With the Monday release of his new children’s book, Christian author and actor Kirk Cameron aims to give kids “hope” at a time when “our world is at war.”
“The Fox, The Fair, and the Invention Scare,” is Cameron’s latest release from Brave Books, and it tells the tale of a longstanding family feud between giraffes and foxes. In the end, through “courtesy, compassion and kindness,” the feud is finally ended, and their divided community is healed.
With the raging battles between Israel and Hamas and Ukraine and Russia, Cameron told Fox News Digital, “Our world is at war, literally.”
“And all along our children are watching, trying to make sense of things,” the father of six continued. “If we can show them something different, if we can show them that we’re really all brothers, we can give them hope.”
Our world is at war, literally. And all along, our children are watching, trying to make sense of things. If we can show them something different, if we can show them that we’re really all brothers, we can give them hope.https://t.co/NZDY1BP9fm — Kirk Cameron (@KirkCameron) October 23, 2023
In the book, according to Fox News Digital, young Stewart the Giraffe and Asher the Fox “compete at the Hive Haven Invention Fair.”
To the horror of Stewart and Asher, chaos breaks out and inventions are destroyed when their families begin bringing up past grievances. Working together, Stewart and Asher win first prize and “end generations of animosity between the giraffes and foxes.”
“From then on, there was a change in the mood,” Cameron writes. “Young Stewart and Asher had ended the feud.”
“Because one little fox cared just a bit,” he tells his young readers. “All of Hive Haven was better for it.”
The story, Cameron said, was inspired by an event he witnessed years ago at a Restore America Rally in Washington, D.C.
After a couple shared that their son had been gunned down on an inner-city street, they vowed to respond with love and faith. A young man spoke up, admitting that he had killed their son. The victim’s parents forgave their son’s killer, welcoming him into their family and showing them the love he had lacked in his life.
“He said the love of God demonstrated by this couple had forever changed him and gave him new life and a new heart,” Cameron said. “They not only forgave him, they had something deep in their heart that allowed them to treat somebody who killed their child as if he were their own son.”
With the teachings of Jesus as his foundation, Cameron brought that message of love and forgiveness to “The Fox, The Fair, and the Invention Scare.”
Cameron pointed to the Book of Matthew and told Fox News Digital, “Earlier teachings told people to ‘love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ Jesus taught us to not only love our neighbors but to extend kindness to our enemies.”
“God sends the sun to shine on both the good and the evil and the rains to water the crops of both the righteous and unrighteous,” he explained.
“It occurred to me that I need to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk,” Cameron said of his experience of reading his newly published book for the first time. “I need to practice what I preach.”
With that in mind, Cameron has launched a social media and outreach campaign, hoping to meet with his often hostile critics — many of whom have mocked his faith — and find common ground.
“I’m a Christian conservative, traditional-values guy,” he said. “There are people out there who appear to be my enemies.”
“They probably see me as their enemy,” he explained. “But I think we can have respectful discussions about family values, morality, religion and the books we should be reading to our children.”
As for the timing of his new book, Cameron said, “I thought, this is the lesson our children in America need to hear. And in Russia and in the Middle East: Love is a better way to live than hating and killing each other.”