Summer with the Moodys Preface
Through the years, we have seen a need for godly reading material for children—books that display good role models with families working together serving the Lord. When Mom would have discussions with Grandma Jan about our struggle to find wholesome reading books, Grandma Jan would always say we should just write our own. Finally, in the summer of 2002, with my parents’ encouragement, the idea for this book was born.
My family played a very key part in this book! Dad patiently edited the book and listened when I wanted to talk “book stuff” with him. Mom gave up many hours to go through each chapter of the book and edit it. My parents cheered me on when I felt like quitting, and they spent many hours discussing characters, setting, and plot.
Christopher, my older brother by two years, took me out for dinner several times to help with the outline of my book. After it was written, he spent hours patiently editing the book with me. Without his great investment of time, this book would not be what it is. His incredible creative imagination added a lot of spark!
Joseph, my younger (but much taller!) brother by seven years, gave many hours to help me with different aspects. I would have been lost without his computer help! He also designed the cover, which was not an easy task.
My other younger siblings—John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary—were great. They never tired of listening to me read portions of the book aloud and were always quick to add suggestions of ways to improve the book. They were good at pointing out parts of the story that were contradictory!
I also want to thank my Gram for illustrating this book. She spent many hours and did such a great job!
My grandparents, Grandad Rex and Grandma Jan, were also incredibly supportive throughout the whole process. Whenever I talked with them about it, I came away with a renewed zeal!
A team of eighteen volunteer families “tested” this book before it went into print. Thank you all so much for your willingness, comments, and suggestions! My sister-in-law, Melanie Maxwell, also read the book and gave helpful comments.
I am most indebted to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without Him, life would be meaningless. I love You, Jesus!
I pray that this book would be a blessing to your family!