Cynthia Arent is a mother and grandmother. She is an ordained minister and has a passion for working with youth. Because of this passion for youth Cynthia decided to write a book that would help middle-school children visualize the creation story.
This dream became a reality when Cynthia’s first book, Kingdom Tales, published earlier this year. Not only does Cynthia’s book tell children about the power of God, but she is also honoring God with the profits.
About four years ago Cynthia felt God’s tugging that she should take James 1:27 to heart –
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
Cynthia started looking into places she could work with orphans and widows. When she found Kinship United and learned we take care of both orphans and widows together, she was sold and immediately got involved. Cynthia continues her involvement with Kinship United today by giving us 10% of the profits from her book sales.
To buy a book, you can go here. To learn more about Cynthia, Kingdom Tales, and why she decided to write, you can read our interview below:
Kinship United: What inspired you to write Kingdom Tales?
Cynthia: I woke up one morning and had the idea for the book. I wanted to write something that would show God’s power and his character in a way that middle-school children could understand it. I hoped it would become something these children could read and learn about the amazing power of God.
Kinship United: This is a creative way to tell the story of the Bible. How did you come up with the idea?
Cynthia: I grew up reading fairy tales. They were my favorite stories. With the recent outburst in the fantasy genre in Young Adult fiction, I wanted to explain God’s power within those parameters. I added fantasy and sci-fi into the book, creating parts of the book in a different dimension so it would fit into the fantasy genre. I hoped this would make it something middle-school children would want to read and would also help them to understand God better.
Kinship United: Is this the first book you’ve written? Do you have plans for other books?
Cynthia: Yes, this is my first book. And yes, I am working on another book right now. It is for pre-school age children. The book is called, “Jesus Was A Kid, Just Like Me.” It has stories about how Jesus did the same sort of things as a pre-school child would do today when he was little.
Kinship United: What challenges did you face while writing Kingdom Tales?
Cynthia: I have been a stay-at-home mom most of my life, and I don’t have a college degree. So the main challenge for me was overcoming the fear of not being good enough or not knowing enough to write a book. I had to trust that if God gave me the vision and idea for the book, he would also give me the ability to write it.
Kinship United: What is your favorite story from Kingdom Tales?
Cynthia: My favorite story would either be the story of The Flood or when Adam and Eve had to give up their Kingdom. I love how the book uses Hebrew names for the characters and places. Another meaningful aspect to me is Princess Rose. I named her after my mother who has been influential in my life. I wanted to use the book as a way to honor her and all she means to me.