Speaker and Bible Teacher Sue Detweiler To Release Debut Book, 9 Traits Of A Life-Giving Mom




Book Discusses Challenges of Being A Mother, Identifies

 Nine Traits Corresponding to Fruits of the Spirit

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 30, 2014) – Morgan James Faith, an imprint of Morgan James Publishing, is set to release the debut book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Mom: Replacing My Worst With God’s Best, from Bible teacher and speaker Sue Detweiler. The digital version will be available May 9 on Amazon and the author’s website, just in time for Mother’s Day, with the print version slated to hit bookstore shelves in October.

The book, according to Detweiler, who is the mother of six, is not a parenting how-to book, but, rather, a book intended to reach into the hearts of moms to help them overcome unresolved issues, find peace with their imperfections, learn from their mistakes, tap into God’s power to break negative patterns, and joyfully, as Detweiler says, “become the best you.”

“The book is not about how to raise the perfect child,” Detweiler says, “It’s more of a conversation with moms of all ages, to help them when they are feeling overwhelmed,” she says, adding that she hopes the book reaches out to those moms going through a difficult time, particularly for those who know they should embrace being a mother, but for whom it doesn’t come naturally.

Each chapter begins with one of the nine traits of a life-giving mom, which correspond to the nine fruits of the Spirit as outlined in Galatians 5, and concludes with an intimate prayer to God asking for help and guidance. Detweiler utilizes the concept of opposites to make her point: His love replaces our anger; His joy replaces our sadness; His goodness replaces our manipulation.

The book also incorporates a study guide intended for individual or group study.

Inspiration for the book, according to Detweiler, came after she realized how challenging it was to be a mom herself, while dealing with the myriad of distractions in our ever-changing world.

In addition to raising and homeschooling her children, now ages 14 to 24, including two sons that she and her husband adopted five years ago, Detweiler has also juggled a role in pastoral ministry for much of her adult life. Detweiler has served as principal of New Song Christian Academy, where her children were enrolled, and supervised the LIFE School of Ministry, which she helped prepare pastors and leaders for ministry.

“While I had all these other responsibilities on my plate, I was still a mom,” she says, “and it wasn’t always easy. I wanted to be ‘the best mom in the world’ to my children, but sometimes I felt like the worst.”

In the book, Detweiler is unafraid to reveal the times she wasn’t at her best. She describes a  life-changing season which followed the night she and her infant daughter almost died in a house fire.

Detweiler, a new mom, was home alone with five-week-old Rachel when their house caught on fire. It is believed that an arsonist ignited the empty home next to them, setting three homes ablaze. To make matters worse, the fire department was delayed by a train and only one fire truck was on the scene to deal with all three fires. Because of the smoke, Detweiler was disoriented and was unable to get to her daughter.

“My husband arrived in time to alert the firemen to our situation and we were saved. We were happy to be alive, but you can imagine the emotions,” she says. “We didn’t have a house. We didn’t have diapers for the baby. We lived at a neighbor’s home until we could get things sorted out.”

At the same time, Rachel developed colic, spending three to four hours each night screaming. The pressure was almost too much for Detweiler, as she recounts in Chapter 1 of the book.

One day, I laid Rachel down on the blanket and slowly backed away. Her screaming drove me to the edge of feeling like I couldn’t cope. I began to feel claustrophobic and trapped. My heart raced as my mind shut down. “I’m losing it,” I thought. “If I don’t get out of the house, I don’t know what I will do.” I went to the kitchen and dialed the number of a neighbor.

“Can you take my baby?” I quietly pleaded, as soon as she answered the phone. “I have to get out of here.”

Hearing the tremor in my voice, the neighbor agreed to help me. No doubt, she saw my glazed look as I handed her my infant and drove off. What would have happened if she hadn’t been there for me? I don’t know. I was truly desperate.

Desperation is a driving force in our lives to seek change. It is during the pressure-cooker seasons in our lives when we find out our areas of weakness and vulnerability. Pressure cookers are known for being hot, dangerous, and able to blow their lid. That house fire revealed the hidden habits of my own heart that needed God’s healing touch. It’s the heat of life that shows the hidden fractures of our hearts. A Life-Giving Mom uses the pressure-cooker seasons to reevaluate. Allow your own areas of need to propel you toward getting help. As you learn new skills, you will become a better person as well as a better mom.

