Shirley Myers has published "Grandma, Tell Me a Story: 52 Bible Stories for Children."
After many years serving as a pastor to various congregations, the Baldwinsville resident felt the best way to utilize her experience was to bring bible stories to children.
"I wrote Sunday School curriculum for over 20 years for various publishing companies. I also did some editing of curriculum," Myers said. "A Bible storybook seemed like the crowning effort to all of that."
"I feel that children who know the Bible stories have a much better foundation for life," Myers added.
Unlike many stories in the Bible, Myers' book is geared toward a fourth-grade reading level, which allows children to better understand and appreciate the message of the stories.
"Children and parents will love the simple language in the book," Myers said. "Parents and teachers will be delighted that children understand the stories."
Myers added, "Children will like the two children in the book [Joey and Amy. They] visit their grandma most weekends, and they are excited about the Bible stories Grandma tells them. They like to ask questions and make comments about the happenings in the stories. This gives all the children who read the books some children with whom they can identify."
While the book is geared towards children, Myers said the book is for readers of all ages.
"People have an immediate attraction to the book when they see it," she said. "Elderly readers as well as children are enjoying the stories and learning what is in the Bible."
In addition to the 52 Bible stories, the book also contains pictures that children can color, adding to the learning experience.
"Teachers in religious education are using the books with their students," Myers said, adding she "would love to hear of any new and interesting uses that purchasers find for the books."