Naaman’s Servant: The Beautiful Faith of a Child

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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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Girl and grandma reading. Biblical fiction for kids. What can we learn from Naaman's Servant?

 

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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A Book About Naaman’s Servant Girl

Naaman's Servant girl looking at her reflection in a well. Hand painted book cover

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

Caraigan Iris Author of Moriah's Wings

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.

 

Closeup of Naaman's Servant. What can we learn from the faith of a child?

 

Blog Stops

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Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 9

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Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 11

Retrospective Spines, April 12

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 15

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Lots of Helpers, April 17

Texas Book-aholic, April 18

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Inklings and notions, April 20

A Reader’s Brain, April 21

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Iris is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e403/moriah-s-wings-celebration-tour-giveaway

26 Comments on “Naaman’s Servant: The Beautiful Faith of a Child”

  1. Aryn, this sounds like an interesting book for my little ones. I am going to check it out. I love the biblical story of this servant girl. She was brave! Thanks for the post, and thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

  2. This seems like a great Bible fiction book. It seems to have a great thing to have questions in the back to be able to talk with your child about them. I always like it when a book can aid conversations to happen. Visiting from instaencourage link up

    1. It’s one of the best features. Sometimes as parents we know we need to talk about something, clarify, be sure they understand. But we get stumped by what to say. So having questions provided makes it easier to talk about Naaman’s Servant and which part is real vs imagined.

  3. Good Morning! Thank you for the book description.These tours are great and we have found some terrific books so thanks so much.

    1. Doesn’t it! I couldn’t resist when it came available for review. Naaman’s maid has always intrigued me.

  4. I LOVE the story of Naaman. It reveals to me how often I allow my “common sense” to get in the way of what God is asking me to do. I would love to have the story for my kids. I am always looking for ways to teach them about the Bible.

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