Promoting Family in Our Writing and Reading

My mum has always told me that my siblings should be my best friends. That’s the type of family I grew up in. A family that works together, laughs together, and spends heaps of time together. 🙂 This type of environment is normal for me (what a blessing! 😀 ).

But every so often I’m thrown a “reality” check. The reminder that what’s normal for me, isn’t actually normal for the culture we live in. “What you actually chose to take your brother fishing?! He wants to spend time with his sister?!?! I just can’t believe it!” 🙁

Far too often sibling relationships are fragile or non-existent. And what’s partly to blame is the movies we watch and the books we read. Siblings are portrayed as a nuisance (it’s far more cool to hang out with friends) and parents–well who needs them! They’ll only hinder you from being able to have fun.

What we read, listen to, and watch does shape who we become and what is important to us.

And sadly, the majority of what is on offer is designed to weaken families.

But praise God that is not all that is on offer! There are still those who love what God loves, and who seek to promote what is important to our heavenly Father.

I personally want to have characters in my books that are striving to honour God in their family relationships (even though they don’t always succeed!). And I know of another author who clearly values this as well! 😀 Meet C.R Hedgcock–author of The Baker Family Adventure Series.



Yep! You read that series name right–The Baker Family Adventures. 😀 😀 😀 It’s a collection of seven books . . . so far!


Here’s the series overview:

Are you on the lookout for family-friendly, edifying, and instructive Christian fiction? Meet the Baker children: responsible Phil, sensible Abby, daring Andy, and inquisitive Tom. As they team up with their parents to help those in need, they frequently find themselves in dangerous situations where they must grow in courage and learn important lessons of godliness.

And a little excerpt from C. R Hedgcock’s website:

Why Family Adventures?

Most of my childhood reads were about individuals or groups of children going off on thrilling adventures by themselves . . . Yes, it’s true in real life that sensible adults tend to make sure children stay out of dangerous situations, but is the story view that “adventure only happens when we’re not around authorities” the right attitude to have? And is there a way to write something different?

What if whole families could go on thrilling exploits together? . . . Wouldn’t this be a far more exciting (and Biblical) premise than the one currently offered by stacks of literature out there?

I began to think so, and the Baker Family Adventures Series was born.

“What a man does shows what he really believes.”
— from Iceland Intrigue,  Book Six of the Baker Family Adventures

By writing what’s not popular according to the world’s standards, Caitlin Hedgcock has certainly been an inspiration to me! 😀 Have you read any of her books? If you haven’t, you should certainly check them out! 😀


4 responses to “Promoting Family in Our Writing and Reading”

  1. These sound so good! Definitely will check them out!

    Awesome post, girl! Family relationships are too often ignored in writing. We should be giving kids something to aspire to!

  2. You really should 😀 The character’s are good role models and the adventures are exciting too!

    Thanks for commenting! Absolutely! I know that characters in books have had an influence on me. 🙂

  3. The children devour books, and it is becoming harder and harder to find godly ones for them to read! Thank you for the tip on a new series!

    1. Your welcome, Sarah! 😀 Thanks so much for stopping by! Since I wrote this post, it has actually worked out that we will be stocking The Baker Family Series over at Long Gully Press! So they’ll be available in Australia soon! 😉

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