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The Treasure Hunt (left) and Beech Bank Girls 3 (right) – both in Croatian.

Let’s pray they touch many young hearts!

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The last Dernier Newsletter of 2016!

Hello again, and welcome to the final Dernier newsletter of 2016! Thank you all once again for supporting Dernier through another year. 2016 was a challenging year for me, as my mum’s dementia worsened and she passed away in the summer. Thank you for your prayers and all the kind messages; it meant a lot. At the same time, there has still been much to celebrate, because in 2016:

  • The City Kid was finally released in print, so we have 15 books! This is an amazing miracle.Dernier Publishing books
  • Our books went to more countries around the world than ever before, including Chad and Bhutan.
  • Beech Bank Girls 2 became available in Croatian.Beech Bank Girls 2 in Croatian
  • The Torch Trust made more of our books available in large print and Braille, for children with sight loss
  • Copies of the Christmas Beech Bank Girls will go to prisoners’ children this Christmas through Angel Tree, part of the Prison Fellowship.
  • We sent some of our books to under-resourced schools in Kenya and Zambia.

Children from Zambian school with Dernier Publishing books

  • We now have a Dernier Publishing Authors page on facebook. (Any Qs or comments for our authors, you can find them here!)
  • More writers have been through the Write for a Reason course and joined our monthly programme.
  • As books have gone out we have heard of readers riveted and hearts touched.

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  • This testimony was posted on the Dernier facebook page:

β€œAfter reading The Birthday Shoes, (my then) 10yr old daughter said she wanted to know Jesus just like the girl in the story. Two years ago at age 12, she was baptised and confirmed.”

So many wonderful encouragements! Your support has made all these things possible as you have prayed, bought books, lent books, sold books (thank you Christian bookshops), written books, advised, helped and encouraged and in so many ways. You know who you are! Sincere thanks to each and every one of you. Who knows what other seeds have been sown, yet to bear fruit? Exciting times . . .

And 2016 is not over yet! There’s still plenty of time to make this the best Christmas ever!

Please order books for Christmas for all the children you know – friends’ children and grandchildren, Christian Union members, children from kids clubs and uniformed organisations. If you need quantity discounts, to pay in the new year, or if there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know. I always try to help if I can. And don’t forget your local Christian bookshops are always glad to help, too. πŸ™‚

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Saving a Sheep!

Last week when Andrew (husband) and I were out for a country walk we heard a sudden loud β€œbaa” just the other side of the hedgerow. Strange, we thought – the sheep were all far away on the other side of the field, so we climbed the bank and saw a sheep with her head caught in a wire fence. We went back to the nearest farm; it wasn’t their field, but the nice farmer set her free. He said we had done the right thingβ€”she probably would have died if we hadn’t done something. It was lovely to see her run off to join the other sheep!

Sheep in a field

A small thing can make a huge difference – an act of kindness, an encouraging word, an ear to listen . . . these things can save lives. Don’t walk by today.

Many children in the UK have phones, laptops and tablets, games and toys, but little in the way of spiritual input. Most of our books are just Β£5.99, but you can not over-estimate the value of Christian books. They challenge us, make us think, the stories stay with us . . . yet many of our children do not have the opportunity to hear the good news, and even church children are falling away. If you are reading this, be aware that not everyone sees the need – you may have to do something for the children in your church/neighbourhood, because other people might not. I’ve put up 25 reasons to buy fiction for children and teenagers here – just in case you would like to pass them on!

2017

We have more books in the pipeline. Please pray as we move forward with these.

Also, God willing, next year I’d like to find a way to send books to African schools. So many are desperate for books, but don’t have the resources to buy them. Several schools have already received our books, and they are so, so grateful. Many are Christian-run, so our books are of immense value to them, with educational value and the extra added bonus of a spiritual dimension.

I don’t yet have a plan, but will be working on it. Any ideas, please contact me!

Please would you pass on our Christmas Online Catalogue?

Dernier Publishing online catalogue

Click the picture to see the catalogue, or visit:

https://www.flipgorilla.com/p/24777847507780673/show

Would you be kind enough to put this link on your facebook page, twitter feed or any of your other social media? And email to anyone you know who might be interested? Particularly Christians who are influential in the world of young people? Thank you very much.

Finally, let’s pray for all the children who will receive our books this Christmas. I was going to say particularly the prisoners’ children, but every child is equally precious. May the Lord touch the hearts of all who read, to find God’s love and grace in Emmanuel, God with us.

Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson, Founder of Dernier Publishing

And may the Lord bless you too, this Christmas!

