Today, I’m happy to have two specials for you from a book tour. These would make great gifts from parents or grandparents for Christmas. My friend, Michelle Lazurek, has written two children’s books with adorable illustrations. Her stories not only are aimed at children but are also applicable to adults. One is for girls: Daddy, Am I Beautiful? And the other is for boys: Mommy, Am I Strong?
Here’s a little bit about Michelle…
Michelle is a writer, speaker, pastor’s wife, and mother. She had been in ministry for over fifteen years. She has been married to Joe for fifteen years and has two children, Caleb and Leah. She is a member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and has been published in numerous places, such as Charisma Magazine and Movieguide Magazine.
I’ve often said that I didn’t choose writing; writing chose me. In 2009, while attending a women’s retreat, I felt God impress upon my heart to write a book. I had never written anything before in my life. I was terrified!
I prayed and asked God what he wanted me to write about, and I began to notice in the gospel of John how many times John referred to himself as “the disciple Whom Jesus loved.” As I researched, I found no one had written anything about that topic. That’s when my first book Becoming the Disciple Whom Jesus Loved was born. I’ve been writing ever since.
About my two new books. When my daughter was four years old, she would spend hours parading in front of my husband, twirling around in her princess dresses and asking “Daddy, am I beautiful?” I realized in that moment that is the cry of every young girl’s heart—to be told by her father she is beautiful.
Daddy, Am I Beautiful? explores the concept of self-esteem from a young girl’s perspective and teaches them that it is not what’s on the outside that makes you beautiful, but what’s on the inside.
In this overly sexualized world, we tend to teach girls that their value in life comes from exploiting their bodies for others’ pleasure. I want girls to feel they are more than that. I want them to come away with the confidence that their worth does not come from their body type, but from God’s approval of them just as they are.
Mommy, Am I Strong? is written for boys and explores the concept of their self-esteem. Boys want to be seen as strong and use their strength to prove their worth.
With the increasing popularity of superheroes, boys are taught early that their worth comes from their strength. I want young boys to believe that even someone with a disability can be strong because of their ability to display humility and grace in the face of trials. This book teaches that true strength comes from the inside, not on the outside.
Daddy, Am I Beautiful?
Features & Benefits: Ideal for ages 4-11 Colorful illustrations Offers conversation starters about true beauty and self-worth Provides opportunities for father-daughter bonding.
Mommy, Am I Strong?
Features & Benefits: Colorful comic-inspired illustrations by Scott Spinks will appeal to boys ages 4-11; Explains inner strengths and virtues in easy-to-understand terms Empowers children to seek God’s grace when faced with difficult choices Parent page offers a springboard for teaching and developing inner strength.
Michelle’s next book is a non-fiction on hospitality, entitled An Invitation to the Table: Embracing the Gift of Hospitality, releasing in spring of 2016. For more information, Please visit her website at www.michellelazurek.com.