How would you feel if every time you made a bad decision, a change in your
appearance let everybody know about it?
That’s the case in the “Illumination Station: The Big Adventure,” a new kids’ book by Jennifer Mauter, of Oregon.
Mauter, a proud grandmother and Sunday School teacher at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in East Toledo, came up with the idea for the book as a way to keep her Sunday School students engaged.
“I am the only teacher for all the grade levels – kids ages 5 to 15,” she said. “I prayed about how I could keep my kids interested.
“I think I’ve been there six or seven years and some of these kids have been with me starting when they were 4,” she said. “Their eyes were glazing over – they’d heard it all before.
“ I knew I need something to draw them in,” Mauter said. “This idea came to my head to use light bulbs that light up with God’s words.”
In Illumination Station, the light bulb “residents” don’t need electricity to light up – they’re illuminated by the power of God’s word.
The story follows Wally Socektbottom and Sam Halide – two typical 10 year olds who get caught up in temptation. As they stray, their faces grow dimmer and the whole town knows the reason why. Along the way, Wally and Sam learn valuable lessons and return to god’s Word.
Martin Luther Pastor Larry Michaels says “Illumination Station” is one of the best Sunday School lesion series I have seen in 30 years of ministry.
“Our young people have shown great enthusiasm for it, even bringing some of the materials with them to show me during children’s sermons in church,” he said, adding that he hopes children across the country will find inspiration in “Miss Jenny’s” stories.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available at bookstores nationwide and through online booksellers such as amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and target.com.
Mauter will hold a book signing July 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Border’s book store at Westfield Mall, 5001 Monroe St., Toledo.
For more information about the book, e-mail Mauter at