Zonderkidz Releases Purpose-Driven Children's Series

( [email protected] ) Oct 04, 2004 10:51 AM EDT

Teach your children how to live a Purpose-Driven life with three new books from Zonderkidz, based on the New York Times bestseller by Rick Warren. Almost 19 million adults have used “The Purpose-Driven Life” (Zondervan) to discover the purposes for which God created them, and now those same life-changing concepts are available for children 8 and under in an exciting new line of picture and board books written by bestselling children's author Dandi Daley Mackall and Rick Warren's daughter, Amy Warren Hilliker. All three books will release in October 2004.

"In adapting the message of `The Purpose-Driven Life’ for children, I wanted to ensure that the books written would help children discover why God created them and how much he loves them, " said Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose-Driven Life.”

"These books are designed to meet the spiritual and developmental needs of children, and my prayer is that it will allow the youngest generation to understand the biblical message of `The Purpose-Driven Life.’"

Author of over 330 books, Dandi Daley Mackall's picture book “Made for a Purpose,” for children 6 and up, tells the fictional story of a young girl who has to adjust to living with her dad after her mother leaves the family. As the story unfolds, she learns that God's family has a place for her and she was created because God loves her. “Made for a Purpose” includes a forward note and discussion questions written by Rick Warren.

For children 4 and under, Amy Warren Hilliker, daughter of Rick Warren, has written two board books: “Little One, God Made You” and “Little One, God Loves You.” While “Little One, God Made You” explains to small children that they are made for God's purpose, “Little One, God Loves You” conveys one of the five purposes from “The Purpose-Driven Life” in each stanza. Children will learn about God's Love, Being a Member of God's Family, Growing in Christ, Helping Others, and Telling Others about God. Through the meaningful messages, Carol Thompson's warm and whimsical illustrations, and personal note to parents from Rick Warren, these charming board books will delight readers and parents alike.

"We are excited to provide parents with innovative, quality books that are inspired by `The Purpose-Driven Life,’ and will help them show their kids how they fit into God's design," said Alicia Mey, senior director of marketing for Zonderkidz. "We have carefully selected the authors to ensure that these books are age and developmentally appropriate."

As parents spend quality time with their children by reading to them, the lessons of God's love will become real, as they learn that he made them just the way they are -- and for a purpose! Children will learn that they are made to be a blessing to others and to fulfill a special plan for their lives-and that God smiles every time he thinks of them!