As a pre-teen Jean dreamed of being an architect or an interior decorator. As a high school student she dreamed of being anything BUT a teacher. As a college student she dreamed of being a vocalist. As an “over-fifty” woman she dreamed of writing stories for children. But, as life unfolded it seemed that none of those dreams would come true.


Jean spent twenty-six years teaching children and teens–and loving it!.Then twenty more years teaching women’s Bible studies. She never designed a house, but she lived in, and decorated on a shoestring, more than a dozen houses. She never performed before thousands, nor recorded any music. But she sang hundreds of times leading people in praise to the LORD. Now, she is working hard and trusting God to lead her down the road to traditional publication.

Sometimes our dreams come true in ways we couldn’t imagine.

It is Jean’s daily prayer that The Christ within her shines through the cracks and broken places of her dreams, and that Christ shines through the things she writes to uplift, encourage and inspire others through her

  • Personal stories for anthologies
  • Articles for inspirational magazines
  • Stories and poems for children’s magazines
  • One and only YA manuscript (Will it ever be completed?)
  • Poems and devotionals for adults and children
  • Picture books and board books

The purpose of On My Shelf is to share with you books, magazines and online resources that have helped Jean along her journey through writerdom and into authorship. She posts every Tuesday about one of the resources that has proven to be valuable to her.

Sometimes she posts on Fridays about picture books that have impacted her..

You’ll also find some helpful resources on Jean’s website. Enjoy and come again, please.

Oh! And share Jean’s address with someone else, please. Thanks.


Philippians 3:10 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (ABCE)

For my determined purpose is that I may know Him – that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly, and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection which it exerts over believers, and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed in spirit into His likeness even to His death,