Christian Writers of Literature for Children and Young Adults

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What Do You Pray for Your Writing?

What do you pray for your writing? You might think that’s a silly question. Of course we pray for our writing. But what, exactly, are we praying for?

If we’re honest, our prayers are often centered on requests for favor with agents and publishers. Book contracts, large advances, and strong sales top our lists. Although these aren’t bad things to desire, here are some other things we could and should be praying for.

God’s glory

Everything we do, we do in Jesus’s name (Colossians 3:17) and for His glory (I Corinthians 10:31). This includes our writing, whether we’re writing for the Christian or secular market. It’s not about us. It’s not even about our readers. It’s about bringing glory to the Living Word, the One who gave us the ability to communicate through written words. Let’s be intentional about praying for His glory!

Our own spiritual growth

Even though our writing isn’t about us, we’re still part of the process. I teach a weekly Bible study class. People often express wonder at the amount of preparation required to teach the class. But I don’t consider it work because I benefit from my study as much, if not more, than the class members do. If I’m not growing spiritually, I can’t be an effective teacher. It’s the same with my writing. I can’t draw water from an empty well. Whatever we write, let’s ask the Lord to fill our spiritual wells with His creativity, wisdom, and insight as we grow in our dependence on Him.

Our readers’ spiritual growth

We write our stories, poems, songs, and plays to benefit our readers. However, while our target audience may be children, our readers also include parents, teachers, and other adults. It’s often an adult who purchases our works, and in the case of younger children, it’s an adult who reads to them. Are you praying that lives—both of children and adults—will be changed and blessed as people read the words you write?


We belong to El Olam—the Eternal God. Although He created time, He’s not bound by it. That’s sometimes difficult to remember because we are finite beings who are bound by time. We’re especially sensitive to the passage of time when we’re in the middle of a project and struggling with writer’s block or when we’re waiting for the response to a submission. But God is sovereign and His timing is perfect. Will you use your times of waiting to trust God for His perfect timing?


Years ago, I had a great idea for a series of children’s picture books. But although everyone I spoke to loved the concept, not one agent or acquisitions editor said yes to the project. After several years, I wondered whether I should just file the idea and move on.

Then I met a terrific children’s author who agreed to partner with me for the series. She applied her rhythm and rhyme abilities to the existing manuscripts and made them sing. (Thanks, Crystal Bowman!) The project was picked up by a children’s publisher soon after our collaboration. I’m so grateful for the early rejections because my initial drafts didn’t have the polish that the published books have.

There’s nothing wrong with praying for commercial success for our writing. But something’s terribly wrong if that’s our only focus. Our heavenly Father continuously works to conform us to the image of His Son. If we want to look like Jesus, we need to share His priorities.

Now it’s your turn. What other topics can we pray for in relation to our writing?


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Ava Pennington is a writer, Bible teacher, and speaker. Her book, Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional, is endorsed by Precepts founder Kay Arthur. She has also written numerous articles for magazines such as ClubhouseToday’s Christian WomanPower for Living, and Called. In addition to her writing, Ava teaches a weekly Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class of 300 women. She is a passionate speaker and teacher and delights in challenging audiences with the truth of God’s Word in relevant, enjoyable presentations. Ava and Russ have been married for 40 years and live in southeast Florida. For more information, visit her at AvaWrites.com.


Sowing Seeds: Writing for the Christian Children’s Market by Kathleen M. Muldoon

Posted by Janice D. Green

I feel honored and blessed to have been granted the opportunity to republish the book Sowing Seeds: Writing for the Christian Children’s Market by Kathleen M. Muldoon. I’m thrilled to announce that it now appears again on Amazon.

Crystal Bowman is one of several “talented professionals who added their wisdom and experience for sections of this book.” (Quotation taken from the acknowledgements page.) Below are two reviews that Crystal wrote for this treasure of writing wisdom.
Sowing Seeds - front cover (300w)


Review from inside the book:

“This book is amazing! I wish I had had it 15 years ago. Anyone who wants to write for children needs to read this book and keep it at his fingertips while writing! Kathleen covers all aspects of writing in great detail, yet entertains the reader with personal stories that provide practical application. I highly recommend this wonderful book for all writers of children’s literature. I cannot say enough good things about it!” —Crystal Bowman, best-selling author of over 70 children’s books including My Read and Rhyme Bible Storybook.


Review from Amazon.com:

(Five stars)

Format: Paperback

Anyone who wants to write for children needs to read this book! Kathleen Muldoon covers everything that writers need to know. It is packed with practical and helpful information, yet written with style and humor. Following the guidelines and instructions will give writers the confidence they need to jump into the challenging world of publishing. This book is great for experienced writers as well as novice writers. Anyone who buys this book will use it over and over again. It’s a very wise investment! Buy it!
You may preview the first 26 pages of Sowing Seeds on the publisher’s webpage: http://honeycombadventures.com/honeycomb-writers-press.


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