In our hard times as well as our happy times

Wow! What a wonderful blog post! I feel compelled to share this with all of you because we all face times where we have lost hope and especially during this past year with COVID. Look up, there’s hope! Amen and that’s because God is with us. He promises to never leave us. Hallejuah!

Learning From God's Word

“I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor (trouble) a door of hope. There she will respond (sing) as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt” (Hosea 2:14-15).

Here, we read about “a door of hope.” In the wilderness, God is opening the door for his people. He’s leading them into his blessing. He’s saying to them, ‘The times of blessing will return to you.’ With the blessing of the Lord, there comes the spirit of praise. A door of hope: God is still showing his people that there is “a door of hope.” He’s saying to us, ‘Your troubles shall not prevail over you. They will not defeat you. I am with you. I will, always, be with you.’

A door…

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After High School: What Next?

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Book Blog!

Today, I have our favorite Child Psychologist, Dr. Valerie Allen, sharing with us some very timely information as we begin May, the month of graduation.

Here’s some excellent tips to help you teen as they graduate and contemplate next steps…

After High School: What Next?

There are five basic considerations after you graduate from high school. Number 1 to 5 which you think would be best as you move into the world of work. What are the benefits of your #1 choice?

___ Take a year off

  • Travel – enrichment, learning; costly, consider safety and welfare issues
  • Work – income, new skills; time consuming, restricted freedom; consider time and money management
  • Move – more freedom, new friends; consider cost , resources, and loneliness
  • Pursue a hobby – satisfaction, enjoyment; consider no or limited income, dependence on others

___Join the U.S. Military Armed Forces

  • Army:              This We’ll Defend; Founded 1775; Land warfare
  • Marines:          Always Faithful; Founded 1775; Amphibious and expeditionary warfare
  • Navy:               Always Courageous; Founded 1775; Naval warfare, power projection, nuclear                                    deterrence and sealift
  • Air Force:        Aim High, Fly-Fight-Win; Founded 1947; Aerial warfare
  • Coast Guard:   Always Ready; Founded 1790; Defense operations, maritime law enforcement,                                   search and rescue.
  • Space Force :  Always Above; Founded 2019; Space warfare and space operations

___Training and/or College

  • Vocational Certifications – short time frame, lower costs, qualifications for specific jobs
  • AA/AS – two year college degree opens doors to pursue various jobs, work situations, careers
  • BA/BS — four year university degree prepares for higher level jobs,

___Volunteer Opportunities

  • Peace Corps – To provide a better understanding of the American people to those in other countries. Provides trained volunteers to help social and economic development.
  • Americorps – Get things done for America with volunteers to improve lives and foster civic involvement for the benefit of local communities and nonprofits.
  • Salvation Army – Doing the Most Good by providing international volunteers via Christian churches to serve as a charitable organization.
  • Religious Missions – Organized work of a specific religious community to spread their beliefs and help those in need throughout the world.


  • OJT – earn money, learn new skills, make new friends, prepare for a specific career
  • Family Business – job security, work with family, use skills, learn aspects  of running a business
  • Self Employment – freedom, creativity, satisfaction, operate your own business
  • Unskilled, semi skilled, professional – income based on abilities and training/education

# 1 Choice is: ____________________________Because: ___________________________________________________

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She has published two children’s chapter books, “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends ” a  picture book  for beginning readers, “The  Sun and The Moon” and a workbook for teens, “Go to the Guidance Office and Ask the Counselor About:  Career Choices.”  Oh yes, she has also raised six children!

Little Ewe, The Story of One Lost Sheep

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s children’s books blog!

I apologize for taking an unplanned hiatus from my blog.

I got very busy doing my Live at 5pm talks on Facebook every Sunday from January 11th until Easter. It was a Countdown to Easter series as I celebrated publishing in a new genre, Christian Fiction, and my newest book in that genre called The Cloak. It’s about the soldier who won Jesus’ cloak at the foot of the cross. It’s not a children’s book specifically, although I believe older children would enjoy it too.

Anyway, I’m back with a very special children’s picture book called Little Ewe, The Story of One Lost Sheep.

I won the book in a contest and was sent the hardcover in the mail which I just received.

I was impressed with the quality of the book…beautiful colors and wonderful quality glossy pages.

But, what made me fall in love with this book is multi-faceted. It has the cutest little sheep on the cover who just wants to explore and have fun, but eventually that gets her lost.

The story is told in expertly rhyming prose and includes numbers so the children can enjoy counting the items on each page.

But, most importantly, it tells the beloved Bible story of how our Savior, Jesus, will leave the 99 and come to find us.

That is a wonderful lesson to teach our children!

It’s available on Amazon at

I highly recommend this book!

Thank you for joining me today!

As always…likes, shares, and comments are appreciated.

