Bestselling Author Sally Lloyd-Jones Helps Kids Discover Their Great Gifts in New Book

Bestselling Author Sally Lloyd-Jones Helps Kids Discover Their Great Gifts in New Book

Baby Wren and the Great Gift takes children on a journey of self-discovery

Bestselling Author Sally Lloyd-Jones Helps Kids Discover Their Great Gifts in New Book

Grand Rapids, MI— April 5, 2016— To know your gift and calling in life is a true blessing. For most, finding that gift is a journey of personal discovery that often begins in the tender childhood years. Bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones, with help from illustrator Jen Corace, encourages little ones to understand that they each have a special and unique gift in life that God has given them, in the delightful picture book Baby Wren and the Great Gift.

Baby Wren and the Great Gift, written by bestselling author Sally Lloyd-Jones is a celebration of all the wonderful gifts God has given us. The tiny wren marvels at the incredible creatures around her, all the while wishing she had a special gift to share. As she takes in the beauty of the world around her, she discovers a unique talent that’s been inside her all along.

Baby Wren and the Great Gift is available with hardcover for $16.99 on April 5, 2016 at retailers nationwide and online.

About the Author: Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the 2016 ECPA Platinum Award winner, Moonbeam Award winner, and ALA notable The Jesus Storybook Bible, as well as Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, winner of the ECPA Inspirational Book award. She has written many picture books for children, such as the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister and Song of the Stars. Sally was born and raised in Africa, was schooled in England, and now lives in New York City. She can be found at www.sallylloyd-jones.com.

About the Illustrator: Jen Corace is an artist and freelance illustrator who lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. Originally from the suburbs of southern New Jersey, she eventually made her way to the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a BFA in illustration. Jen has illustrated many bestselling children’s books including Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink, Hansel and Gretel, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and Telephone.

Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children’s communications, it creates products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 14. Zonderkidz is also publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the third grade reading level edition of the NIV. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

PENGUIN GROUP TO RELEASE CHILDREN’S NATIVITY BOOK OCTOBER 17, 2013

PENGUIN GROUP TO RELEASE HOLIDAY CHILDREN’S BOOK, THE CHRISTMAS CAT OCTOBER 17, 2013

 

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.

New Book Tackles Bullying and Other Difficult Issues for Teens

“Combining informative information with scriptural principles, Shannon Perry offers parents practical, yet timeless advice on how to raise teens and tweens
in an ever-evolving culture.” 

– Josh D. McDowell, author/speaker

New book tackles bullying and other difficult issues
for teens

SOURCE: Adams Group

Nashville, TN − In her new book, The Overlooked Generation:  Parenting Teens and Tweens in a Complicated Culture (Carpenter’s Son Publishing/STL), author, speaker, radio and TV host Shannon Perry tackles the tougher issues of raising teens and tweens.  With her background as a public school teacher and counselor, a Master’s degree in Education and Counseling and as a Certified Instructor for Crisis Counseling and Parenting Classes, Perry draws on nearly 20 years of experience working with teenagers and their parents.  The book covers topics such as dating, social media, eating disorders, drug use, as well as bullying, a subject that is especially important to Perry. Included in the book’s appendices is an interview with a mother whose daughter, Tara, committed suicide after being bullied. Perry’s personal relationship with Tara and her family made this a difficult, but necessary, addition to the book.

“I wanted to include Tara’s story in this book because bullying is becoming a serious epidemic,” says Perry, who created an anti-bullying program for one of the largest public school systems in the U.S.  “I was bullied as a child and I understand, first-hand, the impact it can have on a child’s self-esteem.  But bullying has been expanded to a whole new level with the use of social media, and parents need to know how to combat it before it gets out of hand.  They also need to know how to deal with the school systems so that bullies are dealt with swiftly and permanently.”

Endorsed by world-renowned author Josh McDowell, The Overlooked Generation stems from Perry’s teaching segments in her mother/daughter conference entitled “In Her Shoes.”  The book is heavily researched and includes up-to-date statistics as well as real-life stories from Perry’s counseling experiences, along with practical tips for parents on virtually every subject.  Perry also included a chapter on tough questions that she receives frequently from parents who attend her conferences. Perry chose the word “overlooked” after discovering there was a recurring theme with most teen problems.

“One of the things I hear most often from teens is that they feel ignored or overlooked,” says Perry.  “It is why so many of them do things like sexting or dabbling in drugs – they want to be noticed by their peers and accepted on some level. Unfortunately, they often try to get the attention they crave using negative behavior that often destroys their lives.  As parents, we need to understand our role in guiding this current generation of kids that is so impinged by cultural pressures.”

