Why Family Adventures?

Most of my childhood reads were about individuals or groups of children going off on thrilling adventures by themselves. There were no parents around, and hardly any adults (except the villains, of course). Sound familiar?

A few years ago, I began wondering why this was so. Why do adventures have to take place when children are alone? Why are things suddenly more boring when parents are around? 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?

This is the point I spent a long time pondering. What if whole families could go on thrilling exploits together? What if parents weren’t an impediment to adventure, but rather the reason children get into it in the first place? 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.

8 thoughts on “Why Family Adventures?

  1. This is exactly what my 15-year-old daughter told me just yesterday about why she enjoyed your books! She said that one of the reasons she liked your books so much was because the parents were also involved in the adventures. Thank you for making good, exciting, can’t-put-down books for young people. By the way, we found out about your books from http://www.graceandtruthbooks.com, and have checked them out through interlibrary loan at our public library. She is enjoying them so much that she is putting all your books on her birthday/Christmas wish list to buy soon! Also, her favorite characters are Phil, Abby, and Jigson. Blessings, Lori

  2. YES YES YES!!! I’ve often thought the same thing about many books- even favorites such as The Boxcar Children. I’ve enjoyed your books (at least the ones I’ve read) very much. Thank you! 🙂

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  4. so glad they are family adventures! I completely agree! And I love them becauses I am homeshcooled and a girl amogst three brothers!(and I love horses) Abby is definently a favourite charicter! The others are Phil and Jigson, but I love all of them! and I love that you include bible passges! Thank you so much for writing this series!! I can’t pick a favourite book in the series! I just can’t put them down when reading them!!

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