“Some books for parents include all of the ‘good parenting’ stories,” she says. “But I tell my ‘bad parenting’ stories–those moments when I didn’t make the right choice, when I felt overwhelmed, when I blew it. I use those examples to reach out to the mom who wants to walk with God, who wants the fruit of the Holy Spirit to be evident in the way she parents, but who is coming to grips with how often she ends up falling short.”

For more information about Detweiler and 9 Traits Of A Life-Giving Mom, visit SueDetweiler.com.

About Morgan James Publishing:

Since its inception in 2003, Morgan James Publishing has grown from publishing six books per year to publishing an average of 150 front list titles each year. With a backlist of over 1,900 titles, Morgan James Publishing  provides independent authors with the vital information, inspiration and guidance they need to be successful.


Morgan James Publishing has been named to Publisher’s Weekly list of fast-growing independent publishers three times. According to PW’s Lynn Andriani and Jim Milliot, “Morgan James makes an extraordinary effort to help its authors to grow their own business.”


Morgan James has also been recognized by Fast Company magazine’s Readers Choice Fast 50.


For more information, visit morganjamespublishing.com.


About Sue Detweiler:

Sue Detweiler is a mother of six, author, speaker and Bible teacher. Her Healing Rain radio feature is heard on many Christian radio stations across the country. Her internet radio program, Inspiring Women, features interviews with authors such as New York Times best-seller Dan Miller (48 Days To The Work You Love).


As a faithful steward, Detweiler has developed her God-given talent to communicate and articulate profound truths in simple and relatable ways. Her experience in marriage, motherhood and ministry exemplifies the life of a woman who has embraced her call and is fully alive to all that God has created her to be. Her debut book, 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Mom, is scheduled for release in digital form on May 9, just in time for Mother’s Day 2014, with the print version following in October.


For more information about Detweiler and 9 Traits Of A Life-Giving Mom, visit SueDetweiler.com.

Upcoming His Kidz United CD Series Features Kids Singing Today's Top Christian Hits


‘Hallelujah,’ First Single From Unique CD Series, Offered As Easter Download by Worship Leader Magazine

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 18, 2014) – His Kidz United and INgrooves/Capitol Christian Distribution have announced the upcoming release of the His Kidz United CD series, a music brand for kids ages 5-14 which features kid-sung versions of today’s top Christian hits, including “Overcomer” by Mandisa, “Shake” by MercyMe, and “Speak Life” by TobyMac. 

On April 29, His Kidz United, Volume 1 releases to major retail outlets, including Family Christian Stores, Walmart, Lifeway, Mardel Christian Stores, iTunes and Amazon. On the same day, two digital versions will also be released–a sing-a-long version and an instrumental version of all 18 songs on the project. All products will be bundled and discounted at the His Kidz United website. 

The His Kidz United series is slated to release four new volumes per year. Each album offers 16 popular favorites plus two bonus originals.


Parents of four themselves, His Kidz United founders Jimmy and Mai Swan recognized a gap in the supply of uplifting Christian music kids can truly appreciate. A labor of love transformed the best of CCM into an album with which their own children would quickly fall in love.


“Up until now, there have been no other products like His Kidz United CDs,” says Jimmy Swan, executive producer of the project. “Why wouldn’t parents want to invest in positive Christian music for their children? And while the music is focusing on kids ages 5 to 14, we’re finding that young adults and even parents enjoy listening to the music, too!”


In celebration of Holy Week, Worship Leader magazine is offering the song “Hallelujah” from the upcoming His Kidz United CD, Volume 1, as a free download to its audience this week. To download the song, visit (emailunlock.com/hiskidzunited/hallelujah or worshipleader.com).


“‘Hallelujah’ is an elegant song that uses the voices of children to drive home some of Christianity’s foundational beliefs: God’s love for us, His provision in our lives, and the good news that we belong to the Father,” says Jeremy Armstrong, managing editor of Worship Leader. “This is a perfect song for kids, even adults, to sing today, and made even more poignant as we prepare to celebrate Easter.”


Proceeds of His Kidz United CDs benefit the Dallas Neighborhood Art & Music School–also known as NAMS School of Music–where all of the tracks are recorded and produced with NAMS students performing on the series.


Swan felt it was paramount to have a consistent group of kids performing on the series, and his friendship with the school’s director, Levi Bradford, made the collaboration a natural fit. 


“Kids listen to kids,” says Swan. “Parents are careful to teach their kids about ‘stranger danger.’ When an adult approaches a kid, they tend to get shy. But the minute another kid enters the room, there is an instant connection. As a parent, I want to impact my kids with spiritual messages and let them rejoice in the Lord. What is the best way to do this? Let them connect with their peers!”


