Lions for Ajax

Author: Nancy Snyder
Paperback, 144 pages
ISBN 9781633421455

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About the book

If children question their gender, how can parents act with faith and love, rather than react with fear?

Through their daily interactions with neighbors who are being bullied, the Trellert boys learn to honor God with their masculinity. Can even the bullies be drawn to the beauty and symmetry of God’s design for masculinity and femininity?

Matthew Trellert experiences anguish over his God-given gender. Through reliance on the Holy Spirit, his parents, Joe and Lisa, are able to interact with Matthew without being overwhelmed by fear, instead encouraging him with wisdom and love. They inspire him to be the person he was created to be—an artist with an eye for beauty and attention to detail—and teach him to use these gifts as a man for God’s glory.

This story shines gospel light on a path that is both time-tested and timely, as Matthew learns that Christ’s grace is more than sufficient for those who struggle with their gender.


This poignant work of fiction offers lived experience and sharp theology on a weighty subject: how to parent, shepherd, disciple, and love a child who hates that God made him a boy. This child does not live in a microcosm, but rather, a feet-on-the-floor, gritty Christian family. In the end, the hurt boy becomes the healed boy by learning to follow the crucified Christ. Christian fiction of this merit can heal us of our deepest fears. This book deserves the highest praise and the widest possible readership. —Rosaria Butterfield, author of Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, Openness Unhindered, and The Gospel Comes With a House Key

This work of fiction can encourage parents who struggle to teach children whose hearts seem to be closed to other methods of instruction. I hope many will follow in Nancy’s footsteps in using storyteling to bring light to hard issues in creative ways. —Amy Baker, Biblical Counselor and Ministry Resource Director at Faith Church, Lafayette, Indiana

Lions for Ajax weaves the different perspectives of the characters into a beautiful story that applies important teachings of the Bible to family life. I felt as if I was invited to be a part of the Trellert family, seeing firsthand how Joe and Lisa interact with their children and neighbors. This book gave me a model for discipling my family. It will also help me in my interactions with the non-Christian world—present biblical help in a loving way. Thank you, Nancy, for writing this wonderful and encouraging book. —Kevin Hamilton, Deaf Biblical Counseling; Minister of Grace Deaf Presbyterian Church

About the author

Nancy Snyder wrote this story because she first lived this story. She is a certified biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and serves on the board of Deaf Biblical Counseling. Nancy and her husband Chuck are interpreters and translators in the Deaf world. They have been blessed with four sons, three daughters-in-law, and three grandsons. Nancy is also the author of The Gospel for Moving Targets.

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