Adam’s Animals: how you can help bring this book to life!

From Kimberley Payne's Christian children's book, Adam's AnimalsToday’s guest is children’s writer Kimberley Payne. She’ll be telling us about herself, her books, her newest project–and a way for you to get involved in its publication!

Tell us about yourself

I am an award-winning author and a member of The Word Guild, Inscribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship, and John 3:16 Marketing Network.

I combine my teaching experience and love of writing to create educational materials for mothers and children about family, fitness, science and faith.

Tell us about the book

My latest project is “Adam’s Animals,” a children’s activity book that features over 40 animals mentioned in the Bible and little-known facts about each. It is the second book in the Science and Faith Matters series. The first book, “Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation,” is a colourful introduction to trees, leaves and their corresponding Bible stories.

Who is this book written for?

“Adam’s Animals” is ideal for 6 to 9 year olds, for home or school use and classroom sharing in grades 1-3 to supplement the Life Sciences Curriculum on Animal Life.

 What was your inspiration for this book?

Years ago, my daughter wrote a little book called, “Did you know…fascinating and fun facts about animals around the world” as a fundraiser to go to camp. I helped her with it and loved discovering new things about God’s creation.

Do you have a favorite animal and why that one?

I loved learning about the leopard. This big cat can climb trees, run fast, and swim. He’s powerful and smart. My kind of creature!

Did you find anything particularly difficult in writing this book?

There was a ton of research. Not only did I have to dig through the Bible to discover the animals mentioned, but then I had to research each individually to uncover five unusual facts.

What do you hope this book accomplishes?

I hope that “Adam’s Animals” will fuel the desire for children to read the Bible and to also learn more about the animals that God created.

Where can we find you?

Website: http://www.kimberleypayne.com

Blog: http://www.scienceandfaithmatters.wordpress.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KimberleyPayne.Author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FitForFaith

Kickstarter Campaign:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamsanimals/adams-animals-a-childrens-activity-book

Short url for easy sharing: http://kck.st/19NBYR6

Where can we find the book?

This is the exciting part! The book is still in manuscript form. I am hoping to bring the project to life with the direct support of friends, colleagues and family.

As the book creator, I have set a funding goal of $3500, with a deadline of February 28th, 2014. If you like my book idea, you can pledge any amount of money to make it happen.

As the book backer, you choose from a number of rewards based on the amount of financial support you pledge. For example, backers who pledge a minimum of $5, will receive a choice of one of two of my e-books: 1) Fit for Faith – 7 weeks to improved spiritual and physical health, OR 2) Women of Strength – a devotional to improve spiritual and physical health. Backers who pledge a minium of $15 will receive an autographed copy of “Adam’s Animals.” Backers who pledge a minimum of $175 will be listed on the “Dedication” page at the back of the book PLUS will receive an autographed copy of “Adam’s Animals.”

Backing “Adam’s Animals” is more than just giving money. Writers need encouragement and you would be supporting my dream of creating a valuable resource for children and parents.

To support the creation of “Adam’s Animals” please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adamsanimals/adams-animals-a-childrens-activity-book

Short url for easy sharing: http://kck.st/19NBYR6

Here’s an excerpt from “Adam’s Animals”–the entry on the Ant (see illustration at top of page):

Proverbs 6:6 “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!”

See also:  Proverbs 30:25

The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, wrote the Book of Proverbs – a book of wise sayings to help us live godly lives. In this verse, Solomon points out that it is foolish to be idle and lazy. He says that we should learn from the example of the ant who doesn’t laze around and wait to be told what to do, but is willing to work hard and do what needs to be done.

Did you know?

  • Ants are from the insect family
  • Ants can lift 20 times their body weight
    • Ants have two stomachs – one to hold the food for itself and one to hold food to be shared with other ants
  • There are 3 kinds of ants in a colony: the queen, the female workers, and males
  • Ants communicate by using chemicals called pheromones
  • Ants don’t have ears but they “hear” by feeling vibrations in the ground

About the Author

Kimberley Payne is an award-winning self-published writer and a member of The Word Guild, Inscribe Christian Writer’s Fellowship, and John 3:16 Marketing Network. She has volunteered as a teacher with many children’s programs at her church, as a teacher’s aid for student’s reading, and within the library at her children’s school.  Kimberley combines her teaching experience and love of writing to create educational materials for children about family, fitness, science and faith.

Kimberley’s website             http://www.kimberleypayne.com

About the Illustrator

The illustrator, Janis Cox, is an author, watercolour artist, wife, mother and grandma — but most of all she’s a faithful follower of Jesus. She’s been retired from teaching for over 15 years but finds herself back into her passion of working with children. Janis says, “I love painting pictures of animals and it will be a joy to create the illustrations for Kimberley’s new book. Plus working with Kimberley has always been exciting. Her enthusiasm always brings joy to my heart.”

Janis’ website           http://www.janiscox.com/

About the Publisher

Diane Roblin-Lee is the owner of byDesign Media, a custom publishing company which specializes in beautiful layouts and cover designs. With over 30 years in the publishing industry, Diane has written several bestsellers herself and takes pride in being able to help other writers to get their books out to the world. Her tag line, “From Manuscript to Market,” covers the full spectrum of services, from editing and design, to publishing and international distribution. Helping her authors find pleasure and satisfaction in the publishing process is very important to Diane.

Diane’s website       http://www.bydesignmedia.ca/

 

 

 

 

 

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Lone Survivor: One Day at a Time

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What a difference a day can make—or a couple of days. Just check out the picture on my post from a few days ago, and this one from yesterday. Snow and ice and temperatures in the teens one day and then a walk by the lake in balmy spring-like weather the next.

 

When I’m stuck in the midst of winter and ice storms—metaphorical or real—it’s hard for me not to get bogged down and feel like they’ll go on forever.

 

Which makes me think of something I came across in one of the books I’m currently reading, Lone Survivor.  (Apparently instead of really in-depth movie and book reviews, I’m going to do reports of, “This struck me while reading…” Or watching, or whatever. That seems to be the trend in my posts lately.)

 

Anyway, I’m reading Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, the book on which the current movie is based. It’s the true story, written by Navy SEAL Luttrell, of a mission in Afghanistan that only he survives.

 

According to my Kindle, I’ve read  about 38% of the book and we’re just starting the fateful mission in Afghanistan. Luttrell first gives a lot of detailed information about his SEAL training—enough to make me wonder how anyone survives it. Or how anyone is dedicated and driven enough to want to survive it. The majority of his class didn’t make it through—and that’s true of every group of candidates.

 

And that’s where I got stuck on one particular gem of wisdom. One of the SEALS’ trainers warned that the ones who quit had often started thinking about all the days of training that lay ahead of them. Instead of just focusing on the task at hand, they would worry about what was coming, how much worse it would get, what would happen in the days ahead.
Luttrell, who stuck it out to become a full-fledged SEAL, heeded the warning and tried to always focus on making it through the next moment, the task at hand. He tried not to allow himself to think any further ahead. And somehow, he always found the strength to make it through one more moment, one more step, one more stroke.

 

I need to heed that warning in the ice storms—and all the other times when I look so far ahead at all the burdens to come that I want to quit.  Even better, I need to listen to Jesus when He says to take no thought of tomorrow, because tomorrow will take care of itself. (Matthew 6:34 NIV) If He gives me that assurance I should certainly have confidence.

 

 

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