The Fourth of July is Teddy's favorite holiday! Anticipating a day of fun and adventure, he's willing to help Mama get the picnic ready. When he decides to explore the desert by himself, everything changes. Will he find his way back to his family?
Grab a copy of 𝐓𝐞𝐝𝐝𝐲: 𝐀 𝐁𝐨𝐲 𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐒𝐰𝐚𝐦 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐥𝐬 to find out what happens! Available tomorrow, January 31st, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Meet Teddy-- a nine year old boy wants to explore the desert alone. He'd been so proud of himself for slipping away unnoticed, but now the fear of being lost sucked his breath away.
He wished with all his heart he'd done things differently, but this was a mistake he couldn't undo himself. It's easy to relate to Teddy. The weight of mistakes we can't fix alone feels like a back-pack of rocks.
Your middle grade reader will begin to understand too that while life can be scary or hard sometimes, the way through the difficulties depends on hope, faith and trust.
🎉 I'm excited to announce today that 𝐓𝐞𝐝𝐝𝐲: 𝐀 𝐁𝐨𝐲 𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐒𝐰𝐚𝐦 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐀𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐥𝐬 will be available for purchase on January 31st---find it at Amazon and Barnes and Noble! 🎉
My suggestion this holiday season is to take time to read to the children in your life. 📖 Pay a visit to an elderly friend... they would probably love to hear a story as well. Help someone in a store where you're shopping. Give them an idea, or lend a hand to someone who needs assistance when the store clerks are too busy. Even if you think you don't have the time, it's been my experience that giving 10 minutes away always comes back to me two-fold.
Here are a few of my favorite story books that share messages of hope:
• The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes • Sarah, Plain and Tall (the whole series) by Patricia MacLachlan • Little Mole's Christmas Gift by Glenys Nellist • Audry Bunny by Angie Smith • A Christmas Story of Light by Ora Smith
And my all time favorite favorite-- "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
Merry Christmas my Friends. 🎄 Have a wonderful holiday of comfort and Joy... and fan the flame of Hope for 2023, we're gonna need it. ❤
Take some time in this busy season to Grow Hope. 🌱
Loving acts of service--small or grand--have power to light the glow of hope in the lives of others whose light may have gone out already. Make merry with the people in your life. Do something new. Put down the must do list. A moment to just do nothing has remarkable outcomes--physically, spiritually, emotionally.
Sometimes it is a child's hope that helps light the lamp of hope. Their perspectives are often untainted by nay sayers or the disappointments life can bring. Often it's the youngest among us who can generate the most hope.
Children will certainly find out soon enough that difficulties and disappointments are a part of life's lessons. But for now, seeing the joy and amazement in children's eyes and on their faces when they've discovered something new, or done something for someone else, sparks an earnest interest and willingness in me to choose hope.
The Red Mountain Library is hosting its annual Local Author Book Fair THIS Saturday from noon to 4pm. Yours truly will be available for a meet and greet! 👋
Come hear about "Chubbs: A Blind Cat Learns to Trust," which has won the hearts of many children and their adults. Also, you'll learn about "Teddy: A Boy who Swam with Angels," which will be released soon, and is sure to capture the attention of early middle grade readers!
Both Teddy's story and Chubbs' are inspirational, faith-based tales of finding courage by learning to recognize how God shows up in their lives. Come find my table and I'll tell you more about these amazing book characters based on real life experiences. 📚
Red Mountain Library 635 N. Power Rd Mesa, AZ 85205
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