Reading Stories







I have wonderful memories of arriving home after a day at work to find my then five-year-old little boy, Matt, waiting for me with a book in his hand. He especially loved the Lord of the Rings stories. He would sit on my lap and listen intently to the tales of brave Frodo, the wise Gandalf, the wretched Gollum, and Aragorn, the heir to the throne of Gondor.

While I summarized a great deal, especially parts that were too heavy for such a little boy, we read the entire trilogy together—some 1,008 pages. Matt’s eyes would light up as all those characters came to life in his head. I was amazed he would sit and listen for so long.

In 2015, researchers with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital used magnetic resonance imaging technology to show “biological proof” that reading aloud to children stimulated brain activity in areas connected with visual imagery and understanding. The study confirmed what we already knew; that reading aloud to children greatly helps basic speech and communication skills, logical thinking, and a host of other benefits including bonding.

Of course, Moses didn’t need an MRI machine to prove the impact “telling stories” has upon our children. He asked all of Israel to:

We are mining our files and thoroughly enjoying turning some of the amazing stories God has given us into children’s books — ideal for reading aloud and talking about missions and the lives of children all over the world.

Best of all, they are true! These stories really did happen. They are ideal stories for you to read to children and “talk about when you are at home and on the road.”  The first two books are now available and the third is in production.

  This month we encourage you to order one or both books for only $10 each. You can keep them for your little ones or give them away! Here are some suggested recipients:

  • Parents with young children
  • Grandparents with young grandchildren
  • Children’s Sunday School classes and ministries
  • Church library
  • Vacation Bible Schoolers

And remember, your investment in these children’s books is used to help LOGOI provide free Bible resources, encouragement and help to national pastors and missionaries throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Now, I don’t want to take any undue credit, but today my son, Matt, is a bright star in the world of digital marketing in Silicon Valley. He’s also a new daddy with a little boy who already loves stories. Did all those hours on my lap reading together help? Well, I’d like to think so. After all, as Gandalf told Frodo, “Someone else always has to carry on the story.”

P.S. These true stories are available to everyone and we are thrilled to make them available as individual children’s books. We continue with our special plans for grandparents wanting to establish a simple ministry of teaching, praying, and giving with their grandchildren. Click here to order books.