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Troy Schmidt

Troy Schmidt

Troy is a writer with credits in television and video. He is also a Campus Pastor at First Baptist Church of Windermere, Florida, where he has worked since 1997.
Troy Schmidt: Animal Problems

Troy Schmidt: Animal Problems

(June 2013)
Ben Avery
Reading the story of Jonah, Troy Schmidt got an idea for a whole new perspective on Bible stories.

“I remember reading how much Jonah suffered and prayed, but I thought, ‘What about that poor fish?’” Troy says. “I tried to imagine some guy stuck in my stomach and screaming all night and thought, ‘That fish deserves some credit.’”

He started thinking about other Bible stories with animals, and of course Noah’s ark came to mind. “Noah sends the raven out once to find land, then, for no explainable reason, switches to the dove as backup—he had a shot at glory and missed it. That had to hurt.

“Then I saw that there was a way for the animals to learn their lessons, too,” Troy explains. “Both Jonah and the whale learn about surrendering to God’s will. The raven learns to love others, unlike the population of mankind that God had to wipe out. The frog from the story of the plagues in Egypt sees how much he’s like Pharaoh.”

Troy’s humor is evident just from the titles of the three books in the series: Hey God, I’m Having an Awful Vacation in Egypt Thanks to Moses!, Hey God, I’ve Got Some Guy Named Jonah in My Stomach and I Think I’m Going to Throw Up!, and Hey God, Can You Stop the Rain So I Can Get off Noah’s Stinky, Smelly Ark? (B&H Kids)

Cory Jones illustrated all three of the books. “His illustrations bring a balance of playful and silly to the serious themes of the Bible,” Troy says.

While he has a lot of fun with telling the stories in a silly way, he is serious about teaching kids and parents the Biblical lessons. Every book comes with a parent page. “I hope parents and kids enjoy these new spins on the familiar stories,” Troy says, “and use them to teach their kids important Biblical lessons.”


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