Margo and her husband, Bill, reside in Lake Placid, Florida, the Caladium Capital of the World, where Bill has farmed caladium bulbs for many years. They have six children and fifteen grandchildren. Since the beginning of their marriage, Margo and Bill have partnered as servants of God. Though they no longer pastor a church, Margo ministers at assisted living faciities. Margo also speaks, by invitation, at churches, conferences and retreats. Margo is passionate about the game of tennis, but Margo is even more passionate about sharing God’s great love to all the world.
THE PURPOSE OF THE SERIES “GOD’S GREAT LOVE”
When I was about seven years old someone asked my parents if they could take me to a vacation Bible school. Since I wasn’t part of a “church going family,” I knew nothing about God or the Bible. They consented. That week each child was given a scripture to memorize and to recite during the graduation program. I was assigned the scripture John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Not good at memorizing, I was terrified that when I was called on, I would forget the words. At the end of the week, as my little class was making its way to the sanctuary where we were to perform, I remember walking down the stairs, repeating to myself the words of the scripture over and over. Then suddenly, unexpectedly, an amazing thing happened. I saw Jesus on the cross and as I did, the words of the scripture pierced my heart and I grasped, truly grasped, that God did love me and that His Son Jesus did die for me. It would be many years before I was able to attend church on a regular basis, yet the words of John 3:16, the concept of God’s love, and the feeling that I belonged to Jesus were forever settled deep inside my heart.
As much as that helped me, what a difference could have been made in my life if I had known more. Inside my heart now is the desire that every child not only knows and understands God’s Great Love for them, but more, so much more! Through this series of books, I want to introduce children to some of the basic truths found in scripture. I want to do it in such a real way that it penetrates their hearts, their minds and their spirits. I want to see children prepared and equipped through knowing God and His Word to not only be able to cope with the challenges they face every day, but to be victorious through them all!
Children are naturally curious and love to ask questions. This series is a powerful resource supplying great answers for inquisitive, young minds concerning our Christian faith.
God's Great Love
Why Be Baptized?
Teach Us To Pray
(The Lord’s Prayer)
(The Twelve Disciples)
Fruit of the Spirit
(Love, Joy, Peace and more)
He is Risen
(The Resurrected Jesus)
Acts of God and the Apostles
(Book of Acts)
Jesus Is Coming Again
(Book of Revelation)
Karisa Jessiman considers herself a reference artist, receiving her inspiration from subject matter. She especially enjoys creating an illustration which gives spiritual insight to children.
Karisa attended Bob Jones University and Columbus College of Art and Design. Karisa loves many mediums of art, including pen and ink, graphite pencil, watercolor, acrylic and more. She relishes trying new methods and techniques.
If you have a project needing an illustrator, you may contact Karisa through her website at www.karisajessiman.com.
There are nine wonderful books in the “God’s Great Love” Series. Each one is designed to give your child deeper understanding of an important, basic concept of the Christian faith.
All the books are filled with inspiring illustrations that will help your child imagine what certain Bible events were really like. You will enjoy reading these books to your child and discussing the questions that inevitably surface in the conversation.
Churches should use these books in their children's classes. They have been written for ages 7-12 (or very precocious 5-6 year-olds).
This series is a work in progress. The books will appear on this website as they become available. At the present time, only #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 and #7 have been published.
GOD'S GREAT LOVE
Helping your child understand salvation
The theme of this beginning book is that first, all-important step that every person must take: the experience of true salvation. Questions will be answered like:
These are all questions your child may ask. Answers in the Bible all point to one thing—the great love that God has for us.
WHY BE BAPTIZED?
Helping your child understand the importance of baptism
In this wonderful book, we will first study the life of John the Baptist, then the story of Jesus’ baptism. Questions will be answered like:
Learning this truth will help your child understand this important ritual of the church and be obedient to God all the days of his or her life.
Helping your child understand this sacred tradition of the church
In this book, the Last Supper will come alive. Your child will also understand how it relates to the Old Testament Feast of Passover and Jesus’ calling to be “the Lamb of God.” Questions will be answered like:
Teach Us to Pray
This book will help your child understand The Lord’s Prayer.
So many children (and adults) recite this prayer with little knowledge of what the words mean. Understanding these important concepts will help your child draw closer to God and be more effective in prayer. It will also give you and your child a powerful way of praying together. Questions will be answered like:
This book will introduce your child to the twelve apostles.
You and your child will learn about the twelve men Jesus chose as His apostles. They were just ordinary individuals who were given the extraordinary opportunity of walking with the son of God when He was on Earth. Your child will learn to identify the uniqueness of each apostle, and be challenged to be a true follower of the Lord and a world-changer, just as they were. Many questions will be answered such as:
Helping your child understand the fruit of the Spirit through the life of Jesus.
In this 30-page, full-color book, your child will understand the fruit of the Spirit. Many children's books have been written on this wonderful subject. However, this presentation is from a different and unique perspective.
First, your child will learn the fruit of the Spirit: the nine different aspects of the character of God expressed by the Holy Spirit in the lives of God's people. Second, these characteristics will be identified in the life of the Lord Jesus. By sharing situations when the Son of God manifested love, joy, peace and other fruit of the Spirit, your child will be encouraged to develop the same traits. So stories about the Lord Jesus will be a major emphasis.
HE IS RISEN
Helping your child understand the resurrection of Jesus
In this amazing book, the great triumph of the resurrection of the Son of God is celebrated. You and your child will focus on the stories of the disciples who saw Him, proving He is no longer in the tomb. Questions will be answered like:
ACTS OF GOD
Sharing with your child miraculous stories from the books of Acts.
In this wonderful book, some of the most thrilling acts performed by God in the early church are shared. Every child needs to understand that God not only hears and sees, God acts. These stories, taken from the book of Acts and the lives of the apostles, will build faith in your child that Christians can be used of God in very miraculous and powerful way. Questions will be answered like: