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The son of the creators of a popular children’s book series is continuing the family tradition and expressing his newfound faith as well. Mike Berenstain is the son of Stan and Jan Berenstain who created the popular cartoon stylebooks. He says his parents specialized in created book about parenting and included moral in each story. Though fans praised the books for teaching morality, Berenstain says he and his brother were raised in a secular household. He told reporters, “My father was a secular Jew: my mother was raised a nominal Christian. We weren’t raised religious.”

Berenstain has worked on a new book series published under the name “Living Lights” He has also illustrated a Berenstain Bears Holy Bible, and is working on a new Bible storybook. The second-generation author and cartoonist says he was interested in science as a child and became unsatisfied with secular values. Later in life, he meet his wife and they sent their children to a Quaker school. Through the school, Berenstain was exposed to the Bible, which led to his conversion and baptism. He says the new work gives him an outlet to express his faith. He added, “I felt that we are called upon to use your talents in the service for God. I wasn’t doing much else. I wasn’t going out visiting the sick and I wasn’t visiting the jails. I was just drawing.”

--Berenstain Bears Author Uses Talents for God in faith Inspired Series, http://www.christianpost.com/news/berenstain-bears-author-uses-talents-for-god-in-faith-inspired-series-51146] , June 14, 2011, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Colossians 3:23-24 (CEV) (23) Do your work willingly, as though you were serving the Lord himself, and not just your earthly master. (24) In fact, the Lord Christ is the one you are really serving, and you know that he will reward you.

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