Stay safe

Let’s Get Physical: Fun and Fitness With Kids

Let’s Get Physical: Fun and Fitness


Dr. Valerie Allen

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Book Blog. Today, I’m bringing back a previous post that I think brings us some great information as the weather provides opportunities for more of us to get outside and get physical.

Dr. Valerie Allen, take it away…

Back in the day, kids ran home from school, grabbed their bikes, and hit the street looking to play with other kids. The excitement of skipping a stone across a puddle, watching a worm inch its way across the sidewalk, and chasing butterflies were part of the big adventures of childhood. Today, it’s hard to find children playing or walking outside. Various factors are involved in this, including safety concerns, planned school, church, and community activities, electronic devices, and time constraints of working parents, to name a few. The importance of physical activity and communing with nature cannot be understated. Here is how some of these activities can be reclaimed in this new age.

Fine motor skills develop eye-hand coordination and is used in tasks such as handwriting, working with hand tools, art, and threading a needle.

  • Outdoor activities to enhance these skills include: ball games, Frisbee toss, golf, and tennis.
  • Indoor activities include jigsaw puzzles, dot-to-dot, mazes, shuffling and dealing cards, checkers, chess, drawing, painting, jacks, pick-up-sticks, ping-pong, sewing cards, knitting, and arts and craft activities.
  • Chores can include help preparing meals by mixing ingredients and cracking eggs. Children can fold the laundry, wash dishes and pots and pans, set the table, clean pet areas, dust furniture, and water the lawn or garden.

Gross motor skills include the use of large muscles which improve balance and build strength.

  • Outdoor activities include, swimming, running, walking, bike riding, skating, jump rope, hopping, skipping, hop-scotch,  follow the leader, Pogo sticks, Hula-hoops, skate boards, and scooters.
  • Indoor activities include using the stairs, stretching, toe touching, marching in place, and bending from the waist.  
  • Chores also can be incorporated such as washing the car or house windows,  sweeping the sidewalk, pulling weeds, and walking and washing the dog, washing the floor, collecting and taking out the trash.

The wonders of nature include an awareness of the beauty and serenity in the natural world. It is important for children to understand the cycle of life in its many forms and the symbiotic relationship of man and the environment.

  • Outside activities include a quiet stroll observing natural things in the environment as opposed to man-make objects. Identifying plants and animals. Watching the habits of birds and small game and listening to their vocalizations. Seeing the color, shape, and height of grasses and flowers. Noticing the different smells in various areas. Feeling the change in temperature while in the sun and in shade, and with the change of time.
  • Inside activities can include planting a windowsill garden, having a fish tank, having and caring for a pet.
  •  Chores can include planting, weeding, watering, and mowing grassy areas. Tending to lawns and gardens with fertilizer and insecticides. Safeguarding animals with shelter, building a bird house, and providing food and water.

There are many simple ways of encouraging your child to be fit and have fun whether inside, outside, or with daily chores!

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She  has published two children’s chapter books, “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends”   and  a  picture book  for beginning readers, “The  Sun and The Moon.”  Oh yes, she has also raised six children!

Janie Burk’s Children’s Books With Positive Messages

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Book Blog!

Today, I’d like to introduce you to another wonderful author, Janie Burk, whose written some lovely books with positive messages.

Here she is to tell us more…

I love kids. I love their joy, their innate goodness, their innocence, their willingness to learn, and their ability to reason. In the spirit of ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ I want to contribute to the goodness of the future leaders of the world. Through my stories, I share with our sweet kiddos happy lessons that will help them. My hope is that my stories instill the desire to do good, to be creative and to live happily.

I have always made up rhymes, jingles and stories to keep me grounded as I juggled my career as a physician, my marriage, and — best and busiest of all — raising my two sons. Since my grandchildren have come I have been inspired to share my rhymes, jingles, and stories with them. And I share them in books too.  My heart’s desire is that my books invite my grandchildren – and kids everywhere! — to feel joy, goodness and wonder in our world. This, I hope, is a gift worth giving.    

I have written and published two books, with the third on its way, and half a dozen on the drawing board that I’d like to share:                                                                                                                               

1) A Bear Called Henry (4-8 year old level), the story of a loveable bear who takes a journey to find out how special he is.

2) Two Houses for Wilbur (4-8 year old level), the story of a puppy who does not want to stay in the house and soon learns that a big challenge of being outdoors is inclement weather;

3)  Henry and the Hurricane (4-8 year old level), another story in the Henry series, which tells the adventure of Henry the Bear and his friend, 7 year old Rebekah, as they rescue zoo animals during a hurricane in Mexico(to be published this July 2021).

Please visit me at, janieburkauthor(facebook), Instagram, or email at I’d love to hear from you!

My books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Abe Books to name a few.

Thanks for spending time with me.     Janie

And thank you, Janie, for being a guest on my blog today! I look forward to your next book!!

