The light we cannot see

Chris Manion, Children’s Author and Child Whisperer

Hi everyone,

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

Today, I have a special book that really drew my attention. As most of you know, I have lost my husband 2 years ago and I am acquainted with grief. I have also run a Hospice Group for teens who have lost a loved on in my past professional life. So, when I saw this book in my feed one day, I knew I wanted to share it. I believe this book will help many families who are grieving the loss of a child. Plus, I am HUGE fan of Jack Foster, the illustrator of this book!

Here’s the author, Chris Manion, to tell us about the inspiration behind her book, The Light We Cannot See

The inspiration for The Light We Cannot See germinated from a Chicago friend whose daughter, Grace, could see angels when she was five years old. She’d see them on the altar at Mass. One Sunday, she gasped during Mass. Her mother asked her what was wrong. Grace told her Mom she thought the priest had hit the angel standing beside him when he extended his arms to say, “Let us pray.”

Ever since hearing of her ability, I’ve strained to see angels on the altar but never have. I do, however, believe they’re present even though I cannot see them, just as I believe we all have a guardian angel we cannot see.

Another inspiration for the book comes from Scripture. My mother had quotes posted throughout our home. One I loved that fascinated me was 2 Corinthians 4:18: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

What is unseen is eternal. I rely on visuals for my learning, yet Paul in this letter to the Corinthians pointed us to the unseen, the invisible. I couldn’t quite wrap my head around that and so my mind stewed on it.

The book poured through me in what I believe was heavenly inspiration. It took me longer to find an illustrator than to write the book! After I saw the illustrations, I realized how much the book would help all those who’ve lost little ones who’ve gone to heaven. The story centers around angels bringing children down from heaven to play in a toy store all night long. The heavenly light in which they play cannot be seen by adults walking past the store. Before dawn, a pair of guard angels gather up the children to bring them back to heaven while other angels put all the dolls and toys away.

I pictured the children flying down to the store on the backs of angels. My eyes got misty at how the illustrator, Jack Foster, tenderly drew the angels carrying the children the way mothers cradle their child in their arms.

I’m pretty sure children have the most wonderful experience in heaven filled with joyful discoveries, people, and clouds to skateboard on. There’s no need for them to play in a toy store on earth, however, I think God wanted us to have this story and the pictures that go with it as a means to help us picture how all the little children in heaven are being taken care of.

We have a hard time picturing what children do in heaven because we don’t know heaven yet. But we know toys and toy stores. Bringing the children in heaven to something we understand like a toy store helps us see and know they’re happy and loved.

There’s healing in that knowledge and healing was what Jesus was all about.

BIO: Child whisperer Chris Manion is a multi-award-winning author and honors graduate in Communication Arts from the University of Dayton. Her passion for reading and telling children’s Bible stories earned her a catechetical award of excellence in the archdiocese of Chicago. She relaxes by gardening, walking the beach, and baking breads, cookies, and apple crisps. Chris is a speaker, blogger and founder of the Destin Chapter of Word Weavers. She can be found at The Light We Cannot See

Follow Chris IG@manion.c

Thank you, Chris, for sharing the inspiration behind your book. I love the idea of the 5 year old child seeing angels as being the initial germination of it! I wish I could see angels too!

And thank you, everyone, for stopping by my blog today! Please consider purchasing this book for someone in your life who may need a little encouragement and comfort.

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

Stay safe!

hurricane, a children’s book

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Book Blog!

Today, I have an unique children’s book about a topic that is quite near and dear to my heart, Hurricane. You see, I live in Florida and every year, hurricanes whip up in the Atlantic and threaten our (and other states’ and country’s coastline). It can be quite frightening. Indeed, one year, our house flooded. That was in 2005 with the Hurricane named Wilma. The very last one of the year. Just when we thought we were in the clear and then we just got more rain than the little pond behind our house could handle and in the water came. It was a mess and took months and a lot of money to clean up our home and replace furniture, cabinets, and other items lost to water damange.

So, with no further ado, let me share with you what the PR person from Wunderkind, Ana, shared with me about this book,

“John Rocco’s latest children’s book HURRICANE is described by Booklist as “an apt companion to Rocco’s earlier titles…this ultimately reassuring story will find a niche with curious weather watchers and the growing number of children whose homes are threatened every year by these storms.” Only Picture Books calls it “…a gorgeous picture book that feels visually on par with Rocco’s other fine titles…Rocco is a supremely talented visual storyteller.”

