Item description for The Secret of Yahweh! (Give & Share Book TM) by Leferna Arnold-Walch...
Overview The author selects an all-American favorite nursery rhyme as the basis for this story. Mary takes J.C. Lamb to school where they have been asked to leave the words "under God" out of The Pledge of Allegiance. Hiding under Mary's desk, since lambs aren't allowed in school, J.C. Lamb soon learns this is what his first mission for God is all about.
Publishers Description This is the popular "Give and Share Book TM" that everyone is talking about This special edition of "The Secret of Yahweh " is designed to introduce more people to their neighborhood Christian retail store while building church attendance and bringing more people to Christ This novel provides anyone and everyone who has ever wanted to share the Word of God or teach about Jesus, a gentle way to do it Each book has the possibility of creating 12 new disciples If the path is not broken, the buyer will get his book back and be able to see where all it's been Registries are reported to J.C. Lamb's Honoree list on the Mary's Lamb, Inc. website. Many of these books are being sent to our American troops Fun for the whole family. Originally written for 7-12-year-olds, with over 100 illustrations added to read to younger children. Amazingly, adults are also finding this book a wonderful read-- seen reading it by the pool or on break at work A Secret not even the author expected But then she did select an all-American favorite nursery rhyme to base her story on Mary meets J.C. Lamb in "The Secret of Yahweh " A Christian look at believing in what you can't always see. Trouble is, not everyone can see J.C. Lamb either The fun begins when Mary takes J.C. to school where they have been asked to leave the words "under God" out of The Pledge of Allegiance. Hiding under Mary's desk, since lambs aren't allowed in school, J.C. Lamb soon learns this is what his first mission for God is all about Journey with J.C. Lamb, also known as Un-Secret Agent 777, Mary and her friends as they defeat the mean kids in school when the whole class follows the lamb to church This is where they discover thetruth about God in school, and the great secret of Yahweh A Children's book for the entire family, as it deals with things children often face or wonder about today. Subjects include; Death and separation from a parent, A.D.H.D. in school, friendship, peer pressure, and miracles. This book supports our American troops with "one nation under God" educational features including our Christian history in the United States, The Pledge of Allegiance and how and why things have changed. At church and at play, J.C. Lamb brings us a gentle approach to the Bible's truth about the make up of our Triune God and the Savior. Even adults find the truth in this story educational, as myths are unraveled and secrets are exposed. This 380-page novel is marked in sections for home school and Bible study. It is also good for reading aloud to young children, as they will enjoy over 100 fun illustrations. A wonderful story introducing America's new representative for Jesus Christ, J.C. Lamb. Book one in a planned series. First the USA and then the world Paperback Give & Share Book TM Edition. Also available in collector's hardback with dustcover. Buy it now and start the giving and sharing process Americans are good at
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Studio: Mary's Lamb, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.85" Weight: 1.22 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2008
Publisher Mary's Lamb, Inc.
ISBN 0980179483 ISBN13 9780980179484
Reviews - What do customers think about The Secret of Yahweh! (Give & Share Book TM)?
A new twist on an old tale Dec 10, 2008
When the school officials take the words "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance, Mary, an elementary student, is upset and wants to know why. She learns the reason as she unravels the "The Secret of Yahweh".
It's an interesting story idea: a young girl, named Mary, finds a lamb, named J. C., in her room. Mary has no trouble seeing him, but many people, even her best friend Petey, can't see J. C. The lamb is special, not only because he is invisible to some people, but also because he has a patch on his chest with a voice box that speaks. The voice box is not controlled by the lamb, and "the voice" speaks at appropriate times, reciting Bible verses that pertain to the action of the moment. J. C. has come into Mary's life for a purpose, to help Mary and her friends discover the "secret of Yahweh".
This fictional story was inspired by the original story, "Mary's Little Lamb", written by Mary Sawyer; the original story was the basis for that well-known poem, "Mary Had a Little Lamb." LaFerna Arnold-Walch makes her story unique by taking a classic tale and turning it into a modern work of fiction.
