Meet Freddie Cottonmouth – A Boy Who Loves the River, Big Adventures, and a Furry Beast named Tug.
Tug loves taking Freddie on wild adventures—trips to the moon, building castles, or catching fireflies with Freddie riding on his wide furry back. When Freddie finds a mysterious egg, Tug makes him promise never to eat it. But Freddie is about to discover that broken promises come at a great price.
This is the rare children’s story—both bold and tender and brimming with moments of great risk, adventure, and heart. Combining the artistic wonder of Where the Wild Things Are with the timeless storytelling of The Polar Express, this story will capture both the imagination and the intelligence of children and their parents as it sheds light on the power of sin, sacrifice, and redemption.
“A feast for the eyes and rich in meaning, Cottonmouth And The River is truly something special.”
-Bob Smiley Writer, Nickelodeon’s The Haunted Hathaways
“Casey Fritz has given families a deep and profound truth in a child-like way. With beautiful illustrations and heart changing words Cottonmouth And The River is a sure must add to every young parent’s library. My heart was moved by the story, and my guess is yours will be too.”
Elyse Fitzpatrick Author of Give Them Grace
“Artistic, poetic, mysterious, and ingenious, Cottonmouth And The River is a great read. It digs its hooks into you and pulls you deep into the story’s world. After I finished reading it to my kids, the first thing they said was, ‘Can we read it again Dad?'”
John Mark ComerFather of Three / Author of Loveology
“It is rare to find a book in this genre as wonderfully written and beautifully drawn as Cottonmouth And The River. Even more rare to find them packed with the themes of sacrifice and redemption. This book is a gift.”
Tim Chaddick Father of Three / Pastor at Reality LA
“In the wilderness of Christian children’s books, many mirages exist, promising an oasis, but instead offering the dry sands of moralism. Casey’s book stands like that famous Rock in the desert offering the thirsty and weary the cool, sweet waters of the gospel. I, with fresh tears in my eyes, recommend this book not only to kids, but to adults as well, that we might all be reminded by this wonderful, beautifully drawn story of the great adventurous story we are all in.”
Josh Kehler Father of Four / Pastor at Reality Stockton
About the Author
Casey “C.S.” Fritz is both master artist and writer – creating story with words and illustrations. In 2011, he was nominated as Arizona Visual Artist of the Year. He is now pastor of Family Ministries for Reality LA. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two young children.
Hobbits, Elves, and Dragons More Real Than You Believe
What can the bravery of a hobbit, the faith of a elf, or the greed of a dragon teach us about ourselves? How can their stories lead us to the real Kingdom where God is weaving His fantasy world into reality?
In Hobbits, You, and the Spiritual World of Middle-Earth, Jill Richardson overlays the Bible with the The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, giving us a peek into God’s fantasy world – a world of wonder and awe.
Discover the deep spiritual truths found in J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic characters and learn how to apply then in your own epic story.
From the Inside Flap
Praise for for Hobbits, You, and the Spiritual World
Jill Richardson has done a doubly difficult deed. She has written a book about the Bible and The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and she has written a book that both adults and teenagers will enjoy. Her trick is that this is a book that successfully uses Tolkien to understand the Bible instead of a book that unsuccessfully uses the Bible to understand Tolkien.
For another thing, it’s a book for teenagers that most adults will also enjoy, understand, and profit from instead of a book for adults that most teenagers will enjoy, understand, and profit from (which is much more difficult). And it works. It’s both sprightly and profound, funny and serious, full of loving sarcasm and realistic moral truth. – Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College, Author of The Philosophy of Tolkien.
Author Jill Richardson may well have been born in the Shire, so well does she know the inhabitants of Tolkien’s Middle Earth. But the truths in this book are anything but fantasy. They strike close to the heart where we all have the God-given desire for valorous deeds and new worlds to explore. – Wayne Thomas Batson, Bestselling author of The Door Within Trilogy, The Dark Sea Annals, and GHOST.
Jill Richardson’s book provides an outstanding avenue for teenagers and adults alike to reflect upon their own Christian character through the lens of both Tolkien’s Hobbit and the Bible. Her clear and contemporary writing style, great reflective discussion questions, and alignment between the characters in the Hobbit and people of the Bible, make this an excellent book for families, youth groups, or individuals. I highly recommend it! – Laura Barwegen, Ed.D., Wheaton College, Department of Christian Formation and Ministry
The author reminds us that the real quest from Tolkien’s books took place in the minds and hearts of his characters. Coupled with the revelation of the real-life adventures in Scripture, she has the necessary formula to inspire life change in students. This book offers our awakening to the ongoing spiritual voyage imparted upon equally fragmentary followers of Christ.
I can’t get over the way that this book draws you into the various plots and personas of Middle-earth. With so much to love from Tolkien’s novels, that foundation provides a place for us to see Biblical stories with a new sense of awe and authenticity. What is even greater is the way students are inspired to find their own place in God’s epic journey. – Jason Boyer, National Director of Youth Ministry, Free Methodist Church USA
The characters of Middle-earth in Tolkien’s work are loaded with personality, unique and engaging. Jill Richardson spotlights those characteristics in ways that make them very human–ways I can see myself in those characteristics. Her vocabulary and development of the personalities is very engaging. She masterfully incorporates biblical concepts and application for each of Tolkien’s characters, followed by skillfully crafted reflective questions. – Scottie May, Associate Professor Christian Formation & Ministry, Wheaton College
About the Author
Jill’s love for hobbits and elves comes from her time as a literature teacher and as a lifelong reader of great stories. She also loves an epic challenge and a chance for grace wherever they exist. Jill has degrees in English, Education, and Theology. She is an ordained minister and has served as a worship, preaching, and discipleship pastor. She has published four books previously.
Book 1 of the Adventures in Odyssey Imagination Station series
While visiting Mr. Whittaker at Whit’s Soda Shoppe, Beth and Patrick find a mysterious letter in the Imagination Station requesting a Viking sunstone. The letter is old and says that someone named Albert will be imprisoned if the sunstone isn’t found. Mr. Whittaker sends cousins Patrick and Beth to Greenland circa 1000. On their quest for the sunstone, the cousins meet Vikings Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson—and find the sunstone as they join Leif on his first voyage to North America. But the adventure is just beginning, for when they return to Mr. Whittaker’s workshop with the sunstone, there is another note waiting for them, requesting a silver goblet.
Join Patrick and Beth as they continue their travel to various lands and time in the Imagination Station book series.
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About the author:
Paul McCusker is the author of The Mill House, Epiphany, The Faded Flower and several Adventures in Odyssey programs. Winner of the Peabody Award for his radio drama on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer for Focus on the Family, he lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and two children.
People of God pass their faith to the next generation by telling the story of how God rescues his children. This richly illustrated book continues to tell that story—from the creation of the world to Jesus’s victory over death. Designed for children ages 4 to 8, The Story of King Jesus is the gospel told in a single story—a story meant to be read from start to finish in one sitting.
The Story of King Jesus will captivate your child’s imagination, nurture their spiritual curiosity, and draw them into the full Bible story as they embark on a lifetime of following Jesus the King.
Ben Irwin is coauthor of Fascinating People of the Bible and one of the creators of The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People. He studied theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and spent several years as a writer for World Vision. He and his wife, Amanda, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with their two children.
Ben Irwin is coauthor of “Fascinating People of the Bible” and one of the creators of “The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People.” He studied theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and spent several years as a writer for World Vision. He and his wife, Amanda, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with their two children.