Monthly Archives: December 2023

M.King Media Anniversary Auction

YOU’RE INVITED: M.King Media’s ‘Anniversary Auction’ Has Some Wonderful Items Available

FAITH NEWS SERVICEMESA, Az. — December 21, 2023 — / If you are curious about unique items and enjoy helping a non-profit reach more people for Christ Jesus, the M.King Media Anniversary Auction is just for you.

The online silent auction, taking place December 20th (8:00 pm MST) – December 30th (8:00 pm MST) will bring some unique items to the public.

One rare item up for auction is a frame with three 5×7 slots & a white matte finish. Inside the 5×7 slots are two 5×7 Israeli flags on the sides & a beautiful silver coin (.999) honoring Israel’s 75th year (in the middle).

M.King who is looking forward to the auction had this to say, “You know I think it’s awesome the items that we have, it’s going to help make this auction a success, and it is going to be a unique way to end our 10th Anniversary Celebration,” said M.King

For more info on the M.King Media Anniversary Auction and how you can take part, head to mkingmedia.com/auction

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M.King Media’s mission statement is “To Make Creative Christian Media That Points People to Jesus Christ.” For more info go to mkingmedia.com/aboutus

flash the teeny tiny turtle

Tales from the remote Jolly Jungle of the southern Philippines detailed in missionary’s new children’s book

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – After delighting audiences informally for years with tales from the remote Jolly Jungle of the southern Philippines, all the while bringing up four lively children, missionary Lynne Castelijn is sharing her cultural insights in a fun, story form.

Lynne has just released a new children’s book titled Flash, The Teeny-Tiny Turtle, which draws heavily on her years of living and ministering in the Philippines.

In Flash, The Teeny-Tiny Turtle, all her stories are based on 30 years of real-life adventures that will entertain, inform and encourage children and parents from all walks of life. Parents who want children to broaden their worldview will appreciate this book, as will parents of Third Culture Kids (TCKs) – that wonderful group of young people which encompass missionary children.

“Our two girls were 2 years old and 3 months old when we first arrived in the Philippines, all bright eyed and delightfully naive,” says Lynne. “Later, our two sons were born in a little Baptist hospital high in the mountains of Mindanao. Life was an adventure living in the village submersed in ministry, language learning, culture, medical work, home schooling, daily dramas and occasional full-on emergencies necessitating calling in the mission plane or helicopter.

“There were difficult days. But through it all, our children saw God at work, learned, grew and ultimately thrived. I wouldn’t change those years for anything.”

For missionary famiies, Flash the Teeny Tiny Turtle is a great way to begin preparing young ones before they head to their new, different life overseas – as well as helping normalize life in the strange new world they enter. This book is also a perfect gift for someone you may know heading abroad, such as missionaries, teachers, aid-workers or short-term mission workers or adventurers.

“There will be challenges,” she says, “but there can be an awful lot of fun, too!”

Lynne and her husband, Albert, are still involved in Bible translation and church planting work, as well as working with the Philippines’ Department of Education to establish a local high school for the indigenous Banwaon people with whom they work.

However, Lynne has more time these days to finally get all those marvelous stories and adventures into book form – first telling many of the positive, fun things the children enjoyed when they were young – and later focusing on some of the challenges TCKs face and how God fits into it all. She also has a memoir in the works with her debut adult’s book soon to launch.

Still fully dedicated to helping the Banwaon indigenous people of Mindanao, Philippines, part of the proceeds of all books go directly to helping Banwaon children with further education.

Flash, The Teeny-Tiny Turtle is now available globally You can also find Lynne at lynnecastelijn.com.

jays tale

True Tale of Bird Rescue Reflects Ministry’s Work with the Hurting

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Bird lovers around the world have good reason for valuing these winged wonders. Birds play essential roles in the healthy functioning of the world’s ecosystems through seed dispersal, pollination, and control of insect and rodent populations.

Keirsten Weir notes that exposure to nature, including birdsong, “has been linked to a host of benefits, including improved attention, lower stress, better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders and even upticks in empathy and cooperation.”*

In Jay’s Tale (Redemption Press), debut author Patricia Hefti recounts a true story that demonstrates the value of caring for our feathered fellow creatures. When several children bring an injured baby bird to Patricia, she promises to try to nurse it back to health. She faces several challenges: Jay’s battle with a blue jay has weakened him. He first refuses to eat, then keeps Patricia on her toes trying to satisfy his voracious appetite.

