Bedtime is not complete without a picture book being carefully selected from the bookshelf and read from cover to cover. It's so funny that I would try to sit on my hands as I went to sleep -- just to make extra sure Jesus didn't take me away! Struggled to sit up, failed, the arm toppling with a dull unfelt bang against the wall. Next morning I woke and sent the usual telepathic summons for my hand to come up and pick my nose. The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ Story. Thank you for writing it!!! Jesus is not the one you need to keep your kids away from. What a chuckle to see that so many of us were affected by this 'bedtime story'. I was in and out of doctors offices as a child (hit by a car at 5 years old, now 51). The pages were missing from a lot of his books! I guess I was likely about 7 to 10 years old reading it in a Doctors Office. As was. Long, long time passed and Abraham and Sarah did not have any children as God had promised them. I'm so glad to find this. But to my shock, mystery of the missing pages solved! We read Uncle Arthur's stories to our children, and our daughter reads them to her daughter. I am 55 and Catholic and nothing I ever learned from church ever freaked me out like this crap. 15/08/2014 16:09. Even NOW I make sure my hand isn't up in that position! Imagine the demented healthcare professional who would do this to an already-scared kid! These were the last few days of Jesus before he would be crucified. I finally found this story. I was seven years old, and my parents actually bought the complete set of "Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories." A calling from God isn’t limited to preachers, teachers, and missionaries. I suppose if one hasn’t much perspective on the persona of Christ, this might be a frightening piece of fiction. That’s quite an impact- as for me it was 45 years ago. Don't be talkin' smack about Uncle Arthur (: Let's talk about Revelation Seminars. Cuddle w/ Christ! And I still avoid it. Maybe I made them into girls in my head. You put a smile on my face! Do you remember Tommy, Bobby's friend who was in the hospital with him? I am 56 years old and can still not sleep with any body part hanging over the edge of the bed due to the childhood trauma this story caused! See, Bobby winds up in the hospital rooming with his old pal Tommy, and Tommy knows who Jesus is, but Bobby does not. Seeing these pages snaps me back to 1968, Dr. Reilly the pediatrician, in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. He could do nothing else but ask. My parents weren't religious, but I remember talking about it to my mom's church-going friend, and her trying to explain it away to me--obviously if she'd actually read it, she'd have understood my terror. Make sure you have brushed your teeth before your bedtime story LOL. The English had them, the French had them (the Countess Segur), and the Germans had them. Poor Bobby seems doomed from the start, but then we're shocked to learn he's damned to boot! This stupid story has haunted me for years. Who knows, maybe shrinks told them (the doctors) to tear them out, all over the country. Talking about the dentist and avoiding sweets and treats: don't forget the story about Billy the greedy fat kid who always took the biggest and best of everything for himself. I began to suspect that the story was utter bullshit. Growing up as a kid in a small town in the 70s, every single doctor and dentist had this book (or the related Bible For Kids volume) in the waiting room. Every Dr. Had the pages torn out! He will change your life for eternity. It's a particular way of manipulating kids to stay in line. I still have one of the original books of my childhood, but unfortunately not the book that has this story. Jesus grabbed Peter and saved him. Mary and her husband-to-be, Joseph, lived in a town called Nazareth. The story was about Jesus, who, as I understood, was supposed to be the son of God. To this day, I sleep on my stomach with my arms and hands pinned underneath my body. I was so happy to find this, I've been looking forEVER!!! I knew that if something was very wrong, there was a lot of activity and noise. T here are so many great stories in the Bible to teach kids about Jesus. Bedtime Bible Stories S2E4: Anything is Possible . Long ago in the land of Israel, in the center of the walled city of Jerusalem, there stood a beautiful temple. I always felt God didn't take me because I was not hit by a car or in any physical pain. God bless you. Why would Tommy, but not the hospital staff, know that Bobby was dying? Modern parents take for granted that their children will "grow out of" whatever irritating, obnoxious phase they're in, knowing that Neosporin, Lysol, and Motrin are there to fix most problems. Thank you for validating my sanity about this. What a freaky horrible thing to put out there & traumatize kids. It's really amazing how many people were traumatized by this story. Jesus said yes, as long as he kept Jesus as his focus. But really... what was "Uncle Arthur" thinking when he wrote this one? 