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. She recently signed a contract with Little Lamb Books for a series of picture books. Yipee! The first book should be available in the spring of 2019.
Sometimes our dreams come true in ways we couldn’t imagine. Jean’s have.
She has spent most of her life singing songs, reading books, playing games, cutting, coloring and gluing with children of every age. And she has loved it! Creating encouraging board books and picture books is her idea of fun, but her favorite times are those she spends with her own eight grandchildren. Especially in the kitchen!
Both things are HUGE blessings!
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
The purpose of Emcouraging Words is to share with other writers books, magazines and online resources that have helped Jean along her journey to authorship. She posts every Tuesday about one of the resources that has proven to be valuable to her.
She posts on Fridays about picture books that have impacted her.
Beginning in 2018 every Saturday Jean will post words of encouragement for parents of the kiddos she writes for.
Writers will find 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,