I have some exciting news to share and it’s just in time for Christmas!
But first I’ll give you three clues:
- It’s a book based on one of my devotionals (Hint: my most recent one!)
- It involves a couple of kids and their cute sidekicks (who happen to be a puffin and a monkey!)
- I partnered with my friend, children’s book author, and senior writer and editor on my staff, Katie Kenny Phillips, to write something for the wonderful kids in your life.
That’s right! I just published my very first children’s book called Let’s Find Joy! It is a children’s version of my women’s devotional, Find Joy: A devotional journey to unshakable wonder in an uncertain world.
Over the last two years our kids have been in a tough spot. Between a global pandemic, virtual learning, parents who are stressed about working from home or losing their job, explosive politics and a country arguing about how best to handle everything from COVID to police reform, our kids have been exposed to a lot. They’re forced to handle not only the normal, everyday struggles of youth but EXTRA, and it’s causing record levels of anxiety for them.
There is a way to teach our kids to find joy in Jesus no matter what our circumstances are! Let’s Find Joy! takes kids on a treasure hunt, giving them clues to finding joy on their journey. These clues follow the same 8 elements found in Find Joy and give children (and their parents!) actionable steps to live a life of wonder in our very uncertain world. This will help give our kids one of the greatest gifts they could receive during this time in history: the ability to navigate turbulent waters well.
This book is absolutely gorgeous and filled with fun things to look at and find. I’m so proud of how it turned out and couldn’t be more excited to get it into the hands of kids this Christmas. Better yet, grab a copy of Find Joy for yourself (or the mother, sister, friend, etc. in your life!). They pair nicely together and who couldn’t use the gift of joy under their tree this year?
So as Katie and I (and a puffin and a monkey!) tell the kids in the book:
“Jesus has a treasure for us—JOY! It’s like happiness times a million—because joy is for ALWAYS! Not just when things seem good or easy or fair. When things are hard, joy is still there. Let’s go on a scavenger hunt for clues that make joy our treasure. Ready . . . set . . . GO!”