Wail tales are exaggerated tales of woe, or fish tales, where the main characters land in a whale of trouble, just like Jonah in the Bible. They turn to God and learn he hears their call when they fall.
"This workbook edition will provide relevant Scriptures and discussion questions to help parents and teachers hone in on the different ways the main characters disobey," says author Cheryl Rogers, who publishes New Christian Books Online Magazine. "It's also good for individual Bible study."
Just Like Jonah Wail Tales Workbook contains eight short stories, with modern Jonahs who mess up in assorted ways. One is prideful and needs to learn about serving, another is fearful, another skips her math homework when it's too hard, another is selfish, and another hosts an underage drinking party when his parents aren't home. The ebook teaches the biblical path of salvation through the example of these characters who call upon the name of the Lord.
"It is my goal to teach these youngsters early through the mistakes of these fictitious characters, so they hopefully can avoid living through wail tales of their own," Rogers says.
A former newspaper reporter, Rogers came to know the Lord as an adult through a serious illness. "There is so much I didn't know," she says, "although I went to church regularly."
So Rogers has dedicated herself to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through her writing, which includes fiction and nonfiction for all ages.
Her original Just Like Jonah Wail Tales is a short story collection without the discussion questions and Scripture citations, which can be read individually or used by students in group Bible studies.
Her free ebook The Lesson of Jonah: There is a Price to Pay When You Disobey includes one story with discussion questions, plus Scripture cites and optional homework.
Also for the 10- to 14-year-old market, Rogers has written a mystery/adventure about a group of 10- to 16-year-old boys who head to the Florida backwoods for a back-to-nature retreat. Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery is the first in her new series about the youth group from a Central Florida community church.
When Bible Den's Leader Chet Harrigan takes his group to the backwoods they are expecting adventure, but they get more of it than they planned. The bumbling adventures of this relatively inexperienced group of campers keep readers guessing. Thirteen-year-
The wail tale collection, and Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery, are available in multiple ebook formats from the New Christian Books Online Store and other e-retail outlets. Please contact the author to order print copies.