Welcome to Sedwik’s Adventures!
Hilarious mishaps, midnight escapes, and long hot desert trips are just a few of the many adventures besties, Sedwik and Jesus encounter growing up together.
“Sedwik, Adventures In Friendship”
The first in the brand new series from first time author, Jacqie D’Bach. This donkey’s-eye-view of Jesus’s life is a fresh perspective on one of the most recounted stories of all time.
Let’s face it, moving from town to town is tough.
* Will Sedwik and Jesus find friends or enemies in the new neighborhood?
* Are they up for the challenges ahead?
* Is there danger or even romance in Sedwik’s future?
Allow your heart to be captured as you experience the duo’s growing pains along the way. He will plant seeds in your heart that are sure to bloom into the best friend anyone could ever have.
A delightful reading experience for children as well as adults.
FREE EBOOK April 18-20, 2021
Targeted Age Group:: 9-13
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired to write this book for my nephew. He is a gifted reader and loves books. I wanted him to understand how much Jesus loves him in a personal way. The main character, Sedwik, a donkey, grows up with Jesus and they are best friends. I want children and adults to know Jesus in this personal way.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The main character, Sedwik was inspired by my 2 children's struggle with ADHD and their delightful personalities. The character Jesus is based on Jesus from the Bible. The other human characters are based on stories from the Bible as well. All of the other animal characters were inspired from the personalities of my nieces and nephews as well as friends they encountered and experiences they had growing up.
“Oh, boy. I love telling stories,” I said. “I will try to make Mama proud. She was the best storyteller,” I added.
Eve nudged me with her wet nose saying, “Ribbit, ribbit. Go on, tell me the story.” The touch of her wet nose startled me just enough to hop lily pads back to my story.
“Oh, of course,” I said giggling.
I began, “It was a long time ago in a desert land. The children of Israel had been searching for the promised land for a long while now. Adonai instructed Joshua, their leader, to send out two men to spy and find out about the city Jericho.”
“What about Moses?” Eve interrupted. “I thought he led them in the wilderness.” I cleared my throat harshly letting her know I didn’t appreciate the disturbance.
“Yes, Eve. Moses did lead the children of Israel out of Egypt and through the wilderness. This story begins after Moses died and the Lord made Joshua their leader.” I answered.
I continued, “As I was saying, Joshua sent two spies. The keeper who took care of Great-gramps was one of those spies. His name was Salmon.”
“Oh, Sedwik. This is exciting.” Eve said.
“It will be, if you let me finish.” I mumbled under my breath.
Eve spoke up again asking, “Did your Gramps get to go with them?”
“Yes, indeed,” I replied. “I come from a long line of travelers,” I added. This time I nudged her with my wet nose and said, “Now, before I slip on another lily pad–ribbit, ribbit–let’s get back to the story.” We both laughed.
I continued, “Great-gramps traveled all night with the two spies. They knocked on the door of Rahab’s house. She lived on the city wall. She let the two men stay for the night. Gramps slept under the stars outside the city gate. Early the next day, just as the bright orange circle peeked out, the king of Jericho sent some of his men to Rahab’s door. After she heard their knock at the door, she sent the two Israelite spies up to her roof to hide.
“When she answered the door, she said, ‘They were gone before the city gate was closed for the night. Chase after them, quickly.’ The king’s men ran right past Gramps. Mama told me that he hid himself behind some overgrown weeds.”
“What happened to the spies?” Tali asked. “Did they escape?” Perez inquired. Tamar added, “Where is Shelley? He won’t want to miss this.”
Just then Shelley said, “I’m here. I wouldn’t miss it. I love a good story and I sure don’t want to miss the announcement!”
I continued, “Rahab quickly made her way up to the roof. The spies were hiding under some stalks of flax spread out on the floor.”
“Spies! What spies? I love a good mystery.” Shelley interrupted excitedly.
“You missed that part.” Eve answered. “They are spies for the Israelites.”
“Who are the Israelites?” Shelley asked.
“If you will be patient and listen, we can all find out. suggested Tamar, laughing. “Please go ahead, Sedwik.”
Shelley nodded and I continued, “Rahab said, ‘We’ve heard rumors about your people. I know the Lord, your God has given you this land.’ She added, ‘Dread has fallen upon us and we melt in terror.’”