😇. I was in part horrified when I read it as a precocious 5 year old in the mid 60s, and for a few nights I was obsessed about keeping my hands down. When I was a grade-schooler, this book was in my pediatrician's waiting room. It's been 40 years for me as well and I STILL remember reading that while I was waiting to be treated for a broken arm.... Read this story 45 years ago and was not sure I got it right. I think when it is my time to go...I will try to lift my hand.God Bless you all. At least I know it exists. This story of Bobby stayed with me, as well as "The Book That Would Not Burn" and others. "Be sure your sin will find you out." We read it from cover to cover each month. If it's the latter, please remember the books were written in the 1920s or 30s. Reference: Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard.He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. So powerful to a child's imagination that by propping up an arm you could..die. I too am thrilled to find the name of the book that I read in the doc's office in Nova Scotia. Miss Brenda reads her popular children's books. They say He comes through every evening when the lights are turned down." :-). :-). You and all these other idiots who see this beautiful story as something dark and sinister must have the IQ of a Potato! I was looking for the title. I was SO in love with young Gallant, yet the only boys who I seemed to attract were all of the Goofus variety. I talk to my own kids about God. I guess Uncle Arthur wanted to scare the bejeezes out of us right off the bat. Jesus is so wonderfu and kind! Are you a writer? I try to explain his to people in my book study at church, and none of them grew up with these in every doctor's office! It was about being persistent. Until Jesus Understood. For the same reasons that lower socio-economic levels tend (in general) to be "harder" or "stricter" on their children: because they don't have the same resources at their disposal to dig their children out of problems with that better-off families may have. The Man from the Roof | Short Bible Story for Kids: Jesus’ life is like a wondrous storybook, filled with magic and miracle. When he bites into the biggest apple, it's all bruised, and the biggest pie was hollow, etc. When I read the story,Jesus was my hero, my savior come to take me home. BTW, have you seen what these books sell for on Ebay? The story bought me peace that even should I die in my violent surroundings,I would be safe and loved with Jesus. Jesus is in town!” Over and over people in, This is the Story Of Abraham And Sarah And Hagar for kids. I have remembered this story all my life, 62 now. I have no idea how you got the idea that Jesus saw Bobby's hand raised and killed him. I had no children of my own at that time but years later when I did I used to do exactly the same thing. I'm going to see if I can find a copy. No help came. I associate Uncle Arthur's with that sort of manipulative pretense I grew up with. To me, this story is just about a young boy explaining to another young boy about his understanding of Jesus. So, of course, when my children came along, I reached for these familiar tales. Wow. :-). Jesus told the crowd a story about a farmer. I truly do not think any of you have a clue as to what i am referring to. Jesus was there too, and He smiled on the family reunion. it ain't going nowhere notime soon' or it's kissin' cousin' This belly took a lot of time energy and money to get like this. Interesting that "Uncle Arthur" was apparently a 7th Day Adventist. Yeah, maybe Jesus understood but I sure the bloody hell didn't. Funny how as i referenced this story from what i remembered it brought completely different feelings. It's an amazingly simple story of grace told through a child's perspective. He can't, because its propped up!" Make Bedtime even more fun for your child with hundreds of children short stories online, short stories for baby and short children bedtime stories. In the event it was my time, i didn’t want to be left behind. I remain a bit traumatized by this story, so offer the following sequel as a way to provide a happier ending (I know, I have too much time on my hands):Jesus Understood 2: The Family ReunionA week later, Bobby's funeral took place at a nice church in the town where he lived. It's worse.Thanks to this wonderful blog, now I have proof. I think that in the same volume was the morality story "The Hollow Pie" about a little boy who always picks the best looking apples, the biggest piece of pie, etc., so the adults teach him a lesson at dinner one night. The simple faith in the gesture.When the thief on the cross said "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom", his was the same simple faith. Jesus came through as he promised and helped me recover and go beyond. It was the story of two boys playing cowboy and Indian who got into a terrible fight. It's reassuring in so many ways. Bless you, bless you, bless you! THANK YOU! How utterly sad. Those books were a cruel thing to do to young children in the waiting rooms of dentists and doctors. ;). July 1978, Prince County Hospital in Summerside, PEI is where I became acquainted with this book and this story in particular.This one story in particular has always freaked me out. It was this story about bobby that helped me form my relationshiip with my saviour. I have been looking for Jesus Understood for years, and I love this blog! Ridiculous, yes, and so sick as to be extremely funny, but nothing more. What is "guilt inducing" in the summary you just gave? I can never put my hand up in bed, and if I do when sleeping I instantly wake up. Long, long time ago, Jesus needed his friends to help him to spread God’s message. When Jesus was born there were shepherds nearby taking care of their sheep. At the age most of us read them at, we were not equipped whatsoever to understand any supposed context. I'm not saying this in defense of the story--that's just how I understood it. The first story I read to my elder two girls was the one that had been my