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Francine Rivers Interview on new book Her Daughter’s Dream

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Q

uestions/Answers from Francine Rivers

How has exploring the relationship between your mother and grandmother helped you understand yourself?

This is a question I would love readers to ask themselves at the end of Her Mother’s Hope. I realized early in the story that I have many of my grandmother and mother’s character traits, both good and bad. They both had tempers. So do I. They both had low self-esteem. I’m always striving to “measure up”. They both chose spouses who respected them. So did I. Both women had strong faith and servants’ hearts, something they encouraged in me. My mother extended grace to others — a trait I want to cultivate to the end of my days. By holding onto her anger, Grandma lacked the peace and joy she could have had in her last years. I tend to relive past hurts. Writing about Marta made me decide to let go, forgive and move on. For whatever reason, Grandma couldn’t and missed out on so much joy in her last years. Sometimes people deeply hurt as children take offense where none was intended. Holding a grudge causes suffering, especially for the one who won’t let go. Jesus said to forgive one another as He has forgiven us. Forgiveness frees us, even if the other person refuses to join in the process of reconciliation. As I examine my own life, I see how much I’ve been forgiven. How can I not extend God’s grace to others? The best way to experience the fullness of God’s presence in my life is to surrender it to Him. And in that surrender, we are made more complete and joy-filled.

Mother-daughter relationships are often complicated and fraught with emotional land mines. What was your approach to exploring the complexity of those relationships in a fictional setting?

Questions, lots of questions! Every time I told someone I was working on a book about mother-daughter relationships, people wanted to share their family stories. As I wrote Her Mother’s Hope, I wanted readers to see through each woman’s eyes, and understand how the past shaped each in the way she responded to her mother. Hildemara doesn’t believe her mother loves her, but it is out of Marta’s pain and loss that tough-love techniques were forged. Marta wants to strengthen her daughter for whatever lies ahead. Sometimes what we view as rejection can actually be an act of sacrificial love. We seldom know the experiences that shaped our mothers, the deep hurts, traumatic events, broken relationships. I hope women who read this book will want to share those things with one another.

Writing a novel is not for the faint of heart. What was the most difficult part of writing this family saga? What came the most naturally to you?

The most difficult part of writing any novel is getting out of my own way. I have to get rid of preconceived notions about themes and characters and plot. The first draft of this novel came in at over 1000 pages and was too biographical. I wanted the story to shift back and forth from present to past, trying to show what happened to create the rifts and valleys between Hildemara, Carolyn and May Flower Dawn. I was too cautious, too afraid to harm to my grandmother and mother’s memory.

A wonderful editor wrote me an insightful letter in which she listed what she wanted to know about each the characters. Her letter got my creative juices flowing. She helped me look at the story in a new way. I set the first manuscript aside and started over. I found it better to move from one generation to the next in a linear story. This time the characters followed my grandmother and mother’s timeline, but took on a life of their own. They became unique individuals rather than the shadow of real people.

After readers finish this series what do you want them to remember? What questions and feelings do you want it to provoke on a spiritual and emotional level?

I hope and pray readers who have had difficult relationships with their mothers or daughters will let go of the pain and anger and allow God to work in their lives. God can work all things together for good for those who trust and love Him. Following Jesus’ example changes the way we see people. It changes the way we relate to one another. Even when the chasm is too deep to cross, we can decide to forgive. Some people wear grievances like a dirty coat. With God’s strength, we can strip it off and be free. When people finish reading Her Daughter’s Dream, I hope they will want to extend God’s grace and forgiveness. I hope they will tear down their walls and use their life experiences to begin building a bridge.

Who do you see as the audience for this story, and does that differ from your previous readership?

I am fortunate to work with Tyndale House. If a writer does well in one genre, publishers encourage the writer to continue in the same genre. Tyndale has given me the freedom to go wherever the story leads. I have done historical as well as contemporary. This two-part saga was intended to be one LONG book. Splitting the story into two parts made it more affordable for readers, and eliminated the need to delete entire sections. Hopefully, both women and men will enjoy Her Mother’s Hope and Her Daughter’s Dream. Men play a strong role in the lives of all four primary characters: Marta, Hildemara Rose, Carolyn and May Flower Dawn. And both books have much to do with faith, how it presents itself, how it grows, often under difficult circumstances and in unexpected ways.

Where may we connect with you further or to purchase a copy of HER DAUGHTER’S DREAM?