He’s covered with stiff quills that keep him earthbound. But as Patricia patiently ministers to Jay, she sees life, strength, and hope return to the baby bird. Two adult mockingbirds begin feeding Jay insects inside his makeshift cage, assisting his development into his true identity. The combination of human and avian efforts leads to the glorious day when Jay can finally soar free as “a bright-eyed, courageous wonder of nature!”

Jay’s Tale is not merely a heartwarming nature story. As she wrote, Hefti realized that its progression “matched perfectly with the mission statement of our church, SOS Ministries.” The rescue, restoration, and eventual release of this baby mockingbird “showcases not only the Father’s passion for helping hurting people but also what SOS Ministries seeks to accomplish in the community in the name of Jesus,” Hefti says.

Founded in Texas in 1993 by J. J. Ramirez, a former drug dealer and drug addict, SOS reflects God’s radical call to rescue, restore, and release people just like him from lives filled with gang violence, drug addiction, and dysfunctional relationships. Through connection with ministry volunteers, the wounded are fed the powerful Word of God, encouraged to minister to others, and provided with the tools they need to go out into the world where they can establish healthy relationships and lifestyles, helping others who are as they once were.

Paralleling the parable of the good Samaritan, Jay’s Tale demonstrates the interrelated themes of stewardship and love in a way that will appeal to children and adults alike. Scripture verses and nature notes sprinkled throughout the story provide the reader with factual information and spiritual support, and beautiful, realistic illustrations bring home the truth of the tale.

Just like Jay, readers of his story will be gently encouraged to grow into their true, healthy, and eternally valued identities.

*Weir, Keirsten. Nurtured by Nature. American Psychological Association. 1 April 2020. https://www.apa.org/monitor/2020/04/nurtured-nature

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patricia Hefti, a retired homeschooling parent, holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, a Masters of Education, and an Elementary Education teaching certificate, all from Texas A&M University. She taught elementary school children at The Lighthouse International Outreach Center church school and worked in the TAMU Biology Department and the TAMU Medical School’s Biochemistry/Biophysics Department as a laboratory technician. For twenty years, Patricia served as a children’s pastor at local churches. Mother to two grown daughters, Rebekah and Candace, and grandmother to Caroline, Patricia lives on a ranch in Bryan, Texas, with her husband Roy.

old earth ishtar

Christian author, A. K. Frailey, Just Released Her Eighth Audible Book—OldEarth Ishtar Encounter

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – A.K. Frailey, a Christian author focused on the connections between faith life, inspiration, entertainment, and lifestyle, just released her eighth Audible book, OldEarth Ishtar Encounter, the second book in the OldEarth series.

Her first book The Road Goes Ever On, A Christian Journey Through the Lord of the Rings received an imprimatur from the Springfield, IL diocese. Since then, she has written seventeen more books—fiction and nonfiction.

Her website The Writings of A. K. Frailey — Novels and Non-Fiction Books displays the range of her work from My Road Goes Ever On reflections about her life as a widow and homeschooling mother raising a large family in these troubled times to fiction novels reaching toward the outer universe.

Her historical sci-fi series, OldEarth Encounter, envisions humanity’s first steps in its relationship with God.

She also offers short story collections It Might Have Been and One Day at a Timecontemporary lives moving through dark trials to light and hope. 

Her children’s book, The Adventures of Tally-Ho, celebrates a homeschooling family as they share their lives through daily experiences in faith, family, and nature.

For more information check out, https://www.amazon.com/author/akfrailey

The Adventures of Sammy the Cat

Picture Book Shows Differently-Abled Children Their Value in God’s Eyes

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “No matter their story, every child has the right to thrive,”1 declares the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which champions the rights, needs, and values of disabled people.

Over 200 million children live with long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments leading to functional difficulties. In addition to the CRPD, Jesus admonished his followers to “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matt. 19:14 NLT).

Robin Marie Johnson has worked in education for over thirty years as an early childhood coordinator, preschool teacher, and para-educator, serving and learning from students with special needs. Her new picture book, The Adventures of Sammy the Cat: Brave, Kind, Different (Redemption Press) beautifully depicts how children can thrive while living with disabilities and demonstrate God’s love as life challenges help develop their character.

Born different with one stubby leg and a blind eye, Sammy the cat looks forward to making friends when he moves to a new neighborhood. Labeled a “loser” by another cat, Sammy realizes he is different for the first time and wonders why he was born that way. Wise mama cat reminds him to focus on his “superpowers” of courage and kindness.

