New Releases

2018 was a busy year with a nice variety of freelance writing projects. I'm excited to tell you about new books releasing in 2019.

Grandma Prays for You

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Bible Promise Book for Bad Days
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Published by Tommy Nelson (Harper-Collins) Available June, 2019

A companion to the best-selling "I Prayed for You", this book features Grandma Bear and her adorable grandbabies. 

From the Publisher: 

As a grandmother, you long to show your grandchildren how much you pray for them—for their day-to-day activities, for their future, and for their spiritual lives. With the same writer and artist pair from the bestselling I Prayed for You, this sweet board book reminds even the youngest readers that you hold them in your prayers and heart.

In this cherished story, a darling grandma bear shares special moments with her grandbabies, wrapping them in love and covering them in prayer throughout ordinary days and treasured milestones. As you read this with the little ones in your life, you'll show them that you're praying for them and always will.

Whether you live near your grandchildren or have a spiritual connection with them across the miles, Grandma Prays for You is a wonderful way to pass on both your faith and your love as you remind your grandchildren that no matter what, God is with them, they are loved, and grandmas never run out of prayers.

Little Book of Grandma's Love--Precious Moments®

 

Published by Tommy Nelson (Harper-Collins) Available March 2019

Next in Tommy Nelson's growing line of Precious Moments board books

From the Publisher: 

Grandma's love is the best kind of love! And nothing is more special than time together, whether you're making cookies, playing games, or just cuddled up. Precious Moments Little Book of Grandma's Love celebrates the special connection grandmothers share with their grandchildren and features classic Precious Moments art; sweet, rhyming text; and Scripture.

Time with Grandma is always fun! And what could be more fun than snuggling close and reading together about all the reasons grandmas and grandchildren love each other so very much? From gardening together to playing games to that special hug that only Grandma can give, you'll love seeing all the ways a grandma’s love is so unique.

Through the classic Precious Moments® artwork, fun poems, sweet prayers, and Bible verses, Precious Moments Little Book of Grandma's Love will remind your favorite grandma and her grandchildren that only God gives the gift of grandma's love.

The Bible Promise Book for Bad Days

Published by Barbour Books, Available February, 2019

A vast collection of scripture verses to serve as inspiration when kids face bad days.

From the Publisher:

The Perfect Way for Kids to Turn Bad Days Right-Side-Up Again!
For  your kids ages 6 and up, this book of Bible promises will encourage their young hearts. Whether they’ve experienced a hard day because they got a bad grade on a test. . .or they got in a fight with their very best friend. . .or they got in trouble from Mom or Dad for making a bad decision. . .this little book will remind them that tomorrow is a new day and that their heavenly Father loves them—no matter what! 

 

The Bible Promise Book® for Bad Days is a great way to lift your kids up and build their faith as they come to know and understand the unending love and grace of their heavenly Father.

Read It! Pray It! Write It! Draw It! Do It!

Published by Barbour Books, Available March, 2019

A new interactive journal for kids!

From the Publisher:

Encourages Kids to Live Out Their Faith in Real Life!
This fun, interactive journal for kids will help them grow in their faith. With Bible-related reading, praying, writing, drawing, and doing activities, the kids in your life will enjoy the varied prompts.

 

Touching on topics that will enhance a child's faith, like Praying, Making Decisions, Waiting, Forgiving, Obeying, Being Kind, Being More Like Jesus, Loving Others, and more, kids ages 6 and up will be encouraged to read a scripture passage (a key Bible passage is included), pray about it (a prayer starter is included), journal their own thoughts and feelings (a journal prompt is included), and draw a related picture (a drawing prompt is included). Each topically arranged section wraps up with a related "doing" activity as well--encouraging your kids to live out their faith in real life! 

An Award!

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100 Extraordinary Stories for Courageous Girls

Published by Shiloh Kidz, Available NOW

This beautifully illustrated, hard cover book features 100 short biographies of women of faith. The book released in November 2018 and is currently #4 on Amazon's Religious Biographies for pre-and-young teens. WATCH FOR A SURPRISE LATER THIS YEAR.

From the Publisher:

Girls are world-changers! And this deeply inspiring storybook proves it!

Just for the girls in your life, ages 8 and up, this collection of 100 extraordinary stories of women of faith--from the Bible, history, and today--will empower them to know and understand how women have made a difference in the world and how much smaller our faith (and the biblical record) would be without them.

 

Featuring full-page, colorful illustrations alongside the true stories of amazing women like Lydia, Naomi, Rahab, Rebekah, Jane Austen, Corrie ten Boom, Bethany Hamilton, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, and dozens more, the stories of these 100 women will encourage and inspire girls to become the world-changers God created them to be!

