YHWH: The Flood The Fish & The Giant written with NY Times Best-selling author GP Taylor released today in the UK. It is scheduled to release in the US June 1. In case you are unfamiliar with the purpose of the book, the following is taken from a recent press release.
“I know many young people and adults who don’t read the Bible simply because they don’t think the language is understandable,” states co-writer, Paula K.Parker. YHWH: The Flood, The Fish & The Giant is a contemporary adaptation of those ancient stories that bring the three major world faiths together,but rewritten for the Harry Potter Generation.”
“The purpose of the book is not to proselytise or convert,” Taylor insists, “but to give children, young people and adults a taste of the mystery of one of the most life changing books ever written. It is an introduction to the stories that have entertained and thrilled people for thousands of years.”
A great advocate of encouraging children to read, Taylor says he felt compelled to participate in co-authoring YHWH: The Flood, The Fish & The Giant when he discovered that up to 90% of children and young people in the UK are Biblically illiterate, with even such classic tales as David and Goliath, Noah and the ark, Samson and Jonah going unnoticed.
“This isn’t just a problem from a faith-based perspective,” Taylor points out. “It also devalues our language and our culture. When a sports commentator recently said that the big match was a ‘David and Goliath struggle,’ many young fans didn’t know what he meant.”
Recent evidence suggests that 76% of adults don’t know about the Battle of Jericho; 79% don’t know who Abraham was; 90% have never heard about Jacob. Although many literary giants such as Shakespeare and Milton quoted freely from the Bible most people have no idea that such phrases as mass Exodus, doubting Thomas, the writing is on the wall, all things to all men, eat drink and be merry and no rest for the wicked all have their origins in scripture.
“2011is the 400th anniversary of the Bible in English,” Taylor says. “Much of our language is rooted in that book. Sadly, we are in the position that within a generation the understanding of the book that underpins our language could be gone forever.”
For a preview visit YHWHbook.com