Although some of the topics are complex, Perry felt they needed addressing.  “I didn’t shy away from questions about homosexuality or pregnancy prior to marriage, because these are issues that are affecting kids even in Christian homes.  I believe the Bible is relevant on every subject that we face in life, and I pray that parents will find guidance in this book that will, ultimately, drive them to their knees in search of God’s perfect wisdom on whatever they are facing.”

To coincide with the book, Perry is releasing a new music video of a song she co-wrote with Lifeway’s Songwriter of the Year, Paul Marino.  The music video for the song, “Overlooked,” is produced and directed by Telly Award-winning director Jeffrey Kubach whose resume’ includes the hit television shows “Survivor” and “Burn Notice” along with a Best Pop Music Video nomination from Gospel Music Channel.

Perry hosts a bi-weekly television show called “Grace in High Heels” which currently broadcasts into over 32 million homes via the NRB Network.  Shannon also hosts a talk radio show on Salem Communication’s KKHT Radio in Houston, Texas.  Shannon’s first book entitled Grace in High Heels: Real-life reflections of Humor, Hope and Healing was based on one of Shannon’s most popular women’s conferences, “If The Shoe Fits. As a recording artist, Perry has performed at Carnegie Hall, with the Houston Symphony, and sang for over 70,000 fans at a NFL football game.  Perry is a contributing writer for Believe.com as well as Crosswalk.com, one of the most visited Christian sites on the web with over 24 million page views per month.  She has contributed articles to magazines and ezines such as Charisma, Christian Voice, Christian Women of Today, among others. For more information, visit www.ShannonPerry.com.

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Singer Jason Crabb Releases Children's Book

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GRAMMY® WINNING VOCALIST AND AUTHOR JASON CRABB RELEASES FIRST CHILDREN’S BOOK

“One God, One You” Introduces Jase®, A Crabb on A Mission

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SOURCE: Nelon PR

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NASHVILLE, May 16, 2013 – Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, author, husband and father, Jason Crabb, has announced his first children’s book. One God, One You has officially released and is currently available at all Jason Crabb concerts, events and online at www.JaseCrabb.com.

One God, One You follows the story of Evan, a young boy who loves to sing and play his ukulele. At a Jason Crabb concert, he receives an unexpected present – his very own Jase the Crabb®. In his dreamland adventure with Jase®, Evan learns just how special and important his love of music is. He discovers that the things he enjoys doing most are gifts from God — gifts with a purpose and a perfect plan, straight from heaven.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write a children’s book. This has been a dream of mine – to impact the lives of our most precious gift, our children,” says Jason. “As a father, I know how important it is for those little eyes to read good, positive, material. This book lets the reader know they are something special and that God created them with a purpose! I hope this will touch the hearts of children, parents, grandparents and anyone with a child in their life. All children need to know they are special!”

JASEThe name of the character, Jase®, holds a special meaning to Crabb. Derived from the initials of his family – J(ason) A(shleigh) S(hellye) E(mma) – the name is also what his late Grandfather would call him. “I would visit my grandfather in the summer months and help him around the farm. I can’t even remember how many times I heard him call out to me – “JASE, come on over here and help me out!” – it just seemed like a natural fit to name this character after my grandfather.”

Jason Crabb has partnered with award-winning illustrator Anita DuFalla to bring Jase® and his friends to life. Anita’s clients include McGraw-Hill, Harcourt (Brace), Benchmark Education Company, Washington Post among others.

“When I saw Anita’s work and witnessed her heart for this, I knew God had brought the right person to this project,” shares Crabb. “Her creativity and talent have brought my little buddy, Jase®, to life!”

JASE® CRABBThis first book launches the ten-book Jase® Series, as Evan learns just how special he is and more lessons that come straight from the Bible – stories that reveal the goodness and love of God to children, families and caregivers from all walks of life. Children, parents and teachers can log on to www.JaseCrabb.com where they can print off curriculum, coloring pages, certificates of completion, learn about Jase® Univeristy and comment on the books. In addition to Crabb, a creative team compiled of Donna Scuderi and Philip & Tina Morris were an integral part of the team contributing to the overall foundation and direction of the book series.

