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Book Review: Cuddle-Up Prayers

Cuddle-Up Prayers by Michelle Medlock Adams
Cuddle Up Prayers

Interested in a book that will help you pray with your toddler?

Cuddle up close with this collection of toddler-friendly prayers. These simple prayers cover everything little ones may want to talk to God about, such as asking for help, thanking God for food or friends, or just talking about what they think and feel. With its cushy, padded cover and sturdy pages, Cuddle Up Prayers is durable enough to withstand years of use from growing kids. As you spend time praying with your child, they will quickly discover that any time is a good time to talk to God.

 

A review by Nancy Sanders, reprinted by permission:

Is your child feeling sad? Are they happy? Or feeling thankful? Then it’s the perfect time to talk with God about how they feel…and this adorable book helps them get started.

With simple prayers of childlike faith, this board book helps littles learn to talk with God through prayer. Whether they feel jealous…or are celebrating their own God-given unique qualities…the prayers in this sweet board book with rhyming text help kids connect with God.

And the art is so adorable! With a variety of animal characters, every child will connect, no matter where they live around the world or what their background is.

A great way to cuddle up with your child…and talk together with God!

Here is a sample prayer:

PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DAY

I thank you for another day.
I know it will be good.
Help me to have a happy heart
And do the things I should.

No matter what, I’ll wear a smile.
I thank you for this day.
Help me to spread your joy around
At home, at school, and play.

Especially in these challenging days, it’s important to encourage children to talk about their feelings. And especially to teach them that God cares about everything they feel or think and wants to hear them talk with Him. This is a perfect book to use to help toddlers and little ones understand the importance of prayer and how to talk with God.

~ Nancy I. Sanders, author of The Very Oldest Pear Tree

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Michelle Medlock Adams, Author
Michelle Medlock Adams, Author

Michelle Medlock Adams is a NY Times best-selling ghostwriter and an award-winning journalist of more than 1,700 articles and 100 books. With close to 4 million copies sold, Michelle has earned over 70 industry awards from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, to name a few.

Michelle is celebrating the recent release of her children’s books, Cuddle-up Prayers, I Love You Bigger Than the Sky, and Writing & Selling Children’s Books in the Christian Market: From Board Books to YA, a book she coauthored with her agent Cyle Young. Michelle is also a much sought after writing instructor, having taught at more than 100 writers conferences. And, she has served as an adjunct professor, teaching “Writing for Children” at Taylor University three different years.

When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys bass fishing with her husband Jeff and watching Doris Day movies. To learn more, check out her website at: www.michellemedlockadams.com online.

 

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2020 CAN Crown Gala

Watch the CAN Crown Awards Gala Here

Join us by watching this video of the CAN Crown Awards.
Our winners share their success tips for book and brand marketing in the Christian publishing arena.

Great for readers to get to know these wonderful people and the books they write, authors to learn from successful marketing campaigns, and we all get to celebrate with them!

Congratulations to these winners:
Outstanding Broadcasting

Gold: Susan Neal for her book series— The Healthy Living Series
Silver: Bethany Jett and Michelle Medlock Adams for their book/brand—Platinum Faith
Bronze: Dr. Craig von Buseck for his book — I Am Cyrus

Outstanding Web Presence:
Gold: Carla Hoch for her brand— FightWrite.net
Silver: Cynthia L. Simmons for her brand—Cynthia L. Simmons (clsimmons.com)

Outstanding Visual Media:
Gold: Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett for their book—They Call Me Mom
Silver Tie: Laine Craft for her book—Enjoy Today Own Tomorrow
Silver Tie: Andrew Huff for his book—A Cross to Kill
Bronze: Lynn Austin for her book—If I Were You
Finalist with Distinction: Janice Hanna Thompson for her book launch of— Just Roll With It

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Book Review: Dinosaur Devotions

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Dinosaur Devotions

Dinosaur Devotions is a fun way to help your dinosaur-loving kids connect with God. These 75 devotions include bright, colorful illustrations and uncover facts about specific dinosaur species while providing spiritual insight and easy-to-understand takeaways that will encourage your children to take their faith to the next level! Your kids will also love segments like Dino Stats (a dinosaur’s measurements), Bible Excavation (a main Bible verse), Digging Deeper (self-reflection questions), Did You Know? (fun facts), and Jurassic Journaling (creative writing opportunities) that make this devotional interactive and even more memorable.