There are a lot of positive themes in the "The Secret of Yahweh!" such as patriotism, history, Christianity and friendship. However, there are some negative issues with the narrative that detract from the story. First, the narrator is a bit too intrusive at times, particularly in the last third of the book. Second, I felt there was an overuse of the term, "the mean kids," referencing the children at school who picked on Mary. Third, there are many spelling, grammar and punctuation errors throughout the story, which, as a writer and an editor, I found quite distracting. And, in my humble opinion, I also think the story would have been stronger if it had been a bit shorter. 4 stars.
One Of A Kind! Special! Nov 11, 2008
Mary is in fourth-grade, she loves school and is excited that the new year is starting. Mary has lost her parents and lives on a farm with her great aunt Gracie. The first day of school Mary learns that the phrase 'under God' is being omitted from the Pledge of Allegiance and this causes her concern. Why would they take the word, God, out of the Pledge? she wonders. The teacher, who is a Christian, tries to explain without allowing her personal beliefs to show.
Mary has been raised to love God and one day she discovers a lamb under her bed. This is a special lamb whose mission is to tell others about Jesus. The problem, not all are able to see J.C, Lamb, not even her best friend, Peter. One day J.C. asks Mary if he may go to school with her. Mary doesn't see why not and takes him along. To Mary's surprise some of the students, even the teacher are able to see J.C. and the reason that he is among them begins to unravel. Including the mystery of why some can see him and some cannot.
This is a exceptional book. It has many facets woven within it for the betterment of children and adults as well. I enjoyed the author's words on our Constitution and Bill of Rights. She explained about our forefathers and brought some history to life in an interesting way. She also shows the reader that they must believe with their heart, not just their head in matters of the spirit and she strongly shows the importance of being a good witness for the Lord. Her explanation of the importance of receiving the Lord, and the power of His love was great. I also liked the black and white illustrations along the way. They definitely helped to bring the characters to life.
I do feel however that this book should not be a quick read, but one that should be read and digested slowly. I think it would be a great story to share as a family, discussed and enjoyed. Questions could be asked and answered, and faith shared. I believe a lot of discussion could come from reading this book that would open up doors for ministering to young ones. All in all a very nice work that definitely is a plus for re-enforcing the purpose and love of God in believers, and explaining the why's to seekers. Very nice work.
Stories for Children Magazine 4 Star Review Oct 5, 2008
REVIEWED BY: Wayne S. Walker
This book, which is the first volume of a planned series, would be classified as a "Christian fantasy fiction" novel for children. Drawing from the nursery rhyme, "Mary had a little lamb," which in turn was based on a true event, it features a fourth-grade student, Mary, who lives on a horse farm with her great aunt Gracie. The story begins when Mary learns that the phrase "under God" is going to be omitted from the Pledge of Allegiance when it is said in her school. Shortly afterwards, she discovers a lamb under her bed. The lamb, named J. C., talks to her and tells her that he has been sent to remind people of Jesus Christ. Since no one else seems to be able to see J. C., Mary takes him to school, where some of the children can see him and others cannot, including her best friend Pete. The teacher, Miss Sawyer (the original "Mary" who "had a little lamb" in Sterling, MA, was Mary Sawyer), who is prohibited from teaching the children about Jesus Christ in school, invites all the students to her Sunday school that weekend to hear the mystery explained.
The author is a veteran entertainer who has both radio and television experience. Her son's car crashed into a church in 1998, and she writes, "My firstborn son's coma was the sacrifice it took to open my eyes to God's plan for me. Now I have a promise to keep." The book not only stands up for "under God" in our nation's history but also encourages children to see with their hearts by believing in things which they cannot always see with their own eyes. There are a few places, especially regarding punctuation, where it could use some editing, but otherwise I enjoyed reading it. The plot is easy to follow, and the suspense about why some people could see J. C. Lamb and others could not keeps one turning the pages to find the answer. The text is accompanied by black and white illustrations by the author which are helpful. A couple of other issues which are dealt with in a very positive manner are bullying at school and stuttering. I think that young people, especially those who are being taught to know the Lord, will find this book very encouraging.
