By Virginia Finnie
This is how it began, really . . .
The Hey Warrior Kids! children's books began on October 12, 2007, very early in the morning.
God awoke me early that day and impressed upon me, very strongly through the Holy Spirit, that He wanted me to write books for children that would teach them about living a life of victory in Jesus Christ and the opposition they will face.
Prior to that day I had not been a writer. My preparation to write and teach on the topic had come through being a student of the Bible for many years, with a particular interest in spiritual warfare. As a mom, and now a grandma, as well as volunteering in many different capacities over the years working with children, I had come to understand the challenges children face as they grow up. Equipping them with the knowledge and tools provided within the pages of the Bible is essential to countering the culture that impacts every child, every day.
Later that same day, as I settled into my favorite chair with a cup of tea, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me to pick up a pad of paper and a pen. As I began to write, the words came and flowed easily. In the course of one hour, Hey Warrior Kids! Put On Your Armor! had been written. By the end of 2007, the second book, Hey Warrior Kids! Let’s Take Captives! was completed.
God has continued to have me write books for this collection, in addition to the two previously mentioned, five additional Hey Warrior Kids! books have been completed with several more in process.
The titles of the completed manuscripts include:
Hey Warrior Kids! Put On Your Armor! (Published)
Hey Warrior Kids! Grab Your Slingshot! (Published)
Hey Warrior Kids! Do You Know Who You Are?
Hey Warrior Kids! Who’s Your Best Friend?
Hey Warrior Kids! Let’s Go On A Treasure Hunt!
Hey Warrior Kids! You Can Do It!
Hey Warrior Kids! Let's Take Captives!
The vision of teaching children about freedom and victory in Jesus Christ and having a firm foundation as God's Kids, empowering them to stand against the opposition they will face, has remained constant throughout.
The first book in this collection, Hey Warrior Kids! Put On Your Armor! was published by a royalty publishing house, with a release date of April 14, 2009. About 18 months from the writing to being available worldwide for children to read. Truly a miracle in the industry!
You might ask, “why teach children about victory and freedom in Jesus Christ / spiritual warfare?”
I know first hand, as well as through many others, adults and children alike, what can happen in the lives of those who do not know that they have an enemy. If the enemy is allowed to have free reign in our lives the result is bondage. I am referring to the enemy that is talked about in the Bible, as well as the influence of the world, and the influence of the flesh (mind, will and emotions). By teaching children about spiritual opposition in a way that is never scary and always Biblically based, children are equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to move into adulthood not as victims, but as victors ready to make a difference for the Kingdom.
This is how Hey Warrior Kids! came to be. . . really! An amazing story that is just getting going! Hey Warrior Kids! Put On Your Armor! and Hey Warrior Kids! Grab Your Slingshot! have reached children around the world including Thailand, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia and across the United States.
And The Story Continues . . .
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