By Hallie Waugh
Special to The Sun
Some Edmond residents know him as the boy who scored Deer Creek High School’s first touchdown in 1976, but they may soon know Roger A. Sims for a different reason. His upcoming children’s book, “The Wise Thin King,” will release May 28 in online bookstores and at Edmond’s Tate Publishing.
This Christian fairytale aims to empower children and teach them the value of Godly wisdom. The story begins in 4th century England, where a small kingdom is threatened by the death of their king. In search of an heir, three advisers consult King Solomon’s ancient Tablet of Wisdom. Each adviser misinterprets the tablet, representing a form of worldly, false wisdom. The book’s heroine — inspired by Sims’ oldest granddaughter — eventually demonstrates true wisdom from God.
“I hope to empower children — particularly girls — to think for themselves and to search for Godly wisdom,” Sims said. “I have three granddaughters, and I’ve seen the media teach them that they must be popular or beautiful to be loved.”
This book, he hopes, will teach young girls that they have a valuable voice in society.
Inspiration for The Wise Thin King admittedly stems from close familial relationships and past writing experiences; his mother was a published writer who encouraged him to pursue his writing career in the late 1980s, early 1990s. It was his grandchildren’s love for stories, however, that inspired him to write again.
“I had what I like to call a 20-year writer’s block,” Sims said. “Now, I’m learning to write on a computer instead of pencil and pad.”
Stories like the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis and countless children’s books by Max Lucado have inspired him to write entertaining stories with deep, Christian themes.
Sims does not simply write about these aspects of his faith; he puts them into action. All proceeds from The Wise Thin King will benefit the Kairos 10 nonprofit organization. Kairos 10 hires Ghanaian women to produce jewelry and sell it in America. All money from sales then goes to purchasing mosquito nets in Ghana, where malaria kills a third of children age 5 and younger.
“I love the idea that writing is about connecting humans to their humanity,” said Sims, who hopes to continue writing a fiction trilogy and publish within the next year. For now, his inspiring story can be found on Amazon, Tate Publishing and all stores that carry Kairos 10 products.