As an author of Christian children’s books, I know that every person picks up a story and reads the text through their own theological lens. It’s quite impossible not to. Equally impossible, then, is the enormous task of an author who tries to placate each reader. And so rather than tie myself in knots, trying to please everyone, I decided, early on in my writing, that I would try to please God.
This is a portion of my interview on the Christians Engaged in Faith Formation blog, where my UMC colleague, Christine Hides, was good enough to interview me about the theology behind Easter Love Letters from God.
Knowing that more liberal Christian audiences might struggle with some of the language in the book and perhaps wonder about my reasoning, I welcome the opportunity to address questions such as these: Continue reading
If you’ve peeked inside the pages of Easter Love Letters from God. you’ll have seen this:
These words won’t make sense to anyone who doesn’t know me well. But my family, my close friends, and my four brothers and three sisters know only too well who the ‘Secret Supper’ maker was…
Let me take you across the Atlantic Ocean, almost fifty years ago, to a red brick home in northern England, where I grew up with my seven siblings… Continue reading
Here’s me, wearing my favorite hat, holding my favorite book…
Easter Love Letters from God, the fifth title in this best-selling series, is now available! To celebrate its release, I have two exciting announcements to share: Continue reading
Yay! The time has arrived! With just one week left until publication of Easter Love Letters from God, my publisher, Zonderkidz, is offering a THREE-BOOK GIVEAWAY!
Inside the pages of this interactive book, you will find seven stories and seven lift-the-flap love letters from God, each of which can be personally addressed to your child. Last week I shared some of my favorite excerpts from the stories, but here’s a peek inside one of my favorite letters… Continue reading
As an author, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of opening your new book for the very first time, reading the words you wrote and taking in every minute detail of the illustrations, drawn so beautifully by the brilliant Sophie Allsopp.
Easter Love Letters from God, the fifth book in the series, will be in bookstores in less than two weeks but if, like me, you just can’t wait to open it, here’s your sneak peek inside its pages, with some of my favorite extracts and pictures…. Continue reading
Wow! Over 100 people entered the giveaway of the lovely picture book, Maybe God is Like That Too.
And the two winners, who are going to be as happy as this boy from the book are…. Continue reading
Out of all the wonderful children’s picture books I read in 2017, one stands out.
Maybe God is Like That Too, written by author Jennifer Grant and published by Sparkhouse Family, is a lovely little tale of a boy who wonders where God is and his wise grandma, who shows him.
Maybe it’s because I have ‘God conversations’ with my little six-year-old grandson, just like the characters in the story, or maybe it’s because I was lucky enough to meet the author at a Writer’s Conference where she signed my copy, but either way, this book is a favorite.
Told by a young boy, the book begins: Continue reading
Here’s a little trip down memory lane, with my top author highlights from 2017, plus a teeny hint at what’s coming for 2018…
Girls’ Love Letters from God, the fourth book in the popular Love Letters from God series hits the shelves. and it’s even read by mermaids!
It’s Christmas Eve…
many, many, many years ago.
There’s no snow in the air, but there IS a certain magic, dancing in the dark night skies outside our bedroom window. We have our noses scrunched against the glass. And we’re peering out, into the blackness, my siblings and I.
And suddenly a cry goes up: Continue reading
It’s hard to believe, but we have reached the end of our blog tour for ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas. There’s just one last chance to win this premium picture book! Head over to my colleague’s blog, at DeDe Reilly, leave a comment there, and if you win, your book will be on your doorstep just in time for Christmas.
In the meantime, if you own ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas, you might have noticed that this book is dedicated to my wonderful husband, David, without whom I would never have been an author. You can read David’s story here.
And what are people saying about ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas? Here’s some of my favorite words from the 84 Amazon reviews… (Do you think I’ll reach my goal of 100 before Christmas?) Continue reading