(BJU Press, 1997)
Roses on Baker Street | After college I spent two months in France on a mission trip. When I returned to the U.S., I missed France and the people I had met there very much. This story blends memories of that time in my life with a realization that true contentment looks for God's good things—His roses—wherever I might be.
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(BJU Press, 2005)
Haiku On Your Shoe | For several years I had a side job tutoring Japanese students in English. I greatly enjoyed spending time in the homes of Japanese families and learning about their culture. Taka, the Japanese boy in this story, is patterned after a few different children I knew. The main character, Jeremy, wants to befriend Taka, but because of shyness about speaking English, Taka backs away at first. Slowly Jeremy works at breaking the ice—and works on a difficult school assignment at the same time. In the end, he finds a solution to both problems, and he finds out a little more about God’s love.
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(BJU Press, 2009)
Sticky Flies, Whirling Squirrels, and Plucky Ducks | This book is actually not one that I wrote myself. The fables in this book were written by many authors from different parts of the world. I read the English translations of their fables; then I chose the ones whose themes, or morals, reflected truths found in God’s Word. I freshened the language a little, sometimes adding dialogue and details to make the stories more vivid. My editor even let me pick the title for the collection. Each animal mentioned in the title comes from one of the fables—but you will have to read the book to find out which fables match up with the title.