Chloe has a sneaky habit of making up stories. She thinks it’s no big deal, but one day crazy little fluffs appear every time she tells a lie. Chloe starts stuffing the fluffs in her closet, but soon it’s almost ready to burst. Not only that, she realizes that her lies are sinful and are hurting her relationships. But after her father confesses his own lie and asks God for forgiveness, Chloe gains the courage to let out all of her secrets.
Most children (and adults too) struggle with being completely truthful. Even though we know it’s wrong to not tell the whole truth, it’s still hard to help a child understand why. Best-selling author Ginger Hubbard and Al Roland give parents practical suggestions for helping their children (and themselves) learn to speak the truth. The parent resource page at the end of Chloe and the Closet of Secrets: A Book about Lying gives a biblical framework to help children understand what a lie is, some reasons that they lie, and the power of confession and forgiveness.
Children ages 4-7 will love the silly story with its bright, fun illustrations, and in the process be encouraged to always tell the truth.
Ginger Hubbard speaks at women’s events, parenting conferences, and homeschool conventions across the country, and cohosts the Parenting with Ginger Hubbard podcast. She is the bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Count to Three, Wise Words for Moms, and I Can’t Believe You Just Said That and the coauthor of the Teaching Children to Use Their Words Wisely series. Ginger and her husband have four adult children and live in Opelika, Alabama, where they enjoy working together from home.
Al Roland has worked as a software developer for over thirty-six years. He enjoys spending time with his family, long road trips, mountain biking, adventure, and serving several ministries including RYFO which provides Christian host homes for traveling musicians. He is the coauthor of the Teaching Children to Use Their Words Wisely series. Al and his wife live in Opelika, Alabama where they raised and homeschooled their four children.
“This age-appropriate, enjoyable, and refreshing approach to the topic of lying will help parents talk with children about telling the truth and confessing. Children will relate to the explanation of the Holy Spirit’s role in conviction and repentance. Who hasn’t experienced a “tightening of the chest”? I love that the dad is the hero. When he prayed to be forgiven for lying, everything changed for Chloe. Well done!”
Kathy Koch, Founder, Celebrate Kids, Inc.; author of 8 Great Smarts and other popular parenting books
“Every parent is looking for creative, helpful resources to reinforce the biblical themes they are teaching their kids. As a pastor and parent, I highly recommend Chloe and the Closet of Secrets for your family. We often think little white lies—these seemingly cute and innocent deceptions—are harmless. But the sooner we help our kids see the destructive results of a dishonest life, the better we are shaping them to live an obedient and repentant life for Christ. Ginger Hubbard and Al Roland are wonderful guides for your family.”
Daniel Darling, Director of the Land Center for Faith and Culture, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; bestselling author of several books, including, The Characters of Christmas, A Way with Words,and The Dignity Revolution
“Since every child is tempted to lie, every family will want to keep a copy of Chloe and the Closet of Secrets on their shelf. The best part of Hubbard and Roland’s book is the gospel solution they offer—confessing our lies and trusting in Christ erases the lies and gives us new life. I will be reading this book to my grandkids.”
Marty Machowski, Family Pastor; author of The Ology, Wonder Full, Don’t Blame the Mud, and other gospel-rich books and resources for church and home.
“Stories are often the most powerful way to teach important lessons, especially to children. In Chloe and the Closet of Secrets, parents have the opportunity to address the problem of lying with their kids in a way that reveals the seriousness of sin while providing ultimate hope through the forgiveness of Jesus. It is like reading a gospel version of the classic Dr. Suess books! Not only is the story engaging, but the guide at the end of the book provides parents with important tools to reinforce the lesson effectively. This book is a gift for children and parents alike!”
Durenda Wilson, Author of The Four Hour School Day, The Unhurried Homeschooler, and Unhurried Grace for a Mom's Heart; host of The Durenda Wilson podcast