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My first children's book, The Way to Obey,
was, of course, inspired by my oldest son, Stephen, who seems to memorize many books verbatim. I wrote and illustrated this book in an attempt to teach the boys that obedience is about attitude as well as actions. Despite the foreboding title, it's not too heavy-handed and uses short sentences and repetition to get the concepts lodged in their little minds.

My husband's mom has always told me I should turn some of my blog posts into children's books. I think I blew her off for several years before a brainstorm cloud descended on me one day and a lightning bolt of book ideas zapped me in the brain. So. Now I have a ton of ideas for books to help my boys build their character and pursue the good stuff in life that really matters... I  just don't have a lot of time or artistic ability. So The Way to Obey is my humble beginning. Check it out on Amazon!

In another life, I was a newspaper designer, food columnist and features editor for a daily paper in a small but newsworthy town in Western Kentucky. You can find a sampling of pages I've designed (like the thumbnail to the left), graphics I've created, photographs I've made and stories I've written on my now-defunct food blog here.

While I was pregnant with my first and second sons, I went through a brief obsession with creating cute crochet patterns. You can check out another one of my defunct blogs, Emigurumi, to see all manner of yarny cuteness.

As if design and food and newspapers and children's books and theological musings weren't enough, I'm also quite keen on the natural world. I've empathized with mocking bird mothers, wondered about the ethics of uprooting a chickadee nest to support a bluebird couple, and made friends with moths and tree frogs.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Emily! Where did I hear about you? I can't remember...all I know is that several days ago I heard about your book and quickly jotted down your BlogSpot website so that I would be able to find it!! My name is also Emily. I also live in Western Kentucky...which makes me think I must have heard about your book on the radio or a local news station! (It must have been the tv...because, come to think of it, I recognized your face on your website!! :) I am a Christian woman, raising 4 beautiful children...one of which is 3 and is currently working on being obedient! :) I would love a copy of your book...and will be ordering one as soon as I send this. As I read your info about the book, my wheels started turning!! I paint murals, particularly for children. I wonder if we might make want to work together on a project, or two! :) :) I have always had an interest in possibly illustrating children's books, but have never pursued the idea! Anyway...just keep me in mind and contact me if this is of any interest to you!! If not, that is fine! I'll be looking forward to reading your book and using it to teach my babies!! :) My email is emilymyers80@gmail.com. Thanks!

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  2. I just read this book to the children during our opening (singing & playing time before Sunday school). The kids could relate to every single scenario and they loved the naughty examples... probably because it was someone else being naughty and not them! Ha!

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  3. KT, thanks for the kind words! I'm glad other kids beside my own enjoy the book.

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