The Prisoners, the Earthquake, and the Midnight Song

A true story about how God uses people to save people

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Teach children about Jesus’ ongoing power to save through the proclamation of the gospel and through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Part of the Tales that Tell the Truth series.

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Description

Based on Acts 16, this is a fun and compelling retelling of how a Philippian jailer and his family learned the wonderful truth about Jesus Christ.

Jesus’ ongoing power to save through the spreading of the gospel and through the presence of the Holy Spirit is imaginatively and powerfully brought to life by Bob Hartman.

Bob is a compelling storyteller and author of the Lion Storyteller Bible, which has sold over 130,000 copies in the UK and has been translated into 11 languages, and of YouVersion's Bible App for Kids.

Children will discover...
• Jesus’ ongoing power to save through the proclamation of the gospel and through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
• The powerful witness of Paul and Silas, who sung while they were held captive and refused to break free when an earthquake destroyed the prison they were trapped in.
• How they can tell others the good news of Jesus Christ.
• How to imagine the sights and sounds of a Bible story.

Ideal for children aged 3-6.

Product details

Contents

  • The prisoners, the earthquake and the midnight song

Specification

Age range: 3 - 6
Author Bob Hartman, Catalina Echeverri
ISBN 9781784984403
Format Hardback
First published June 2020
Dimensions 8.7" x 10.2" x 0.4"
Language English
Pages 32
Publisher The Good Book Company

Other information

Part of the award-winning Tales That Tell The Truth series.

Endorsements

Dan DeWitt

Associate Professor of Apologetics & Applied Theology, Cedarville University; author, The Friend Who Forgives; Life in the Wild; Sunny Side Up

The Good Book Company has done it again! They take memorable Bible stories and bring them to life for young and old readers alike. And they do it so well! Grab this book to teach your kids or grandkids about a song that has reverberated from a Philippi prison through the pages of history.

Barbara Reaoch

Author, A Jesus Christmas

Want to fill your young child’s heart with biblical truth? Enter into the sights and sounds on each page of Bob Hartman’s engaging book!

Paul Kerensa

Comedian, editor and writer

A brilliant book by a brilliant storyteller. This book is a must-have on your bookshelf, or better still, off it.

Independent reviews

The Prisoners, the Earthquake, and the Midnight Song demonstrates the beauty of the Gospel to reach dark places.

Josh Olds, Life Is Story, June 24th 2020

Teach children about Jesus’ ongoing power to save through the proclamation of the gospel and the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Based on Acts 16, this is a fun and compelling retelling of how a Philippian jailer and his family learned the wonderful truth about Jesus Christ. The ascended Jesus’ ongoing power to save, and the unstoppable spread of the gospel, are imaginatively and powerfully brought to life by Bob Hartman.... continue reading

The nighttime illustrations and the exciting narrative are the perfect combination to keep your kids captivated.

Aaron Lee, Musicgoon, June 2nd 2020

The Prisoners, the Earthquake, and the Midnight Song tells the true story about how God uses people to save people. Written by Bob Hartman & illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, this children’s book is a beautiful way to teach children about Jesus’ ongoing power to save through the proclamation of the gospel and through the presence of the Holy Spirit.... continue reading

 

This story is striking and powerful

Théa Rosenburg, Little Book, Big Story, August 28th 2020

Bob Hartman draws readers into it through sound—the sound of singing, of an earthquake, of the jailer drawing his sword—which makes this book fun to read aloud but also invites young readers into the scene. Hartman doesn’t just tell the story but creates an experience around it, vivid and animate and accessible, and filled with memorable characters.... continue reading

Customer reviews


29/07/2020

“Another gem in this collection”

My 5 year old son loves this collection of books so this recent addition was on his birthday wish list. Once again the illustrations are beautiful and engaging. The story shares the gospel and encourages children they can do the same. So grateful for these amazing books which introduce our children to life changing truths. Speedy service from the good book company. Looking forward to expanding our collection in the future!


04/07/2020

“New Favourite”

Each addition to this series is our new favourite. Brilliant story-telling, stunning pictures and heart-stirring content. I've had to read this one twenty times in the last few weeks; I've thoroughly enjoyed it each time and so has The Theologian (aged 8), The Architect (aged 6) and The Jester (aged 4) - and so have various friends that we've read it to over Zoom. It's got us all excited about indestructible joy, God's power to save and the privilege of sharing the gospel.

The Good Book Company's visionary generosity in allowing the free download of the artwork is really helpful in sharing the story with others.


29/06/2020

“Great but needs to be censored”

It really is a great book, beautifully illustrated, but the part where the guard thinks to “take his life” needs to be censored for 3 year olds in my opinion. I’d suggest this book is better for older children.

Thank you for your review. I do understand your concern as to whether this book is suitable for 3-year-olds, and it is something we try to be very careful about. The reason we call this series “Tales That Tell The Truth” is not only that Bible stories are true, but also because we work hard to stay true to the Bible text as we retell each story. In this case, the response of the jailer is key to understanding this story. His physical life is saved when he hears that Paul and the other prisoners haven’t escaped. This then gives the opportunity for Paul to tell him the gospel, after which the jailer’s whole family are wonderfully saved to eternal life. For that reason we couldn’t leave this part of the story out. But we were careful to draw the jailer crying, and not show him attempting to take his life. I hope this explains our thinking about this part of the story. If you still feel it is inappropriate for 3-year-olds, then I hope you will feel able to read it when your child is older. Thanks again for your comments.
Alison Mitchell, Senior Editor

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