Saturday, February 27, 2021

The Spindles Series

the spindle adventuresHere are seven collections of children’s stories – 36 in all – set in the Australian Outback and including a clear biblical message every time. With over 100,000 of these in print, it is obvious that these are firm favourites with children. Spindles and his sister Freckles experience exciting adventures with their many animal friends and through them all, wise old Redgum guides them with his sage advice. And these are the kind of adventures that could happen to almost any child. Children can easily identify with them. Designed mainly for children of eight years old and over to read for themselves, these stories will also delight younger children who listen to them.

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The author says: At Christmas time in 1973, I searched in desperation for a story to tell at a Sunday School Christmas party. I had already used the ones I had. So as a last resort I decided to write my own. I borrowed ideas from Paul White (the ‘Jungle Doctor’), C.S.Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien and a few other writers whose names I have forgotten, threw in a few ideas of my own and sketched out a skimpy outline. To my surprise the children liked it. So I wrote another one for Christmas Day. And then another. And soon there was a book. The stories took on an identity of their own and today they have been widely published, translated into other languages, and read by tens of thousands of children. They have been turned into puppet plays, musicals and radio broadcasts. I like to think that the Lord who loved to tell stories himself might actually be rather pleased about all this. Almost every week I run into adults who tell me they read Spindles when they were young. Once when a mother was reading one of the stories to her little son, he began to cry. ‘I didn’t realise Jesus loved me so much,’ he said. Just that makes it all worth while.

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Barry Chant

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Barry Chant is a regular speaker at church services, seminars, conferences and conventions. Hundreds of thousands of his books have been sold around the world. He has degrees in arts, theology and ministry, a diploma in education and a PhD in history. He was the co-founder and former president of Tabor College, Australia.


4 Responses so far.

  1. Deborah Wassenberg says:

    Hi Barry, love the Spindles series. I just wanted you to know I am recommending them via my website CooeeKidsMinistry.com.au. (Launched in November.)
    In the old days we used to break for school holidays, but these days Churches need to keep their Kid’s programs up and running. I created a special Australia Day Super Sunday and use a Spindles story. I wanted to share the lesson with other teachers so your books get a mention. Hope that is okay with you. All the content on my site is free. My heart is to help Children’s Church leaders or volunteers, especially those with no or little budget! God bless and thank you for your stories.

    • Barry Chant says:

      Dear Deborah, Thanks for your correspondence. I am so sorry that somehow I must have missed it at the time. (I wa on the raod in country South Australia tking a break but also ministering in some country churches.) I sincerely apologise for this. You asked me if it was OK to use a Spindles story in your ministry. Of course. This is the sort of thing I hope people will do. My only request is that the reference be made to the books when the story is used, as you yourself suggest. Keepin touch if you need to do so. It is safer to write to taborpub@gmail.com which is monitored regularly. Grace and peace. BArry.

  2. Miss Sherol-ann F Bywaters says:

    I grew up reading the Spindles Book Series and I am now trying to find them as ebooks. As I have nephews and nieces who would love these as much as I did.

    • Barry Chant says:

      Dear sheryol-anne, I have just been checking some old emails and it appears that I have not answe4red this one from you. I do apologise. I am pleased you still remember the Spindles books with pleasure. I’m sorry to say that they have not been published as e-books. My expeience is that with children’s books generally the printed versions are preferred. So Id’m afraid I can’t help you with that. (in fact with all my books, printed versions are preferred by most people, alhough we are working towards having them all done as e-books.) If cost is a factor, please get back to me and I may be able to help you with that. I’d rather your nephews and nieces have access to them if we can make it possible. Please write to me using this adfress: taborpub@gmail.com. Grace and peace, Barry.

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