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From Jean Matthew Hall - May 2019

Welcome to Encouraging News

This is my new MONTHLY email newsletter. Thank you for your interest in what I am doing as a writer, and in my (future) books.
Each month I plan to share some of the following with you:
  • Encouragement for writers
  • Encouragement from God's Word for parents, writers and all of us
  • News about my life and work as an author
  • Links to my blog posts for parents and about picture books
Please visit me at my website/blog at www.jeanmatthewhall.com,
on FaceBook at JeanMatthewHallAuthor,
on Twitter at Jean_Hall
on Pinterest at JeanMatthew_Hall.

How You Can Pray for Me

  • Our Kentucky Christian Writers Conference is happening right now - June 20-22. Pray for the Lord to be lifted up, please.
  • After the KCWC I'm off on vacation with my grandkids in NC. Please pray I'll point them toward Jesus.
  • Pray I will always listen for the Lord's leading as I write and seek publication.
  • Pray for the team at Little Lamb Books as they get evverything ready for the cover reveal of my first picture book.

FREE Booklets on Prayer!

I have 6 booklets to give away to YOU! Just leave a comment on my blog between June 20 and July 4. I will draw 6 names from my trusty goodie bag and post the winners on my blog July 5th.

Encouraging Words for Writers

I've added a new title to my list of favorite books for writers. Check it out.


My First Picture Book about fall

is to be released in early September, 2019.


Thank you for continuing to pray all will go well with the release. I'll give you more details in July.

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Upcoming Events

I'll be leading a workshop on writing for young children at the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference in Elizabethtown, KY
June 20-21.

In September I'll be leading two workshops on Picture Books at the Write2Ignite! Conference in Tigerville, SC

If you attend local or regional writing conferences I would love to contact them about possibly speaking. Please email me with that information. Thanks!

Contact me at jean@ jeanmatthewhall. com

God's Encouraging Words for You

"For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."
Matthew 6:14-15 NIV

In the four Gospels (NIV)
the word "forgive" in some form is used 41 times--most of them spoken by Jesus Himself. I think the Lord means it when He commands us to forgive others the same way God has forgiven us.

If the wrong is small there's no a big problem. But many of us have been wronged seriously by others. Sometimes those wrongs seem unforgiveable. Sometimes it's only by God's grace and strength that we can forgive them.

When forgiving others is a struggle it takes time. Often it means that day after day we have to struggle again and again with forgiving tthe same person for the same sin.

But the struggle is worth it. If Christ has forgiven me, I have no ichoice but to follow Jesus' words and make the extra effort to forgive other people.

No person's sins against me are greater than the sins I have committed against God.
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Jean's Latest Blog Posts

If the S in Moose Comes Loose

Another 2018 picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. Hilarious! If the S in Moose Comes Loose written by Peter Hermann and illustrated by Matthew Cordell is stunningly hilarious. Judging from their short bios both the author and the illustrator are hilarious themselves. Go-figger! Harper Collins Children published it in 2018. I love picture books filled with wordplay but this …
If the S in Moose Comes Loose

Loved to Bits

Loved to Bits
Another review of a 2018 picture book by Jean Matthew Hall. It’s an ode to childhood imagination, and a tribute to loyalty and love. Loved to Bits was written by Teresa Heapy and illustrated by Katie Cleminson. Roaring Brook Press brought it to life in 2018. Loved to Bits is definitely proof that quiet picture books, gentle picture books are …

Ready for Kindergarten?

Here's an amazing and inciteful article in the Washington Post. Every parent of a preschooler or kindergartener needs to read this, please! And share! https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/05/08/kindergarten-teacher-why-our-youngest-learners-are-doomed-right-out-gate-road-map-fix-it/?utm_term=.a62df1c50c3f
Ready for Kindergarten?


Another 2018 picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. Elmore was written and illustrated by Holly Hobbie, author of the Toot & Puddle books. It was published in 2018 by Penguin Random House. Such precious illustrations! They remind me of the Beatrice Potter books and the original Pooh books. But Elmore’s story is just as precious. He’s a prickly little …


It's difficult to talk with our little ones about hard topics like hunger, war and displaced families. Today's picture book might be a bridge to discussing some of those topics. Tomorrow is not like most picture books I’ve read. It isn’t silly or dreamy or gorgeous. Tomorrow is a sad book with a sad ending. Why? It was written and …