Real Reads: Simon Peter
, Gill Tavener
Number of pages: 64
Draw young people into the Gospel's timeless message in new ways.
Catching fish. That's what I was doing the day that changed my life forever.
Although Simon has no idea why Jesus is beckoning to him from the beach, he agrees to leave his nets and follow him.
A robust, enthusiastic fisherman, Simon makes more mistakes and asks more questions than the other disciples. Why then, he wonders, does Jesus call him Peter, which means 'rock'?
When Jesus is arrested everybody except Simon Peter flees, but is he brave enough to stand by Jesus until the end? After Jesus's death, how will Simon Peter spread Jesus's teachings? Will he make the right decisions? Can he calm the rivalries developing among Jesus's followers?
Is he brave enough to die for his beliefs?
"Lucidly done and without any dumbing down, these stories pull off the difficult trick of being time-honouring and contemporary."
—Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom 1999-2009
Alan Moore is a child psychologist and writer who is particularly interested in how the world’s major religions present the stories central to their faiths. He has studied the Bible extensively, and believes that it is by presenting its material clearly, accurately and accessibly that children can gain most from it.
Gill Tavener is now a fulltime writer and editor, but for many years was head of an English Department at a British secondary school. Her particular passion is exciting older children about literature, with its powerful stories, unforgettable characters, and important moral and social issues.