It’s Never Too Late–or Early–for Christmas Object Lessons!
Verna, what inspired you to write Christmas Object Lessons?
I love using objects to illustrate, and I’ve written object lesson books before. Objects are great teaching tools. You will remember that Jesus also used objects in His teachings, making deep theological messages simple and easy to understand. Eddie Jones, from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, asked me to write an object lesson book with a Christmas theme.
I read that your granddaughter helped you find the object lessons you put together. Would you like to share an example of how she helped?
Since I’ve already written six object lesson books, I was asked to do a Christmas object lesson book. I accepted the challenge, but I confess to wondering if I could really come up with enough Christmas objects to illustrate. There was never a doubt in eight-year-old Whitney’s mind. She quickly came up with a long list of things associated with Christmas. Her list became my outline for the 45 items I chose to use. I wrote about almost everything on her list. Vacation wasn’t used in the book, but it was at the top of my list when I finished the project.
What do you hope people take away from your Christmas devotional book? Is it just for families with children? Or would adults enjoy your book as well?
I love using objects because they are often remembered long after reading or hearing the lesson. I’ve had people tell me that they sometimes find it hard to remember the subject of their pastor’s message the week before. However, it’s often easier to remember an object used. Once that comes to mind, the points their pastor made are remembered as well. I don’t want objects to be the main deal, but object lessons are a wonderful tool to help kids and adults learn about Jesus. My goal is to illustrate Scripture with a clear message.
Anytime I write with objects, I find myself learning more than I could ever teach. The appeal to all ages makes it a good devotional for families. Actually, my first books were written as object talks, but I found people were using them as family devotions. I know pastors and youth workers find my books to be helpful in sharing with others. Christians who home school are also using the materials. I find objects can help make the message meaningful to all ages.
While Christmas objects are used to illustrate in this book, the lessons to be learned are from the Bible. They are based on Scripture verses, and can be applied to all times of the year. If readers realize this, they will know that it’s not too late to get a book which can be used all through the year.
Are there more object lesson devotionals in your writing future? Or something you’d like to share with us about what you’re working on now?
An editor suggested a book about Easter is needed. I’m still taking Whitney’s suggestion and trying to illustrate “vacation.” The wheels in my mind are turning, and I doubt this will be my last work using objects. For the moment, I’m just enjoying Christmas with my own wonderful friends and family.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, Verna! Thank you for taking time to visit my blog during this busy time of the year.
Verna Kokmeyer loves sharing with kids. As a former high school teacher, she has always been challenged to improve communication, and when objects and drama are added to the mix, everyone listens.
Her desire to effectively communicate Scripture led to writing object lessons and skits to introduce sermons. Her published materials include object lesson books, devotions, contributions to Vacation Bible School curriculum, and dramatic sketches for worship. Verna also enjoys teaching others how to use objects to illustrate in their writing and speaking. For ten years, she directed Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference.
Verna lives with her husband near Grand Rapids, Michigan. They enjoy seven children and seventeen grandchildren.