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Hello again! We have been hard at work getting the new editions of the books prepared and I thought I would give you and update. We are now taking the final steps to getting the second book in the Tales of Larkin series Larkin’s Journal ready for release. The new version of the book will contain an appendix at the end with suggested questions for each chapter so that parents and teachers can use the story to teach important character lessons. The process has dragged out longe...r than I expected but within the next few days Tales of Larkin: Larkin’s Journal will be available! Thank you for your patience. I will send out the word as soon as it’s available.

Blessings to all and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Alan Harris

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How many Tales of Larkin books are there and what are they about?

Part 2

In my last post I spent some time describing the first three books in the Tales of Larkin series. Read more about that here. In this article I am going to be covering new ground for most of you. Books four and five in the Tales of Larkin series are written but have never been released. Please know that we are diligently working to make them available as soon as possible. For those of you who are patientl...y waiting I present these offerings.

Book four is titled Mosstar and Belladonna. [The picture is not the actual cover but an idea I’ve had for the cover]. It is another book from Larkin history. As we did in book two, Larkin’s Journal, we will once again join Elder Micah’s history class as he tells his students the exciting narrative of Princess Belladonna’s journal. To keep his students on the edge of their seats, Micah weaves Belladonna’s story with that of Mosstar, son of Cragmore, the great tree laird from the fifth Larkin clan.

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How many Tales of Larkin books are there and what are they about?

As of this writing, there are five books in the Tales of Larkin series. Book one is available in all of its formats. Find out more about that by clicking the Tales of Larkin hyperlink on the first line. The rest will be available as we complete the editing and formatting process for each one. Let me tell you about them:

The first book, Hawthorn’s Discovery introduces the reader to the Larkin people. These are ...one-inch tall woodland warriors who survive in the deep forests. They struggle daily to hunt and gather their food from the woods around them, while at the same time defending themselves from ants, birds, snakes, spiders, lizards (that they call dragons) as well as their fierce enemies, the Renegades. This fast-paced adventure follows sixteen year old Hawthorn, who while on a hunting trip, is captured by Renegades. He is rescued by a kind stranger who is from a tribe Hawthorn didn’t know existed. While recovering from his injuries he learns secrets that change his life forever. As he struggles with these startling new truths, Hawthorn hopes to find a way to save his father and friends who are still captives of the Renegades.

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“What Are the Best Books to Teach With?”

I’ve been pushing hard to get you to use exciting stories to teach to the hearts to your students or children. The reason is because it works amazingly well! If you want to read more about why it works so well click here. For those of you who are ready to try it let me make some suggestions for books you can start with:

First, I hope you will consider my Tales of Larkin books. Book one: Hawthorn’s Discovery is now available and was wri...tten with this very purpose in mind. The story is fast paced, exciting, with a godly focus, and it has an appendix with chapter questions to get you started in your discussions.

The Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis are also perfect for this.

The Little House books by Laura Ingles Wilder are not quite as adventurous but they are well written and are engaging enough to teach with.

We read Jeanette Oak’s Loves Comes Softly series with our children and they enjoyed it. I remember hearing some of my children praying for characters in the story as we were reading some of the more intense parts.

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(The above picture is from Book Two: Larkin’s Journal)

“What’s Happening With the Larkin Books?”

Greetings Larkin Fans! I thought I’d give you an update on where we are in making all of the books available. Book one in the Tales of Larkin series, Hawthorn’s Discovery is completed in all formats. It is now available on Amazon and The Book Depository. The Book Depository is a great way for people in other countries to get the books because this company ships books anywhere in t...he world with free shipping. So if you know of friends or family living overseas who would enjoy the books be sure and let them know. The audio version is now available from Audible.com and you can get the e-version of the book from Kindle

Right now we are feverishly working to get book two, Larkin’s Journal in its finished form. A few more weeks and we should have it ready to go. Book three, The Great Gathering will shortly follow.

Many of you have heard that there are actually five books in the Tales of Larkin series and you are correct.

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I have some exciting and really wonderful news, especially for international fans!

Book one in The Tales of Larkin series, Hawthorn’s Discovery is now available on The Book Depository. This is exciting because books ordered from The Book Depository have free shipping anywhere in the world! So if you know of families or individuals in other countries who would enjoy The Tales of Larkin stories please let them know about this great opportunity to get the books without having to... pay expensive shipping costs. Thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement.

May God’s richest blessings be yours,

Alan Harris

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The Priceless Treasure of Teaching with Stories

The more I think about using stories to teach, the more excited I get about the potential and the blessings that come with doing it! By simply reading exciting stories together and then asking questions to stir discussions about important lessons you want your students/ children to remember, you open up a huge treasure chest of benefits and blessings; such as:

It’s time spent together as a family.

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It provides an exciting substitute for TV, movies, and digital entertainment.

It is an exciting and fun shared experience and therefore develops family bonding.

It promotes group discussion.

In the discussion time, it gives the students or children the rare opportunity to express themselves.

