Blog tour: ‘Bible Origami’ by Todd Huisken, Interview & International Giveaway!(ends 12/28/16)

December 18, 2016

This is a fun/unique Book and activity. What better day to present it to all Christians than on Sunday?

Either for a teacher’s/parent’s lesson visual aid, or just a fun activity with youth or older children, this is the ideal aid!

I Thank the author and…

for presenting this review/giveaway opportunity.

 

About the book:

Keep your children’s hands busy during church services with Bible Origami. Instead of folding the service programs into paper airplanes, they can fold Noah’s ark, an oil lamp, or Joseph’s coat! As you develop the unique skill of creating these simple-to-intermediate origami designs, you will find opportunities to use them with all ages for lessons, activities, crafting, and everyday fun!

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MY REVIEW:

I repeat, for a teacher’s/parent’s lesson visual aid, or just a fun activity with youth or older children, this is the ideal aid! Todd has created a illustrated book that with a little effort, even the least adept person can create. Illustrator, Nick Robinson, has effectively drawn the detailed directions out so – along with Todd’s written instructions – younger youth can even follow.

The book’s first pages, the author introduces seven different folds. There are five animals/fowls, plus, a serpent, which can be used in more than one story. this book mostly contains Old Testament stories, i.e. Noah’s Ark, Joseph & the coat of many colors, Daniel & the Lion’s den, Jonah & the Whale, the Ark & Covenant, Manna, the Ten Commandments. It, then,  continues with the Birth of Christ objects, ending with objects from a few of the parables.

When presenting them with these visual aids, activity or handout, your audience will think you are very clever!

The Book Cover and Title are eye-catching, and perfect for this book.

I was gifted this book with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.

Five Stars for creativity, detail, clear instructions, and Book Cover appeal.

ABOUT the AUTHOR per his website + My Interview with Him:

Todd Huisken, MFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Irvine, California.  He received his Undergraduate degree in Psychology from BrighamYoungUniversity and his Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of San Diego.
Todd has worked as the Senior Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at Aspen Community Services where he counseled with adjudicated, and at risk children and adolescents in group homes and institutions who had been removed from their homes and were working toward family reunification.   Previous to this, Todd served as the Clinical Case Manager for the inpatient adolescent unit at CPC Psychiatric Hospital for two years.
Todd has also served as the Assistant Director of Disaster Mental Health Services for the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross.  He routinely debriefs corporate personnel after traumatic incidents and has participated in debriefing school staff and students after shootings. Todd presents on a variety of topics including:  Preventing Violence in the Workplace, Stress Management, Dealing With Difficult People and Parenting Teenagers.  Corporations such as Boeing, IBM, ITT, Disney, PacifiCare, The Orange County Fire Authority and the Laguna Beach Police Department have all utilized Todds services.
Todd specializes in marital counseling, adolescents and family issues, and sexual addiction.

My Interview with Todd Huisken:

1.) Tell me a little about yourself, i.e. where you grew up, pets you had, how many siblings and your favorite things to do.

I am the youngest of four in my family.  I have an older brother and two older sisters.  I grew up in Huntington Beach, California, in the same house my whole life.  Because I lived near the coast, most of my time with my friends was spent swimming at the beach during the day and laughing with friends around a bonfire at night.  As I got older, I got a job at Disneyland working in the ticket booths.   Many days after I was done with my shift at work, I would sign some friends into the park and we would spend the evening at Disneyland.
What a fairy tale adolescence!

2.) Please, share with us a couple of special childhood memories.

One of my fondest childhood memories is spending the Fourth of July with my family in a small town called Avalon and marching in the “Golf Cart parade.”  We would decorate a golf cart in red, white and blue and drive down the main street throwing candy to all of the spectators.  What child doesn’t like to be in a parade!

That does sound truly exciting!

3.) You are a Marriage an Family Therapist. What do you feel are the major challenges on average families and marriages in today’s society?

As a counselor working with families, the biggest challenges I see are families finding time to spend together.  Many families are so overscheduled (with good things mind you) that they don’t spend enough time together.  Husbands and wives need to spend one on one time together, parents need to spend time with their kids. Just spending dinner together as a family can have a very positive effects on a family. 
With all the activities in today’s world, that is a challenge, especially if there are more than one or two children.   

4.) You are the counseling manager at Fountain Valley, CA & also serve as the Assistant Director of Mental Health Services for the Red Cross in your area. In working with the victims of the devastating fires,& Hurricanes and Earthquakes, what are your detailed responsibilities?

In my counseling manager job, I oversee the operations at two offices in Southern California.  I supervise the counselors and their cases, making sure the clients are getting best care possible.  I also meet with families and do some direct counseling myself. 

In my emergency mental health responsibilities, I am the team leader over small groups that respond to disasters.  Mostly I work with local leaders in those situations because if I can help the leaders to be healthy, they will be better able to help their congregations.  I also work with other non profit groups to help coordinate activities to help the victims.

I am certain these are much needed services.

5.) You are the author of Dating Directory. As a youth Seminary teacher I am sure you have a lot of insight into youth dating. Please summarize what information is contained in this book and why you felt inspired to write it.