Janet

 

P.S. If you are giving our books away and would like us to pray, please let us know. πŸ™‚

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25 reasons to give Christian books to all the young people you know:

1. Stories stick in your mind (Jesus told stories for a reason!)
2. Christian books are a great way to share the good news.
3. Young people can reflect on subjects such as prayer, justice
and forgiveness, for themselves.

Boy reading A Pennyworth of Peppermints
4. Church kids find it thrilling to find Christian characters in a ‘real’ story!
5. Christian fiction helps church children feel less marginalised.
6. Books written from a Christian perspective can be an eye-opener for non-church young people, and can bring hope.

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7. Stories are much more exciting to read than straight information!
8. We are influenced by what we put into our minds; Christian books contain Christian values.
9. Books help readers think about spiritual and moral issues.

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10. Christian characters can be inspiring in the way they win through in different situations.
11. Ideas that come up in stories help us to evaluate our own lives.
12. Modern Christian fiction is culturally relevant (and exciting!).

Boy reading Christian book
13. Young people can find out how Bible stories are applicable to their own lives.
14. Books make non-threatening presents for non-church families.
15. They aid literacy (they are books!); Christian books have the added bonus of a spiritual dimension.

Children from Zambian school with Dernier Publishing books
16. Children desperate for an education can learn about God’s love while they read.
17. Christian books make non-threatening gifts where spiritual input may otherwise be impossible.
18. Reading a Christian novel with your children is great for bonding.

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19. You can discuss biblical issues that Christian books bring up, helping you to fulfil your duties as a Christian parent/teacher!
20. Christian books can sow seeds that will bear fruit in years to come.
21. Not all books out there are helpful – Christian books are a fabulous alternative.

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22. Christian books bring up current issues, such as modern day slavery, from a Christian perspective.
23. Christian fiction can encourage and inspire young people to walk with God, even church kids who are bored with Bible stories
24. We have received many testimonies of how our books have touched lives – some children are drawn to Christian books.

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25. Every child is precious, and should have a chance to hear the good news in a way that is relevant to them.

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Seeking the Lost

Seeking the Lost

Apologies to subscribers to Write for a Reason who have already heard this story! We have a new young rescue cat called Terence. The rescue centre advised us not to let him outside for at least two weeks, until he had bonded with us, or he wouldn’t come back as he wouldn’t consider it home. Isn’t he cute! He was found abandoned in an empty building; a neighbour was feeding him through the letter box.

Terence the catWhen two weeks had passed he seemed settled, but the second time he went out he was away so long I thought we had lost him. I went round the garden and up and down the road, shaking the biscuit box calling β€˜Terence’ (sorry, neighbours!) and eventually we got him home. Phew! In the parable of the lost sheep, the shepherd leaves the 99 grazing safely on the hillside and goes to look for the lost sheep. How happy the shepherd was to have found his lost sheep! I felt a bit like that when I finally got Terence back.

The Lord doesn’t want any of his little ones to be lost. (Matthew 18:10-14) That’s the reason Dernier exists: to help at least some of them find the way home.

Lacking Funds?

Christmas is a great opportunity to reach out with Christian books, which might not be so easily accepted any other time of year . . . but when you already have so many other expenses, the opportunity can be lost. If you have been thinking that you’d love to give your Brownie pack a copy each of The Birthday Shoes, offer your youth club members a copy each of The City Kid, or send a pack of books to a children’s home in Africa, but can’t afford to buy that many books yourself, could you:

  • Ask your prayer group/homegroup to pitch in; maybe if you split the cost it would be achievable?
  • Raise money at an event: what about a mulled wine evening with an auction of promises?
  • I know a Sunday School teacher who asked church members to sponsor a book each and pray for the child who would receive the gift – she had an amazing response.

Christian books for 8-11sIf you can’t get the funds together but have a need, please contact me – there may be a way we can help. Our mission is to get our books into as many young people’s hands as possible. If you can afford to pay for the books full price, that’s greatβ€”it will help us to produce more, but if not, we’d hate a missed opportunity. πŸ™‚

Do you have a local Christian bookshop?

Most Christian bookshops stock our books, but they sell a huge range of other boChristian bookshopoks and gifts, advent calendars, cards, daily Bible reading notes, CDS, DVDs . . . all to encourage and inspire! This bookshop is the CLC bookshop in Coventry. Doesn’t it just make you want to go shopping? πŸ™‚

Do support Christian bookshops, they do a great job. Thanks to Eddie Olliffe for the photo.