ABOUT JASON CRABB
Grammy® Award winner and 17-time GMA DOVE Award winner Jason Crabb is one of the most highly respected, versatile and talented artists to ever grace a stage. His soulful, heartfelt vocals have made him a critics’ pick and a fan favorite on stages ranging from “The Grand Ole Opry” and the Brooklyn Tabernacle to the Gaither Homecoming arena platforms. In 2012, Crabb was honored to be awarded with not only the Artist of the Year Award at the GMA DOVE Awards but also the Male Vocalist of the Year Award. With a string of number one hits and chart-topping singles, a tour schedule of over 150 dates annually, and ongoing high-profile TV appearances, this vocal powerhouse’s talent is topped only by his genuine personality and concern for others. Love Is Stronger, Jason’s latest release, was produced by Jay DeMarcus, Ed Cash and Wayne Haun. The project hit a home run with critics and was featured on Entertainment Tonight, Fox News, Associated Press, AOL Music, and many other national outlets. Jason is currently performing on his “Love Is Stronger” tour throughout the country. Jason lives with his wife Shellye, and daughters Emma and Ashleigh just outside of Nashville, TN.

Connect with Jason Crabb:
:: www.JasonCrabb.com
:: www.Facebook.com/JasonCrabbMusic
:: www.Twitter.com/JasonCrabbMusic

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Sally Lloyd-Jones Awarded Best Inspirational Book With Latest Title

THOUGHTS TO MAKE YOUR HEART SING AWARDED BEST

INSPIRATIONAL BOOK AT ECPA’s ANNUAL EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

 thoughts to make

New York Times Bestselling Author Sally Lloyd-Jones Adds Latest Honor to Growing List of Accolades

SOURCE: Rogers & Cowan

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 15, 2012) – New York Times bestselling children’s author Sally Lloyd-Jones and world-renown illustrator Jago garnered the award for Best Inspirational Book with Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing at this year’s Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Leadership Summit.

 

Released nationwide on Oct. 9, 2012 through Zonderkidz, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing is an innovative collection that features 101 simple-yet-profound thoughts on faith from the award-winning duo who delivered the bestselling children’s book, The Jesus Storybook Bible.

 

Filled with engaging and whimsical artwork by Jago, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing shares profound truths from the Bible that are easy for children of any age to understand. Drawing inspiration from creation, history, science and the writings of great thinkers and writers, Lloyd-Jones encourages reflection and conversation through words and image – all working together and designed to do one thing: to make the reader’s heart sing.

 

Lloyd-Jones, a leading writer of inspirational books for children, adds this latest honor to her growing list of accolades. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Gold Book Award-winning Baby’s First Bible and the Moonbeam Award Winner for The Jesus Storybook Bible.

 

The Christian Book Awards, established by ECPA in 1978 as the Gold Medallion Book Awards, recognize the absolute highest quality in Christian books. Based on excellence in content, literary quality, design, and impact, the Christian Book Awards are the oldest and among the most prestigious in the religious publishing industry. Christian Book Award finalists and winners receive recognition and support throughout multiple retail and media outlets.

 

For more information about Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing and to view the official book trailer, please visit http://thoughtstomakeyourheartsing.com/ .

 

About Zonderkidz

Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan, and Harper Collins, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children’s communications, it produces bestselling and award-winning Bibles, books, board books, graphic novels, audio, video, and digital products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids 18 and under and the people who love them, from family members to educators. Zonderkidz is the publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the 3rd-grade reading level edition of the NIV that is ideal for children and those who speak English as a second language. Visit Zonderkidz on the Internet at www.zonderkidz.com.

 

About Sally Lloyd-Jones

Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children, with an expertise in conveying biblical truth to young children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Gold Book Award-winning Baby’s First Bible and, most recently, the Moonbeam Award-winning The Jesus Storybook Bible. She has written many picture books for children, including Handbag Friends, Time to Say Goodnight and the critically acclaimed How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister. A native of England, Sally lives in New York City and can be found at www.sallylloyd-jones.com.
 

About Jago

Jago is an accomplished illustrator with several prestigious awards to his credit, including a Macmillian ‘Highly Commended’ Award for Children’s Illustration in 2003, an AOI Silver Award in 2004, and the National Literacy Association Wow! Award. Jago lives in Cornwall, England, with his wife and two children.