I would love for you to visit my web site at www.FrancinceRivers.com, browse through the various events and other resources available, as well as sign up for my mailing list. You may also join me on my Facebook page, please click here.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me as a blog tour host by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for posting this interview on my blog. Please visit Christian Speaker Services at www.ChristianSpeakerServices.com for more information about blog tour management services.

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CD Review: Take It From the Top ~ Adventures in Odyssey

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soon as my kids saw what came in the mail, it disappeared.  I had it on my stack of books to review, and was going to put it in the kitchen CD player and it was gone!  I found four of my children gathered in a bedroom, listening to it, as they were coloring, another knitting.  I told them not to lose any of the CD’s and to make sure it gets back to me – SOON!  Well, I’ve had it quite a few weeks, and I finally got it back.  I’ve not had time to listen to it all, but my kids have given me lots of input, and want to know when the next CD is coming out!

My kids have grown up on Adventures in Odyssey.  Take it from the Top is the 51st album in the Adventures in Odyssey series, and your kids AND you, won’t be disappointed. This four CD set is over five hours of listening time with twelve stories, covering the important issues of storing up treasures in heaven, procrastination, revenge, responsibility, pride, and importance of family.

Enter Whit’s new invention, the Inspiration Station, and find out why Connie wants to spend so much time in it. Solve mysteries with local sleuth Emily Jones, and learn why 10-year-old Matthew Parker doesn’t think being “target of the week” is such a good thing.  Catch up with Whit, Connie, Eugene, and Wooton, and meet two new families, as they learn lessons about responsibility, revenge, and God-given inspiration. Whether on a baseball field, at home, or at Whit’s End, there’s never a dull moment in the town of Odyssey! ”  Tyndale Product Details

This CD series also includes a mini poster which shows pictures of the characters along with a description.  On the back of this is even a secret recipe . . . Chocolate Soda.  🙂  Take it from the Top is filled with hours of fun, learning, and Scriptural truths that once again Focus on the Family and Tyndale House Publishers have done a wonderful job with.  I was also thrilled to read on the poster that there appears to be another CD set coming out in October, 2010!  Take it from the Top is available now . . . just in time for summer car trips and those “I’m bored” days!

This CD set was provided to me free of charge by Tyndale House Publishers, in exchange for my honest opinion of it.
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Guest Blog Post: Stephen Vosloo, Senior Designer of the Mosaic Bible (Tyndale House Publishers)

Bible2(It is a privileged to share below a guest post from Mr. Stephen Vosloo, the Senior Designer of the Holy Bible: Mosaic NLT.  On Friday, I posted my review of this Bible along with the announcement of a giveaway gift certificate for a copy of the Mosaic Bible.  To join in on the drawing, please leave a comment OR a question for either Mr. Vosloo or for Mr. Keith Williams, the editor. )

Guest Blogger:
Mr. Stephen Vosloo

An overarching theme for Mosaic is marrying the ancient heritage and rich diversity of our Christian experience with contemporary writings and thoughts. These concepts were consolidated into the idea of “ancient-future.” While not a new concept, it was a gutsy direction to pursue for a Bible project and spoke so eloquently to the vision that our authors and acquisitions teams had.

This ancient-future concept had to be expressed visually, and that’s where I came into the process. As a senior graphic designer at Tyndale, I was excited to help shape the visual identity of Mosaic from the early concept stage all the way through the final product. It’s my privilege today to be able to share a glimpse at what happened behind the scenes as we created Mosaic, and I thank you for this opportunity.

Mosaic was a huge project from the beginning. When you are staring down the barrel of a project that you know may take the better part of two years to complete, it can be a daunting task. Fortunately, I had a lot of help thanks to our fabulous design team at Tyndale. There is a beautiful synergy that happens when you throw a bunch of creatives in a room and ask them to take an idea to the next level. And while I was the primary designer for the devotional section of Mosaic, I received tons of valuable insights from my fellow designers that helped shape the final product.

Tools of the Trade
Tools of the Trade

Where did I start? I began by raiding our Bible libraries for inspiration on lettering, layout, and color. I also looked at a ton of  books and art that dated from the mid-18th century to the present. The research is always the most exciting part for me. That’s where I gather the creative resources, such as images, typography, writings, etc., for the creative “stew,” mashing them together into my subconscious and letting them “marinate” with each other. It’s critical to allow enough time for this process because these bits of inspiration will form into visual ideas that express what we want to say about the product. Research is the heartbeat of the creative phase, and it is from here that we move into the actual design phase.

