Happy New Year!
I feel really excited about this year – maybe the Lord has some wonderful things in store for us! Books that you have donated for Kisumu children in Kenya will be going out in the spring (it's not too late to donate a book or two, just let me know!); Mary Weeks Millard's new book, 'A Pennyworth of Peppermints' is due out around Easter time; 'Deepest Darkness' will be out in audio and video soon, and we have many more exciting projects in the pipeline . . . Please pray for wisdom, and for the finances to complete all the projects we would love to do, so we can reach as many children as we can with the 'message in a story'. The Lord is able to do more than we can ask for or imagine . . . if we all pray, who knows what we may be able to accomplish, by the Lord's grace? Just like the berries in the photo which feed the birds, may our stories be 'berries' that will nourish our children!
Please pray for all the children who will have received our books as Christmas presents. Please pray that the Lord will use the stories to touch children's hearts and lives . . . and their friends and families, too!
Christian Parenting Challenge
If you have made a new year's resolution to deepen your relationship with your child/children, why not join the Christian Parenting Challenge? This is a free resource – every day for 30 days you will be sent an email with a simple challenge for that day. It sounds daunting, but feedback so far has been positive, so why not give it a go? Email me if you'd like to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org :-)
Kindle for Christmas?
I visited friends last week, whose two children both received kindles for Christmas, and were really enthusiastic about them! Up until recently, most e-readers were being bought and used by the over 50s . . . but more and more children are starting to use e-readers for fiction, so we must keep up. 'The Treasure Hunt' and 'Mystery in the Snow' are already on kindle, but this year we're hoping to get all our books out as e-books. I'm not a “techie”, but I understand that you can change the format for other e-readers. If anyone can give us a step-by-step run down of how to do this, I can pass on the info in the next newsletter! :-)
Sharing the Wealth!
We love to hear from you! Please find below some reviews from one of our supporters – thank you Roy :-) (By the way, I've left them completely unedited!)
"The Birthday Shoes"
I greatly enjoyed this. It showed a first-hand knowledge of Africa. It was easy to identify with Emily Jane and her growing understanding of the difficult circumstances faced by African children. The growing spiritual perception of her friend, Jenna, was convincing. The twists and turns in the story kept it moving forward at a lively pace.
"I want to be an Airline Pilot"
This was an intriguing and delightful tale of an orphaned family which was written with great compassion. The hero, Shema, and the lady that rescued him, Mama Grace, and their fears and emotions were very well portrayed. Again the story was fast-moving and full of local interest.
This story had plenty of movement, and there was lively interaction between the young characters. It seemed unlikely that youngsters would have got quite so involved as sleuths in real life, but it made for a good story. There were perhaps too many "religious moments" in the story, but that clearly didn't put the young people off who were quoted on the back cover.
This was a very original story, full of adventure and surprise, especially the ending. It seemed rather surreal, and I kept wondering why no adults stopped to rescue them, but the interaction between the three children was well-executed, as was the gradual change in thinking and attitude of the older girl, Maria. The contrasting characters of the two girls and Arthur was a great idea, though Arthur seemed to be too spiritual to be true. The story-line gripped me.
This was a gentle and rather predictable story, but the gradual release of the heroine, Abi, from her fears was well-portrayed. I liked the way that the explicit mentions of God or Jesus were few, and this made the gradual spiritual enlightenment more realistic.
"The Only Way"
This was the one I liked best. I thought the teenage boy (I have lent the book out and can't remember his name) was very convincingly portrayed. The author had a good knowledge of teenage psyche and language (There were words of which I did not know the meaning!).
The treatment of the gypsies, and especially of the girl - was she gypsy was she angel ? - was very moving. I thought that this book could well appeal to a non-Christian child or teenager and open them up to the possibility of a God who cares about us. It may also speak to a youngster from a Christian home, struggling with whether to buy into her/his parents' faith.
What do you think? Let me know! email@example.com :-)
A sincere thank you to all who have helped us in any way over the last year. You have no idea how much your support has been appreciated, whatever your involvement. You can also:
- follow us on facebook: www.facebook.com/dernierpublishing
- follow us on twitter: @janetwilsonxxx
- recommend our books to others
- stock our books in your shop/church bookstall
- forward our newsletters to friends and colleagues
- print out our newsletter for your church noticeboard
- recommend our books to your children's school or home school group
- ask for our books at your local library
- buy a book (or as many books as you like!) for Kisumu children in Kenya
- write a review for online bookstores (e.g. Amazon, Eden, Goodreads)
- pray for us!
Could you just do one extra thing to help us to 'enlarge our territory'? And of course you can buy our books for the children on your heart – that's the best thing of all! Thank you so much :-)
Ooh, I nearly forgot!
We're giving away a free book, prayer booklet or poster every month in 2014! This month we're going to give away the first of the Beech Bank Girls series – it's a really lovely book! Pop over to www.facebook.com/dernierpublishing, like our page and share the photo of the book, and you could be the winner! Oh dear, I've run out of room again! May 2014 be a really special year for you and your family. And if there's anything we can do to help, do let me know!