FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Ontario, Canada— July 30, 2020— Lithos Kids is pleased to announce that Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey has raised more than triple its funding goal and is the highest funded Christian book project for kids’ fiction in the history of crowdfunding.
Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey features 226 pages of beautiful artwork and faithfully adapts the Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, which is the most printed and translated book of all time, second only to the Bible.
“Pilgrim’s Progress was the first book I read as a young Christian,” said author Tyler Van Halteren, a Canadian missionary currently serving in Cambodia. “When I looked for a version for my kids, I found there were none that combined engaging full-color illustrations with simplified language for children. I hope this version will inspire my two sons and many other children to believe the King’s Word, follow the King’s Path, and seek the King’s City.”
Andy Naselli, Associate Professor at Bethlehem College & Seminary, described the book as, “Excellent. Equally engaging for a 3-year-old and 11-year-old. My four girls loved it!”
A Kickstarter success, this project reached its original funding goal in only 6 hours. Additionally, Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey is gaining enthusiastic praise and reviews by a number of Christian authors and teachers.
“This child-friendly rendition of Pilgrim’s Progress provides high quality pictures along with an understandable, shortened story format for kids, all without losing the meaning of the allegory,” said Peter Goeman, Professor at Shepherd’s Theological Seminary.
“Here is a wonderful visual telling of The Pilgrim’s Progress for young readers,” said M. Scott Bashoor, Faculty Associate at The Master’s Seminary, and Co-Pastor at Community Bible Church Anaheim. “Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully worded, it guides youngsters through the rich allegories in Bunyan’s work. This is a valuable resource for kids, families, and churches.”
On August 6, the Kickstarter pre-order campaign will end and production for the books will begin. Delivery of the book is scheduled for this October, along with coloring books, ebooks, and audiobook versions. In November, Van Halteren will donate over 150 copies to a Cambodian school through the Christian mission organization, Action International.
Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey and its extra items can be pre-ordered now, worldwide on Kickstarter.
About the Author: Tyler Van Halteren is from Ontario, Canada. He is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary. Today he serves as a missionary in Cambodia with his wife and two children. He has been developing Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey for more than a year and wants this timeless tale to inspire the next generation to seek the Celestial City. He created Lithos Kids with a desire to publish gospel-centered children’s books. His sincere hope is that these books are treasured by Christian families for years to come. More information can be found at www.lithoskids.com.