Conceptually, we were breaking new ground in the marketplace, and it was important to create a look for Mosaic that would allow people to quickly understand how this product was different—and why that made it effective. So all the elements, from the small graphic icons, typography, and imagery to the paper weight and color, have been carefully chosen to reinforce the “ancient-future” concept and to ensure balance between aesthetics and functional integrity. One of the most effective ways we achieved this was using white (or negative) space as a key element in the design. This is not common in a Bible because space is a premium due to the length of the scripture text itself. But I couldn’t be happier that we made it a priority to integrate open areas into the design. The white space allows for meditation and reflective writing on the pages right along-side the content. It’s a vital part of encouraging people to engage with the writings, meditations, and prayers at a deeper level.

There were hundreds of other small decisions we made along the way where we weighed cost, time, aesthetics, function, and form that I won’t bore you with. They, in turn, all play into the final product that you end up holding in your hand. It’s our prayer at Tyndale that it will minister to your spiritual needs and meet you where you are at in your journey with God.

Search out a copy of this wonderful product and immerse yourself in all of its richness. You won’t be disappointed.

Stephen Vosloo
Senior Designer
Tyndale House Publishers

I’ve also attached a some of images from the [Tyndale] office. They aren’t directly related to Mosaic, but may serve as some visual interest to go along with the behind-the-scenes theme. [click to enlarge]


A Designer's Sanctuary
A Designer's Sanctuary
Designs in Progress
Designs in Progress
Creative Fuel
Creative Fuel

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Book Review Tour: The Holy Bible: Mosiac (& one to giveaway!)


TBiblehere is a lot of newness with this Bible . . . I learned some new things, and I’ve questioned some things.  Let me introduce you to The Holy Bible: Mosiac.

This is actually two books in one.  The first 340 pages (just over 1/3 of the book) is a a 52 week devotional section, based around the liturgical church year.  It begins with readings for Advent and Christmas and continues on with selections for Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and more.  With each weekly devotional is historical artwork which varies from photographs and paintings to mosaics, including the famous bread and fish mosaic from 380 AD.  Wk6.PerspectivesOnTheNativityThe devotionals also include suggested Scripture reading along with a highlighted verse.  This is followed by a meditation, many written specifically for this Mosaic Bible to follow the theme for that week.  Some weeks you will find this to be a hymn or a poem.  A unique part of this devotional section is that the editors put a collection of reflective content from every continent and every century of our Christian history, pulling the themes together, including writings from St. Augustine, Charles Wesley, and Henri Nouwen.  At the end of each devotional section is a whitespace, for note-taking, reflective thoughts or journaling.

The rest of this book is the New Living Translation of the Bible . . . 1319 pages, including a concordance and maps at the end.  This portion of the Bible has symbols to give references back to sections in the devotional portion.  The Bible has a center-column reference, with Greek and Hebrew word studies.  The margins on the outsides are wider than the center column, but not quite large enough to consider it a wide-margined Bible.  If you like to put a lot of notes in your Bible by the Scripture verses, this may limit you.

You can see these various sections of this devotional and Bible here and actually flip through numerous pages here (be sure to pull down the pages, in the upper right hand corner).

If you are wondering where the word “Mosaic” came from, here is what is stated in the beginning of this book in the “Mosaic User’s Guide”:

“Mosaics are curious things. Bits and pieces of stone and glass that on their own may be interesting, but only fleetingly so. Together, however, those pieces form images that move us in unexpected and profound ways. From the simplest forms to the most complex, it is the combined effect of tiles arranged in their diversity that brings about something much greater than the sum of its parts.

Mosaic is not merely the title for the Bible you hold.  It also describes its contents and our story as Christians, too.  . . . [A]s Christians, we are part of something much larger than simply the here and now. We are part of a mosaic–a patchwork of people, places, times, and cultures–that depicts one person: Jesus Christ.

The purpose of this Bible is to provide a way to encounter Christ on every continent and in every century of Christian history. … It is about the whole picture that emerges when all these pieces come together to form the beautiful mosaic that is God’s church.”

