The Bible is full of stories that feature animals but has anyone ever wondered what those stories would be like from their point of view? Christian authors Renee Copeland and Roxanne Jacobs certainly did! From the whale who swallowed Jonah to a cow who rode on Noahs Ark, they decided to take these amusing questions and write an entire collection of memorable Bible accounts told from the perspective of Gods other wonderful creatures.
San Diego, California – WEBWIRE – Thursday, May 4, 2023
Everyone knows the story of Jonah, but did anyone ever ask how the whale felt?
Childrens books retelling Bible stories are a dime a dozen, but some authors like to give them a unique spin while still staying faithful to their Christian message. For Roxanne Jacobs, co-author of Ask the Animals, it all began when a Bible study about the prophet Jonah asked how his story looked to the different people he encountered. Imagining their reactions to Jonah was easy enough. But the funny thoughts started coming in when someone chimed in about how the whale mustve felt with a man stuck in its belly for three days. Soon Roxanne wrote, I Swallowed Jonah.
Not long after, twin sister Renee made a comment on Job 12: 7-9, about the wisdom of God. The verses very first answer was to ask the animals, and they realized that there was a whole treasure trove of ideas for a playful spin on Bible stories.
That verse soon became the collections title. Ask the Animals takes over 20 stories from the Bible and retells them from the perspective of its memorable animal cast. These include not only the whale who swallowed Jonah but also the donkey of Joseph, a cow who was on Noahs ark, the snake who wanted to be saved, and even the sober tale of the rooster who crowed after the Denial of Peter.
Each story in Ask the Animals by Renee Copeland and Roxanne Jacobs is told with a great deal of entertaining wit while also using the voice of the animals as a sort of commentary on Mans special place in Gods creation. The collection is now on its way to being exhibited at a number of major book fairs around the world. Get a copy on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Ask the Animals
Author | Renee Copeland and Roxanne Jacobs
Published date | January 9, 2023
Publisher | Outskirts Press
Genre | Christian
Renee and Roxanne are twins, born and raised in southern California. After junior college, their lives went in different directions.
RENEE Copeland worked as a bookkeeper/secretary, in her spare time reading, sewing, casual writing, painting, bird watching, and some church work. As a USO hostess, she met her first husband. They moved to Ketchikan, Alaska, and then to Staten Island, NY, where she and a co-worker began tracing their family trees. Back in Alaska, she lived in Seward and worked in Moose Pass as a jeweler. She was active in church and enjoyed picking berries & making jelly. Back to California and single again, she added square dancing, community theater stage manager, and Al-anon meetings.
After relocating to Washington State she met Steve Copeland; now married 30 years, they are happily settled in Puyallup (western Washington). She continued writing, family tree research & joined Daughters of the American Revolution, and prayer ministry at church. Renee loves being a stepmom and honorary grandma.
ROXANNE Jacobs loves to travel. In her early twenties, she drove with a friend to the Worlds Fair in Seattle, and traveled around the world with the University of the Seven Seas, balancing work, classes, and excursions to many ports of call. Over 40 years ago, while working at an Evangelism organization in New Jersey, she met and married Bill Jacobs, a Navy nurse.
Roxanne is an active church member wherever they are, including a Bible-study teacher, bell choir, treasurer, etc. Her hobbies include reading, quilting, puzzles, genealogy research, and especially writing. Roxanne and Bill have both been to all 50 U.S.A. states, plus many foreign countries. They loved living in Bavarian Germany for almost a decade, before retiring to Puyallup. Their two delightful sons, (both Eagle Scouts) live in Idaho.
At last, the twins live about five minutes apart and often spend time together.
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