Meet Elizabeth Raum, author of the Choose Your Journey Series. Read on to hear how each book explores a different aspect of Christ’s ministry and life during Bible times in an interactive way!

Tell us about yourself!

I live in the beautiful hills of East Tennessee with my husband, Richard.

I’ve written more than 150 books for children, and whenever possible, I visit the places I’m writing about. Hiking the hills of Galilee, wading into the Dead Sea, and traipsing through narrow alleyways in Jerusalem enriched both my faith and the writing of the Choose Your Journey series. 

Tell us about your chapter books.

There are four titles in The Journey Forth Series: Christmas Crossroads, Crossroads in Galilee, Crossroads Among the Gentiles, and Crossroads in Jerusalem. The books are designed for young Christians ages seven to ten.

Each book explores a different aspect of Christ’s ministry, His disciples, and the people He encountrered. The books are based not only on the Bible itself, but also on extensive research into life during Bible times.

They are fantastic read-aloud books. My own five-year-old sat through the whole first book and asked for the next one!

What kind of child are you trying to reach with your books?

Interactive novels, like the Crossroads books, are especially helpful for reluctant readers. The reader takes on the role of a boy and girl who meets Jesus and his disciples. Each section is relatively short and is followed by a choice. The reader decides where the story goes next.

The books are ideal for any young reader who wants to know more about Jesus and the times in which he lived.

Reading the Bible is great, but it’s simply too difficult for many younger readers. The Crossroads books present the Gospel stories in a way that young readers can understand and enjoy.

Give us a little flavor of some great characters or the setting.

At Simon’s House [An excerpt from “The Tax Collector’s Brother” in Crossroads in Galilee]:

Capernaum is a large town. Over 15,000 people live there. Are they all at Simon’s house?  People push and shove to get inside. Many more stand outside the door and listen. You join them.

Many sick people have come to see Jesus. Some are blind. Some are lame. Some suffer terrible pains.

They leave rejoicing.

“I am well!”

“Jesus has healed me!”

. . . Several men come to the door carrying a friend on a mat. The friend is paralyzed; he cannot walk. There is no room for them inside. They climb the stairs to the roof.


To follow, turn to On the Roof on page 93.

To stay in the doorway and listen, turn to A Challenge on page 95.

What inspired you to write this series?

I had written 15 interactive novels for Capstone Press’s You Choose series. They are all popular historical adventures, and I began to wonder why no Christian publisher had considered such a series based on Bible.

After all, faith should be an adventure, too; it certainly was in the first century. The Gospels are full of adventure—not only in the actual encounters Jesus has with his Jewish friends and neighbors, but also in those he had with various authorities.

Parables like the Prodigal Son or the Good Samaritan are adventures, too, and like all good adventures, they are instructive. And so I began developing ideas for a Christian series of interactive novels.

As I began writing the Crossroads book, I realized that I needed to see the places where Jesus lived and preached, so my husband and I traveled to Israel.

I’d already written early drafts, but the trip helped me to better understand the topography of the region and to appreciate the distances people traveled on foot. I was astounded to see the “wilderness,” a dry, barren region studded with caves, some of which had hidden the Dead Sea Scrolls. A wall of the temple still stands in Jerusalem, and I sat on the stairs leading to it, the same stairs Jesus had climbed.

JourneyForth Books, a division of Bob Jones University Press, did a masterful job of producing the Choose Your Journey series. I hope these books will help young readers feel as if they, too, have been on a journey with Jesus. 

How did you know you wanted to be an author?

When I was very young, my mother read to me. My dad told stories about his own childhood, as well as stories about what happened during the work day. My brothers and I played imaginary games, and whenever we said we were bored, Mom told us to read a book.

Little wonder I began to appreciate books. But I never considered writing one until my third grade teacher read a poem I had written and said, “Someday, you’ll be a writer.”

I simply kept writing.

At first, I wrote magazine and newspaper articles, and later tried my hand at writing books. I have an entire file drawer filled with early attempts, all unpublished and for good reasons, but they served as an apprenticeship.

So, perhaps I’ve always known I wanted to be an author. Luckily for me, it worked out!

What’s one chapter book you always recommend?

Charlotte’s Web

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Read the kind of books you hope to write, write, and then read some more. Don’t give up.

If there’s one thing I know about writing, it’s that writing takes patience and perseverance. 

What formats are your books available in?

  • Paperback
  • Ebook

Find them all here.

What’s your most recent release?

A Kidnapping in Kentucky, 1776, a historical novel for middle grade readers, is my most recent. It’s based on the actual kidnapping of Daniel Boone’s 13-year-old daughter, Jemima.

How can parents find you?

There is a contact page on my webstie:

My books are available on ChristianBook, BJU Press, Victory Baptist Press, and Amazon.

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