My Personal Pros and Cons

This is an intriguing Bible. I especially like some of the ideas of the devotional, with the history of  the church.   Not knowing many of the various authors throughout, brought concerns of not knowing where they came from or what they believed, which would take more research on my part to know.  Being the calendar changes every year, the devotional could not be dated within the book, but you can look it on on the Mosaic Bible website, and they have listed for each week what the reading should be. I would desire to have a print-out that I could possibly laminate and keep in this book for the year, rather than check back to the website.

I find the devotional part of the book very easy to read – great font, great background paper – making it very easy for these 40+ year old eyes to read.  The Scripture section, I found harder to read.  It is printed on the normal “tissue paper” type Scripture paper (is that what it’s called?) and the font is smaller than in the devotional.  The print shows through from the other side, making me concerned about my note taking bleeding through.

Coming from a conservative Baptist background, some of the “language” of creeds and other such terminology I am not familiar with, which does not mean it is bad.  So, I asked my pastor to give me his thoughts on this Mosaic Bible, and here is what he wrote to me after he looked through it for a few days:

My initial response is the Mosaic Bible is attempting to accomplish two things–be inclusive and second to attract a generation going more liturgical. The collection of mosaics could easily be bound as a broad church history overview rather than include it in such a fashion with the Bible. Obviously when you attempt to include such a wide span–geographically, socially, spiritually–you end up with some good–some not so good and some plain dangerous. One example would be part of an included quote from Pope John Paul II…'(Christmas) it is not just about commemorating the historical event”.   Well, quite obviously it is about that historic event of God becoming flesh that He might die for me! Anyway that’s my intial response–they named it accordingly Mosaic. Notice also that Mosaic is large font–Holy Bible is little [font]? Seems it is Mosaic before it is Bible.  And the inclusion of contemporary authors, etc. leans heavily emergent.

In accordance with the FTC regulations, I inform you that I received a copy of The Holy Bible: Mosaic directly from the publisher, Tyndale House Publishers, for review purposes. I review only books I have read, and only state my honest opinion of the book.

Now I can let you decide!  This might be just the Bible you were looking for.  On Monday,  October 26, 2009, Stephen Vosloo, the Senior Designer at Tyndale House Publishers and who designed the intereior of Mosaic, will be my guest blogger.  Both he and Keith Williams, the general editor of the Mosaic Bible, will be visiting my blog throughout the day to answer any questions left on my blog regarding this Bible.  You can leave questions either with this blog post or on Monday’s guest blog post and of those posts, one person will be chosen to receive gift certificate for one of these hard covered Bibles from your local Christian bookstore.  So, all you need do, is ask a question or leave a statement regarding this Bible . . . for the first entry, and for additional entries tweet, blog or FB about this and leave additional comments for each. Entries for submissions end Sunday, November 1, 2009 @ 10:00 pm and will be announced in the comment section on Monday November 2nd I will announce the winner of the gift certificate (which will be sent for no cost via regular mail within USA & Canada)

The entries for this giveaway have ended and the True Random Number Service picked entry #3.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Shame Lifter: Replacing Your Fears and Tears with Forgiveness, Truth, and Hope

T his book touched me in a very profound and deeply personal way.  I am in a Bible Study and one afternoon the leader asked what the difference between guilt and shame is.  It kinda gave me the chills.  I had really not heard or thought of the word shame in quite some time. I don’t know if it was a word used more when I was growing up, but it brought back the memory of a sentence my mom often used when she was upset with something we had done wrong, saying, “shame on you“.  It’s not something I say to my children or part of my speach.  Those words were tucked far away in my head.  So I heard “shame” mentioned that afternoon.  Days later my contact person from Tyndale Press asked if I would review this book, Shame Lifter: Replacing Your Fears and Tears with Forgiveness, Truth, and Hope.  Okay, I thought . . . God must have something He wants to teach me.

shamelifter If you are one who had childhood struggles/abuse, have a hard time accepting compliments, think you cannot measure up to God or not quite good enough, fear being like someone you absolutely do not want to be like and/or battle with addictions or eating disorders, this book is for you. She shares how the “shackles of shame can fall off.”  The author, Marilyn Hontz, shares her painful childhood, and how it went into her parenting.  You might not feel this type of book is for you – you had a perfect childhood, and really do not think you have hurts that need healed, but I found it also helpful in my parenting and the way I see my children interact with each other.  The author discusses us either being shame lifters or shame givers.  Are we building up others or tearing each other (including ourselves) down.  How do our children play and joke with each other.  Below are just a few quotes that I underlined in my book that spoke to me . . .