Harnessing his own experiences regarding the power of community during trying times, John Rocco’s HURRICANE teaches young readers about the nature of these storms, while depicting an inspiring tale of a community which demonstrates what it means to work together. This gorgeously illustrated follow up to Blackout (2011) and Blizzard (2014) is sure to inspire and reassure children who have had experience with these storms, while teaching those who have not.”

I was provided a copy of this book to read and I thought the illustrations were great, very true-to-life but in keeping with the style a child would enjoy. The storyline was engaging and factual which I feel educates without overwhelming. While the reader feels the pain of the boy losing his favorite dock, the reader will come away with a very important lesson, especially during difficult things like storms…helping others. The story ends on a happy note! I highly recommend this book to children everywhere, not just the ones that lives on the East Coast or near any shoreline because it highlights an important social lesson as well as providing an opportunity to empathize with what others experience.

Thank you, blog readers, for taking the time to check out my blog today.

I hope you enjoy learning about this book and will purchase a copy for a young reader in your life today.

As always, Likes, Comments, and Shares are appreciated!

Stay safe

Which bird are you?

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Book Blog!

I apologize for not having posted in awhile. I honestly didn’t have anything to post, so I thought I wouldn’t post anything. Sort of like the old adage, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Well, it’s not that I didn’t have anything nice to say, just that I didn’t have anything at all. LOL

But, today, I have a fantastic post to bring you! A book that I KNOW you will love and enjoy and want to share with your favorite child.

Welcome to Merrick Rosenberg who is the author of the children’s book, Which Bird are You? Take it away, Mr. Rosenberg…

Which Bird Are You? is based on a topic that has never been covered in a fictional adventure tale for 8–12-year-olds. As readers learn about the four personality styles that I call Eagles (confident and direct), Parrots (social and enthusiastic), Doves (harmonious and caring), and Owls (logical and questioning), they also learn about themselves and the people in their lives. Without even realizing it, children learn how to tap into the power of their personality, build strong relationships, and raise their emotional intelligence.

If you’d like to purchase the book, it’s available on Amazon. And if you would like to go beyond the book, and have a child take the assessment for themself in which children discover their bird style, you can reach out to Mr. Rosenberg at

Quick overview of Which Bird Are You?

By day, four friends at Camp Discovery are faced with a series of challenges. Around an evening campfire, they discover the ancient land of Aviara comprised of the Eagle, Parrot, Dove and Owl Kingdoms. Will the wise ambassador of Chamelia be able to help Eagleye, Parrotfeather, Dovetail, and Nightowl save their people? Will the wisdom gained from the campfire story help the children on their quest? Find out in Which Bird Are You?.

My background

I founded Team Builders Plus in 1991 and Take Flight Learning in 2012. I have spoken to more than 100,000 people and certified more than 600 individuals around the world to deliver the content I created. I am an award-winning author who has written four books to make self-awareness easy by using the four bird styles. Under my leadership as CEO of Take Flight Learning, my company has been selected as the New Jersey Business of the Year and named one of the Fastest Growing Companies and Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia area. I received my MBA from Drexel University who recognized me as the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year. I have worked with more than half of the Fortune 100 companies in the US and around the world.

Thank you, Mr. Rosenberg, for your delightful book that is truly a genius work. You have combined a very important topic with an easy-to-understand style that doesn’t feel like children are being taught, but rather, they are discovering.

Thank you, everyone, for following my book blog!

As always, Likes, Shares, and Comments are welcomed!

Stay safe

I Don’t Want to Turn 3, a Children’s Book about Sharing

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Book Blog.

Today, I want you to meet a very special Grandpa. His name is Grandpa Jeffrey and he wrote a wonderful children’s book starring his own grandchildren with a great message…sharing!

Grandpa Jeffrey, please tell us why did you write this book…

Why Did I Write This Book, I Don’t Want to Turn 3?

Living this past year, because of the pandemic caused by Covid19, in isolation except for being with family, gave me special time to watch and interact with the grandkids. What a trip!

All 6 kids have completely different personalities. The one thing they have in common is the sense of curiosity and how excited they get when they do accomplish something new. Watching them grow year to year and how they interact with each other is the basis for this book.

What goes through a toddler’s mind that parents are so desperate to understand? When does a toddler understand the difference between “me” and “us”? This book explores how a family finds out together.

As a baby boomer trying to understand how the world has evolved since I was 3 years old, is also part of this story. My parents did not have cell phones or the Internet or cable TV. My parents’ definition of discipline is quite different than parents of today. Has today’s world made for a better place for children to grow up? I will let you answer that question as you weigh how you were treated growing up compared to how we treat our kids today.

