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Chloe has a sneaky habit of making up stories. She thinks it’s no big deal, but one day crazy little fluffs appear every time she tells a lie. Chloe starts stuffing the fluffs in her closet, but soon it’s almost ready to burst. Not only that, she realizes that her lies are sinful and are hurting her relationships. But after her father confesses his own lie and asks God for forgiveness, Chloe gains the courage to let out all of her secrets.
Most children (and adults too) struggle with being completely truthful. Even though we know it’s wrong to not tell the whole truth, it’s still hard to help a child understand why. Best-selling author Ginger Hubbard and Al Roland give parents practical suggestions for helping their children (and themselves) learn to speak the truth. The parent resource page at the end of Chloe and the Closet of Secrets: A Book about Lying gives a biblical framework to help children understand what a lie is, some reasons that they lie, and the power of confession and forgiveness.
Children ages 4-7 will love the silly story with its bright, fun illustrations, and in the process be encouraged to always tell the truth.
Chloe and the Closet of Secrets is part of the new Teaching Children to Use Their Words Wisely series.
Ginger Hubbard speaks at women’s events, parenting conferences, and homeschool conventions across the country, and cohosts the Parenting with Ginger Hubbard podcast. She is the bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Count to Three, Wise Words for Moms, and I Can’t Believe You Just Said That and the coauthor of the Teaching Children to Use Their Words Wisely series. Ginger and her husband have four adult children and live in Opelika, Alabama, where they enjoy working together from home.
Al Roland has worked as a software developer for over thirty-six years. He enjoys spending time with his family, long road trips, mountain biking, adventure, and serving several ministries including RYFO which provides Christian host homes for traveling musicians. He is the coauthor of the Teaching Children to Use Their Words Wisely series. Al and his wife live in Opelika, Alabama where they raised and homeschooled their four children.
Veronika Kotyk is a Ukrainian illustrator who is passionate about creating quirky characters and bright worlds for children’s books. After receiving a fine art degree, she explored foreign cultures and various forms of art. Her awards include the 2017 stArt Award and a gold medal at Mom’s Choice Awards. She is the illustrator for the Teaching Children to Use Their Words Wisely series.
“This age-appropriate, enjoyable, and refreshing approach to the topic of lying will help parents talk with children about telling the truth and confessing. Children will relate to the explanation of the Holy Spirit’s role in conviction and repentance. Who hasn’t experienced a “tightening of the chest”? I love that the dad is the hero. When he prayed to be forgiven for lying, everything changed for Chloe. Well done!”
Kathy Koch, Founder, Celebrate Kids, Inc.; author of 8 Great Smarts and other popular parenting books
“Every parent is looking for creative, helpful resources to reinforce the biblical themes they are teaching their kids. As a pastor and parent, I highly recommend Chloe and the Closet of Secrets for your family. We often think little white lies—these seemingly cute and innocent deceptions—are harmless. But the sooner we help our kids see the destructive results of a dishonest life, the better we are shaping them to live an obedient and repentant life for Christ. Ginger Hubbard and Al Roland are wonderful guides for your family.”
Daniel Darling, Director of the Land Center for Faith and Culture, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; bestselling author of several books, including, The Characters of Christmas, A Way with Words,and The Dignity Revolution
“Since every child is tempted to lie, every family will want to keep a copy of Chloe and the Closet of Secrets on their shelf. The best part of Hubbard and Roland’s book is the gospel solution they offer—confessing our lies and trusting in Christ erases the lies and gives us new life. I will be reading this book to my grandkids.”
Marty Machowski, Family Pastor; author of The Ology, Wonder Full, Don’t Blame the Mud, and other gospel-rich books and resources for church and home.
“Stories are often the most powerful way to teach important lessons, especially to children. In Chloe and the Closet of Secrets, parents have the opportunity to address the problem of lying with their kids in a way that reveals the seriousness of sin while providing ultimate hope through the forgiveness of Jesus. It is like reading a gospel version of the classic Dr. Suess books! Not only is the story engaging, but the guide at the end of the book provides parents with important tools to reinforce the lesson effectively. This book is a gift for children and parents alike!”
