Note from Mike: I’m honored to post this interview with author Mindi Jo Furby, author of More Than Words, Toz Knows, and More than Words for Kids. We had the opportunity to work together last year on some branding and book development projects and I’m so impressed with her initiative, and success! http://www.mindijofurby.com/
More than Words for Kids is a children’s book that releases TODAY!
What was different about writing a children’s book, as opposed to a book for grown-ups? (More than Words)
Um…everything! I’ve never worked harder on anything in my life. I tapped into the minds of several child development experts, children’s ministry directors, parents, teachers, etc. and still felt profoundly clueless with this genre. The major difference between writing for grown-ups and writing for children is the method of communication. With adults, we can reasonably assume that they grasp abstract concepts like time. Not so with children.
Since their minds have yet to fully develop, I had to use word pictures and stories to illustrate the truths I was trying to communicate. When you’re dealing with concepts like infallibility and inerrancy, this proved quite challenging! But once the writing was complete, my illustrator and I had a grand time putting pictures with each story.
What’s the big goal of the book?
The big goal of this book is to help kids learn, love, and live by the Bible. We do this by teaching them what the Bible is, how it was put together, and how to read, interpret, and apply it in ways they understand and can emulate.
Tell us a little about the book…
This book is so much fun! Short and to the point, children are invited along on a journey into the Bible that they’ve never experienced before. Each chapter begins with a story that illustrates the main concept. This allows children to grasp abstract concepts—bringing them down to a level they can understand and relate with.
It is not a dry, boring text book! Rather, it’s written in a conversational tone with an abundance of illustrations and textual variations that engage children and keep them entertained while they read. In short, this is a fun, exciting way for children to learn about the Bible and how they can use to launch their faith in Jesus.
What did you learn about self publishing with your first book that helped you with this book?
Patience. If there’s one aspect of publishing that’s crucial, it’s taking your time and maintaining a standard of excellence. Nothing should compromise the quality of the work being published. Thankfully, I learned the process of publishing – writing, editing, illustrating, formatting, and printing – with my first book and was able to apply it with relative ease with this book.
Having a timeline and communicating with your team is extraordinarily helpful too. I laid out a timeline for the entire production of this book, communicating with my team members every step of the way. The result was a steady rhythm of work that turned into a wonderful project (without undue stress!).
What are you hoping this book will accomplish?
My prayer is that this book will serve as a catalyst in the fight against biblical illiteracy among the children in our nation and world.
We live in a biblically illiterate culture, and it’s crippling the faith of our kids. With this book I’m hoping to ignite a movement in the hearts of the next generation (perhaps awakening some hearts in their parents’ generation) to move toward God and secure a strong foundation of faith based on His Word.
Where can we find out more information on this and other books?
On our website! www.mjfpublishing.com