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REV. JANET STOBIE B.A., M.Ed., M.Div.
A writer, storyteller, family counselor and ordained minister, Janet Stobie has worked with people all her adult life. She served with Bethany, Pontypool and Dunsford United Churches in Ontario from 1989 until 2008, when she retired to focus on her writing and her family.
Janet writes a weekly devotional column for the Millbrook Times and is welcomed as a storyteller at fundraisers, group meetings and Sunday morning church services. Her books can be purchased on her blog at www.revjantheauthor.blogspot.com
Janet has written, published, and sold nearly one thousand copies of each of her four books.
A Child Speaks: Hear the Wisdom of the Children of the Bible
Can I Hold Him? Christmas Stories for All Ages
Spectacular Stella – The Story of the Christmas Star
A Place Called Home: Homeless? Who Me?
Patricia Anne Elford
on March 01, 2013 :
A Child Speaks is a very useful resource, not just for the stories actually contained within it, but also for the guidelines on how to present a story. Many people do not know how to present a story for children during a worship service. There are very practical and liturgically sound tips at the beginning of the book.
The author, Rev. Janet Scobie, has not been afraid to tackle some difficult topics. She has used her imagination and research to “flesh out” the stories of nine children found in the Bible. Each narrative is introduced with her rationale for including it and the relevant Scripture passage.
I think these stories would be best used by a parent reading them to children, with opportunities to pause and confirm understanding. Some of the vocabulary and sentence structure would be too challenging for many children who could, however, definitely identify with the emotions and situations in which the children found themselves.
for someone planning to use a story as a monologue in a class setting or for a children’s talk during a church service, one tip that Janet gives at the beginning could be very freeing and helpful. “It is not necessary to memorize these stories. The exact words are not essential.”
For me, this provides permission to use her creative ideas and research, to use the framework she has provided, but to employ shorter sentences and vocabulary that is closer to that of a listening child.
With that permission granted, I can say “Thank you, Janet, for a very helpful, mind-stretching book, one which can be used effectively in home, church and church camp.”
(reviewed within a month of purchase)