Sales figures from recent kid-focused projects prove that adults invest in kids. The Frozen soundtrack from the animated Disney blockbuster film of the same name hit No. 1 on the charts and sold three million copies of the DVD right out of the gate, and the KIDZ BOP CD series released by Razor & Tie has sold more than 16 million units of its first 25 titles.  


With the official April 29 release of His Kidz United, Vol. 1 just weeks away, the CD can be pre-ordered through major retailers.


“Our mission with this series is to give kids an opportunity to be encouraged, inspired and drawn to the Lord through the powerful tool of music, and give them something to relate to,” Swan says. 


For more information, visit HisKidzUnited.com or like on Facebook at facebook.com/HisKidzUnited.

April 15, 2014 Journal Entry – "To Spin or Not To Spin"

Over the weekend, Will got violently ill, waking up in the middle of the night, puking all over his crib. Amy spent most of the next 36 or so hours by his side, even sleeping with him on the couch the next night.

Two nights later, Amy and I were struck with apparently the same sickness at virtually the same time, and we ended up being sidelined for a full day. Thankfully, her parents took Will for almost 2 days so we could recover.

Tonight, Will was back home and slowly recovering from a nap in the car ride home from his grandparents. He was coughing and gagging a lot, but seemed fine for the most part. I was trying to get some work done in my office when a finally smiley Will came running in.


He hops on my desk chair and wants to survey the decorations on my desk. Then he slides down and slurs something about wanting a “Spin ride.”

So I start spinning him in my chair. The sound of a microwave chiming yanks him out of my office and back downstairs, and so I resume working. But before long, I hear the pitter patter of little hands and feet coming back up the stairs. And, before long, he’s wedging himself between me and my keyboard to get me to spin him in my chair.

I hear that little inner voice saying “Someday… Someday you’ll give anything for him to be 3 again and ask to be spun in your chair.”

So I heed the Ghost of Christmas Future’s warning and get up to spin Will in my chair. Except… he seems to never want me to stop. Finally, I tell him to sit tight for one last spin. But this time, when I stopped it, he gags and puts his hand to his mouth.

I had a bad feeling about this.

With sparing you the gory details, he vomited all over my chair (which has a porous “pattern” on a vinyl surface, mind you). As I stand there in shock, not knowing what to do with my puke-covered child or chair, and with Amy otherwise occupied in the bathroom downstairs, I grabbed my son–who’s now complaining about the smell–and dumped him off in the upstairs bathroom where he was about to have a bath anyway, just as Amy was coming up the stairs, and proceeded to try to salvage what I fear is a doomed desk chair.

The moral of the story? Make time for spinning… but maybe call it “enough” a spin earlier. ;)

March 24, 2014 Journal Entry: Prayer Time

Most “bed times” consist of Amy marching Will into his room, brushing his teeth, reading him a story, etc. and then they both call for me to come into his room for prayer time.

Tonight went a little different.

I walked into his room where Will is lying in his crib: “Hey buddy! What’s up?”

Will: “Yes.”

I looked at Amy: “We’ll get there…. OK, it’s prayer time! Who’s going to say the Our Father, you or mommy?”

Will: “Will.”

Me: “OK!”

Amy starts it and Will says it with her.

Will: “Our Father, whoartinhebbin, hallowed be dye n…”

Will starts snoring.

March 20, 2014 Journal Entry – "It's SPOOOOOKY!"

Most nights when Will goes to sleep, I leave his room to finish work in my office next door, or retreat to my mancave in the basement for some much needed downtime. Often times, Amy will fall asleep in Will’s room while reading him a story or because she’s just too tired to get out of the room (she actually has a sleeping disorder called “narcolepsy” which doesn’t help).

Last night, Amy and I left his room and I went into the office and she went to sleep for the night. But most nights, she keeps Will’s baby video monitor by her side so she can be up and at his aid in a heartbeat. This time, she forgot it though.

Shortly after we all went our separate ways, so to speak, I hear Will in his room repeatedly saying “It’s spooky!”

We’d just got done re-watching Frozen not long before bedtime, and he’s genuinely frightened of the snow beast in the movie. Oddly enough, he likes it and is terrified of it at the same time. (He even stomped around the room and pretended to BE it).

After several instances of “It’s SPOOOO-KEEE!”, I went in his room and asked him what was wrong. He repeated that it was spooky, so I rubbed his back and asked what was spooky. I asked if it was the snow monster and he said yes, but then said something about a big bug.

No idea.

