What if you were just an ordinary kid one minute and tasked by God with saving His world the next?
On the sunny coast of California, 11-year-old booklover Caiden, his siblings, and his cousins set off to The Dunes
with their favorite aunt after months of lockdown.
Caiden decides to leave his book at home for the trip and
explore the beach, for once.
Their fun-filled day is interrupted when a supernatural
encounter sends the group on a secret mission that shows
them just how important each one of them is.
But Caiden wanted a fun adventure, not a dangerous
quest! He'd like to put it off for ten years—or at least a
With special tools and new identities, the family of
believers race to stop a devious foe. But will a reluctant
Caiden find his courage and rely on his faith in time?
Will the chosen kids listen to the Holy Spirit and let Him
guide them to victory before the enemy causes an
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In 2020, during lockdown, I wanted to write a fictional story about my nieces and nephews that I could read aloud to them—just for fun. Suddenly it came to life on its own. All these ideas started flowing, and I felt the Lord call me to create the series and share it with the world and self-publish. But how could I do that? I had no experience with publishing, or the means to pay for it. I always loved reading, since I was a kid, and dreamt about becoming a writer someday. And then with God, I qualified for a business loan and started my self-publishing journey.
I researched everything I could find on how to do this properly. And one thing I discovered is that there are just a few dozen middle grade fiction books that openly include elements of Christianity—out of thousands of books! Of course, there are the bible based chapter books, devotionals, and fantasy books with underlying Christian messages. But what about more action and adventure stories with a blatant gospel message that take place in our own reality? I then understood why God gave me this task. There is a need for Christian middle grade and YA fiction. Why aren’t there more stories with kids who are walking with God and following the teachings of Jesus while on a quest to save the world or one of self-discovery? It is possible to insert Christian beliefs into any story. So why aren’t more Christian publishers doing this for our children?
The Chosen Kids series may not be an epic fantasy of dark vs. light with dragons or swords. Nor is it set on a far-off world. It is an easy-to-read story set in our reality. There may be a few fictional settings, but it does take place in our world. This series includes all the elements I always wanted in books for my kids when they were little. It is about an ordinary boy and his family who have been tasked with an incredible mission from God. They’re still finding their way in their walk with God, learning how to listen to the Holy Spirit, and calling on Jesus. They make mistakes and things go wrong. But they always find a way with God on their side. There are angels, evil beings (aka devils), supernatural objects (powered by God), portals (created by God), prayer, scripture, a little bit of danger (with our Savior always close by), humor, fun, and of course the love of family. This series is suitable for readers (and reluctant readers) ages 9 to 12.
May your kids find joy in reading about other young believers answering their calling, and all the scrapes, bumps, and enlightenment that comes from being warriors for God. And maybe you just might enjoy it yourself too.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. —John 3:16 KJV.
Jesus is the son of God, born of the virgin Mary over 2,000 years ago. He and God are one. He is God in the flesh who walked this earth for thirty-three years. While here, He gathered up twelve disciples to help Him teach the gospel to the world. He gave public speeches, performed miracles—such as feeding 5,000 people with just two fish and five loaves of bread. He healed the sick, blind, and lame, and raised dead back to life—all in the name of God. He taught us how to live righteously, so that we may enter the kingdom of Heaven and have everlasting life with Him and the Father.
Because Jesus proclaimed He was God in the flesh and performed miracles, Jewish religious leaders started to fear Him. Jesus prophesied to his disciples that He would be killed, but He would be resurrected three days later. He also said that He would be preparing a place for us in Heaven, because His Father’s house has many rooms. And Someday He will come back for us, so that we may have everlasting life with Him.
Jewish high priests said Jesus was a liar and blasphemer and conspired with the Romans to have Him crucified. Jesus was tortured, ridiculed, and nailed to a cross where he hanged for three days until He gave up his last breath.
Three days later, Jesus was resurrected to fulfill the prophecy and prove His identity. Forty days after His resurrection, He ascended into Heaven and promised to leave us a helper in His absence. Ten days later, the Holy Spirit descended onto earth and into His followers
You can find these accounts and more on the life of Jesus in the first four books of the New Testament.
Here are twelve of his principles:
The greatest commandment is to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. He added another commandment as the second most important—and that is to love our neighbors (everyone) as ourselves. (Matthew 22:37-39).
The golden rule: Treat others as you would want to be treated yourself. (Matthew 7:12)
Do not judge or condemn others, or we will be judged and condemned in the same way. (Luke 6:37)
Forgive one another, just as God forgives us. And if we don’t, God will not forgive us. (Matthew 6:14-15)
Have great faith in God because it can move mountains, believe in what you pray and you will receive it. (Mark 11:22-24)
Prayer should be sincere and with the right motive. He gave us the Lord’s prayer. (Matthew 6:5-13)
Love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. (Matthew 5:44)
Do not store up our treasures (wealth and material possessions) on earth, but store up our treasures in Heaven—following His teachings. (Matthew 6:19-24)
To follow Him would not be easy, but if we walk through the straight and narrow gate, it will lead us into Heaven. (Matthew 7:13-14)
Jesus is the way, the truth and the light, and no one comes to His Father, except through Him. (John 14:6)
He gave us the Great Commission before He ascended—to go and spread the gospel and His teachings to all the world and baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Jesus was the sinless sacrificial lamb, whose blood washed away all of our sins, so that we may be saved and have eternal life with Him. Although we are saved by the crucifixion and God’s grace, we must declare that Jesus is the son of God and that He died to wipe away our sins. We must ask Him for forgiveness of our sins and invite Him into our heart and try not to sin anymore. We need to follow His teachings and spread the gospel to others so that they may find peace with our Lord too.
Start living your life for God, just as Jesus taught us, and you will find the path to true joy on this earth and everlasting life afterward. And don’t forget to share the good news with everyone, so that they will be there too. God bless you on your journey.
Ms. Ruiz is a born again follower of Jesus Christ. She is a retired accountant who lives in California with her husband, son, and an old cat named Bella. She is a mother of three, a grandmother of one, and a godmother of two.
When she’s not writing, or reading, she’s playing with her grandson or baking. She enjoys making fondant birthday cakes for her friends and family—everything from Spongebob Squarepants to Star Wars. Another one of her favorite pastimes is to spend time with her youngest nieces and nephews—the inspiration for her Chosen Kids series.
She loves reading middle grade books and classics. Her favorite authors are C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Roald Dahl, Gordan Korman, and the Bronte sisters.
She hopes that her books will inspire kids all over the world to answer their calling from God.