Interview

Clive Lewis, author of The City Kid, was interviewed for the latest trade magazine, Together. This is a great opportunity to showcase the book to retailers; we are grateful to all in the trade who support us.

Together magazine

The main aim of this particular book is evangelism. Would your church teens like to give a copy each to a friend for Christmas? Great to get them involved in reaching out to their peers. One reviewer wrote:

β€œI was thoroughly drawn in by the story . . . John’s redemption in particular was sensitively handled and felt entirely believable, rather than skidding sideways into the story and breaking the spell.”

According to recent reports, an estimated 1 in 12 to 1 in 15 young people self harm. By the age of 13, at least 50% of girls are significantly unhappy with their appearance, suicide rates are rising alarmingly among young men, and knife/gun crime are at their highest levels ever (another lad was stabbed to death recently near us – yet another appalling tragedy) . . . but 75% of Christians first came to know the Lord when they were young. We must do what we can while we can; there is a fight for the lives of our young people. We can’t guarantee any of our books will change anyone’s life, but we just don’t know what the Lord might do, and we can’t sit about doing nothing. Read more about The City Kid here.

Second BBG in Croatian

This arrived in the post a week or two ago when Eleanor and I were struggling with a virus; it really cheered us up!Beech Bank Girls 2 in Croatian It’s the second in the Beech Bank Girls series to be translated and printed in Croatian. πŸ™‚ So exciting to know that girls for whom English is not their first language will be able to enjoy these books. Please pray that many girls will read and be inspired. Please also pray for Michelle, who is undertaking the Greek translation project. She needs a Greek proof-reader – if you have any contacts, please let us know!

Please Help!

Facebook is a good way to get known, but I need your help! Would you be kind enough to go over to our fb page, ‘like’, comment on and share the ‘books for Christmas’ posts I am putting up every day? Every interaction means the post is seen by more people . . . thank you so much. They look like this:

Christian books for girls for Christmas

Need a Speaker?

I gave a talk at a local church’s ‘Tuesday Fellowship’ a couple of weeks ago. It was lovely to talk to the older generation about our books and share the Dernier vision. I spend a lot of time at the computer, so it’s a treat for me to see real faces :-). If you would like me to talk to your group, please ask!

Church Library

From an email: β€œI came to your stall at the CRE exhibition in Maidstone last month, and think of you as quite a discovery. My 13 year-old granddaughter read through all four books about the Beech Bank Girls in the half term week that she stayed with me; she was riveted.”

Rosemary bought several of our books for her church library – she says, β€œI didn’t want preachy books, or Moral Stories, but I did want books that would introduce, or deepen, our young people’s understanding of God, and of His place in their lives, whilst at the same time telling a good strong story.”

Thank you for getting in touch, Rosemary, and thanks to all who pray – more books have found a good home! Thrilling to think that over the years many children might read these books. Do you have a church library?

Books for Prisoners’ Children

A further 100 copies of Beech Bank Girls, Christmas is Coming, are making their way to prisoners’ children via the Angel Tree arm of the Prison Fellowship. We sent 150 lastBeech Bank Girls, Christmas is Coming! Christian book for girls month, but they have already gone and have requested more! Thank you to all who prayed – don’t stop! If you would like to buy a copy of this fab book for a vulnerable girl you know, please visit your local Christian bookshop or here on our website. We would be delighted to help you!

I think that’s all the news for now. By the grace of God, and thanks to your support, more books are going out than ever, but there is still much to be done. Please keep praying for us and for all the children who read our books – and don’t forget to buy some!

Thank you. πŸ™‚

Janet

Janet Wilson

 

P.S. I nearly forgot to say, A Pennyworth of Peppermints is now back in stock. πŸ™‚

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Remembrance

If your girls were touched this weekend by Remembrance Day events and services, they might like Beech Bank Girls, A Time Remembered. Willow finds a 100-year-old diary, written by a girl their own age. Sensitively written and fascinating . . . plus the girls have lots of fun as usual!

Click here to see more details.

Beech Bank Girls

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Christmas Gifts

Christmas!Christmas is the perfect time to give Christian books to all the children on your heart. Do you know a child who is struggling with a home, family, school or personal issue? Your gift of a book could bring hope and light in the darkness. Concerned for your Sunday School children? So many are leaving church. Your gift of a relevant, fun book could show the way and bring life.

All Dernier books have the aim of encouraging and inspiring their readers. Who could you reach out to this Christmas? Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Giving them a Christian book is allowing them to do that.