Thank you to the blogging community for stopping by my blog today!

As always, likes, comments, and shares are much appreciated.

Stay safe

Soulful Women’s Joyful Journey Interview

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Book Blog, although recently I’m sure it hasn’t felt like a children’s book blog as I have been sharing about my new genre, Christian Fiction, and the developments occuring around that.

I apologize for the interruption in regular programming. Thank you for your indulgence.

One of the new developments is that I met a beautiful spiritual woman named Jenny LiCiccione on Alignable. It’s a local social media site to connect local business owners.

We texted back and forth and then decided to speak via Zoom. We spoke on Zoom several times and then Jenny invited me to be part of her show called Soulful Women’s Joyful Journey.

I was thrilled to be part of such a special program!

We set up the date and time for last Monday and now here it is for everyone to view!

Our topic was on grief and healing through spirituality.

I hope you find it enlightening and helpful.

Here’s the link to watch it

Please share with those whom you feel it may help.

About Jenny Li Ciccone:    

Many spiritually-oriented women professionals and entrepreneurs feel trapped in emotional and thought patterns and held back in life. Jenny helps them heal in natural ways by removing hidden blocks and clearing stuck energies in the body so that they can feel nurtured, re-energized, and free to move forward in life.    

An author of  “Decoding the secrets of Joyful Living,” Jenny is a Joyful Living & Soul Purpose coach, and a Certified EFT practitioner, an AEFTP founding member. She leads an online Soulful Women’s circle and supports her clients with 1 – 1 and group Healing/Coaching sessions, both online globally and offline (when circumstances allow) in her local area.   

Jenny’s expertise came from the combination of her 15 + years of experience in career consulting and coaching, her born talent and gift, and her unique approach with a Four-step system that she has developed in the past decade.     Through her transformation experience, Jenny’s mission is to serve soulful women to clear beliefs, blocks, fears, and past programming and come out from a pressured and foggy place.    

Jenny hosted her first Tele-summit: A Journey to Joyfulness in 2014 and now continues the journey to bring more experts sharing the messages about love, wholeness, and freedom.  

Connect with Jenny:    

Book a Private Clarity Talk:


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About Wanda Luthman

Wanda Luthman is an international multi-award-winning author. She’s been a Christian since she was 3 years old, was baptized at 12 years old, and attended a Christian College in the Midwest double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She has practiced in the field of counseling for over 20 years. But, she felt she really “met” God in her late 40’s when her Pastor taught her contemplative listening which is a Christian form of meditation. Since then, she’s been on a mission to share God’s love with everyone she meets.


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New Genre Announcement: Christian Fiction

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Book Blog.

Today, I wanted to share some exciting news with you (drum roll, please)!

I have begun writing in a new genre!!

It’s Christian Fiction.

I’m super excited about this new development!

The first book I have written and published is called, The Cloak, and it’s about the Roman soldier that won Jesus’ cloak at the foot of the cross.

It’s available as an Ebook or in Paperback and coming soon as an Audiobook.

The second book is almost done. It’s in the editing phase. It’s called, The Veil. It’s about the veil that was torn in the synagogue when Jesus died.

In honor of publishing in a new genre, I’m doing a Live at 5PM eastern US time ‘Countdown to Easter’ since the book is a perfect Easter holiday book. You can find that on my Facebook Book Business Page at

On Live at 5PM ‘Countdown to Easter,’ I share a little about my book but mostly about the healing from the loss of my husband (from terminal brain cancer) through my faith in Jesus Christ.

My hope and desire is that these Live videos will help others who are grieving and those who want to help those who are grieving as I pull back the curtain to what I went through and what was helpful to move me through the grief process and come out the other side still with my faith intact and embracing life and a bright future.

This new genre of Christian Fiction is meant to be faith-building as well as contain the message of salvation.

I know this isn’t really a children’s book, but I wanted to share this exciting book news with you!!

Here are the first 6 Live at 5PM talks I have done.

January 10th

January 17th

January 24th

January 31st

February 7th

February 14th

Please watch one or two or all of them and share with others that you believe they might help!

Thank you for being faithful blog followers!

Stay safe!

Book Giveaway: LITTLE EWE: The Story of One Lost Sheep by Laura Sassi

Check out this awesome new book that’s coming out February 23rd, but you can sign up to be the winner of one copy of it by leaving a comment or sharing on your social media channels. You’ll need to click through to her original blog to leave a comment/let her know you’re sharing, in order to be entered.

Writing and Illustrating

Laura Sassi has written a new picture book, LITTLE EWE: The Story of One Lost Sheep illustrated by Tommy Doyle and published by Beaming Books. It hits the bookstores on February 23rd, but it is available for pre-order on Amazon, now. Laura has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Rebecca and Dana.

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