(RNS) — When reading Christian children’s books with his three children, Matthew Paul Turner found himself having to think on the fly.
Turner would do “a quick little change of the words” when he would run into a theology or idea he didn’t want to teach his children, either because he believed differently or because he believed his children were too young to need to grapple with it.
Turner, who identifies as a progressive Christian, isn’t the only Christian who has shifted from conservative to progressive views as an adult. For many, that means a faith that emphasizes love, social justice and space for questions about the theological ideas they were raised to believe.
And for those who are parents, it means wanting to raise their children with a different view of God and the Bible than the one they grew up with. The problem? Christian children’s resources almost all skew conservative.
So Turner, who has authored a number of books for adults, started to toy with the idea of writing a children’s book.