Then the bully cat finds himself in a precarious situation, and Sammy has a chance to save the day.

“Working as a para-educator with students who struggle has given me a heart for the underdog,” says Johnson, who is also the writer, producer, and host of the Different Isn’t Bad podcast for kids. “It is important that children all over the world know that their differences are what makes them stronger.

They are accepted by God, even with their physical or emotional differences. And, embracing the uniqueness of whom God created them to be, they can use those differences as “superpowers.”

In Sammy’s story, children will see that “difference” and “disability” don’t mean less. Instead, they provide opportunities to grow in character and help them gain a unique insight into other people’s lives.

As Sammy said at the end of his adventure, “He felt different because he was different. He was brave and kind, which was the best kind of different!” This “superpowered” picture book assures all children who are “different” of their value in God’s loving eyes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robin Marie Johnson has worked in education for over thirty years as an early childhood coordinator, preschool teacher, and para-educator, serving and learning from students with special needs. She is the writer, producer, and host of the Different Isn’t Bad podcast for kids. Robin lives in Arizona with her husband Keith, her three adult children and their spouses, and her incredible grandchildren. She enjoys reading, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.

For interviews, contact; robinmariebooks@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100078124212544

Instagram: www.instagram/robinmarie59

the quest for family

New book The Quest For Family explores how God created beauty from ashes

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – With an astounding 39.6% of Australians aged 16-65+ affected by domestic violence, 32% having experienced physical abuse, and 30.9% impacted by emotional abuse, it’s no wonder there’s been an explosion of mental health disorders across the country.

The Australian Child Maltreatment Study revealed that child maltreatment resulted in significantly increased levels of major depressive disorder, generalised anxiety, alcohol use, and post-traumatic stress.

One woman who can relate to these statistics is Jessica Clancy, who recently published a book entitled The Quest For Family which outlines her life experiences, and how she has been able to move beyond the pain and suffering of childhood mistreatment to a fulfilled life of love and happiness and the creation of a new family unit.

The book explores her struggles from childhood to adulthood with her life severely impacted by the actions of her negligent mother who remarried several times and moved her around the US where she was exposed to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.

As she says: “Our lives can often feel like shattered glass, and once it breaks, it is impossible to put back together on our own. We try to pick up the pieces, but just hurt ourselves more, often feeling hopeless and helpless.”

However, with sheer grit, and a strong faith in God, she was able to find peace and redemption to break the chains of her past to become firstly a hairdresser, then a registered dietician with a master’s degree in nutrition with a business minor. She is now a specialist dialysis dietician, and a published author.

One of her proudest achievements has been to create a happy family with her husband, and their two children aged 12 and eight.

“I believe our past does not define us. It is only part of the journey if we allow it to stretch and grow us. I am not defined by the things that happened to me. I am defined as a child of God,” she says. “Just as your past does not define you, remember to love others and not make judgements on their past or mishaps. You don’t have to stay hiding in the darkness of your past. You can step into the light to be exposed and redeemed.

“Family may not be inclusive of genealogy and genetic ancestors. It can have many different and implausible shapes and sizes. We all have kindred hearts drawn to each other and community, as we are not made to be alone.”

20 Tips for Healing and Redemption

Find faith and pray. Prayer changes things.
Learn to read and strive to learn; teach your kids to read.
Seek mentors and wise counsel. Find those who are successful in their own lives. Welcome constructive criticism.
Don’t be afraid to dream; set big goals and work hard.
Travel. Focus on simple things; nature, and the beauty around you. Seek to learn about other families and their cultures.
Don’t be afraid to talk about your experiences, good and bad. It is healing and helps you understand them better. If you are able to, speak to a professional counsellor or someone you trust.
Exercise, or be active, and focus on eating healthy foods. Research shows exercise can be like medicine for our minds and may help treat depression and sadness.
Accept your body. Don’t depend on weight loss gimmicks like pills, drinks, and unrealistic diet cycles. If it came in a pill and worked, everyone would be thin.
Journal about the experiences that impact you deeply.
Don’t let others define you, especially through social media.
Forgive. This will release you from much pain and help you receive your blessings.
Everything happens for a reason, and those experiences can help grow you as a person if you allow them to.
Help others; give back with your time and resources.
Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by having unspoken expectations left unfulfilled by others.
Learn to create safe boundaries to protect yourself and your family.
Practice being appreciative and grateful every day.
Be empathetic. Seek to understand others.
We all have a purpose. Finding and living out your purpose is healing and rewarding.
Don’t accept no for an answer unless you have exhausted all resources and avenues.
Count your miracles. The events that happen to us and influence us deeply may actually be miracles in disguise.