“Toxic shame gives you a sense of worthlessness, a sense of failing and falling short as a human being.”

” . . . toxic shame lingers and eventually becomes a part of who you are and what you do and don’t do.  It paralyzes you so you don’t think you can move on.”

“A shame lifter gives grace to the disgraced.”

“We deny Jesus every time we disregard His truth and put ourselves down.  That hurts us.  We deny Him every time we fail to see our value in Him.  That hurts us.  We deny Him every time we continue to hang on to our self-condemning thoughts and lies.  That hurts us too.  And then, it’s as if Jesus turns and looks straight at us with His eyes of love and compassion, and something dawns on us.  We have, in a sense, denied our Lord Jesus, and I wonder if that hurts Him.”

After each chapter are a series of personal questions, things to contemplate, pray about and work through.  This is a book I will come back to read, to see where I have grown, and where I need to continue growing and learning. I encourage you to read Shame Lifter: Replacing Your Fears and Tears with Forgiveness, Truth, and Hope for yourself.

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Book Review: Let Me Hold You Longer by Karen Kingsbury

U s  moms are often told “enjoy them while they’re young . . . before you know it, they’re gone”.  My oldest two are 22 and 19, and they are gone more than they are home, with school, work, band, church, etc.  It IS going, too fast!  I am thankful (most of the time) for the years I have ahead to treasure with young ones.

letmeholdlongerThis book is not the typical Karen Kingsbury book.  It’s very unique in it’s own way; simple and heart-touching that every mom should have and read.  As I read,  Let Me Hold You Longer, to my little ones, it put a lump in my throat.  So many treasured memories that have slipped by, pictures I did not capture, and missing my son in heaven, wishing for one more moment . . . one more hug from that lanky boy.  But as I was reading it, I had three little ones snuggled upon me with many treasured memories ahead, to STOP . . .  and hold on to.  These were reminders I needed . . .

The last time when I shout that yes,
your room is still a mess.
The last time that you need me for
a ride from here to there.
The last time that you spend the night
with your old tattered bear.

My life keeps moving faster,
stealing precious days that pass.
I want to hold on longer-
want to recognize your lasts . . .

This book would be so perfect as a shower gift for a new mom, or a mom having her fourth baby, overwhelmed with all she has to do.  Mother’s Day is not too far away either!   And, if you’d like a peek into this book, below is a video of Karen Kingsbury reading her book,  Let Me Hold You Longer displaying pages from the book.  Enjoy!

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Wednesday’s Walk ~ Remembering My Uncle & Book Review/Giveway: Classic Bible Storybook by Kenneth N. Taylor

H ave you had someone in your life that just kinda embarrasses you with their quirkiness, yet you know deep down, they are right, love God and probably have a better relationship with God than you do?  Maybe one of those people that just kind of rubs you the wrong way . . .  might it bug your your conscience?  I had an uncle that way.  Uncle Bob was my dad’s only sibling.  He never married, and lived in the inner city of Milwaukee as a missionary, in a back room of a church.  I don’t recall ever even seeing where he lived.  “It was too rough”, my parents said.  I know he did not have a stove, but used a heating burner to warm up his food, usually canned soup.   If my kids would have known him, they’d probably call him “nerdy”.  He dressed kind of dumpy – it was what was handed down to him, and he really did not care.  My parents would often give him new clothes or a new suit.  He’d give it away to someone who needed it more than he did. He’d break out in song at the dinner table., making my mom clear her voice louder than his singing, to get him to stop.  He had  a snorty kind of laugh, and he probably thought at times we were laughing with him rather than at him.  He’d put us on the spot, usually asking a question about our relationship with God, at what we thought was the wrong time, such as “did you read your Bible today?”   He knew sign language and would often talk to us that way or do it along with songs.