Janet Wilson

We have a lovely selection of books for 8s to teens. Do take a look; if you need any help choosing, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Always glad to help. πŸ™‚

Janet

 

Janet Wilson (Founder of Dernier Publishing)

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Review of The City Kid

Delighted to receive this review of The City Kid from a local youth minister:

“I read The City Kid over summer and it was a brilliant read! It was relevant, contemporary and well written. I think that most people will identify with the lead character; and would also like to have a friend like his! It was good that the book didn’t shy away from peer pressure and the dangers of drink and how hurt you can be if you have sex before marriage/ a committed relationship. The print was the right font and it was a nice, pleasant read. I will definitely be buying some copies for my youth group.” πŸ™‚

The City Kid

I hope that might encourage you to buy a book or two for the teenage boys in your life! πŸ™‚ As always, you can buy from your local Christian bookshop, or direct from us.

P.S. The font and book design are dyslexia friendly. We’re going to be keeping a similar style for all our books from now on. I’ll put up a photo of the printed page, inside, so you can see it. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

Inside The City Kid

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All You Need Is New Sofas!

Newsletter October 2016

All You Need is New Sofas!
I know we haven’t reached Christmas yet, but the ads on telly have already begun . . . and just in case you haven’t heard, I’d better tell you that all you need for the perfect Christmas is, apparently, new sofas! All at irresistible prices, of course . . .

Mmmm. Thank goodness there was once a perfect Christmas, when our dear Lord and Saviour was born for us, to bring us life, hope, light in our darkness, perfect love, freedom from sin and death. And it wasn’t in a room with new sofas.

Beech Bank Girls, Christmas is ComingI know it’s early, but I’m not only pondering Christmas because of the adverts . . . 150 copies of Eleanor Watkins’ Beech Bank Girls, Christmas is Coming are now on their way to Angel Tree (part of the Prison Fellowship) who will pass on the books as Christmas presents from prisoners to their children. You can read more about the brilliant work of Angel Tree here. We are so thrilled to be able to help. Joanna, who coordinates the project, has asked us to pray for the girls who will be reading the books and I’ve assured her that we will. Many prisoners’ children will have no church background, so the stories of Holly, Amber, Chloe, Annie, Rachel and Willow have the potential to touch many young lives and assure readers that they are beautiful, valued and precious in God’s sight. We may never know on this earth, but who knows what may be revealed in heaven (without a sofa in sight!)?

Gifts
Beech Bank Girls booksJust in case you are starting to think about Christmas gifts yourself, you can buy a pack of four Beech Bank Girls books for Β£21.56; a pack of two mystery adventure books for Β£9.88; a pack of three ‘Rwanda’ books for Β£16.77, and a fabulous pack of fourteen books for a family with children of various ages from 8-16 for Β£75.47 (perfect for book loving families who can’t afford to buy books for themselves). They are weird prices because they are 10% off the cost of buying the books separately! mystery adventure storiesAll our books are, of course, also for sale in Christian bookshops (who may have other offers – always worth a look).

All Dernier novelsIf you would like 20 or more books for your Sunday School or Kids Club, contact me for quantity discounts. If you have any special requirements, or children who you would like us to pray for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Good News From Africa!
You may have seen on our facebook page that a local minister took some books for us to a desperately poor school in Zambia, where most of the children are orphans or vulnerable. Apparently they were overjoyed to receive them! We are so grateful to Martyn for taking them in his suitcase. May the Lord bless every one of these precious children, and may the good news of Jesus bring hope and new life to their lives.

Children from Zambian school with Dernier Publishing books

A handful of our books are also going to be taken to disadvantaged children in schools in Kenya via Dr. Loise Gichuhi of Education Bridge Africa. I’m waiting to hear which of the books she thinks would be the most useful, and would love to be able to send more. I sent the books via Royal Mail and was encouraged to hear they arrived safely.

Dernier is all about getting books with the message of the good news into the hands of young people. If there’s anything we can do to help you reach the young people on your heart, please let me know and we’ll see if we can work something out. Time and time again, the Lord has made a way where there seems to be no way – when we work together so much more is possible.

Isn’t it just so encouraging to see our books, with the message of the good news, reaching children in need? And there’s another new country our books have reached . . .

Helping Persecuted Christians
Last month we had a visit from a pastor from an Asian country who had been imprisoned for his faith. I gave him a couple of our books: he was so thrilled he has asked for more! He is now back in his own country. We received an email from him a few days ago: He is currently reading ‘I Want to Be an Airline Pilot’ to his three young boys! Please do pray for this little family, that they will stay strong in their faith in spite of all the difficulties they face. Thank you so much. Sorry I can’t give names or places. It’s thrilling to hear of our books reaching children all over the world – and so much is because of your prayers and support.