As 2023 draws to a close, now is a good time to reflect on the year that’s been and the year to come, says Jessica.

“From my own life experience, I wish to encourage others that have been affected by childhood abuse to know that they can move beyond the trauma to live the life God intended for them.”

If you or someone you know has suffered from abuse, this book can help heal past hurts and help you recover and move on to live a healthier, happier life.

And for those who work in ministry in any of these areas, this story will help you reach others in a more impactful way.

The Quest For Family book is available from jessicaclancyperseveres.com and retails for US $18.99* (paperback) or US $8.49* (Kindle). An audio book is coming soon. Follow on Amazon for updates.

*Subject to change.

About the Author Jessica Clancy
As a native Texan, Jessica Clancy worked as a hairdresser for 18 years while completing her Bachelor of Science, majoring in Nutrition. She completed her Master of Nutrition with a business minor in 2002 and has been a registered dietician since 2008. She now specialises as a dialysis dietician and is a published author. Her debut book, The Quest For Family takes readers through her life journey from a place of brokenness to a place of spiritual renewal and enlightenment.

Jessica and her husband, Adam, have been licenced foster parents for five years, and cherish church, family time, and RV travel.

For more information, please contact:

Jenny Westdorp
Pivotal Communication
T: +61 413 334 425
E: pivotalcommunication@bigpond.com

the quest for family

New book takes readers through author’s life’s journey of brokenness to wholeness in Christ

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – In The Quest for Family, author Jessica Clancy takes the reader through her life’s journey traveling from a path of brokenness to a place of wholeness in Christ. The book explores how God made beauty from ashes and helped her find spiritual renewal and enlightenment.

During her turbulent childhood, her free-spirited mother prioritized her own fun and happiness over Jessica’s, which exposed her to many forms of abuse.

Forming lasting friendships was impossible as she had to move from city to city and from one country to another, as her mother kept divorcing and remarrying different men. Her traumatizing journey began from birth, but she didn’t allow it to define her, managing to overcome numerous challenges while promoting a life of selflessness toward others.

Through her faith in Christ, Jessica eventually transformed from a lonely and vulnerable child to someone who now gives hope to the hopeless.

Her touching true life story offers insights and practical advice about how to move on from trauma to live a fulfilled life, proving that you can still live a meaningful life despite passing through dysfunctional formative years.

The Quest for Family is now available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can also connect with Jessica at jessicaclancyperseveres.com.

Endorsements
Jennifer Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars
Inspirational Read
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2023

“This book was great! Written in such vivid detail and providing such inspiration. Jessica provides such a wonderful story/testimony of how transformative the love of God & Jesus Christ can be in one’s life despite the negativity and darkness that this world can bring.

“Jessica definitely went through a lot of hardships, neglect and abuse throughout her childhood at the hands of those that should be your safe haven on earth but in the end she realizes and lets the reader know that the only safe haven and constant love and positivity in our lives can only be found in the one that truly never abandons us, God/Jesus Christ.

“This book was easy to read and hard to put down. As a fellow dietitian, who has known Jessica from our classes at UH and from our profession, I am so proud of her for having the courage and fortitude to write such an inspirational book that will help give others hope and I am sure play a significant part in transforming others lives toward the love and acceptance of Our Heavenly Father.”

Tyrone Gibbs, author
Innocent, Until Proven Black
September 10, 2023

“I just finished reading my copy of The Quest for Family, by Jessica Clancy. Whew! If you haven’t already, please rush to get your copy on Amazon! This is an amazing story of struggle, triumph, trauma, healing, and most of all, faith. One never knows the trials experienced by another. Smiles worn in public cover the tracks of private tears. Compassion for others hides the abuses suffered in supposedly ‘safe places.’ ‘Safe places,’ like home, church, and family were anything but for the author of this raw, honest memoir.

“Many people would allow lesser events to lead them down a path of tragedy and unfulfilled purpose. Rather than become a cliché, Jessica sought escape from her living nightmares in the comforting arms of the Lord and those who truly believed in Him.

“Becoming a believer did not immediately bring about roses and lollipops or end the suffering she experienced. Her faith only increased with continued challenges. It became a rock that anchored her in the knowing acceptance that God would deliver her and one day provide her heart’s desire… a family to call her own.