Durenda Wilson, Author of The Four Hour School Day, The Unhurried Homeschooler, and Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart; host of The Durenda Wilson podcast
“This short rhyming book teaches children that lying is wrong. Whether we lie to protect ourselves, to impress others, or for any other reason, lying is hurtful to the person who is lying and to others who are affected by the lies. But the most important lesson this book offers is the truth that we can confess our lies, be forgiven, and experience the grace of God.”
Wendy Hilton and Trish Corlew, Owners of Hip Homeschool Moms, Only Passionate Curiosity, and Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
“While character training in children cannot regenerate the heart, it does shape it. As a result, good parenting will both speak the gospel and shape the will. I am delighted to see this new series of children’s books by Ginger Hubbard and Al Roland does both. Parents and grandparents will find these a fun and engaging help as they seek to disciple the hearts of their children.”
Chap Bettis, Author of The Disciple-Making Parent and other resources for the family
“As a longtime fangirl of Ginger Hubbard’s books, I was absolutely delighted to get a hold of this fun, engaging, thought-provoking, and beautifully illustrated new book series for children. Ginger has a way with words and, as in all of her writing, she focuses on the most important thing, pointing our children to their need for a Savior! These books are sure to be dearly loved for generations to come.”
Yvette Hampton, Producer and host, Schoolhouse Rocked podcast
“As a parent, I need all the help I can get in assisting my children to see the need to control their words and actions. The Teaching Children to Use Their Words Wisely series is a welcomed resource to help children see the benefits of choosing wise behavior.”
Israel Wayne, Author; conference speaker; founder of Family Renewal
“These fun, rhyming stories captivate children’s attention while shining a light on their sinful speech and its consequences. They convict children—and parents!—of the seriousness of their sin, but these are far more than moral tales. They point to the grace of the gospel and the wonder of forgiveness that come only through Jesus. There is great wisdom and great hope within these pages.”
Melissa Cutrera, ACBC certified counselor; author of God’s Great Plan
“It can be a challenging task explaining the abstract concept of lying to children, and the burden of telling lies can become overwhelming. This excellent, relatable book allows children to see their lies in a tangible way. Children will quickly learn that asking Jesus for forgiveness removes shame and guilt, and the grace of God is liberating!”
Lee Ann Mancini, Author; speaker; executive producer of the animated series Sea Kids; podcast host of Raising Christian Kids
“Hubbard and Roland do an outstanding job of helping parents teach their children to be truth-tellers in Chloe and the Closest of Secrets. She highlights the effect of lying on a child's heart, along with the impact a parent's example has on a child. Most importantly, the story unfolds within the framework of biblical principles of honesty. Children will want to read this book repeatedly as they learn to say no to lying and yes to honestly.”
Connie Albers, Author of Parenting beyond the Rules; host of Equipped To Be; associate producer of Schoolhouse Rocked; speaker
“How can a children's book change your life? Chloe and the Closet of Secrets does. The authors and illustrator take us into the heart of a child and mirror our own hearts. This book equips us to deal with our sin in a healthy, biblical way through charming illustrations and rhyme. It is a must-have for a family and church library.”
Robert J. Nash, Pastor at Sawyer Highlands Church in southwest Michigan; author of Last Words: Seven Sayings from the Heart of Christ on the Cross
“This darling tale engages kids as they discover the real consequences of lying.”
Kim Sorgius, Author; creator of Not Consumed Ministries
“Thank you to the authors for crafting such a clever story! Children will learn the consequences of negative behavior through the reading of this rhyming, creative journey which ends with the main character rightly positioned before God and other people. The story is captivating and the illustrations are intriguing. It will be a book children ask for again and again!”
Jean Thomason, Singer/songwriter; author; speaker, live performer of the children’s character, Miss Pattycake
“This book tackles such an important issue that many families face. Lying is a sneaky little sin that becomes a stronghold for many children. Chloe and the Closet of Secrets is a brilliant way to help kids see lying for what it is and understand the solution that can set them free. What a beautiful and well-written book!”
Monica Swanson, Author of Boy Mom; host of The Boy Mom podcast
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