DAVE STONE ANNOUNCES THIRD RELEASE IN POPULAR FAITHFUL FAMILIES SERIES

AUTHOR, PASTOR & GLOBAL SPEAKER DAVE STONE ANNOUNCES THIRD RELEASE IN POPULAR FAITHFUL FAMILIES SERIES ON APRIL 9, 2013

 

How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World Features Practical,

Conversational and Humorous approach to Parenting

Selfless kids

SOURCE: Rogers & Cowan

Nashville, Tenn. (March 14, 2013) Author, pastor, and global speaker Dave Stone is gearing up for his third release in the FAITHFUL FAMILIES series. Slated to hit stores nationwide on April 9, 2013 through Thomas Nelson, How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World is an innovative collection of creative ideas, real-life stories, and scriptural guidance about how to be a family that puts others first.

 

With two previous titles released under the popular FAITHFUL FAMILIES brand (Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord and Building Family Ties with Faith, Love and Laughter), this third installment offers readers some of the same insight and wisdom that Dave is best-known for.

 

Through sharing stories from his own home life and the homes of the families he’s counseled in his role as pastor, Dave’s heart and passion for building strong families rings louder than ever in this new release.

 

“The most practical way to spread the gospel is through moms and dads who model genuine faith for their children,” says Dave. How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World provides tools, insights, and dialogues that will help support those goals.

 

Featuring a practical, conversational and humorous approach to the challenges of building a strong spiritual foundation for the family, the latest book also equips parents with the tools they need to raise kids whose focus is not always on themselves and who think of others first in the midst of a self-absorbed culture.

 

“Our culture is draining the life out of our families,” admits Dave. “In a world of electronic devices and hectic schedules families are suffering. Delight has been deleted and joy and fulfillment have been replaced by worry and hurt. I want parents to know that God is more concerned with our direction, not our perfection.”

 

How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World provides honest insight on how to parent intentionally as Dave hits issues head-on and helps parents overcome struggles and obstacles along the way. Some key topics include: Becoming Others Focused, Service, Generosity, Forgiveness, and much more.

 

About Dave Stone

Dave is a warm, engaging author who’s the senior pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. At  22000 members, Southeast Christian Church clocks in as the 4th largest church in America. While preaching is his gift, Dave says that his family is his greatest “life blessing.” And after raising three kids of his own, as well as shepherding the diverse families of his twenty-thousand-member congregation, his heart and passion for building strong families rings louder than ever. Dave knows that raising faithful families is a vital key to continued growth of the church. For more information, please visit: http://pastordavestone.com/.

 

About Thomas Nelson

Thomas Nelson, Inc., part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is a world leading provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. The publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN with additional offices in Plano, TX. For additional information, please visit www.thomasnelsoncorporate.com.

 

How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World

By: Dave Stone

Thomas Nelson

Hardcover

Firm On-Sale Date: April 9, 2013

ISBN-13: 9781400318735

Price: $14.99

New Book Added to Resource Library of Leading Autism Organization

New Book Added to Resource Library of Leading Autism Organization

SOURCE: The Adams Group

Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, has added the book Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith and My Song (Carpenter’s Son Publishing) to their Resource Library. The book was written by top 40 Billboard recording artist and speaker, Jennifer Shaw, who shares her son Toby’s struggles with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).   SPD is closely aligned with autism in that every autistic child has some form of SPD. To date, the medical community is unclear of the exact connection. SPD is also often misdiagnosed as ADD or ADHD. One study estimated that 1 in 20 children in the U.S. are affected by the disorder.

Touted as the first book of any genre to detail Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) from the parent’s perspective, Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith and My Song, describes the Shaw family’s journey with their son, describing moments of frightening behavior.  “He could not touch anything or be touched by anyone other than my husband or me,” says Shaw.  “He would hardly eat anything and made no sounds except for crying all the time.  He would scream in terror if water touched him unexpectedly.  SPD is just unrelenting.  It was extremely intense,and he could never stay with anyone else, so there was no respite, even at night.  There was the fear of not knowing what would happen to him, not knowing if he would ever be ‘okay’ or if he would be able to live a normal life. You have to rethink what dreams you have from your child.  We went from’maybe he’ll be a great this or that’ to ‘maybe he’ll be able to walk on grass someday.’ When you work for eight months, every day, just to get him to eat apiece of bread, it changes your definition of success for your child.”

Shaw includes five informative appendices in her book, including an in-depth Signs and Symptoms section on SPD as well as original interviews that Shaw conducted with a Certified Early Childhood Intervention Specialist, a Speech and Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist who were all instrumental in helping her own son.

