Great kid’s books:Be brave

Sometimes when you’re writing great kid’s books you must be brave. You stand up for your beliefs, even when warned against that. You work through the hard times so you’re able to reap the rewards later. Your actions show  the kind of person you are. Let’s discuss what happened to Brooks Hamby, an eighteen year-old high school salutatorian  from California. He presented three versions of his graduation speech to the school officials. All of them were rejected because he referenced his Christian faith. Each time he submitted his revised speech, all references to God, or Christianity were removed. Brooks thought about the situation very carefully. He spoke with not only his parents, but also his pastor Even after three edits, he received this stern warning:  “The district is advising you that reference to religious content is inappropriate and that the two drafts provided will not be allowed.”. What was he to do in this situation? Brooks said, “I didn’t want to compromise my faith. “I wasn’t interested in removing every trace of God or Jesus. I wasn’t interested in conforming to those demands. I did not want to compromise my values. I didn’t want to water down the message.” Brooks forged ahead with his effort to create a speech that captured the essence of his character. He created a fourth version. At the time when he stood before his audience, he hadn’t gotten approval for his speech. In the opening remarks,  Brooks explained,”“In life, you will be told no. In life, you will be asked to do things that you have no desire to do. In life, you will be asked to do things that violate your conscience and your desire to do what is right.” He closed his speech with this compelling statement,  ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot,’” he said. “Be the salt of the earth, be strong and stand for your convictions and do what is right, ethical, moral, and Godly, no matter the cost to you.” Brooks Hamby stood for his beliefs and in my mind, that made him a hero. He might even write great kid’s books about his experience as a speaker at his graduation. When I was a little girl, my dad was my hero because he made a decision that changed my life. Find out more about our journey together by reading Tails of Sweetbrier, an award-winning true story that proves anything is possible if you follow your dreams. I hope that is one of your favorite great kid’s books.

Copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014

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  1. Sarah Mazor says:

    Beautifully written.
    Great advice.
    Thank you, Deanie.

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