Maybe he had a nightmare, maybe it’s just his imagination, but I have no idea what big bug could be vexing the poor little guy. So I assured him we’re here to keep him safe and that he can go back to sleep.

I closed the door to his room and I hear him repeat that it’s spooky, so I opened his door and looked at him and he smiled.

OK, I guess he’s just having fun with me. I repeated that little exercise (opening the door to him saying it was spooky again) a couple times and then said “Goodnight” and closed the door.

I returned to my desk and then heard him talking to himself. This time, it quickly escalated into soft sobs and whimpering and calling for “Mommy”.

I popped up off my chair and opened the door and he sat up clutching his blankets to his mouth and sort of rocking back and forth a little bit. I asked him what was wrong and he wouldn’t speak.

So I did what any clueless parent might do… I asked if he’d like me to read him a story.

He quickly said “Yes” and laid back down, so I went over to his book shelf and rummaged through the collection. “No… nah… nope…” None of them sounded interesting… to me.

Then I found a Garfield book. Eureka! Something I was given to by a college friend who knew I was a big Garfield buff.

“Garfield to the Rescue!”

Garfield to the Rescue

A hero story? Perfect! So I start reading this thing to him… and it turns out to be about this guy called “The Petman” who kidnaps pets and cages them up in a warehouse… and he has a big menacing Doberman dog to guard the place.

What the heck did I pick? I ended up trying to read it with a lightness in my voice that the story didn’t offer, and changed words like “menacing” and “Doberman” to “ugly” and “dog”. Will didn’t react to it at all, actually, so I assumed the story still went over surprisingly well.

After it was over, I offered to read one more story, and grabbed the far lighter “Goodnight, Duckling.” He sat up to look at the board book pages and excitedly followed along with the simplistic (and so simple it was almost insulting) book that he seemed to have (easily) memorized. After it was over (which was in about 5 seconds), I assured him that we were here in the house to keep him safe and I’d be next door in the office if he needed me.

Goodnight, My Duckling

He then laid back down and soon fell asleep. While I feel bad for the little guy for having a rough night (after what was a rough day), it was heartwarming to get to share these moments with him.

"VeggieTales: Veggies in Space – The Fennel Frontier" Review


VeggieTales: Veggies in Space - The Fennel Frontier

VeggieTales: Veggies in Space – The Fennel Frontier

Running Time: 45 minutes
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2014 (Amazon.com)

VeggieTales: Veggies in Space - The Fennel Frontier
Plot Summary
A Lesson in The Power of Sharing! Join Captain Cuke (Larry the Cucumber) and his loyal first officer, Mr. Spork (Bob the Tomato), as they embark on an out of this world adventure to bravely travel where no Veggie has ever been. The entire USS Applepies crew takes on Luntar the Looter, a power stealing space pirate, but they’re in for a big surprise when they find out what’s motivating him!
(from VeggieTales.com)

Film Review
I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: I’m a sucker for a really good spoof. Spoofing popular stories and franchises isn’t something foreign for the VeggieTales team. Even since the first episodes of the series, Star Trek was spoofed when Bob and Larry enlisted Junior’s help to save the U.S.S. Applepies in an attempt to teach him a lesson in friendship. The vessel’s faitful crew finally makes a return to teach a lesson in sharing, something parents of any young child will be chomping at the bit to present to their children.

As a father of a 3-year-old little boy myself, sharing is a concept and theme I have yet to fully get through to him. He’s starting to make some progress, thankfully, but he still is quick to declare “mine!” when I just want to look at or touch a toy of his. We encourage him to “share” his belongings (and food) like we share with him, but he is still often reluctant. Veggies In Space: The Fennel Frontier finds the U.S.S. Applepies to be completely foreign to the idea of sharing, and the selfish crewmembers eventually get a pretty hard lesson in what it means to share with each other.

The story makes rapid-fire jokes and references to famous and popular sci-fi pop culture that parents will mostly catch and appreciate. Movies and franchises like Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Apollo 13, Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy, E.T., Back To The Future and even 2001: A Space Odyssey are all given direct nods or have lines borrowed from throughout Veggies In Space. It’s clever, funny, and deliciously shameless. The wooden bridge cutting through the Captain’s bridge on the Applepies and a floating audio-recording log acting as the Captain’s Log are just a few of the witty and silly spoofs that litter this episode. It’s always entertaining and fun and it helps keep things light as the lesson in sharing develops.