“I salute Jessica’s bravery, not only for enduring the many hardships related in her first novel, but for having the courage to share her wounds and private battles with the world. My own personal issues seemed to pale in comparison to hers. As she requested at the end of her story, I have shared her novel, passing it on to someone else I felt would benefit from the encouragement found between the covers of The Quest for Family, by my friend, Jessica Clancy!”

Vanessa
90 reviews, July 22, 2023

“Quotes: “The pain that people inflict on us isn’t always about us; often, it’s related to the other person’s struggles and their unfinished work. As scary and painful as that was, I know now that Jesus was there. He saw me. he was in my story the whole time.”

“Review: For those new here I don’t rate memoirs.

“I feel like you cannot put a rating on someone’s life experience so I will only say that I definitely recommend if you like a good underdog story, or if you’ve experienced church hurt or struggle with your faith. The trials that Jessica faced through her life with the church and abuse from her parents was both heartbreaking and inspiring.

“Jessica brings you through the journey starting with her life as a child through adulthood.

“The constant moving and instability, the mental, emotional, and physical abuse at the hands and mouth of both her mom and stepdad. Even as a child she constantly had the perseverance to keep going, praying to God, leaning into Him and keeping a firm faith in what she believed in.

“Through her adulthood she experienced hurt, but also true redemption. From going through graduate school, finding the love of her life, to even finding forgiveness for those who had wronged her.

“She also brings you along through her struggles with infertility, pregnancy loss, the birth of her first child, and fostering.

“Her journey was truly inspiring to read, with lots of amazing life lessons.

“Thank you @jessicaclancyperseveres for sending me a copy of your book to read. You are truly an amazing woman.”

twins.reading.books
5.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2023

“The Quest For Family is a heartfelt and inspiring book that explores the author’s personal journey.

“The Quest For Family by Jessica Clancy is a heartfelt and inspiring book that explores the author’s personal journey in search of a sense of belonging and connection.

“With raw honesty and emotional depth, Clancy takes readers on a captivating quest through her life as she navigates the complexities of family, identity, and self-discovery!

“Clancy’s raw honesty creates an immediate connection, and readers can’t help but empathize with her as she embarks on her journey. Clancy’s writing shines with emotional depth and evocative imagery. She vividly portrays her encounters, both joyous and heartbreaking, as she travels through different places and interacts with a diverse array of individuals. Each chapter is carefully crafted, delving into the complexities of human relationships and the multifaceted nature of countries.

“Her encounters with both supportive and challenging individuals provide valuable insights into the complexities of human relationships and the profound impact they can have on one’s sense of self. This was a 5 stars read and Jessica is hands down one of my favourite non-fiction writers. I will read whatever she writes because her words are drawn from her soul.”

You Were Made To Praise God

New children’s book You Were Made to Praise God teaches kids praise from an early age

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – True praise comes from the heart and from observing nature. If all creation sings God’s praises, affirming His magnificent work, then why shouldn’t we?

Vicki L. Moag, the laughing, dancing, singing author of You Were Made to Praise God, believes everyone should join voices in praise to God. As a young girl, she traveled with her sisters singing at various events—and oh the stories she could share. She loves to sing to the Lord and encourages others to do the same. Moag’s desire is to “inspire children and to place music into their hands, hearts, and minds so they will praise God no matter where they are.”

Just as the birds offer their melodious notes or the fish swish in the sea, we humans can stomp, clap, shout, and sing praises to God. Whether the bird flaps its wings, sings, or gathers twigs, or the snake slithers through the grass, rattling in defense of being threatened, young or old we can all praise God by being ourselves and breathing His breath each and every day.

The joy of being able to sing praise to God alongside creation is one of the most rewarding benefits of living. If we are asked to pick up our toys, take out the trash, write a paper, or fix an engine, we can choose to play a part and praise God in the midst of our day.

