Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Benny's Angel and giveaway

leave a comment to be entered for a giveaway. drawing on Dec. 9

Author: Laura Allen Nonemaker
Publisher: Tate Publishing
November 2011
ISBN: 978-1-61346-009-2
Genre: Children’s

God’s special animal creations are all happily living in God’s Special Garden. It is perfect there, and beautiful, and they are all perfectly happy… at least until someone steals all the flowers.

All the animals that live there are disturbed, and blaming the wicked Count Slime. But they can’t prove that he took them. The flowers don’t come back, and all the animals are beginning to stress about them. Finally they think to pray and God sends an angel down to solve the mystery of what happened to all the flowers…

BENNY’S ANGEL is a book in God’s Special Garden series by Ms. Nonemaker. It is a tale that is easy to read. My daughter swiped it as soon as I took it out of the package and read it. I asked her what she thought of it and she said “It’s Adam and Eve and the story of the Garden of Eden, but Adam and Eve isn’t in it and Satan is named Count Slime.” So, that is my nine-year-old’s take on the story.

My nineteen-year-old sat down to read it to his six-year-old sister and she was a bit more impressed with it. She loved the colorful pictures, and the story, and I think she worried about the flowers along with the animals.

The book has a good message about continuing to give thanks, even in adverse situations. A really cute book for young children. $7.99. 24 pages.

Author Bio

Laura Allen
Laura Allen Nonemaker’s desire to write took root as a child in Bermuda. Since then, Laura has written in a variety of genres and her work has appeared in Essence Treasury: Celebrating the Season, Alive! and Kentucky Monthly Magazine.

Laura has been involved in short-term missions, including trips to Russia, Poland, and the University of the Nations in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Three years ago, her interest in the arts motivated her to join the planning team for Artful Missions, which conducts juried art shows and donates to outreaches in the U.S. and India to rescue women and children from human trafficking.

Feel free to contact Laura at lauranonemaker@gmail.com

Connect with Laura at These Social Networking Sites:
facebook: Laura Allen Nonemaker
twitter: @DigInGodsGarden
Linkedin: Laura Nonemaker
Blog: www.diggingingodsgarden.com

Q & A with Laura:
Why did you write Benny’s Angel?
Benny’s Angel was the result of an occurrence in my “secret garden.” While seated on my garden bench praying, I noticed a rabbit hopping through the garden. The Benny’s Angel scenario came to me. I sensed it was significant and in about ten minutes, I developed the basic storyline.

Why do you think reading is important for parents to emphasize with children, both by reading to them and fostering a healthy reading appetite as they develop their own reading skills?
I believe the time to instill a love for reading in children is when they are toddlers and beginning to experience the power of communication in their relationships. Children are ready to absorb whatever they see and hear going on around them, whether it is good or bad. It is important to read them stories that ignite their imagination and plant the seeds of sound moral principles.

What issues do you address in Benny’s Angel, and why do children need these sorts of stories to help them through life?
In the story of Benny’s Angel, the animals in God’s Secret Garden encounter a problem. They are unable to solve it themselves and pray to God for an answer. God answers their prayer by means of an angel. Benny’s Angel teaches the importance of prayer and of trusting God to answer our prayers. These principles filter naturally through the storyline and without the need for sermonizing. Children will face all kinds of problems and challenges as they grow up and stories based on sound biblical principles lay a strong foundation for their future.

Tell us about the next book you have coming out after Benny’s Angel.
The next book in the God’s Secret Garden Adventure Series is about a little frog. Through some misadventures, he learns the importance of obedience.

Grand Prize Giveaway

$85.87 Value
1 Vivitar Camcorder with Camera and 2X Zoom
1 Benny's Angel Picture Book
1 Benny's Angel 3-D Book
1 Benny's Angel Coloring Book
1 Benny's Angel Audio Book
1 Benny's Angel T Shirt
1 Benny Christmas Ornament
1 Marietta Christmas Ornament
1 96-Count Crayola Crayons


Melanie Ski said...

What a beautiful giveaway!! I have 2 little ones who would love to have these. I am unfamiliar with this series, but definately going to look into it.
melanieinoh2003 at yahoo dot com

~Laura Allen Nonemaker said...

Melanie, I am glad you enjoyed Laura Hilton's review of Benny's Angel. It is the first book in my God's Secret Garden Adventures series and shows young children how important it is to pray and trust God. The second book in the series is not out yet. It teaches children the importance of obedience. Thank you for your interest and God bless!

wfnren said...

Wow! I have 7 grandkids and 3 are ages that would really enjoy this. One me the 3 will be celebrating her 6th birthday on December 9th.


~Laura Allen Nonemaker said...

Melanie, thank you for your great coverage of my Benny's Angel blog tour. Your review had an interesting and unusual slant. Obviously it peaked some interest! Thanks for posting it on Amazon too. I appreciate your help at this exciting and challenging time for me as an author.

Margaret said...

My kids would be thrilled with this! Thank you! I hope it includes Canada because it doesn't indicate above.


Marilynn Walton said...

This sounds like a really great book for my son to read to his children! Thanks for the chance to win it and the whole package!

cjajsmommy said...

What a perfect book for my 5yo grandson Benjamin! Great review. Please enter me in the giveaway.

djragno at hotmail dot com

Maureen said...

I enjoyed your review....was it fun doing the short mission trips?
I also enjoy the quite of my garden...how cute those rabbits are. My Hubby once went unnoticed in the woods and watched some otters play!
My 4 and 6 year old would love this giveaway!


~Laura Allen Nonemaker said...

Maureen, thank you for your comment. We enjoyed the fellowship with other short-term missionaries and we saw some interesting and beautiful sights. At the same time, in Russia and Poland, what we experienced made us realize how blessed we are to live in the U.S.