Author Archives: Liz Hagler

About Liz Hagler

Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.

The Big Idea Of Micah Is The Story Of God’s Judgment and Restoration Of His People

Micah teaches us, like many of the other prophets did, that God hates sin and will judge it, but His purpose in judgment is to bring His people back to Him so He can bless them. When Micah saw the … Continue reading

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Making The Bible Stories Three Dimensional For Kids

Have you noticed the newest fad in Disney movies,  three dimensional adaptations of the classic stories. How about us making our bible stories three dimensional? Not the kind of story where you have to wear funny glasses but a real … Continue reading

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The Big Idea Of Habakkuk Is The Questions He Asks God

Habakkuk represents all of us who question God why something is or is not happening in our lives.  No wonder we call Micah “The Questioning Prophet” in our book, Hooked On The Book. Habakkuk asked God two questions: Why does … Continue reading

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The Big Idea Of Zechariah Are The Visions Of God Remembering His People And Future Blessings

God gave Zechariah visions to remind His people that He remembers them and will give them future blessings. When God’s people had returned from captivity in Babylon, the temple had not been rebuilt and they were experiencing drought and poverty.  … Continue reading

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5 Things That Will Surprise Your Kids When They Read The Bible.

The Bible has surprised people throughout every generation and in every part of the world. Here are 5 of those surprises that your kids will experience: 1. Almost anyone can understand it.  It is written for the most part in … Continue reading

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The Big Idea Of Genesis Is The Story Of 3 Beginnings

  There are 3 beginnings in the book of Genesis; the Beginning of the World and Mankind, the Beginning of Sin and the Beginning of God’s Special Nation The Beginning of the World and Mankind – If there is a … Continue reading

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Stories Are Powerful Teachers!

Books And Reading Illustration   1. Stories allow kids to visualize truth.  Well known Duke University Basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski, once said regarding teaching his players, “I’ve always felt a kid needs to see things, not just hear them or … Continue reading

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3 Ways To Teach Your Kids To Share Their Money With God

Have you ever thought why is it so hard to teach your kids to give? Especially to God? Well here are three ways to bring back the joy of that blessing in your kids lives.  1. Talk about the privilege … Continue reading

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The Big Idea Of Ecclesiastes Is The Story Of Solomon Trying To Find A Meaningful Life Apart From God And Finding Only Frustration

In Ecclesiastes, Solomon tries every possible way to find a meaningful life apart from God and finds only frustration and failure. The word Ecclesiastes means “The Preacher”.  The author is Solomon and he writes from his own experience.  Ecclesiastes is … Continue reading

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The Big Idea Of Ruth Is The Story Of God Using An Ordinary Woman

  During the latter part of Judges, God provides a story in the book of Ruth of an ordinary woman, Ruth, whose faithfulness God uses for her to become the great grandmother of King David.   Ruth is not from … Continue reading

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The Big Idea Of 1 Samuel Is The Story Of God Establishing the Kingly Line For His People

The story of God’s people switches gears from the era of Judges to the era of Kings. Samuel is the last Judge to rule over Israel, but the people cry out for a king so that they can be like … Continue reading

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The Big Idea Of 2 Samuel Is The Story Of King David, An Imperfect King With A Heart For God

2 Samuel tells the story of David who was an imperfect king that God used anyway because David had a heart to repent of his many sins and to seek after God.  Saul dies at the end of 1 Samuel … Continue reading

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The Big Idea Of 2 Chronicles Is The Continuing Story Of Reminding God’s People Of The Importance Of Worship

As indicated in 1 Chronicles Blog, the books of Chronicles are all about worship.  Specifically encouraging God’s people to rebuild the temple and worship there once they have been released from captivity in Babylon and come back to their Promised Land. … Continue reading

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The Big Idea Of Ezra Is The Story Of The Return Of God’s People To The Land And Renewed Worship

The book of Ezra describes the return of God’s People from captivity in Persia to their Promised Land. It also describes the rebuilding of the temple and the renewal of worship.   At the end 2 Chronicles, God stirs up … Continue reading

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How To Get Your Kid’s Excited About The Bible

1.   Let it be their journey, their discovery, and their insights that lead them to their own enthusiasm. Forget whether you are a good parent, grandparent, or friend by how they react. Just keep reading and tell the bible … Continue reading

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Three Ways To Teach Your Kids To Appreciate Your Pastor

Three Ways To Teach Your Kids To Appreciate Your Pastor. Having been a pastor and his wife for a period of time we have a few ideas on this subject. Here are three of them. 1. Teach your kids that … Continue reading

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Teaching Our Kids That Praying In A Group Can Be Awkward

Yes those long silences in group prayer can be awkward. How do we teach our kids that this is normal, fine, and even welcome? How about giving our kids a heads up about what can be awkward so when it … Continue reading

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The Big Idea Of Deuteronomy Is Moses’ Reminder To The People To Trust God When The Go Into The Promised Land

Moses gives a series of sermons to God’s people warning the people that they can trust God and to follow his laws when they go into the Promised Land. The wanderings in the desert described in Numbers are over and … Continue reading

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The Big Idea Of Hosea Is The Story Of God’s Faithful Love For His Unfaithful People

The big idea of Hosea is that God remains faithful even when His people are not.  In this book we learn more about faithful love. God’s People have been split in two.  The northern kingdom is called Israel and the southern … Continue reading

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The Big Idea Of Amos Is The Story God’s Anger At Injustice

When God’s people ignore the needs of the poor in the name of religion, God gets angry at this injustice. Amos was a shepherd and fig tree farmer in a little town.  That is why we called Amos in our … Continue reading

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