You Were Made to Praise God is inspired by several psalms, and no matter the readers’ situation, age, culture, background, or social status, they can praise and thank the Lord of all creation because they are fearfully and wonderfully made. With printed music lyrics in the back of the book and a Vimeo link to hear the song, readers of all ages will enjoy this delightful book, and parents, grandparents, or teachers can sing along with their children.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author Vicki L. Moag grew up in the mountains of Pennsylvania with a love for music and the outdoors. Now, whether singing in a choir, the congregation, or teaching children, she finds a way to share her love of music with others. She currently resides with her family in coastal South Carolina, where they enjoy many countless adventures together.

https://vickilmoag.com

https://www.facebook.com/vicki.moag

https://twitter.com/VickiMoag1https://www.instagram.com/vickimoag/

For review copies and media interviews, contact: Vicki L. Moag, vickilmoag@gmail.com

Larry the Christmas Caterpillar

New Release Uses a Caterpillar’s Transformation to Illustrate Gospel Truths for Kids

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – “When Jesus taught His first disciples, He used things they were familiar with, like sheep, fish and bread,” says Alvin Gan of Disciplr in an article entitled “5 Fun Ways to Share the Gospel with Kids.”[1]

Author and graphic designer Jill C. Cox uses the story of a caterpillar who became a house guest in their home in Larry, the Christmas Caterpillar (Redemption Press) to share the gospel truth that we can become new creatures in Christ.

The story was inspired after Cox’s young son Joshua brought a caterpillar into the house, placed him in a jar with a twig to climb on and leaves to eat, and named him Larry. But when his sister enlarged the holes in the plastic atop the jar, Larry inched his way out and found a new home as a Christmas tree ornament on the little tree in their kitchen.

Transforming before their eyes into a green, then black cocoon, Larry emerged into a brand-new creation—a beautiful monarch butterfly. Larry was released to live his new life as God had created him to live.

With luminous and vibrant watercolor illustrations and pleasing rhyming prose, Larry, the Christmas Caterpillar reaffirms the message of 2 Corinthians 5:17, which tells us that when we trust Christ, “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (KJV). In the story, the young boy even changed Larry’s name to Jerry because he wasn’t the same anymore.

This is Jill C. Cox’s second children’s picture book; the first, If You Give a Rat a Mushroom, was published in 2018. The homeschooling mom of six is a California transplant to a lakeside in Tennessee.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jill Cox is an author, graphic designer, editor, marketer, and website developer, and she has been an assistant to Brannon Howse of WVW Broadcast Network for ten years. Her first book, If You Give a Rat a Mushroom, was published in 2018. Married to her college sweetheart, Jeff, for almost forty years, Jill has homeschooled their six children since 1996, with one left to graduate in 2028. The Cox family moved from Southern California to Tennessee in 2021, where they have fallen in love with southern life on a lake and enjoy the fellowship and teaching at a local church.

For interviews, contact: crazyjmom@mac.com

[1] Alvin Gan, “5 Fun Ways to Share the Gospel with Kids,” www.disciplr.com.

ezer the bagel and friends

Ezer and Friends is the perfect follow up to Ezer the Bagel- The Rescue

FAITH NEWS SERVICEEzer and Friends is the perfect follow up to Ezer the Bagel- The Rescue. This second book in Marisa Nicely’s series about Ezer the Basset/Beagle is just as endearing as the first.

Constructive criticism doesn’t always come easy to people, but Ezer shows how to do it in a kind, loving, and productive way. There are insightful lessons showing how children, and adults for that matter, can appreciate the differences in our friends.

These lessons and manners are not just for dogs but easily relate to humans of all ages. Once again, Priya Kakati’s illustrations on each page cleverly depict the messages in a colorful, fun, and humorous way.

“This is definitely a book I will be reading to my students in the coming school year and giving to my grandkids. It should be in every library and home.”
Kristin Lopez

“Ezer, the most darling and humble BAGEL, with help from Mr.Birdie, reminds us that we all need friends! Children will make the wonderful connection that being a “good friend” involves listening, learning, and encouraging one another in good choices; but it’s ok to give wise advice, and that’s called help, when you care about your friends. Bright and whimsical art make these pages come alive!!!!”
Jacqui Anderson

Ezer and Friends is now available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Find out more at www.ezerthebagel.com.

a christmas tease

Embark on a Magical Journey of Discovery and Forgiveness in “A Christmas Tea(se)” by John G. Stevens

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – United States – December 5, 2023

“A Christmas Tea(se)” is Free to Download through Saturday, December 9, 2023

Prepare to be captivated by the enchanting tale of “A Christmas Tea(se),” a delightful new children’s book written by John G. Stevens and masterfully illustrated by Steven Johnson. This heartwarming story takes readers on a journey of self-discovery, forgiveness, and the power of love.

In “A Christmas Tea(se),” we meet eight-year-old Oriana as she eagerly assists her mother in preparing for the traditional Christmas Queen’s Tea. Amidst the excitement, Oriana’s curiosity is piqued by an heirloom teapot that once belonged to her great-grandmother. Unable to shake its beauty from her mind, Oriana embarks on a quest to uncover the story behind this cherished family treasure.

