Atheists’ Denial of God Inspires New Children’s Storybook About Faith

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Author Ron Fry wraps a message for adults with a children’s tale in ‘The Good King’.

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Atheists passionately denying the existence of God inspired author Ron Fry to weave an adventurous tale that not only entertains, but also educates and evangelize children. “The Good King,” a brightly illustrated children’s picture book is Fry’s first foray into the publishing world. This is the first of many books to come that uses a creative a storyline to deliver valuable lessons on faith.

Drawing inspiration from biblical events, “The Good King” is set days before the Great Flood of Noah. It follows the story of Captain Patch, a scoundrel pirate, and two orphan children, Flip and Flop, who search the world for a fair and just king. Part Dr. Seuss, part Bullwinkle & Rocky, and part Lord of the Rings, the colorful storybook is written for readers as young as four-year olds. The art is fantastic and captivating for such readers.

However, while these characters may catch young readers, the tale is also embedded with underlying themes such as global politics and leadership that will make it beneficial for adults as well. The plot and the storyline are designed not only to be fun for children, but also to be entertaining for the grown-ups who will read it to them. It is a multi-faceted allegory; shallow enough for a toddler, but deep enough for a college professor.

With its biblical setting and creative and playful presentation of its message, “The Good King” is a delightful tale that appeals to readers from almost all ages and all walks of life. It is highly relevant as it addresses people’s need for a strong, fair and just global leader and the faith in finding one. Fry wittingly says of his book: “There are no other books like it…this is a book really written for grown-ups. I just disguised it as a kids’ book.”

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About the Author
Ronald Wayne Fry, as a student of world history and cultures, has long been fascinated with mankind’s hunger for a strong global leader. Growing up as a Midwest farm boy who later ventured all over North America and China, Fry’s first book explores a search for that one good king. Fry and his wife, Christy, reside in the beautiful rolling farmlands of northwestern Illinois, and serve in their church’s Kidz ministry. In addition to his family, Fry is nuts about Jesus, airplanes and the Green Bay Packers.

Terry Werntz, the illustrator retired from teaching art in 2011. He received his college education at Northern Illinois University. He now makes his home in northwestern Illinois and lives with his wife Janet and their two cats Wafer and Lover Dover. His first book "Grace the Church Mouse", which he authored and illustrated was published in 2011. "The Good King" has allowed him to bring another author's words to life through his oil painted illustrations. His youngest grandson, Domminick posed for the characters of Flip and Flop.

The Good King * by Ron Fry
Publication Date: August 29, 2013
Picture Book; $24.99; 56 pages; 978-1-4836-8500-7
Picture Book Hardcover; $31.99; 56 pages; 978-1-4836-8501-4
Ebook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-8502-1

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