Faith and Fiction in Children’s Literature by Dixie Phillips (Guest post & Giveaway)

Today’s guest blogger is Dixie Phillips. She is on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion to discuss one of her newest releases, One Noble JourneyMake sure you read to the end of this post to find out how you can win a copy of One Noble Journey.

My husband and I have been in fulltime ministry for nearly thirty years. We have discovered even on the best days – life can be difficult. Parents are weary of hearing bad news and long to escape the pressures from the daily grind. They fear for their children’s future and crave an infusion of hope. An inspirational book has the power to transform the mundane into paradise and become an important building block in their child’s faith.

In 1988, our church started a Christian school. As we began training the students, we understood in order for them to experience optimal spiritual health they needed appetizing “soul food.” Force feedings were never beneficial. We realized rigid rules without a healthy relationship would breed rebellion in a child. They needed to laugh often and be loved unconditionally. Blending faith and fiction in children’s literature is another way we can pass our beliefs along to our children. The characters of a story can be chiseled on the heart and conscience of a child; shaping their small souls and causing them to embrace timeless truths from God’s Word.

Every day children are bombarded with conflicting messages and destructive images. Parents cannot afford to be silent, but must be proactive and provide positive character-building literature, which will nourish the child’s spirit and help replenish relationships, encourage significant conversation, and foster a vibrant faith in the heart of the child.   

I believe the seeds of influence from my children’s books – Angel Eyes, Stubby’s Destiny, One Noble Journey, Baby Jesus is Missing, and the children’s books I write in the future, will live longer than I do, produce a harvest of wisdom and help ignite a blazing faith in the hearts of children, which will change a generation and time my eyes may never see. 

Dixie Phillips began writing seasonal plays for children in 1987. These delightful programs have been published by Abingdon Press, Standard Publishing, Eldridge Publishing, Evangelizing Today’s Child and Gospel Publishing House. One of Dixie’s children’s books, Stubby’s Destiny, was awarded the 2008 Best Children’s Animal Story by Books and Authors. Guardian Angel Publishing has released Angel Eyes, One Noble Journey and Baby Jesus is Missing. Cinderfella and the Furry Godmother and Stilts the Stork will be released in 2010.

Dixie also has a passion for writing God’s truths for adults. She has contributed to an award-winning devotional book and has ghostwritten books on marriage, health, poetry and personal testimonies. She is currently a topical curriculum writer for Randall House. Dixie is a pastor’s wife of more than 30 years. She and her husband, Paul, have four grown children and have served the Gospel Lighthouse Church in Floyd, Iowa, for 28 years.

You can learn more about Dixie’s books and the Phillips’ ministry by visiting www.floydslighthouse.com.

To see where Dixie stops next on her virtual book tour, visit http://virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ every weekday in December between now and December 16th.

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This giveaway will run from today until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on December 31st. A winner will be announced in early January.

This contest is open to residents of the United States and Canada only.


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7 thoughts on “Faith and Fiction in Children’s Literature by Dixie Phillips (Guest post & Giveaway)

  1. With all of the bad news, arguments and general negative actions happening around us every day, I reckon anything that can bring some positivity to the world is a good thing. 🙂

  2. Parents’ increasing reliance on schools and other social ‘organizations’ to raise their children leave them out of the loop. I think it vital that parents be proactive – know and inquire, challenge and inspire – their children to question, to seek knowledge. Books by their very nature are proactive. A child forms words from letters; matches letters to images either drawn or imagined. And don’t think that kids just want to push buttons and be fed computer-generated images.

    There’s a holiday tree our building runs at the day job. A couple years ago I was reading the little cards requesting gifts. Among the plethora of requests for ipods and toys and games was one from “Boy, Age 10, Books about animals.” I grabbed the little card and polled teachers, friends, to find books to fill his heartfelt desire, wrapped them with a card wishing him joy in his adventures.

    Kids want to learn, explore, and reading allows them the opportunity to create their own adventures. “Boy, Age 10” may be the next Jacques Cousteau, or a teacher, or a writer, or … pick an adventure.

    Thanks for being one of the guides to adventure for kids.

    Write On!
    Kate

  3. Beautifully expressed, Dixie. I agree whole-heartedly. Books that inspire stay with us for years while rules that are forced upon us fade away quickly. Can’t wait to read your books!

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