Chapter 11: God Created Woman
Chapter 12: God's Family
Chapter 13: Same Sin
Chapter 14: Same Gospel
Chapter 15: The Best Advice
Chapter 16: Plants
Chapter 17: At a Crossroads
Chapter 18: Pillars
Chapter 19: Attitudes
Chapter 20: The Mystery
What People are Saying About This
As we sat in bed at night and read these stories to our children we quickly realized they are not just for kids. This book brought us together and built us up as a family, and on more than one occasion this dad was convicted about my responsibilities as a husband and father. The questions at the end of each story helped us discuss the principles from God’s Word and apply them to life. I heartily recommend this book for children and parents. ~ Rob Langston, Associate Pastor, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA), Dallas, Georgia
As a mom of three young sons teaching them about manhood and womanhood, according to God's Word, can be a challenging task! However, Cassie & Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design is a helpful tool to pass on key concepts to the next generation. The Hunts’ whimsical, practical stories will provide a launching pad to discuss these topics further with your children. After just one read my sons asked deeper questions that opened the door to more discussions of the grand design of men and women! ~ Heather Patenaude, mom to three boys and author of Emotional Purity: An Affair of the Heart
Are you looking for a resource to help your young children or grandchildren understand biblical thinking in a life-transforming way? As grandparents, we were thrilled to see how Susan and Richie Hunt use the likeable characters of Cassie and Caleb to help children understand life issues from God’s perspective. The discussion questions, Scriptures, and guide to praying at the end of each chapter provide opportunities for sharing the concepts that are taught in each story in a relevant and authentic manner. This beautifully written and illustrated book offers much more than simply enjoyment as a child reads it. It is a relevant and valuable resource for adults to use as we train children to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Kent and Karen Sanders, Fort Worth, TX
This delightful book by Susan and Richie Hunt offers a much needed message for children growing up in a “gender blender” culture. Filled with beautiful illustrations, gospel truths, stories that help apply biblical principles, and questions for discussion, this will serve parents, grandparents, and ministry leaders as a resource to equip the next generation to live according to God’s good design. As a grandmother of six, I am especially thankful for a book that points boys and girls to the gospel of Jesus Christ to learn why they were created, the way to true blessing, and how they can uniquely bring glory to God. I can’t wait to recommend this book to others! ~ Linda Green, Women’s Ministry Director, The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, Arlington Heights, Illinois
As a mama to young kids, I found this book to be a helpful resource. Especially in a culture that blurs the lines of manhood and womanhood, it showed me where to begin in teaching my little ones the beauty of God's unique design when He created male and female. I also loved the way God was woven through all the details of Cassie’s and Caleb's day. I think this book will help remind families that God and His Word are central to all of life. ~ Maggie Paulus, mom of a couple rambunctious kids
Authors Susan and Richie Hunt create a powerful collection of age-appropriate stories for children to discover many biblical truths through the lives of characters, Cassie and Caleb. I found the format of the book—short story, paired Scripture, discussion questions, and prayer suggestions—extremely helpful for families who are looking for a daily Scripture lesson in their family routine. ~ Tina Sines, a happy mom
In a culture gone wild, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, outsmarted, and in over my head as a mom. I know that I want my children to hold tightly to God's Truth about who they are, but I don't always know how to make that happen. That's why I'm incredibly grateful for "Cassie & Caleb: Discovering God's Wonderful Design." It presents God's rich Truth in a way that makes a difference in little hearts and lives. (And unlike so many books on our shelves I enjoy it and learn from it too!) Every mom needs a copy! ~ Erin Davis, author of Beyond Bath Time:Embracing Motherhood As a Sacred Role