Grandpa Jeffrey reading with his Grandchild I Don’t Want to Turn 3

So, I wrote this book to read to these grandkids. Their reaction has been invaluable. As you watch them understand Jordan’s discovery of right versus wrong, you can see the older kids have gone through the same dilemma. And the younger kids don’t quite yet understand the concept of sharing. This whole experience, for me, has been priceless.

Thank you, Grandpa Jeffrey, for explaining why you wrote this book. I hope your grandchildren learned a very valuable lesson on sharing and I hope others are inspired to purchase your book and share that message with their own favorite child as well.

Thank you, blog readers, for reading my blog today!

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

Take care and stay safe

Aboard the Timeline, a Children’s Book

Bastian Gregory, the author

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Book Blog!

Today, I have the good pleasure of introducing you to a mother of a young author to share his book, Aboard the Timeline, with you. I think you will want to read his book.

Let’s welcome, Tine Gregory, the mother of Bastian Gregory…

“My 23- year old son passed away last year, after struggling for years with depression. He was incredibly talented, had Asbergers and sadly suffered very badly for many years.

Before he died though, he managed to finish a children’s book he had been working on. And luckily he had sat down with his sister, who together with him laid out a plan for illustrations for his book.

Gregory (the author) and his sister, May (the illustrator)

The week after he died we received a confirmation from Pegasus, that they would publish his book.

This finally became a reality in May 2021.

Story Line: Aboard the Timeline follows the journey of Pete, an ordinary boy who is struggling with boredom and monotony at school. He gets more excitement than he bargained for when time suddenly stops around him and he is inexplicably greeted by a talking dinosaur called Reginald at the classroom door.

Trying to figure out what has happened, the two of them embark on a journey of adventure and discovery. They meet Philosophocles, an ancient Greek thinker and the three companions travel along the Time Line, visiting alternate versions of history, including the Cretaceous period, ancient Greece, the Viking North Sea, Medieval Istanbul and Victorian London.

Along the way, they meet tricky demons, strange creatures and interesting companions.

Can Pete become the hero that some need him to be? And will he ever find a way back to the normal world?

The book is aimed at children between ages about 7- 14 years old. In many cases it could be seen as a self-biography by those who knew Bastian- although the ending in the children’s book is so much more uplifting than it was for him.

It is a book which I believe many can use as a way to give children hope/belief in themselves alongside some fun history facts great use of the English language and an exciting story.

It mentions anxiety and worry many times, although not in a very “scary way for children” and the conclusion comes up with a neat way in which to deal with these worries.”

And for US shoppers, here’s the link to Aboard the Timeline

And a bit about Bastian:

Bastian Gregory was born in 1997 and spent a happy childhood in Singapore, Hong Kong and Denmark. He went on to study creative writing in the UK. He was a wild and free thinker, a kind, gentle son and brother and a good friend to many.

Bastian (the author) when he was younger

Bastian had Aspergers Syndrome and suffered from depression. He left us just after his twenty-third birthday to be, in his own words, “reincarnated as a cosmic tree with solar winds and alien doves rushing through my branches.”

He leaves behind this book and a collection of poems.”

Thank you so much, Tine, for sharing your son, Bastian’s, awesome children’s book, Aboard the Timeline!

I, along with my readers I’m sure, do extend our condolences to you on the death of your precious and talented son.

Thank you, blog readers, for taking the time to read my blog today! I hope you are encouraged to purchase and read this book along with your favorite little ones or to give as a gift to an older child, and I’d like to encourage you to leave an honest review. Reviews help authors so much by allowing other potential buyers to feel confident in their selection.

As always, likes, shares, and comments are always appreciated!

Stay safe, everyone!

A house with Psalm 127:1 written over it, "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain."

Psalm 127:1

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Book Blog.

It’s interesting how the Lord works, isn’t it?

I started this blog in 2014 after I published my first children’s book. I would share about my books and then started reaching out to other children’s authors and sharing their books.

My blog rose in the standings to being in the top 100 of children’s book blogs!

But, recently, I have felt a desire to move into a new genre of writing and publishing and that is Christian Fiction.

The change came about when I published what had been a story God gave me in a meditation that I had one day.

The book is called The Cloak and it’s about the Roman soldier who won Jesus’ cloak at the foot of the cross. He begins questioning himself about “who was this man that wore this cloak?” It takes him on a little journey where his questions are answered and he becomes a follower of Jesus himself.

