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The Bible for Kids Podcast

Feb 7, 2022

This week Amy and Mike talk with Eric and Meredith Schrotenboer, authors of the children’s board book, Hear, O Little One: In the Morning and The Evening.
This lyrical adaptation of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 introduces young children to the "Shema," a sacred statement of belief that has been recited in the morning and evening through the ages, including by Jesus Himself.

 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
For centuries, followers of God have started and ended their day by saying the Shema, a five-verse passage in the book of Deuteronomy, as a twice-daily reminder to love God with all of their heart, soul, and strength. 
Written in rhyme for infants through four-year-olds, Hear, O Little One is a colorful and creative adaptation of the Shema. This innovative board book is intended to be read in the morning and then flipped over and read in the other direction for a different version at nighttime.   
Help your child develop a lifelong love of God and a deep reverence for God’s Word with this one-of-a-kind children’s book.  
Eric Schrotenboer is a storyteller at heart. He is an award-winning filmmaker and composer, a Bible teacher and children’s book author. Eric holds a Masters of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary and has a passion to help people better understand the context of the Bible. Through his ministry, The Acacia Project, Eric leads biblical study trips to the lands of the Bible teaching the cultural, historical, and geographical context of God’s Word. Eric is also the owner of Fresh Wind Studios, a production and publishing company that creates resources for children and families that better help them understand the context of the Bible.
Eric’s film credits include feature length documentaries, Bible study curricula, and short films for Focus on the Family, Compassion International, International Bible Society, the Institute for Bible Reading, Zondervan, Zonderkidz and many other Christian organizations. Eric is the music composer for Focus on the Family’s best-selling video series, “That The World May Know.” His music can also be heard throughout the Creation Museum and on numerous films and documentaries. He has produced and recorded six original piano albums of traditional hymns featured in modern arrangements. 
Meredith (TerHaar) Schrotenboer is the morning news anchor with the ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, MI.  She has won numerous awards from the Associated Press during her journalism career. She has worn nearly every hat in the news industry, having worked as a producer, reporter, and assistant news director. Meredith is also the founder of Growing with the Enneagram. She is a certified Enneagram coach, teaching workshops and coaching individuals, teams and groups. 
Eric and Meredith are the authors of the children’s board book, Hear, O Little One: In the Morning and The Evening. They also created the The Wandering Wise Men, a Christmas activity set that includes a children’s picture book, a 37-day family devotional, and three plush wise men toys. (
Eric and his wife, Meredith, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with their two children, Meryn Grace and Judah Allyn.