January 2014 Posts

Great Fun and Learning for Kids with Faith That Sticks!

This week we’re welcoming Linda Howard, Senior Product & Marketing Manager for Focus Kids and the Faith That Sticks and Happy Day books lines, as our guest blogger.

Are you looking for fun, creative, not too messy craft ideas for your kids? Tyndale is now in the sticker business! We recently purchased the Faith that Sticks line from Standard Publishing, and are enjoying this new journey into “stickerland”!

As a grandmother, I am always looking for fun things to do with my grandkids. Our times together are some of my most treasured moments, and I want to make them as special as I can. My oldest grandson loves stickers, and I now have a wonderful assortment of creative, fun ones to pull from every day. We used the Noah’s Ark animal stickers to place the pairs of animals in the ark (Click here for a free downloadable PDF of the ark), outfitted “friends” with the Armor of God stickers, and decorated gifts for their mommy and daddy.  One of the things I’ve learned over the years is that children tend to internalize and retain information best through hands-on/interactive play. Stickers help me use times we spend together as opportunities to instill Biblical truths and life lessons into their hearts and minds. The animal stickers gave us the chance to talk about the way God saved Noah and his family from the flood and the promise of the rainbow. As we placed the armor of God stickers on a printout of kids, we discussed how much God loves us and how He provides protection for us.  And there are many more lessons to learn as we continue to explore Faith that Sticks together.

If you are a long distance family member, stickers are a great, inexpensive way to connect with kids you love. Who doesn’t get excited when they receive a package in the mail? These are lightweight, convenient, and easy to mail. And regularly sending a pack of stickers – once a month, or every couple of months, or even once a week – reminds your little one that you are thinking of them and making an effort to stay connected. They will be running for the mailbox to see what you are sending next!

Like our new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/faiththatsticks for product updates and opportunities to win prize packs of Faith that Sticks stickers and Happy Day books.

There is no end to the fun and learning your child can have with Faith that Sticks. Start engaging with the little ones in your life now, and build a legacy of relationship and faith that will stick with them throughout their lives.

Do you have any ideas for stickers or fun sticker crafts? We’d love to hear from you with your ideas!

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Uncommon Marriage by Tony & Lauren Dungy – Win a signed book!

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What does it take to build a marriage that will last? Tony and Lauren Dungy have together known the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. They fell in love, built a family, and made sports history when Tony became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl. Yet they’ve also gone through difficult, relationship-testing setbacks, including job loss and devastating personal tragedy. In a culture where it seems harder and harder to make marriage last, what has kept the Dungys strong through it all? In Uncommon Marriage, Tony and Lauren share the secrets that hold them together, revealing what they’ve learned so far about being a good husband or wife; getting through times of loss, grief, or change; staying connected despite busy schedules; supporting each other’s dreams and goals; and helping each other grow spiritually. They offer encouragement and practical advice to equip your marriage to survive tough issues and flourish with joy, purpose, and partnership—in other words, to be a marriage that is truly uncommon.

To learn more, or to purchase visit CoachDungy.com.

We’re giving away 5 signed copies of Uncommon Marriage to five people who help us share about this fantastic book.

Fill out the form below and follow the sharing directing to earn more entries! We’ll choose five winners on February 16th.


What’s Happening Wednesday? Insider Look Edition

Happy last week of January, all! I’ve said it before, yet I’ll say it again—this month has flown. Perhaps it’s the excitement of a new season or just the sense of a fresh slate with the first month of the year, but I am rejuvenated and ready to get reading!

But with all the book choices out there (It’s hard to believe how many! My to-read list is overflowing!), how can I pick just one (or even five) books to get started on this year? If you’re having similar decision-making issues, do not worry. We understand.

Sometimes, it’s hard to even pick a genre. With the release of many new novels that have a bit of this and a bit of that, the clear genre lines are beginning to blur and I’m feeling stretched in every direction! Lets hear from our fiction teams on genre preferences.

But even when you’ve narrowed it down to one genre, there are still so many great new and old novels that vie for attention.

Do you find it impossible to choose? Let us know in the comments below which genre you love. Stop by the blog in the coming weeks for more insider looks!


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E-Book Deal Alert: Unplanned

For a limited time, you can download Abby Johnson’s memoir, Unplanned, for $2.99! This offer is for one day only. It ends on 1/27/2014.

Retailers Choice Award winner, 2012
Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in her first actual abortion procedure, walked across the road to join the Coalition for Life. Unplanned is a heartstopping personal drama of life-and-death encounters, a courtroom battle, and spiritual transformation that speaks hope and compassion into the political controversy that surrounds this issue. Telling Abby’s story from both sides of the abortion clinic property line, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the life versus rights debate and helping women who face crisis pregnancies.


Click here to see all our current ebook deals!

Kids Team Guest Post: Senior Editor Stephanie Rische

This week we’re featuring a Q&A with Senior Editor Stephanie Rische.


Where are you from originally and what brought you to Tyndale?

I taught eighth-grade English for several years before coming to Tyndale, and the perspective I gained through that experience helps me as I work on books for teens. I started as a copyeditor here, and now I’m a senior editor, working directly with authors on concept-level editing. I just celebrated ten years at Tyndale, and it’s truly a wonderful place to use my gifts and be part of a team that advances God’s Kingdom through words and stories.


When you were a young child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I have always loved words and books. While my friends were playing with dolls, I always wanted to play author. I’d write, illustrate, and bind my own homemade books filled with mystery stories and bad poetry. I had no idea at the time that I could actually get paid to help create books one day!


What was your first paid job?

When I was in high school, I was a gymnastics coach for the beginner-level girls, most of whom were preschool age. I loved their enthusiasm for life, and sometimes I picture their faces when I’m working on our books for young kids.


What do you like most about your job at Tyndale?

I love working with authors and helping them communicate truths about God and his Word. One of the other rewarding parts of my job is getting notes from our readers sharing how a certain book touched them. My all-time favorite was from a ten-year-old girl who had just finished reading one of our fiction books:

I used to think God was too busy to ever think about us, and the only times he did was when he was mad about something. And I thought he was just always frowning at us, so I never really talked to him. But then I read these books and I realized I was wrong. Especially when I read how Ellie pictured God smiling. Since then I’ve thought about him smiling about different things, and I talk to him a lot. Anyway I just wanted to tell you that and thank you very much for the books.


What is your favorite Tyndale Kids product and why?

It’s so hard to choose just one! Can I cheat a little and choose one for each age group?

My favorite teen product is So Long, Insecurity Teen Edition by Beth Moore. I wish I’d had this book when I was growing up and struggling to figure out who I was. It offers truths from Scripture about where our true worth comes from as daughters of God, and it features a full-color interior with surveys and photos of real girls.

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For middle-grade readers, I love Dandi Daley Mackall’s Backyard Horses series. It features quirky, lovable characters, and I highly recommend it for any child who loves animals. These books are fun, engaging reads that have deep truths about life and faith—for kids and adults alike.


For preschoolers, one of my favorites is My Read and Rhyme Bible Storybook by Crystal Bowman and Cindy Kenney. These rhyming Bible stories are a delightful read while at the same time building a foundation for young kids in God’s Word.