“We were told that therapeutic methods used before age three would actually be ‘re-wiring’ his brain,” says Shaw. “After age three, the brain is not pliable enough, and the therapy shifts to coping techniques.  Our friend’s son is in that situation, and it is hard.  It is also very common since SPD is not usually diagnosed at a young age.  In hindsight, we consider it a blessing hat Toby’s behavior was so severe at an early age that it was obvious something was really wrong.  A year after his diagnosis, when he was retested, they described his progress as miraculous, and told us repeatedly that they’d never seen anything like it.  One therapist told us that given his intake profile, it ‘should not have been possible.’  When I share my story at concerts or women’s events,I have people come up to me and tell me I am describing their child, but they have never heard of SPD.  I want this book to be a quality resource for parents who are facing similar circumstances as well as give them hope that there is help available.”

Shaw is currently working on a new recording project entitled Someday with Lifeway Christian Resources’ Producer of the Year, Paul Marino.  Shaw and Marino co-wrote the song “Life Not Typical” which became a music video directed by Jeffrey Kubach whose credits include the hit television show “Survivor” as well as a Best Pop Music Video nomination from Gospel Music Channel.

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ABOUT JENNIFER SHAW:
With degrees in both piano performance and vocal performance, Shaw completed her graduate work in opera performance at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. A former professor of voice at Cedarville University, Shaw is a top 40 Billboard artist and has garnered a #3 hit song on the national Inspirational radio charts. Her CD, Love Broke Through , also introduced the song “God Loved the World” which was used in Lifeway’s Christmas musical last year and was recently the #1 best-selling Easter choral anthem for Lifeway Christian Resources. Jennifer and her husband, Nathan, live with their three children in central Ohio. Visitwww.JenniferShaw.comfor more information.

ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS:
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed over $180 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 95 cities across North America. To learn more, visit www.autismspeaks.org.

New book details Sensory Processing Disorder from a parent’s perspective

New book details Sensory Processing Disorder from a parent’s perspective

NEWS SOURCE: The Adams Group

For Immediate Release – Top 40 Billboard recording artist Jennifer Shaw is releasing her first book in February entitled Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting changed my faith and my song (Carpenter’s Son Publishing/STL Distribution).  Touted as the first book of any genre to detail Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) from the parent’s perspective, Life Not Typical describes Shaw’s journey with her son Toby who suffered from SPD at an early age.

Shaw describes moments of frightening behavior from her son.  “He could not touch anything or be touched by anyone other than my husband or me,” says Shaw.  “He would hardly eat anything and made no sounds except for crying all the time.  He would scream in terror if water touched him unexpectedly.  SPD is just unrelenting.  It was extremely intense, and he could never stay with anyone else, so there was no respite, even at night.  There was the fear of not knowing what would happen to him, not knowing if he would ever be ‘okay’ or if he would be able to live a normal life.  You have to rethink what dreams you have from your child.  We went from ‘maybe he’ll be a great this or that’ to ‘maybe he’ll be able to walk on grass someday.’ When you work for eight months, every day, just to get him to eat a piece of bread, it changes your definition of success for your child.”

The realities of Sensory Processing Disorder are harsh.  One study estimated that 1 in 20 children in the U.S. are affected by the disorder. SPD is closely aligned with autism in that every autistic child has some form of SPD. To date, the medical community is unclear of the exact connection. SPD is also often misdiagnosed as ADD or ADHD. Shaw includes five informative appendices in her book, including an in-depth Signs and Symptoms section on SPD as well as original interviews that Shaw conducted with a Certified Early Childhood Intervention Specialist, a Speech and Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist who were all instrumental in helping her own son.

“We were just hoping he would be functional,” recalls Jennifer.  “We were told that therapeutic methods used before age three would actually be ‘re-wiring’ his brain.  After age three, the brain is not pliable enough, and the therapy shifts to coping techniques.  Our friend’s son is in that situation, and it is hard.  It is also very common since SPD is not usually diagnosed at a young age.  In hindsight, we consider it a blessing that Toby’s behavior was so severe at an early age that it was obvious something was really wrong.  A year after his diagnosis, when he was retested, they described his progress as miraculous, and told us repeatedly that they’d never seen anything like it.  One therapist told us that given his intake profile, it ‘should not have been possible.’  When I share my story at concerts or women’s events, I have people come up to me and tell me I am describing their child, but they have never heard of SPD.  I want this book to be a quality resource for parents who are facing similar circumstances as well as give them hope that there is help available.”

