Naaman’s Servant girl has a difficult story to tell. There’s hardship and tragedy in the opening scenes.
But whether she was 9 or 16, Naaman’s maidservant is an inspiring role model of faith!
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Naaman’s Servant Girl
Simple enough for kids, this work of biblical fiction for kids tells the story of Naaman’s servant girl.
Moriah’s Wings doesn’t focus on Naaman’s story, as much as his story is used as a backdrop for a fictional account of Naaman’s servant. This is good for kids, since it is less confusing.
I was impressed with the way the simple, beautiful faith of a child can have such an enormous impact on so many people.
Naaman’s servant girl BELIEVED that Elijah could help, and she had the courage to speak up.
She also had to go through some hard things in order to be in the right place for God to use her like that. In the process she clung to faith, to God, and not her own understanding!
There was a helpful collection of discussion questions in the back of the book, to help process the story, and know the difference between Biblical fiction and fact, which you will find in Bible Storybooks.
This book was fun and engaging while dealing with some hard things. I would definitely recommend you read it with your kids, and encourage them to find a bit of Naaman’s Maid in themselves.
I would suggest reading it when you want to teach:
- “Stranger danger” since it is based on a true story.
- It would also be good if you’re doing a study on Prophets like Elijah, or Miracles in the Bible.
- Can God bring good out of the bad things that happen?
- Bible Characters with courage
- We don’t always get a happily ever after. Can we still trust God?*
*If you read 2 Kings 5, you will see that Naaman got his happy ending, but did he return his maid to her family?
More Examples of Faith Like Naaman’s Servant
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- Fun Bible Stories for Kids
- Faith Building Adventures
- Christian Allegory Books for All Ages
A Book About Naaman’s Servant Girl
Book: Moriah’s Wings
Author: Iris Carignan
Genre: Christian Children’s Fiction
Release Date: March 26, 2019
She’s just a slave girl. What does she know? Desparity’s life couldn’t have been worse, she thought. However, when she’s captured and sold into slavery, Despairity discovers that things can get worse—much worse. However, her new mistress, Naaman’s wife, gives her a new name. Moriah Asha—a name that means “chosen of God” and “hope.”
Moriah now can only pray that her new name will bring a little of that hope to her life. When Moriah discovers a hidden treasure in her doll’s pocket, she discovers a mystery that changes everything.
PhilWith her faith in God to guide her and complete trust in His goodness, Moriah may be able to do more than be a living testimony to God… she may be able to save Naaman’s life! A fictionalized imagining of what the little servant girl in II Kings may have been like, Moriah’s Wings tells the story through word imagery and stunning illustrations. Discussion questions provided to enrich the reader’s faith.
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About the Author
Iris Carignan’s passion for writing and art finds inspiration through faith and family. She is the author of “Fresh Eyes: Seeing God in the Unexpected,” a published poet, and has written several children’s books. “Moriah’s Wings” debuts Iris as both author and illustrator.
More from Iris
An Author Peers Deeper
As an author, I have learned that writing is a most revealing craft. Consuming a story may fill the reader with insights for their own life, but it may also peer into the heart of the author’s own soul.
If that sounds a little backwards, it probably is. But, for me, writing has always been an overflow of my own experiences, hopes, dreams, and soul-searching wounds. So, naturally, some or all of those may float to the surface of a fluid story. Perhaps that is why my latest book, Moriah’s Wings, reflects so much of my own seasoning.
Most surprising, though, is how my own words sometimes return full circle to me. Just recently, I was struggling with some new tasks and responsibilities that were not resolving. Frustration overflowed as all my best efforts continued to fail.
Then I picked up my book, “Fresh Eyes: Seeing God in the Unexpected,” and began reading. There, shouting from the pages of my own hand, lay wisdom, inspiration and a reminder of God’s solution to my dilemma. The title of the story-“Keeping the Goal in Sight,” was about how we can reach our goals.
Keeping the Goal in Sight
Using the powerful racehorse, Secretariat, in comparison to its jockey, it read:
“I considered how the rider must feel as he becomes one with the horse, experiencing its power, strength, and exhilarating force flow through his spirit…” “What a beautiful metaphor for all believers, equestrian or not, as we ride through life…” “When we become one with the Lord in purpose and goal, we harness His power, like a jockey whose horse takes him to the finish line. Whether we are at the pinnacle of a life changing moment or working our way through everyday stuff, only through His might and strength, will we run the race He has set before us.”
So there is was all laid-out before me, clear as day and speaking back into my own soul. The irony wasn’t lost on me as I began to think about a biography I’d written for “Moriah’s Wings.” Though it wasn’t my first, that particular one unearthed an epiphany.
All the puzzle pieces came together as an amazing trifecta. I suddenly realized that it was at the age of nine that three key factors had a profound effect on my life. At nine, I took my first painting lesson, wrote my first book and I came to faith in Christ. All three became my fountainhead as an author, artist and woman of faith.
The Inspiration: My Story, and Naaman’s Servant
In many ways, the story in “Moriah’s Wings” is a tapestry of these same experiences. Its inspiration struck as I read II Kings 5 about Naaman and Naaman’s servant, a young girl who was captured and sold into slavery. When I came to the part where she suggests that Naaman go to Elisha for healing, the story began to develop.
I visualized what the girl must have felt and experienced. I saw how she served a godly purpose and pictured Naaman’s wife giving her a new and hopeful name. Then, using mental clippings from my own childhood, the story completed its course and message.
So, just as that first book I wrote as a nine year old was based on a true story, “Moriah’s Wings,” has its foundation in a Bible story. Uniquely, though, it brings together truth and fiction creatively illustrating its message.
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