What follows is a remarkable adventure filled with unexpected twists and turns. Along the way, Oriana learns valuable lessons about the importance of forgiveness and the healing power it holds. This charming story reminds us all that sometimes, amidst the chaos and messiness of life, we can find true masterpieces.

A Christmas Tea(se)” is not just a book; it is an invitation to embark on a heartfelt adventure of honesty and forgiveness. Ideal for children aged 6-9, this enchanting tale will capture the hearts of readers young and old. With its timeless themes of family, forgiveness, and the joy of the holiday season, this book is destined to become a cherished addition to any child’s library.

Parents, educators, and media professionals alike will be drawn in by the depth of the message conveyed through “A Christmas Tea(se)” With its engaging storyline and beautiful illustrations, this book is a valuable resource for teaching children about forgiveness, empathy, and the importance of cherishing our family heritage.

A Christmas Tea(se)” will be free and available for download on Amazon for 5 days beginning on November 16, 2023. “A Christmas Tea(se)” is rated 5 stars by those who have purchased and written a review of the book. Here’s what some of the reviewers have said:

Chad
5 stars
A charming story with a timeless lesson about honesty and forgiveness
This is a sweet children’s tale about the value of honesty and forgiveness. The writing helps you feel like you’re right there alongside the characters, while the illustrations are lovely and make the book visually engaging. I love that the mother is nearly as mischievous as Ori in the way she teaches her daughter an important lesson. It’s all in good humor and in the end Ori knows she is loved and valued, despite her dishonest behavior for which she got caught. I highly recommend this book for any young ones in your life!”

Summer Long
5 stars
“A Christmas Treasure
This book will be loved by my students. My eight year olds will relate well to a tea party and the delicacy of holding fine china. We had one tea cup drop on the cement and my students were shocked that I wasn’t mad. Most of the tea cups had been purchased at thrift shops. A wonderful story about trust!”

For more information about “A Christmas Tea(se)” or to schedule an interview with John Stevens, please contact John at: jtangleupnblu@gmail.com or 805 712-6389.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After spending much of his adult life as a clinical social worker for foster children, John Stevens is now a lumberjack of sorts. He and his wife Cindy have a small goat farm just north of Spokane Washington on ten acres of pine, tamarack, and fir. They work with the Department of Natural Resources to tidy up the forest which had been long neglected. Cindy is a professional watercolorist.

John enjoys volunteering as a mentor for Spokane’s Union Gospel Mission, which serves the homeless and those struggling with various addictions. John and Cindy co lead a small group for the Vine Fellowship in Deer Park Washington

Writing children’s book has become a joy as A Christmas Tea(se) find its way into their collection which also includes Of Beaks and Snouts and Baja’s Wounded Healer (a book that brings attention to one of the successful battles against human trafficking)

Step into the mesmerizing world of Derwin Boyd, where poetry dances through the decades, and inspiration flows like a poetic river. As an esteemed Author and Speaker, Boyd has crafted a symphony of words in his latest masterpiece, ‘The Book of Praise.’ This collection is not just poetry; it’s a vibrant tapestry of faith, a lifeline of hope woven into every verse. Background and Inspiration: Boyd’s journey into the world of words began in his teenage years, and over the years, he has become a seasoned poet, publishing his work in more than 60 publications. The inception of his literary career was rooted in a genuine passion for writing, with a desire to share his unique life experiences and perspectives. The challenge of gaining recognition in the poetry realm, where the audience can be relatively niche, did not deter Boyd. Instead, he embraced it, understanding that persistence is key. His advice to aspiring poets echoes a resilient spirit, “Never give up. As long as you keep trying, you still have a chance. But, if you ever give up, you are beaten.” Career Highlights: Boyd’s poetic prowess has not gone unnoticed. In the mid-’80s, he was named one of the Best New Poets for three consecutive years by the American Poetry Association. The accolades continued with the Golden Poetry Award bestowed upon him by The World of Poetry, marking significant milestones in a career dedicated to the art of verse. Unique Perspective and Anecdotes: What sets Boyd apart is not just his literary prowess but the wealth of unique life experiences that permeate his work. His ability to delve into the intricacies of life and faith offers readers insights often overlooked. It’s a testament to the power of personal connection in the world of poetry. Looking Forward: As a visionary, Boyd sees a future where his poetry transcends the pages of ‘The Book of Praise.’ The dream to merchandise his poems and publish a book on dream interpretation in January 2025 reflects his enduring commitment to sharing wisdom and inspiration. The Book of Praise: A Victory in Verse: Boyd’s ‘The Book of Praise’ stands as a cornerstone in his literary legacy. Crafted to provide solace in times of need, the collection encompasses a diverse array of poems. From the spiritually charged verses of “Bind You Satan” to the uplifting praise found in “When Morning Dawns,” each poem is a testament to the triumph of faith. The central theme resonating throughout the collection is victory—a victory that stems from unwavering faith in the promises of the Lord. It is a literary offering that not only provides comfort but serves as a guide through life’s tumultuous waters. Target Audience and Impact: Primarily resonating with religious or spiritual women in their twenties to sixties, ‘The Book of Praise’ has carved a niche in the hearts of those seeking solace and inspiration. The collection has proven to be a source of strength, providing the much-needed lift and insight that Boyd envisioned. Beyond Poetry: The Radio Host and Producer: Beyond the realm of poetry, Boyd wears the hat of a radio producer and host, a role he has embraced for over fifteen years in community radio. His new podcast on 96.7 FM The Numberz in Portland, Oregon, further extends his reach, amplifying his voice and vision. the book of praise

