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God Cares series: A Biblical approach to Children’s Mental Health and Well-being

17 May 2021

This month, we’re thrilled to publish three new books in the acclaimed God Cares series by Debbie Duncan: When Life is Tough, When Life is Unfair, and When I don’t Give Up.

The God Cares series provides a Biblical approach to discussing emotions and behaviour with children to nurture an attitude of wellness. Children at different ages approach things differently in their stages of emotional development, so this series works at two different levels: illustrated Readers aimed at 5-7 year olds and Chapter books aimed at 8+ years. Please note that children progress at different reading abilities and stages of emotional development so the age ranges are only a guide for parents and carers.

The Bible stories are retold reflecting on emotions and encourages children to discuss and relate this within their situations. Sections at the back provide a reflective space for children and practical advice for parents and carers.

We hope these books will spark important conversations and help children learn how to understand their mental health and express their emotions.

Take a look at all our wonderful titles in the God Cares series below.


Illustrated Readers: 5-7 year olds

When I Don't Give Up

When I Don’t Give Up

Jesus and Zacchaeus

by Debbie Duncan

An illustrated reader retelling the story of Jesus meeting with Zacchaeus. 

Zacchaeus is determined to seek out a way to see Jesus even though a towering and discouraging crowd is in his way. But God cares and Jesus calls him down from the tree to meet with him – a meeting that sets him on a new path of hope and encouragement. 

A reassuring story to help young children talk to parents or those who care for them about their hopes and challenges, find support to persevere, and know that Jesus too finds a way to be with them.

When I am afraid

When I Am Afraid

Jesus Calms the Storm

by Debbie Duncan

An illustrated reader retelling the story of Jesus’ friends being afraid in the storm even though Jesus was in the boat with them.

But God cares and Jesus woke up and told the storm to be still.

A reassuring story to help young children talk to parents or those who care for them about their fears, when they are afraid, and that Jesus is always with them.

When I Am Strong

When I Am Strong

Friends in the Fire

by Debbie Duncan

An illustrated reader retelling the story of three friends standing strong against bowing down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden statue even though they would be thrown into a fire. But God cares and stood with them, helping them to have courage. 

A reassuring story to help young children talk to parents or those who care for them about situations when they need courage to face hard things, new situations and doing the right thing, and that God can help make us brave.

Chapter Books: 8 + year olds

When Life is Tough

When Life Is Tough

Paul and Other Stories

A chapter book retelling the story of Paul, who encountered many harsh and demoralising situations on his missionary journeys with additional related snippets from other Bible stories. But God cares, providing constant reassurance and enabling Paul to stay hopeful. 

A reassuring story to help older children reflect and talk to people they trust about when their lives get tough and they feel rejected, providing the support they need to find ways through, including from God.

Ebook available here.

When I Feel Down

Jonah and Other Stories

By Debbie Duncan

A chapter book retelling the story of Jonah who felt down about his situation and tried to hide away. But God cares and never gave up on Jonah. God was always there to talk to and help him.

A reassuring story to help older children reflect and talk to people they trust about Jonah’s emotions and support available to them when they feel sad, including help from God.

When I am anxious

When I Am Anxious

Moses and Other Stories

By Debbie Duncan

A chapter book retelling the story of Moses, who felt anxious about being called to lead a nation out of Egypt. 

But God cares, providing constant reassurance and support through others around him. A reassuring story to help older children reflect and talk to people they trust about when they feel uncertain, and the support they need to build their confidence, including help from God.

When Life Is Unfair

When Life is Unfair

Joseph and Other Stories

By Debbie Duncan

A chapter book retelling the story of Joseph, who was sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers and unfairly put into prison with additional related snippets from other Bible stories. But God cares, providing guidance, support and hope through the situations. 

A reassuring story to help older children reflect and talk to people they trust about Joseph’s emotions and experiences, providing guidance for them when they feel life is unfair, including support from God.

Ebook available here.

What others are saying:

The feelings and responses of characters in the Bible are so helpful as we navigate our own obstacles and opportunities. These books will build emotional resilience and strong faith – and are great fun to read.

Cathy Madavan, Speaker, author, and Kyria Network board member 

Thought-provoking and encouraging! An invaluable resource that helps children face emotions, talk and pray about them.

Sue Monckton-Rickett, Chair of the Association of Christian Counsellors

This series brilliantly helps children understand the emotions of Bible characters while encouraging them to explore their own emotions.

Bob Hartman, Author and performance storyteller

Debbie Duncan speaks directly into our anxious culture. She retells Bible stories through the lens of emotion, in a lively and accessible way.

Katharine Hill, UK Director Care for the Family 

A gentle in-road for parents and carers to encourage children to open up.

Karen Lennie, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist PG Dip BABCP Member (Accred)

About Debbie Duncan:

Debbie Duncan

Debbie Duncan, author of the God Cares series, Gifted and The Art of Daily Resilience, is a nurse and a teacher, and mother of four children. She has considerable insight into what constitutes resilience and bravery: the ability to cope, to stay on course, to bounce back.

In all her books, she considers what is required for physical, mental, and spiritual durability, interweaving biblical teaching, prayers, with personal anecdote and sound advice. This she now applies to her thoughtful God Cares series specifically to support parents and carers raising children.

For more wonderful books on children’s mental health and well-being, check out all our children’s books on personal and social issues here.