I'm usually always reading a "real" book to the kids. That's one of the perks of homeschooling... having time to read together. Today we finished reading the book "God's Smuggler" by Brother Andrew.
I remember reading this book many years ago, likely while I was still in high school. I remember that it made an impression on me, and I thought our kids might appreciate it as well. So, I dusted off my copy, and we dug in.
I loved re-reading it, and the kids loved hearing it for the first time. We loved hearing the different ways in which God answered prayers. We loved hearing about a "hopeless" situation, only to find that God turned that situation around. We were challenged to think about areas in our lives where we lean too much on our own understanding.
The book has been around for awhile (obviously, since I read it over 20 years ago!), and I know that not all of those countries are currently closed to Christianity. But there are other countries that are closed to Christianity. Believers in these countries need our prayers and our support. My kids grasped this. During prayer time now, they often pray for Christians who don't have access to a Bible or who are being persecuted for their faith.
What struck me the most about this book was Brother Andrew's attitude that "A child of the King wouldn't have to do _______." God doesn't want His children to grovel. He doesn't want us to be devious. He wants us to live lives that are noble. He wants us to trust Him in all things and for all things.
What a mighty God we serve!
If you want to be encouraged in your faith, I strongly recommend (and I'm sure my kids would, too!) reading this book!