One of the funniest moments, and surprising given the release dateof this in conjunction with a film so recent, is the opening shot of the episode being a direct goof on the Academy Award-winning 2013 film, Gravity. From the lonesome, lost shot of Larry “floating in space” (against a wall of glow-in-the-dark stars), to the sound suddenly cutting out just like that film’s score frequently utilized — it’s just wonderfully executed. And it sets the tone for what’s about to unfold beautifully.

The episode is also pretty action-packed for a VeggieTales episode — with giant, Veggie-manned (can you say “manned” when involving vegetables?) robot suits (think Avatar) briefly fighting to fiery popcorn meteor showers and some space-tacular explosions, it’s one of the more action filled episodes in the Veggie catalog. However, it’s never directly perilously violent, so I wouldn’t worry too much for the little ones. It’s probably just a little more action-packed than the recent Incredible Vegetables episode.

Fun, silly, fast-paced and witty, Veggies In Space is everything a parent and child could ask for in a VeggieTales episode. It’s an original tale driven by great and easily recognizable references–both in dialog and visual form. Everything from the rolling pin nacels of the Applepies to a well-placed use of “It’s a Trap!” and “Houston, we have a problem” is darn good fun and entertainment with a message for all ages to cling to.
John DiBiase, (reviewed: 3/8/14)



Premier Prayer Event Marks Tragic Commemoration of Roe vs. Wade

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(Nashville, Tenn.) Jan. 14, 2014–The 20th Annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Washington, D.C. With representatives from numerous Christian denominations and pro-life groups, this is the premier prayer event marking the tragic commemoration of Roe vs. Wade,which legalized abortion.


Every year, the National Memorial for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers occurs in Washington, D.C., on the morning of the March for Life, Jan. 22. Gathering thousands of believers inside the historic Constitution Hall, prayer, song and powerful preaching are a hallmark of the service. This year, national director of Priests for Life, Rev. Frank Pavone will deliver the sermon. Leading prayers onstage will be the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Rob Schenck, president of Faith & Action, and dozens of other men and women of God.


A statement issued by the National Prayer Service asserts, “We want to fill Constitution Hall with thousands of believers, and show the nation, and the media, that pro-life people are not going away, no matter how long the battle or how powerful the enemy! The prayers and message of this service will certainly convey that, and you won’t want to miss out on the inspiration. We are hoping for a good representation of people to show our love for the unborn and our commitment to ecumenism.


The National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers is sponsored by The National Pro-Life Religious Council, The National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life, and Gospel of Life Ministries.


The prayer service will take place from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Jan. 22, 2014 at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW (18th and D St.), Washington, D.C. This event is free, no tickets are required and large groups are welcome.


For more information, visit: www.NationalPrayerService.com.

October 14, 2013 Entry: Will The Wannabe Concert Photographer?

Tonight the three of us attended a Plumb concert in York, PA at a place called Church of the Open Door. We’ve taken Will to a few shows in his short life, even since before he’d been born (but apparently when the fetus could already start hearing), but it’s been a few months now since we last took him to a concert.

He recently turned 3 years old. If my memory serves me right, the last show we took him to was in March of this year and he really seemed to have a lot of fun, getting into the rock music by dancing near the stage.

This time, Will seemed very fascinated with my photography. See, I love taking concert photos and I like to use them for reviews on Jesusfreakhideout.com, but tonight’s more chilled out vibe kept people in the audience sitting down through most of the show, so it was difficult to be inconspicuous if I wanted to take photos. This then requires me to do a lot of kneeling or squatting to stay out of people’s way. (They paid for those seats and that view of the band after all, right?)

Tonight, Will started to follow me wherever I went. This meant that when I snuck up front and knelt off to the side in front of the front row, Will followed me… and followed my lead as well. He ended up dumping himself at my feet and sat right down, feet straightened out across the floor in front of me, with his eyes fixed on the band on stage, and then back at the large magical lens I wieled in my hands. He seemed super excited to be up there with me.

Soon he was trying to see inside of the lens to find out how it exactly worked, but I had to continue doing what I was doing. Will’s presence seemed to go unnoticed by Plumb herself, but I noticed that the drummer seemed to find it a little amusing, as did some of those in attendance around me. I was a little self-conscious about the attention I was attracting by having my little partner-in-crime in tow, but it didn’t seem to annoy anyone so I tried to get what I needed and pull him back from the frontlines.

The later instances didn’t go quite as well.