 

And here’s a review, reprinted by permission:

Any kid, boy or girl, who loves dinosaurs will find this devotional hard to resist. And while learning about 75 different dinosaurs, they’ll also explore 75 different biblical concepts about living as a child of God.

Each devotion includes pronunciation of the dinosaur’s name (try Micropachycephalosaurus without a guide!), Dino Stats (about the creature’s family, size, weight, and diet), and a fun Did You Know fact.

Focused on the biblical concept are Bible Excavation (a Bible verse), Digging Deeper (a question or two for expanding the devotion’s Bible concept), and Jurassic Journaling (kid-sized writing prompts).

Nicely conversational in tone, each devotion transitions easily from dinosaur facts to what the Bible has to say about kid issues like jealousy, temptation, and speaking kindly, plus biblical teaching about ideas like the true source of knowledge, God’s constant presence, and learning to pray.

The book avoids controversy; there’s no mention of how long ago dinosaurs lived or how they became extinct.

The very last devotion includes an invitation to make Jesus Lord by praying a suggested prayer. If your faith tradition includes something more or different, you’ll want to amplify this one.

Highly recommended. For ages 9-12 to read on their own but will interest younger children too. Families also could use this and the suggested questions and activities for a family devotional time.

~ Diane Stortz

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Michelle Medlock Adams, Author
Michelle Medlock Adams, Author

Michelle Medlock Adams is a NY Times Best-selling ghostwriter and an award-winning journalist of more than 1,700 articles and 100 books. With more than 4 million copies sold, Michelle has earned over 70 industry awards from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, to name a few.

Michelle is celebrating the recent release of her children’s books, Cuddle-up Prayers and I Love You Bigger Than the Sky, and she’s eagerly anticipating the release of Writing & Selling Children’s Books in the Christian Market: From Board Books to YA, a book she co-authored with her agent Cyle Young. Michelle is also a much sought after writing instructor, having taught at more than 100 writers conferences. And, she has served as an adjunct professor, teaching “Writing for Children” at Taylor University three different years.

When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys bass fishing with her husband Jeff and watching Doris Day movies. To learn more, check out her website at: www.michellemedlockadams.com online.

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A Chat with Author Michelle Medlock Adams

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin! Today I have the joy of interviewing one of CAN’s newest members, Michelle Medlock Adams. Michelle has written over eighty books for children and for adults. With her award-winning background in journalism, she’s written many biographies for celebrities as well. I think you’ll enjoy what she has to share!

Welcome, Michelle! Please tell us about your new book, Platinum Faith.

Michelle Medlock Adams
Michelle Medlock Adams

Platinum exemplifies some of the most rare, useful qualities of all metals. In Platinum Faith, we highlight twelve platinum properties and how they relate to our walk of faith. More specifically, we delve into how they parallel our divine calling, our eternal value, and the unlimited love God has for us.

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Congratulations CAN Crown Awards Finalists

Excellence in Christian Marketing and Media for Books, Book Series, or Brand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Congratulations to our CAN Crown Awards Finalists

November – 2019 The Christian Authors Network Crown Awards recognize, educate, and encourage excellence in marketing and promotion skills of all Christian authors. We are pleased to announce the CAN Crown Award finalists:

Adria Wilkins for promotion of her book The Joy Box Journal. 

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith for promotion of her book Sacred Rest: Recover your life, renew your energy, restore your sanity.

Linda Goldfarb & Kelly Harris for promotion of their book Lovey Mouse Easter (double-finalist).

Linda Goldfarb & Kelly Harris for promotion of their book Lovey Mouse in The Night Before Christmas (double-finalist).

Susan Neal for her book 7 Steps to Get Off Sugar & Carbohydrates.

Carla Hoch for her Fight Write brand/web presence.

Michelle Medlock Adams & Bethany Jett for their book Platinum Faith (double-finalist).

Michelle Medlock Adams for her book Dinosaur Devotions (double-finalist).

Finalists receive a ticket to attend the CAN Crown Awards banquet, logos for websites/materials, and recognition via the Christian Authors Network. Winners (gold, silver, and bronze) will be awarded at the ICVM/CAN Conference Nov. 12-16, 2019 in Franklin, TN. The Crown Awards banquet includes an overview of each Gold winning campaign in three categories. Gold winners in each category receive promotion via the Christian Authors Network until the 2020 CAN Crown Awards, a trophy, and logo medallions for their websites/materials.

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The Christian Authors Network is comprised of a large network of traditionally published authors who work together to grow the industry, their careers, and Christ. Learn more about the Christian Authors Network at http://ChristianAuthorsNetwork.com.