favourite and it was instantly a hit with them as well. For the umpteenth time while I was trying to get comfy in bed tonight, there I was again stopping myself from having my arm propped up or laying funny. This was one of the most terrifying stories of my childhood; and now I know - look at the substandard health care! Bedtime Bible Stories. It made me feel secure knowing Jesus loves me. OMW as soon as I saw the image in google looking for hospital beds, I remembered this story, Yes, it haunted me for years, and as a kid, I would prop my hand up on a pillow in case I died during the night. There isn't enough room there for the definitions and fuller explanations that one would need to read between the lines. But I was drawn to it every time I visited the doctor - I had a morbid fascination with it. At the time, I was being groomed by a pedophile and was suffering trauma psychologically and physically. A long time ago, John and Peter, two of Jesus’s disciples had arranged for the Lord’s Passover. I thought I was going to die in my sleep and get taken away. Read a story called "The New Mother," by Lucy Clifford. The message is that kids are cruel and ungrateful to their parents and deserve unearthly supernatural punishment. I have been unable, until now, to produce proof of this traumatic tale to any of my bigger-city peers. And they're right. It sounds like a tough deal; but if he IS real and we pass up such an opportunity, what a loss!?! I think it is still played on Family Radio. Perhaps another child's parent had complained, because the pages for this story were neatly and cleanly removed entirely from the book. Those who have said they found God after adversity, often tell that they asked God from a broken and contrite heart sincerely to take all their experiences and use them for good. Need a procedure? Is that how a Christian brings Jesus to others? Hi! I read this story as a child whilst in the hospital. It's a possibility worth suspending our hurt and disbelief for. Yes! The intention of giving out this magazine may have been to proselytize, but for me they were entertaining in a pre-Stephen King sort of way!It's probably no coincidence that I'm thinking of "Jesus Understood" on Halloween!!!! At the same moment, I took a good look at that photo, started laughing and couldn't stop. Guess I wasn't the only kid who found these to be the two most horribly traumatic stories ever, and I've never forgotten them! Honestly these books sound horrid and I would never read something like that to my children. I am blown away by how many people were "horrified" by this story. While it is haunting, I remember wishing Jesus would "understand" and take me to heaven too! I understood it’s message then and wasn’t frightened. I remembered reading this story at the dentist's office when I was about 7 or 8. So fun to share with my friends. What happened to you was terrible. And, when I die, I hope my hand is raised high. If Bobby was dying, where was his family, or at least a staff member? This is one of the best Jesus stories to read for kids. The point of this story is that Salvation is not difficult to obtain. So i did a search and low and behold, here it was in story and also your video. His face had disturbingly sunken features. I love to read about real children my age who do what’s right. And yeah, it scared the shit out of me. All the same reasons. I did not "freak out" over it, what it did do was give me a deep love for the savior and made me consider his love for all of us. Thank you! I was looking for the title. The Hollow Pie scared the bejeebers outta me -- LOL! They can AFFORD to be more lenient with children's stubbornness, self-will, and disobedience. What a ghoul. Five wonderfully illustrated bedtime stories, ideal for helping children get to know the life of Jesus and for parents to pass on the faith before a good night’s rest under the watchful and loving gaze of our Lord and saviour! I tell my younger co-workers about it and they can't believe it. I read this at my dentist's office as a grade schooler, then went in to see the dentist and experience PAIN as he drilled my teeth. He comforts her by telling her that she won't be spanked again if she keeps Mother happy with her good behavior. When I was a kid back in the '60s, I read this story at the dentist's office and it terrified me. Parents please read in detail first anything you give to your kids to read.Oh and @Uncle Steve... maybe you could put your brain into gear before judging other folks homelife or parenting, you sound about as nice a person as old testament god. Why? 40 years later I still remember this story ... and remember the need to make sure my hands were not sticking up in ANY WAY, lest Jesus accidentally misunderstand and take me in the night. I remember the story about the kid who always wanted the biggest apple, pie, etc., which is how I ended up here. How do you think it skewed you? Well, it certainly scarred quite a few of us over 40 years ago! LOL. This is an honest question~I hope it doesn't seem snotty.:). Soon, Peter too was walking on water. How unfortunate that through the years I've never been able to so cleanly erase the trauma this story brought to my 4-year-old mind.I've often wondered if I imagined this entire story and was telling my (now adult) daughter about it for the first time today. I wasn't scared by them so much as believing that karma would settle the score. Why would you jump on board with this strange ritual, years later with your own kids? 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