Uncle Bob would ride the  city bus from his church to as close to our home as the bus would come to our house, in the suburbs and my dad would pick him up.  I remember often one of the first things he’d say when he’d walk in the door was “who’d you talk to about Jesus today?” He’d go on to tell how many he talked to on the bus and about the tracts he passed out.  He would not hesitate to talk to the drunks and homeless laying in the back alleys of Milwaukee.  He called at least once a week to talk to my parents, probably because of some loneliness and to see how they were growing in the Lord.  Christmas gifts from him always consisted of some kind of Christian book or new Bible.  He died within a few weeks after I first started college.  Stomach cancer took over quickly, probably from all the nasty food he ate at the greasy local diner.  He was proud of me going to a Christian college.  He was “weird” but he was a pure example of loving God with his whole heart, soul and mind.  I imagine him good friends with Paul in heaven.

taylor1I remember very well one of the books he gave my sister and I.  It was a big hard covered Bible story book for children going through the whole Bible.  My parents read us stories from this book for many years.  The reason I share this now, is because I was given a book from Tyndale House Publishers to review, Classic Bible Storybook.  As I have held this book, seeing the pictures, and reading the stories to my little ones, it’s brought back memories from my childhood of that big ole’ Bible Story book from my uncle.  I did some research, and sure enough, that Bible storybook that my uncle gave us was “Taylor’s Bible Story Book” published in 1973 of over 400 pages, holding 198 stories.  Looking inside the cover at the publishing and copyright information of this new book, Classic Bible Storybook, it says it was adapted from Taylor’s Bible Story Book.  As I shared last week for Wednesday’s Walk, I do not hold many tangible items from my childhood, and with this book, I got a piece of it back.  It’s made me think of my uncle, the one we laughed at, yet the one who was part of laying a foundation of faith in my life.

taylor21Just as this book brings nostalgia to me, it may for you too . . . possibly from the Bible stories that were read to you as a child. Classic Bible Storybook is a collection of more than 120 Bible stories along with 3 or 4 comprehension questions at the end of each story.  The author, Kenneth N. Taylor, is best known as the translator of The Living Bible, the founder of Tyndale House Publishers and the author of many children’s books.

I am delighted to be able to give away one of these books to one of my readers! You have two ways to enter.  The first, is the easiest – just leave a comment above that you are entering this drawing.  If you want an additional chance to win, write about this book review and drawing on your blog  with a link back to this post and leave an additional comment with the link to your blog.  This book drawing will run for one week, ending on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 10:00 p.m. EST.

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Book Review: Questions from Little Hearts

D on’t you love the innocence of little children, when they ask about God – many times simple yet still, so deep?  With just celebrating the brief life our little Angela Hope, one of our younger girls asked if she is a “real angel” in heaven.

Questions from Little HeartsQuestions from Little Hearts by Kathleen Long Bostrom, is such a delightful book with whimsical rhyming prose to quickly capture and keep  children’s attention.  After giving in to “read it again, mama” my little ones knew what some of the rhyming words would be, “reading” along with me in unison.  And our question on angels was even answered!

Are there many angels,
or only a few?
When I go to heaven,
can I be one too?

Just how many are there?
What is the amount?
Thousand and millions –
too many to count!
~ ~ ~

Now, maybe you think
it would be lots of fun
To be a real angel
when this life is done.

We won’t become angels,
but that is OK.
We’ll all be together
in heaven someday.

Questions from Little Hearts is a combination of the author’s four Little Blessing books into one.  Those four little books ask the following questions:

  • “What is God like?”
  • “What is prayer?”
  • “Are angels real?”
  • “What about heaven?”

This book is perfect for young little ones.  A few pages may be just enough for a quiet time before bed, or a whole chapter book.  Perhaps it would be perfect to keep at grandma’s house for special reading time. This hardcovered book is 288 pages, measures 5 3/4 x 7 1/4, making it a nice size for little ones to take to church to keep them quiet as they look through the wonderful illustrations. These illustrations, by Elana Kucharik, (the one who created the Care Bear characters) are of adorable little multicultural characters.

Questions from Little Hearts will be in Christian bookstores February 1st! And, I have ONE TO GIVE AWAY on Monday, February 2, 2009!  All you need do is leave your name and e-mail address in the comment section above to be a part of the drawing.  To be counted for an additional entry, copy and paste this on your blog and leave an additional comment with the link to your blog post:

Questions from Little Hearts

Writing Canvas blog is giving away a copy of this book, Questions from Little Hearts.  Drawing date is February 2, 2009.  Read the wonderful book review and join in on this drawing!

Comments left with this post only, will be counted towards the drawing.  The drawing will end at 11:59 pm EST, Sunday, February 1, 2009.  The winner will be announced on Monday, February 2, 2009.  This drawing is open to USA and Canadian residents only please.

Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers & Tyndale Kids for providing the winner and I a copy of this book.