Will proceeded to follow me like a puppy around the venue. At one point, I asked him to stay with Amy and I went up to get some shots from the other side of the stage and then came back past the seats a to where I left them. Will was a basket case. He looked at me with tears streaming down his face with a hand outstretched in my direction muttering either “Daddy Wait for me!” or “Daddy come back!” (or both?) It was heartbreaking, and the look of helplessness on Amy’s face made it worse. She wanted to keep him out of the way too, but didn’t know what to do. And how do you tell a 3 year old that what you’re doing is allowed and needing to be kept inconspicuous and the toddler isn’t allowed to come along?

Later, I sneaked away from Will and Amy to do some more shooting and it seemed to work nicely. However, when the music stopped between songs, I recognized a familiar voice crying out “Daddy! Daddy!!!” Yikes. It was indeed Will.

If I had to be completely honest, I’d say that as much as I absolutely love taking photos at shows (and I do), it can sometimes get lonely. I think, if you’re doing it right, you’re up there needing to do your job and you need to worry about staying out of people’s line of sight as much as possible. You’re meant to be invisible and to get what you need and do it without becoming a hassle. In other words, you’re better off not being remembered for ever being there than being remembered for being “that guy with his camera who got in the way” or worse yet, “…had to be told to move/sit down/leave/stop doing that,” etc. So, depending on how much the job can separate you from a fellow concert-going partner, or if you end up attending a show alone, you’re going to be spending some serious time alone around people who don’t particularly want you there.

As much as I’ve been waiting 9 years to see Plumb again and as much as I loved her seeing her live again, my favorite moment of the night was my son sitting at my feet as I performed my photographic duties.

And I wish I had a picture of that.




Critically Acclaimed Author Maryann Macdonald draws inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci in latest offering



“Fresh and touching…a Christmas story to share and savor all the year long.”

— Richard Peck, Newbery award winner.

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SOURCE: Rogers & Cowan

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Aug. 27, 2013) – Critically acclaimed author Maryann Macdonald announces the release of her highly anticipated holiday children’s book, The Christmas Cat (Penguin Group). Available nationwide on October 17, 2013, The Christmas Cat is a beautifully written read-aloud depiction of the Nativity story told in a new way and unique way with glowing illustrations by Amy Bates.


The inspiration for Macdonald’s soon-to-be published book came from Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing of, La Madonna del Gatto, the Madonna of the cat (circa. 1480-1481). In the drawings, Mary is lovingly holding the baby Jesus who is embracing a cat. After seeing the drawing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Macdonald wondered, “Was it possible that Jesus might have had a pet cat?”  Then she learned of a legend about a cat living in the stable who purred Jesus to sleep the night he was born, and began to imagine the long, loving relationship the two might have had.


In support of The Christmas Cat, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will offer the title in their onsite bookstore, and is currently considering The Christmas Cat for their 2014 Christmas catalog. The book will also be featured in Bookspan’s book club.


The Christmas Cat, with Amy June Bates’ luminous illustrations, will awaken children to the beauty of the Nativity story in a new way,” says Macdonald. “My hope is that this book brings children, who love animals, closer to the childhood of Jesus, who loves us all.”


Macdonald has written more than 25 books for children, including the historical novel Odette’s Secrets.  Based on a true story, this “gentle introduction to the Holocaust” tells of a Jewish child who survives WWII by hiding in plain sight with the help of Christian friends.  The book has received much critical praise and became an Amazon children’s/teen bestseller during the summer of 2013.


For more information about The Christmas Cat, visit http://www.maryannmacdonald.com/the-christmas-cat/.


The Christmas Cat

Age Range: 3-5 years

Price: $16.99 (USD)

Hardcover: 32 pages

Release date: October 17, 2013

Language: English

ISBN 13: 978-0803734982



About Maryann Macdonald

Maryann Macdonald grew up near Detroit with seven brothers and sisters.  She lived for many years in Europe, but has now settled in New York City.   One day, while exploring the Metropolitan Museum there, she discovered the Leonardo da Vinci drawing that inspired her to write The Christmas Cat.  She has written many books for children. For more information, visit www.maryannmacdonald.com.




About Penguin Group

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of the internationally renowned Penguin Group, one of the largest English-language trade book publishers in the world. Formed in 1996 as a result of the merger between Penguin Books USA and The Putnam Berkley Group, Penguin Group (USA), under the stewardship of Chief Executive Officer, David Shanks, and President, Susan Petersen Kennedy, is a leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publisher. For more information, visit www.penguin.com.


About Amy June Bates
Amy June Bates grew up in Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in illustration. She has illustrated over forty books for children and has been honored by the Society of Illustrators for her work. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and children. For more information, visit www.amybates.com.