“Dread! Terror!” Shelley interrupted. “This is getting good.”
“Shhhhh!” whispered Eve, Tamar, and Perez loudly.
“Okay, okay.” Shelley agreed.
“Where was I?” I asked. “Oh, yes: Rahab said to the spies, ‘We know all about how the Lord, your God dried up the Red Sea so you could escape from the Egyptians. You have defeated the Amorite people.’ Rahab also said, ‘Our hearts pound with fear because of you. The Lord, your God is God in heaven above and here on earth.’
“Wow,” Tali exclaimed. “I have never heard these stories. “Sedwik, please tell us how the spies escaped–or did they escape?”
“Be patient, Tali,” I scolded as I tried to answer his questions. “Rahab pleaded with the spies, asking, ‘Since I have been faithful to both of you, please swear to me that you will be faithful to me and my father’s house.’ The men bargained with her, ‘Our lives for yours. If you do not report us, then when the Lord gives us the land, we will be faithful and kind to you.’ Remember that Rahab’s house was on the city wall.” I reminded my friends.
Eve spoke up, “Oh yes, I remember.”
The others nodded in agreement.
“Which city?” Shelley asked.
“Jericho!” Everyone answered in unison.
“Well, that kind of shouting will make the walls fall down.” Shelley said.
“You are getting ahead of me, Shelley.” I started in once again, “Rahab lowered the spies down the city wall, by a rope out of her window. She said, ‘Go into the hills and wait three days. The king’s men will have returned by then and it will be safe for you to go home.’
“The Israelite spies warned Rahab, ‘Tie a scarlet rope and hang it out your window. This will be our sign. We must see the rope.’”
“Did the children of Israel come back? Did they save Rahab?” Perez asked.
“Yes, we want to know, Sedwik, tell us.” The others chimed in.
I continued, “Great-gramps led the spies home. When Joshua led the people across the Jordan River to Jericho, they did remember Rahab. They saw the scarlet rope and saved her. Salmon, my Great-gramps’s keeper…”
“Salmon was one of the secret spies, right?” Shelley interrupted.
“Yes, Shelley. As I was saying, Salmon fell in love with Rahab and married her.”
“Ew, I didn’t want to hear a mushy love story, Sedwik.” said Perez.
“Me either!” cried Shelley.
Tamar nudged Perez with her hoof and said, “I think it’s sweet.”
“Jesus reminded us last night about Salmon and Rahab’s daughter’s name: Dinah. The meaning of the name Dinah, is ‘God will judge.’ The God of our ancestors judged Rahab faithful and he brought her into his family through the spy, Salmon. He was Great-gramps’s keeper, remember? What do you think, Everyone?”
“I love it. Jesus is a great name giver!” Perez said with a big, toothy smile.
“Dinah is a beautiful name!” Tali chimed in. “It suits her.”
At that very moment Dinah woke up. She knew her name and she was ready for the world.
“Thanks for helping me carry this burden of wheat and barley, Sedwik.” Mary said. “Are those Tamar’s twins running toward us?”
“Baa, baa!” Shouted the twins on their way by.
“Hee-haw!” I bellowed.
“Oh, look, Dinah is right behind them.” Mary observed. “Hi Dinah!” Ever so shy, Dinah’s face turned pomegranate red. She hung her head so low her ears dragged along the ground as she ran. “Be careful, Dinah. Lift up those ears or you’ll trip!” Mary called out.
Before I could hee-haw twice, she tripped and slid right into Mary’s chickens that had gathered to feed on the spilled wheat and barley from my burden. Feathers flew everywhere. When Dinah looked up, she had a face full of chicken feathers. We all laughed, including Dinah.
“The stable is a very busy place lately.” I announced.
“Tamar, your fluffy twin lambs Rachel and Rebekah certainly are ornery little stinkers.” Tali said.
“And Dinah follows them around everywhere.” Perez commented.
“I thought sheep were supposed to be the followers.” Shelley added.
“Come on everyone. You know Dinah is very shy. I’m just glad she has playmates.” Eve replied firmly.
“Yes, dear.” I affirmed.
“It’s unfortunate that your clumsiness has been passed on to Dinah, Sedwik.” Shelley announced.
“That is a difficult combination.” Perez agreed.
“Dinah will grow into herself in His time–in His perfect time.” I sound just like my Mama. I thought proudly.
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