Derwin Boyd’s Journey: A Poetic Odyssey of Faith, Victory, and Encouragement

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Step into the mesmerizing world of Derwin Boyd, where poetry dances through the decades, and inspiration flows like a poetic river. As an esteemed Author and Speaker, Boyd has crafted a symphony of words in his latest masterpiece, ‘The Book of Praise.’ This collection is not just poetry; it’s a vibrant tapestry of faith, a lifeline of hope woven into every verse.

Background and Inspiration:

Boyd’s journey into the world of words began in his teenage years, and over the years, he has become a seasoned poet, publishing his work in more than 60 publications. The inception of his literary career was rooted in a genuine passion for writing, with a desire to share his unique life experiences and perspectives.

The challenge of gaining recognition in the poetry realm, where the audience can be relatively niche, did not deter Boyd. Instead, he embraced it, understanding that persistence is key. His advice to aspiring poets echoes a resilient spirit, “Never give up. As long as you keep trying, you still have a chance. But, if you ever give up, you are beaten.”

Career Highlights:

Boyd’s poetic prowess has not gone unnoticed. In the mid-’80s, he was named one of the Best New Poets for three consecutive years by the American Poetry Association. The accolades continued with the Golden Poetry Award bestowed upon him by The World of Poetry, marking significant milestones in a career dedicated to the art of verse.

Unique Perspective and Anecdotes:

What sets Boyd apart is not just his literary prowess but the wealth of unique life experiences that permeate his work. His ability to delve into the intricacies of life and faith offers readers insights often overlooked. It’s a testament to the power of personal connection in the world of poetry.

Looking Forward:

As a visionary, Boyd sees a future where his poetry transcends the pages of ‘The Book of Praise.’ The dream to merchandise his poems and publish a book on dream interpretation in January 2025 reflects his enduring commitment to sharing wisdom and inspiration.

The Book of Praise: A Victory in Verse:

Boyd’s ‘The Book of Praise’ stands as a cornerstone in his literary legacy. Crafted to provide solace in times of need, the collection encompasses a diverse array of poems. From the spiritually charged verses of “Bind You Satan” to the uplifting praise found in “When Morning Dawns,” each poem is a testament to the triumph of faith.

The central theme resonating throughout the collection is victory—a victory that stems from unwavering faith in the promises of the Lord. It is a literary offering that not only provides comfort but serves as a guide through life’s tumultuous waters.

Target Audience and Impact:

Primarily resonating with religious or spiritual women in their twenties to sixties, ‘The Book of Praise’ has carved a niche in the hearts of those seeking solace and inspiration. The collection has proven to be a source of strength, providing the much-needed lift and insight that Boyd envisioned.

Beyond Poetry: The Radio Host and Producer:

Beyond the realm of poetry, Boyd wears the hat of a radio producer and host, a role he has embraced for over fifteen years in community radio. His new podcast on 96.7 FM The Numberz in Portland, Oregon, further extends his reach, amplifying his voice and vision.

Derwin Boyd stands not just as a poet but as a beacon of faith, victory, and encouragement. ‘The Book of Praise’ is not merely a collection of poems; it is a testament to the indomitable human spirit. As Boyd continues his journey, his words echo a resounding message — a message of hope, triumph, and the enduring power of unwavering faith.