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Prayers for an Anxious Heart Journal

Camp Club Girls (series) Reissued 2019!

Published by Barbour Books, Available 2019

The popular Camp Club Girls series is back--this time as 4-in-1 books releasing throughout 2019. Each character's book includes books one through three (previously published) in their set PLUS a NEW fourth book.

My set, Camp Club Girl, Sydney, is set to release in May, 2019.

From the Publisher:

GET A CLUE WITH THE CAMP CLUB GIRLS!
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oin Sydney and the Camp Club Girls as they embark on a series of clue-filled adventures and crack the case in this entertaining and action-packed 4-in-1 mystery collection.

Is danger lurking in the nation's capital? The Camp Club Girls are determined to discover what's behind the secret messages left at the Vietnam Memorial. Will the girls unravel the confusing clues at the twilight’s gleaming and deflect any danger before the dawn’s early light?

Is a strange creature lurking in the ocean depths? Sydney and Bailey get more than they bargained for on a visit to North Carolina, where they encounter baffling events on the beaches of the Outer Banks. Will the Camp Club Girls discover who—or what—is leaving the peculiar tracks in the sand?

Is there a wild animal on the loose? Or something even more menacing? While Sydney and Alexis are getting back to nature at a lake in northern Wisconsin, mysterious occurrences catch the super sleuths’ attention. Will the Camp Club Girls solve this mystery before their time in the forest is up?

Who's the mysterious woman living in the woods? When Sydney and Elizabeth embark on an adventure in North Carolina, they meet Galilahi, a young girl searching for clues to her Cherokee Indian heritage. Will the Camp Club Girls unveil the necessary clues and help Galilahi find the answers that she so desperately seeks?

Prayers for an Anxious Heart Devotional Journal

Published by Barbour Books, Available NOW

I'm grateful to have contributed to this new journal for women, a companion to the PRAYERS FOR AN ANXIOUS HEART devotional

From the Publisher:

Be Anxious for Nothing…
Dozens of practical and encouraging prayers inspired by Philippians 4:6-7, alongside generous journaling space, will help you strengthen your heart-connection to the Master Creator. Each prayer will draw you ever closer to the heavenly Father as you discover a deeper understanding and love for the One who holds the whole world in His hands.

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Psalm 29:11 NIV

When Do I Love You?

Published by Thomas Nelson Available NOW

I had fun last year contributing to the text of this adorable board book illustrated by Marta Cabrol.

From the Publisher:

Remind your little one of your unending love with the playful rhymes of When Do I Love You?, a silly and charming board book that will make you laugh as it warms your heart. The perfect gift for baby showers, birthday parties, or as an extra special 'just because!' gift, this sweet book will be a favorite in your family for years to come.

Highlights

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You Are Extraordinary!

Published by Thomas Nelson (Harper-Collins). Available June 2019

I had the amazing experience last year to work on this book with Craig and Samantha Johnson, founders of Champion Club, an international ministry of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. CLICK ON THE BOOK to read more about the Johnsons and their unique ministry.

From the Publisher:

In You Are Extraordinary, Craig and Samantha Johnson use fun rhymes and colorful pictures to celebrate kids who have unique challenges and gifts. Every page in this book focuses on a different ability or diverse circumstance, such as autism, Down syndrome, different ethnicities, unique sizes and body types, physical limitations, cancer, adoptions, and more. You Are Extraordinary is an inspiring reminder to treat others with kindness and live out the truth that you are loved! And a letter to parents at the beginning of the book will encourage parents and caregivers and remind them that they're not alone.

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I Prayed for You (Picture Book Format)

Published by Tommy Nelson. Available Now

The board book, I Prayed for You, was reissued in 2018 as a hardcover picture book. It has sold more than 165,000 copies and is currently listed as the #1 best seller in Children's Christian Family Fiction on Amazon.

From the Publisher:

“Even before you were born, I prayed for you.” Every day Mama Bear prays for Baby Bear---she always has, and she always will. Cuddle up and share how your little one is covered in prayer and surrounded by love with this beautiful picture book.

This cherished story, which has sold more than 165,000 copies, creates the perfect moment to wrap your little one securely in the love of a parent and of God.

Christian Retailing's Best Award 2016!

The Bible is My Best Friend Family Devotional

by Sheila Walsh

Published by B&H Kids, October 2015

One of the books that I worked on with Sheila Walsh won the Christian Retailing Best Award (2016) for Best Devotional!

 

Check out Sheila's series of "The Bible is My Best Friends" books, available from your favorite bookseller.