Donna Baer is an Ivy League educated investment banker, turned homeschooling mother of ten.
Her desire to write this book came out of her decades of experience as a church youth group leader. Year after year, teenagers who were curious about the Bible would ask her for book recommendations. Most of the best sellers in the YA categories were either too light, or too laden with pathologies (cutting, incest, bulimia, etc.) for her to endorse. She wanted to provide an option for kids (and parents and youth leaders who purchase books for kids) that spoke clearly, narrated well, and engaged their minds.
When the author shared the contents of this book with teenage girls in her home on Friday nights, dozens would attend, and sit spell-bound on the floor as she taught for close to an hour. Without texting or fidgeting (and without the lure of the opposite sex!) these young adults were captivated by the story of Christ hidden in the Bible’s Feasts. Donna relates:
I wrote this book for those girls, and for other teenagers, who are truly curious about the Bible, prophecy, and God’s plan for their lives. I wanted to describe for them big theological ideas without resorting to ecclesiastical jargon. I wanted to make types and prophecies clear, without assuming much Biblical knowledge. I wanted to write a book for theological novices that respected the reader’s intelligence.
It turns out a lot of adults wanted to read a book like that.
The demographics I’ve collected on my readers indicate that they skew a tad north of high school! Most of the people who have read this book or have conducted a study using this book and the Study Guide are middle aged or older. And many tell me that even after years of studying the Bible, they had never come across material that addressed this topic so comprehensively.
Donna continues to teach women and teens, and is consistently lauded for her ability to explain complicated ideas with clarity. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.