I want to reach as many people as possible with the message of salvation and I believe God is calling me to share this message through Christian Fiction.

So, I’m pivoting.

What’s funny is that recently new children’s book authors have dried up. I used to could reach out to children’s authors and ask them if they wanted to share their book on my blog and almost every one of them said, “Yes!”

Until recently…they started questioning the number of people who follow me and even though, I think I have a decent following and with my blog posts going out to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, it’s even bigger. Plus, I have some dedicated followers who always share my blog to their blog which also goes out to their social media channels…it’s a substantial amount of exposure people would get. And even though, I told them them, they would decline.

I believe this is God’s will. The timing is impeccable. My desire to change genres with the drying up of children’s authors wanting to share on my blog.

It’s time to pivot away from writing my blog on children’s books and start writing it on Christian verses, reflections/insights, authors, and books.

Psalm 127:1 “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”

I hope you join me on this new adventure!

As always likes, comments, and shares are appreciated.

Summer is HERE!

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Hi everyone,

I don’t know about you, but now that summer is here and school is out, I’m planning to do some traveling!

This past year, dealing with COVID, has been difficult, hasn’t it?

We have been in mandatory quarantine, the whole world, at one time! That was really crazy and also made the world seem much smaller, didn’t it?

We all reached out across social media to one another and shared our stories of being in ‘lockdown’ for our safety.

But, then, some states opened back up sooner than others. Some countries were hit harder than others. We all watched on as death tolls rose and prayed it wouldn’t be us or our family members.

Sadly, it was friends and family members for many of us.

Some had to work to help us, like doctors and nurses and first responders. We sang their praises for going to work day after day in the midst of what seemed like an unending and impossible task.

Some schools opened in the fall…some only partially, some online, and some a mixture. Our teachers were asked to teacher online and in person. That seemed like an insurmountable task too.

We wore masks, we put up plexiglass, we used hand sanitizer and stayed 6 feet away from each other, all while welcoming students back to school and trying to make them feel normal.

I’m a High School Guidance Counselor and I was part of a school that opened fully–5 days/week in-person.

To be honest, I was scared.

I wondered if I would live to see the end of the year.

I prayed daily and wore my mask religiously.

And I can tell you that this took its toll on me psychologically.

I was the most stressed I have ever been.

Now, I love my job. I love my school. I love the students. I love helping others.

But, I wanted more than anything to be at home in my house safe from the world.

But, I went to work and did my best to carry on as usual.

I prayed for God to bring us out of this pandemic.

And slowly, the tide has begun to turn away from so many cases of COVID and fewer deaths.

I’m so very thankful!

And on the last day of school, I was so happy to have the opportunity to say good-bye to the students and my co-workers and to look back on this year and say, “I lived! Praise God! I lived!”

I’m counting my blessings! God has seen us through a terrible year!

I hope the rest of you are feeling the same jubilation!

Now, some time for FUN!

I’m looking forward to traveling and re-connecting with family.

What are your plans for the summer?

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

As always likes, shares, and comments are welcomed!

God bless all of you!

Memorial Day 2021

Hi everyone,

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

Yesterday was Memorial Day and while most of us celebrate with outdoor activities and enjoy eating our food picnic-style, Memorial Day is actually a day of remembrance for those who served in the military and lost their lives.

John 15:12-14 says, “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do the things which I command you.”

I don’t know about you, but this commandment has always struck me as a difficult one.

Most of us aren’t running towards death, instead most of us are trying to avoid it at all cost.

Yet, there are those who feel called to a dangerous profession where the potential to lose their lives is incredibly high, whether it be the military or first responders such as the police or firemen and women.

I say “called” because I believe it is a calling. It’s not just a profession. The people I know that serve in these capacities take their jobs very seriously and feel a great need to protect others.

They are willing to give their lives for people they don’t even know and/or maybe don’t believe the way they believe or hold the political beliefs they hold, and well, that is a true hero.

They are following the commandment “to love one another, even as I have loved you.”

They are loving with the love Jesus has for all of us. Romans 5:8 says “But God commendeth his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

We weren’t friends of God, yet he sent his son, Jesus, to die for us so that we could become the friends of God. Amen and Hallejuah!

It is good to stop and say, “Thank you!” to Jesus for his sacrifice and to these brave men and women who sacrificed so much as well.

Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

So, THANK YOU to Jesus for salvation and to all the brave men and women who served and lost their lives defending our country.

May God Bless America!

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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