“Celebrating Our Stories” Releases!

“Why do you think he’s in a wheelchair?”

My daughter pointed to the outline of the man pushing the large wheels of his chair on the page in front of us.

“I’m not sure,” I answered honestly. “Maybe he hurt his legs, or maybe he was born with legs that aren’t able to walk.”

Whatever the reason, I was aware in that moment of the important lesson being shared over our library book: learning about someone who is different than ourselves.

As parents, we’re all trying to do our best every day. We love our kids fiercely, don’t we? And we want to raise our children to be kind individuals by modeling empathy and acceptance.

People are ALL different. What an incredible world it might be if we could show our children how to recognize that others are truly people first, despite any differences!

But how do we teach them this? How do we empower them to feeling empathy for another person or to appreciate that a peer has different abilities, culture, skin color than themselves?

Story is one of the most powerful gifts we can offer to our kids! That’s right – through reading quality children’s book, we can impact our children’s lives in a big way… not only teaching them new words and concepts but more importantly, new feelings and ideas.

Why are stories so powerful for our kids?

Stories allow us to learn about each other. A story enables us to imagine how we may feel in situations we have never been in or to appreciate someone’s life that we have never met – developing empathy for those we encounter throughout our lives.

Through the characters who grow within a well-told story, books foster new ideas, new cultures, new ways of living. Instead of pity, we can come to better understand. Instead of apathy, we can learn to connect and bridge. Instead of intolerance, we can learn to celebrate how uniquely we were all created.

That’s why I’m BEYOND THRILLED today to share my brand-new book:

 Celebrating Our Stories

In Celebrating Our Stories, you’ll learn:
-Why it’s important to start teaching your children about kindness and respect at a young age
-The best ways to help your children understand, appreciate and celebrate differences – their own and other people’s!
– Why reading books is so powerful for learning about how to treat others
– The best books to read based on the topics you’re interested in!

Celebrating Our Stories contains more than ONE HUNDRED carefully chosen children’s books organized by theme, including:
Celebrating Yourself
Different Appearances
Cultural Differences
Differently Abled
Kindness and Respect
Empathy and Thinking of Others

For this week only, it’s available for a special launch price of just $3.99!! At the end of Friday, it will go up to its regular price of $6.99 – so don’t wait around!

Grab Celebrating Our Stories for only $3.99 here

Books and Coffee To Love – a Giveaway!

If you’ve been around here for long, you know I love to read! I want to devour all the books, all the time… and I get so excited to spread the reading love.

Together with my good friend, Ginger Newingham, we’re sharing All The Books today! It’s Valentine’s Day – and we love you. And we love books and coffee too. Are you feeling the love yet?

We’re giving away 14 awesome books released in the last year to one amazing winner, along with fresh ground coffee and my Live a Different Beautiful coffee mug!

IMG_0060Our Books and Coffee to Love Giveaway runs through Friday evening. What’s up for grabs this week, you ask?

  • The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp
  • It’s Not Fair by Melanie Dale
  • From Depths We Rise by Sarah Rodriguez
  • The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
  • Full by Asheritah Ciuciu
  • Move Toward the Mess by John Hambrick
  • Worth Living by Mary DeMuth
  • The Key to Everything by Matt Keller
  • Fear Fighting by Kelly Balarie
  • Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin
  • Doing Good is Simple by Chris Marlow
  • Four Letter Words by Krista Wilbur
  • Choosing Real by Bekah Pogue
  • A Different Beautiful by Courtney Westlake


No reading experience is complete without some delicious coffee sitting by your side. Obviously. So we’re also giving away my adorable Live A Different Beautiful coffee mug, along with:

  • 20 oz bag of freshly ground direct trade coffee grown from coffee house Custom Cup
  • Coffee from coffee house Katie’s Koffee


Ready to enter? Just add your email address here! And don’t forget to share – for each person you refer who also enters using your link, you get TEN extra entries!

Happy Valentine’s Day from our book-and-coffee-loving selves!

My book, A Different Beautiful, is now available for order!
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