The Dating Directory was my first attempt at publishing a book.  I had collected information about fun things to do in Utah and Salt Lake Counties and then compiled it into an easy guide for students and couples.  I self published it and the BYU Bookstore purchased a fair number of copies which they sold in the University Bookstore.  The inspiration for it cam from my wife.  I was newly married and we wanted to do something fun every week but since we were new to the area and there was no internet, we didn’t know where to turn.  Creating my own guide was the solution.

That would be of help to anyone moving into a new area. What a great idea!

6.) You are the Founder of Process and Content newsletter at  the university of San Diego. Why did you develop this? What purpose does it serve?

The terms “process” and “content” are therapy words that refer to “how” you talk about things and “what” you talk about.  The Marriage and Family Program at the University of San Diego was still in the building stages and was in need of better communication between students and faculty.  The newsletter which came out twice a month had articles written by the staff and the students.  It was successful in bridging the gaps.  The teachers were able to communicate important announcements about classes and programs and students could write about more social interests. 

This sounds like a program which needs to be implemented in more schools and universities.

7.) What motivated you to learn origami and then to work it into books for others to use?

My earliest memory of folding paper was in fourth grade.  My teacher was having us do a hands-on science experiment where we would fold origami boats and float them in water with pennies in them to estimate how much weight they could hold before they sank.  Most recently, I picked up the hobby again in 2011 while sitting in church.  My wife and I were watching some friend’s children and I was trying to keep the nine year old quiet and busy.  I taught him how to fold a paper airplane while we were sitting there but then he started flying it above his head.  My wife leaned over to me and said, “Do you really think you should have been folding a paper airplane in church?”  She was totally right, but it got me thinking, “What could children fold in church that would keep their hands busy and help them be reverent.”  From there I began doing some research on different religious origami designs.  Everything just took off from there.

It sounds as though you had a very clever teacher! I think many of us are guilty of folding paper airplanes during church service. This book was true inspiration on your part!

8.) How young can a child successfully learn to create origami?

There are so many easy origami models on the internet.  My suggestion for those new to origami is to start with the easy designs until you get the hang of the different folds.  Origami takes patience and practice.  Even as I am writing this, my wife tried one of the designs and it didn’t turn out they way she hoped.  She stepped away from the table for a minute and when she came back and tried the model again, it came out perfectly.  Practice, practice, practice.
I can even do it! That is saying a lot! I am a “show me” person and do not often do well reading the instructions….But, as you said, I certainly didn’t succeed the first time or two.

9.) What is your next Big Project?

For 2017, I am focusing on completing a book more related to my field–one about strengthening marriage and families.  I have high hopes to have it published in 2017.  Some have asked me if I will write another book on origami.   Now that I have three out, I’ve kind of gotten the hang of it and there is always a possibility in the future.

Well, I hope you continue with your origami as well as share your other expertise.

10.) What goals would you like to accomplish within the next five to ten years?

On the personal side, I have a goal to read all of the standard works cover to cover.  I also have a folder online with various ideas for books related to marriage and families.  In 10 years I hope to have at least five of the titles published.  And I’d like to run a couple of marathons. 

With my family, I’d like to see my kids all graduate from college and take some fun vacations with my wife.  We have always talked about how fun it would be to take a road trip across the United Stated.  I would really look forward to doing that with my wife. 

We were fortunate enough, a few years ago, to take a road trip across the U.S. using mostly “backroads”. It was an amazing experience and we discovered so many fascinating and beautiful places we never knew existed. We have now visited 41 out of the 50 states and have loved every minute of it!

Thank you so much, Todd, for this insight into your private life. It helps us readers view you as more “human” and feel we are sharing a part of you in reading your books.

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14 Comments

  • anne December 18, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    The author’s favorite childhood memory is special and beautiful.

  • John Smith December 18, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I see he has a newsletter at the University of San Diego. San Diego is one of my favorite places!

  • edye December 19, 2016 at 1:47 am

    That his earliest memory of folding paper is 4th grade.

  • Crafty Nunn December 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I like his answer to marriage/family challenges. He said – Just spending dinner together as a family can have a very positive effects on a family. I have always required that. They just expect to be home at supper time.

  • Darlene Owen December 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    The part of the interview I like was that he wanted to see all of his children go to college.

  • Nancy December 28, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    I found it interesting that the Bible origami idea came to him while trying to keep a child quiet and busy during a church service.

  • Renee Rousseau December 29, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I enjoyed how a child can successfully learn origami. What a great way to invest a young person into a learning experience and a parable that will last them for life.

  • David s December 29, 2016 at 4:28 am

    The part of the interview I liked was to see all of his children go to college.

  • Rob December 29, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Earliest memory of folding Origami was to fold Origami boats and float them in water with pennies to estimate how much weight they would hold reminded me of my memories of floating paper boats in irrigation water.

  • Milt December 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Keeping a child quite by folding a paper airplane and flying it by him and folding Origami boats reminds me of my childhood activities; I love to make things that can fly and float.

  • Marc December 29, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    There are so many easy origami models on the Internet and Origami takes patience and practice; how cool it would be to make Origami birds that can glide like a hang glider.

  • Paulet December 29, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    His childhood memory of making Origami boats, and his practice making designs for the book is a great idea for the imagination and learning of the children.

  • Malv December 29, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Those paper planes he first used and later models for the book reminds me of all the beautiful, amazing Origami designs there are to make and use for fun.