It gives the parents or teachers the precious opportunity to listen to those they are teaching.

Because the limbic system of the brain is engaged by the exciting story, any information that’s discussed during this time is almost guaranteed to be stored in the listener’s long-term memory.

It’s a low-risk and fun way to introduce important character and spiritual concepts to your children or students.

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September 6

1 John 2: 25 "This is the promise which he himself made to us; eternal life." Most of us think more about the Eternal part than the Life part. This life which he promises us is the best life, the highest life, the life of Jesus Christ in US. It's a life of following Christ and letting him lead us. It's doing his will and accomplishing his purposes. It is the best and most amazing and fulfilling life we could possibly live...and it lasts forever!

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September 4

Living a life devoted to Christ boils down to concentrating on how much Jesus loves you. I John 2: 4-6

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How Do You Teach to Your Children’s Hearts?

What an amazing concept! Every parent’s and teacher’s dream is to be able to teach in a way that your message will go into the hearts of those you’re instructing and stay with them their whole lives.

Educational research has confirmed for years that using engaging stories to teach will cause your message to by-pass the brains short-term memory, and be stored in long-term memory where it will remain for most of a person’s life.

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So how do you do it? How do you teach with stories?

Looking back on how this amazing teaching technique worked for our family, I have listed five guidelines that I believe will make teaching with stories easy, fun and most effective.

Use stories that are exciting and engaging to your children or students.

It’s not YOUR imagination that needs to be engaged here, so find stories that those you are teaching will find exciting. I used my Tales of Larkin stories because I wrote them to grip my children’s attention and to teach them godly character and spiritual lessons; but any exciting story will work.

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August 27

HOW DO YOU SEE THE BIBLE? If you see it primarily as a mirror, you will struggle to spend time in God's word. Your focus will turn to yourself and your own shortcomings. Each time you read you will likely Come away discouraged and not want to read more. If however you see God's word as a window onto the heart and character of God, then each time you read you will grow in awe and wonder at the beauty and love of God and of his son, our Lord Jesus Christ. You will want to come back again and again. (From the JAARS newsletter vol.12, issue 1)

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Gretchen Louise
August 26

Our family is excited because one of our children's favorite series is coming back in print--and on Audible! Alan W. Harris is releasing updated versions of #Th...eTalesOfLarkin with new discussion guides specifically designed to reinforce good character traits. And not only that, but he's recorded all new audio versions (which may be the kids' favorite thing ever--all the voices!!).

The first book is live on Amazon, Kindle, and Audible. Read my full review at https://gretchenlouise.com/tales-of-larkin/. And be sure to follow Stories Change Hearts for more updates.

#StoriesChangeHearts #ReadAloudRevival

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“I Just Wish My Children Would Remember What I Teach Them!”

That is every parent or teacher’s dream, but it rarely seems to happen. Many times in the middle of what we are trying to tell them, children get bored and their attention drifts. The small amount of our teaching that actually gets into their minds tends to wind up in their short-term memory, and in a day or two or an hour or two or a minute or two, it’s gone. That cycle can become very discouraging; I’ve experien...ced that discouragement myself.

So here’s the good news: it doesn’t have to be that way! Educational research has discovered an amazing teaching technique that God has known from eternity past. If you combine your teaching with an exciting or engaging story, the emotional center of the brain overrides the short-term memory and stores the information in the long-term memory, where it will stay available for recall for most of your students’ lives.

It’s really that simple! If you teach with exciting stories, not only do you keep the attention of those you are instructing, but they will remember your teaching for most of the rest of their lives.

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Jesus the Master Teacher has shown us the most effective way to reach the hearts of those we are teaching. We just need to use it.

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Kindred Grace
August 21

"When God’s Son Jesus wanted to reach hearts, He often used stories in the form of parables."

-Alan W. Harris, Stories Change Hearts #StoriesChangeHearts
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August 24

I'm not sure if all of you heard my exciting news!

The audio version of book one, Hawthorn’s Discovery, Is now available as a MP3 download at Audible.com! Several of you have asked when you would be able to get ...the audio version, and I am excited to let you know that it has finally happened. This is actually a new audio production of the updated book version. I re-recorded the entire book, and, yes, I included all of the voice characterizations that I did for the original version. My wife insisted that I read the book to you the same way that I read it to my children. Just think, you finally get to hear what Rush and Eldan sound like! This is such a fun way to experience the Tales of Larkin stories.

God’s Blessings to all of you,

Alan Harris

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The audio version of book one, Hawthorn’s Discovery, Is now available as a MP3 download at Audible.com! Several of you have asked when you would be able to get the audio version, and I am excited to let you know that it has finally happened. This is actually a new audio production of the updated book version. I re-recorded the entire book, and, yes, I included all of the voice characterizations that I did for the original version. My wife insisted that I read the book to you ...the same way that I read it to my children. Just think, you finally get to hear what Rush and Eldan sound like! This is such a fun way to experience the Tales of Larkin stories.

God’s Blessings to all of you,

Alan Harris

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