Former soldiers ask for forgiveness from Iraqis

In my children’s book, Little Ip and the Land of Contrasts, I introduce villains into the story to help show that the villains in our lives may well be part of a greater plan to help us learn lessons in this life. I don’t know what the lessons are from this latest story I ran across yesterday, but I believe in looking for the good that can come from it.

I am appalled at the recent release of footage of a US air crew callously killing innocent civilians. but I admire Ethan McCord and Josh Stieber for their efforts toward reconciliation and responsibility.

“Please accept our apology…”, they write. “our sorrow, our care, and our dedication to change from the inside out … Our hearts are open to hearing how we can take any steps to support you through the pain that we have caused.

Read their full letter here.

Super Hero Writes Children’s Book

Jay Ball writes children’s book teaching forgiveness and the atonement of Christ.

Little Ip and The Land of Contrasts is a children’s book that will give you a powerful new perspective on Christ. It does this in parable form, without mentioning “God” or “Christ” at all. The good news is that because it’s a children’s book – written in story-book fashion – the message is easy to digest and entertaining to read.

I wrote this book in response to a child’s question, “Daddy, why didn’t God save Jesus on the cross?”

Good question.

Christians and Non-Christians have been asking this question for ages.

Have you ever tried to research this question yourself? Did you feel like you were suddenly swimming in a sea of Christian philosophy, where the explanations were clouded in complex theological theories using big words like “atonement”, “expiation”, and “propitiation”?

This book is not meant to be a tool to convert the world to Christianity. Its main message is on forgiveness, but it also simplifies the complex question, “why did Christ have to suffer, why couldn’t God save him?”