The Secret of Yahweh! Sep 11, 2008
Title: The Secret of Yahweh! ~ Book One Mary Meets J.C. Lamb Written and Illustrated by: LeFerna Arnold-Walch Soft cover: 365 pages Ages: 7-12 Publisher: Mary's Lamb Publishing ISBN-13: 978-0-9801794-8-4 Publication: July 2008
The Secret of Yahweh! is based around the original story, "Mary's Little Lamb." The author intertwines the original story into a modern day classic to teach children and adults that the love of God surrounds each and every one of us.
The determination and will of fourth grader, Mary, will have you spell bound from the moment you meet her. Her wisdom of God and what his love means is heartwarming. Mary is dismayed to find out that her elementary school has taken "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance and wants to know why this would happen.
"What is going on? Why would he take `under God' out of our Pledge? Mary whispered to Petey."
Even though the teacher explains to the class the separation of church and school, Mary strongly feels this decision is not in the best interest of the school. While in her bedroom, Mary discovers a little lamb under her bed, identified as J.C. Lamb. It appears Mary is the only person who can see her new little friend and she decides to take the lamb to school. Much to her shock, she discovers some students can see him and others cannot. Through the help of Mary's teacher, Miss Sawyer, at a special Sunday school class the mystery is unraveled as to what J.C. Lamb's visit means.
The author, LeFerna Arnold-Walch, is a veteran entertainer, singer, and songwriter. Children and adults alike will surely enjoy this magical journey. Be prepared to be blown away with simple reminders of the scriptures through J.C. Lamb and it may just re-enforce the love God has for you. For further information visit www.maryslambinc.com
Lessons in Character, Citizenship, and Patriotism Sep 7, 2008
LeFerna Arnold-Walch combines mystery, history, character building, and patriotism in this wonderfully crafted children's novel "The Secret of Yahweh."
The story centers on Mary, Petey, and Jimmy, the good kids, and Con, Bitsy and their clique of friends, the mean kids. The story begins in Mss Sawyer's fourth grade classroom on the first day of the new school year. A brief announcement over the loudspeaker informed the classes that they would no longer include the words "under God" when they gave the pledge of allegiance to the flag. The students raised questions regarding this change and Miss Sawyer gave them new insights into American traditions, the constitution, and individual freedoms.
At lunch Mary was bullied by Bitsy and a group of the mean girls. They took her lunch, pulled her pigtails, and called her fat. Mary was sent to the principal's office for the remainder of the lunch hour. That evening Mary was visited by J. C. Lamb, a special messenger (un-secret agent 777) sent from God on a mission.
In addition to lessons on supporting American troops, Christian history, and the traditions of gratefulness for being "one nation under God" the book is filled with lessons on the value of personhood, the power of prayer, and the power of love. These lessons are learned in the classroom, the lunchroom, on the school bus, playing with friends, in the home, and at through Mystery Sunday at church.
LeFerna describes the presence of good and evil in the world today. She then goes on to introduce Yahweh (God) as the master of the universe, the trinity, and the misunderstood message of the gospel. She explains the fall of man, the plan of salvation, miracles, and the role of the Holy Spirit in enabling individuals to see Yeshua (Jesus) as the greatest super hero of all time. She told how we got our Bible, various translations, and importance of a lifetime of Bible study.
The gift of the saving grace of Jesus is presented through the message of the "preacher", the youth leader, and Miss Sawyer in language easily understood by children ages seven through twelve.
Over 100 illustrations throughout the book add another dimension and help in maintaining interest and reinforcing the message of the narrative. The book is sound in doctrine, easily understood and can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. A unique program for passing the book along to others becomes an evangelistic tool for the reader and challenges the seeker to find the "Secret of Yahweh."