Saturday, March 11, 2017

Book Reviews!

Two wonderful mommy blogging friends posted reviews on Tabby the Sparrow Learns Contentment!



http://imomlife.com/2017/03/09/tabby-sparrow-learns-contentment-book-review/

https://moychronicles.com/2017/02/07/tabby-contentment/



I love hearing about how the book is reaching the hearts of other kids and parents!  

The Oral Presentation topic for this past week was "My Favorite Book."  Both my older kids chose Tabby!  =)  Yes, they're biased, but I'm beyond thankful for their genuine appreciation for the content of the book.... and that they aren't sick of it yet.  ;P  In fact, they keep asking for me to work on Juju and Bitzy books.  

I pray that my little stories would impact kids to search their little hearts, root out their sins, and turn to the Savior of the world.    

Monday, February 13, 2017

Reading list 2017

Homeschooling
- Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakeable Peace, by Sarah Mackenzie
- The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education by Leigh Bortins
- Classical Christian Education Made Approachable by Classical Conversations Inc.

Parenting
- The Heart of Anger, by Lou Priolo
- Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick
- To finish:  Virtue Training Bible

Character
- Practicing Affirmations: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God by Sam Crabtree
- The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs (with homegroup)
- Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson (with wew)

Home
-  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Fun
- Grandma's Attic series by Arleta Richardson (with kids)
- The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosario Butterfield
- The Circle by Dave Eggers
- bio of a composer

Writing goals:
2 poems/prayers
1 children's book draft (Juju the monkey learns....??.....)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Contentment for Mommy Birds

Because Mama bird needs to learn contentment too..

Reading this with our homegroup.

Jeremiah Burrough's definition of contentment: "Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition."

Thursday, December 22, 2016

How it all began..

Many people have been asking, how/why did you start writing children's books?

Some background:
I always liked listening to stories.  Some of my favorite childhood memories are falling asleep listening to my mom's animated tales of Bible heroes and Korean folk tales, or my dad telling me tales of growing up in a rice farm in Korea.   My younger brother and I wouldn't let them fall asleep until the story was finished.

When I had kids, I carried on the tradition of telling stories to them.  Sometimes, when they were struggling with a particular character flaw or sin it was hard for them to understand why they were wrong.  Toddlers are pretty stubborn.  =P  But if I made up a story with animal characters and those animals (i.e. Tabby the sparrow) were struggling with a similar sin, they more easily could point out where the animals were sinning/wrong.  Throughout parenting, these stories became more and more useful as they were eager to follow the adventures of these animals.

I looked for Christian children's books that I could use for similar purpose.  Most were too long, or too wordy for my youngest, or not engaging, or not biblical or too costly (out of print).   My friend Julia was taking biblical counseling classes at the time and I mentioned the stories I told my kids.  She told me her professor had just told her class that there was a need for good children's biblical counseling books. She encouraged me to write down my stories.

I started writing my first story (what later became Tabby the Sparrow learns contentment), asked Christine if she'd illustrate and Tabby was born.

My prayer is that it will be an encouragement to other moms that the hard work of parenting can be supplemented with fun stories while still being biblical.  I truly believe that all we need is the Bible for life and godliness, but hope that this book opens up avenues of communication with kids that helps them to see their need to repent from their sins and turn to the only Savior.

Grace and Peace,
Narae

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Surprising Christine



video

Alice was working really hard so that we could get the proof of the book in time for Christine's baby shower.  Unfortunately, it didn't come until after.. but we were still able to surprise her the following Wednesday after AWANA.  =)  See her little happy hop?  I love when surprises actually work.  ;)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tabby the Sparrow Learns Contentment

My first book is available for sale!   Christine, Alice, and I have been working on this project for years and it's finally here!!  (We had other priorities to tend to.. ;)

You can purchase it here...

https://www.createspace.com/6749205

Alice (editor & SIL extraordinaire) & I wanted to surprise Christine Chang (our wonderful illustrator) at her 1st baby shower so we rushed a bit towards the end to get it on the market.

Unfortunately, even with 1-day shipping, the books arrived too late for the shower... but it arrived today.  I'm officially a children's book author! My childhood dream, one that I never thought would be actuality, has come true!