To coincide with the book release, Shaw is also releasing a new radio single entitled “Life Not Typical,” co-written by Shaw and Lifeway Christian Resources’ writer/producer Paul Marino.  A music video of the song will also be released, directed by Jeffrey Kubach whose credits include the hit television show “Survivor” as well as a Best Pop Music Video nomination from Gospel Music Channel.

ABOUT JENNIFER SHAW:
With degrees in both piano performance and vocal performance, Shaw completed her graduate work in opera performance at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. A former professor of voice at Cedarville University, Jennifer has been the music director and worship leader at her church for over ten years. Jennifer is a Top 40 Billboard artist and has garnered a #3 hit song on the national Inspirational radio charts. Her CD, Love Broke Through, also introduced the song “God Loved the World” which was used in Lifeway’s Christmas musical last year and was recently the #1 best-selling Easter choral anthem for Lifeway Christian Resources. Jennifer and her husband, Nathan, live with their three children in central Ohio. Visit www.JenniferShaw.com
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New book details Sensory Processing Disorder from a parent’s perspective

For Immediate Release – Top 40 Billboard recording artist Jennifer Shaw is releasing her first book in February entitled Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting changed my faith and my song (Carpenter’s Son Publishing/STL Distribution).  Touted as the first book of any genre to detail Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) from the parent’s perspective, Life Not Typical describes Shaw’s journey with her son Toby who suffered from SPD at an early age.

Shaw describes moments of frightening behavior from her son.  “He could not touch anything or be touched by anyone other than my husband or me,” says Shaw.  “He would hardly eat anything and made no sounds except for crying all the time.  He would scream in terror if water touched him unexpectedly.  SPD is just unrelenting.  It was extremely intense, and he could never stay with anyone else, so there was no respite, even at night.  There was the fear of not knowing what would happen to him, not knowing if he would ever be ‘okay’ or if he would be able to live a normal life.  You have to rethink what dreams you have from your child.  We went from ‘maybe he’ll be a great this or that’ to ‘maybe he’ll be able to walk on grass someday.’ When you work for eight months, every day, just to get him to eat a piece of bread, it changes your definition of success for your child.”

The realities of Sensory Processing Disorder are harsh.  One study estimated that 1 in 20 children in the U.S. are affected by the disorder. SPD is closely aligned with autism in that every autistic child has some form of SPD. To date, the medical community is unclear of the exact connection. SPD is also often misdiagnosed as ADD or ADHD. Shaw includes five informative appendices in her book, including an in-depth Signs and Symptoms section on SPD as well as original interviews that Shaw conducted with a Certified Early Childhood Intervention Specialist, a Speech and Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist who were all instrumental in helping her own son.

“We were just hoping he would be functional,” recalls Jennifer.  “We were told that therapeutic methods used before age three would actually be ‘re-wiring’ his brain.  After age three, the brain is not pliable enough, and the therapy shifts to coping techniques.  Our friend’s son is in that situation, and it is hard.  It is also very common since SPD is not usually diagnosed at a young age.  In hindsight, we consider it a blessing that Toby’s behavior was so severe at an early age that it was obvious something was really wrong.  A year after his diagnosis, when he was retested, they described his progress as miraculous, and told us repeatedly that they’d never seen anything like it.  One therapist told us that given his intake profile, it ‘should not have been possible.’  When I share my story at concerts or women’s events, I have people come up to me and tell me I am describing their child, but they have never heard of SPD.  I want this book to be a quality resource for parents who are facing similar circumstances as well as give them hope that there is help available.”

To coincide with the book release, Shaw is also releasing a new radio single entitled “Life Not Typical,” co-written by Shaw and Lifeway Christian Resources’ writer/producer Paul Marino.  A music video of the song will also be released, directed by Jeffrey Kubach whose credits include the hit television show “Survivor” as well as a Best Pop Music Video nomination from Gospel Music Channel.

ABOUT JENNIFER SHAW:
With degrees in both piano performance and vocal performance, Shaw completed her graduate work in opera performance at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. A former professor of voice at Cedarville University, Jennifer has been the music director and worship leader at her church for over ten years. Jennifer is a Top 40 Billboard artist and has garnered a #3 hit song on the national Inspirational radio charts. Her CD, Love Broke Through, also introduced the song “God Loved the World” which was used in Lifeway’s Christmas musical last year and was recently the #1 best-selling Easter choral anthem for Lifeway Christian Resources. Jennifer and her husband, Nathan, live with their three children in central Ohio. Visit www.JenniferShaw.com
for more information.

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We also have the Mp3 of the new song “Life Not Typical” available for your use.  The music video will be complete at the end of January.