Christian Resources Together
The City KidI had a good time last month at the retreat event for publishers/suppliers and retailers in the UK Christian book trade (Christian Resources Together). Please pray for Christian bookshops – they do a great job. It was good to show them our new book, The City Kid, meet lots of old friends, make new ones, and work on ways we can help each other. The City Kid is being featured in next month’s trade magazine, and I have been asked to write a short piece, too. It’s a privilege to be a part of the Christian trade in this country.

ebook_cover_50_writing_tipsNew ebook
I have put 50 quick writing tips into a kindle book: if you write fiction for children and teens, or would like to, you can get this book free until Saturday (7th). Click here for Amazon UK. Click here for Amazon.com. (You can read kindle books on any device with Amazon’s free app.) If you would be kind enough to leave a review, it would help enormously – thanks very much.

 

Help!
Like to help but don’t need books right now? Here are some things you could do:

1. Come over to our facebook page and comment on, like and share posts. The more engagement each post receives, the more people see it – exponentially!
2. We covet your prayers – please pray for the children who read our books and for everyone involved in Dernier. Thank you so much.
3. Write a review of a book you or your children have read on the Eden website, Amazon, Goodreads, on our own website, or just email it to me! Reviews help us get known.
4. Send in a photo of your child/children reading – not only would we find that so encouraging, but a picture tells a thousand words when it comes to publicity. πŸ™‚
5. Tell someone about what we do.
6. If you would like to donate books for Education Bridge Africa, let me know. If you buy the books, we will pay for shipping. Boxes of books come in different quantities – Living in Hope come in boxes of 170, Beech Bank Girls II come in boxes of 100, and most are in between those two, but if you would just like to send one or two, or one of our packs (see above) we can do that, too. Just let me know.

Thanks so much for all your support and help! This has been such an encouraging newsletter to write – so many good stories. Little by little we are taking ground. It’s a battle, and we have to fight for every step, but it’s worth it. Thank you for standing with us, because we don’t need new sofas anything like as much as we need to pass on the good news of Jesus.

Janet

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Helping Young People Make Good Choices

Choices

girls readingOne thing we all have in common, is freedom of choice. Given a Christian book, young readers can think through issues for themselves, such as homelessness, child-led families, answered prayer, people trafficking, body image, corruption, becoming a Christian. (The Only Way, Living in Hope, I Want to Be an Airline Pilot, The Treasure Hunt, the Beech Bank Girls, The City Kid, The Birthday Shoes.) The same is true for church and non-church children. Stories can be a tool for the Holy Spirit to work through. Let’s not underestimate the power of a good story to inspire!

If your children don’t read, why not read to them? Don’t live with them? No worries, you can do it now on Skype, or even with the new facebook face time app!

Unhappy Girls

Beech Bank Girls booksAccording to the Children’s Society Annual Report, a massive 34% of 10-15 year-old girls in the UK are unhappy with their appearance – and the number continues to rise. This article from the BBC news website is very well worth a read if this issue concerns you.

If you know a girl this age who needs some encouragement, why not buy her a set of the Beech Bank Girls books? You can buy them from your local Christian bookshops or direct from this link. You may never know what good they will do! And don’t let’s forget to pray for our precious young people, growing up with so many pressures.

The Dernier Bird

Dernier birdThank you to Lucy who drew the Dernier bird and coloured it in so beautifully, and her Mum who kindly sent it to me. What a lovely surprise! This is the Dernier bird who is singing in Jesus’ ear, as mentioned in last month’s newsletter . . . if you missed it you can read it here. πŸ™‚
If you have an encouraging story, or a photo of your children reading Dernier books, please do send them in – it’s always such a pleasure to hear from you. Some days and weeks are full of hard work and headaches, and hearing an encouraging story is guaranteed to lift the spirits. πŸ™‚

Books to Africa

Dernier books to AfricaSome of our books are off to Lufutuko Community School in Zambia at the weekend! A local church minister is flying out and has made room in his luggage for about 20 books – thank you Martyn. πŸ™‚ The township of Kawama, on the outskirts of Kabwe, Zambia, is a poor community, so we are delighted to be able to help with books. If you know anyone going out to Africa or India, or anywhere where education is highly valued but books scarce, would you ask them to take a few books? If we can help, please don’t hesitate to contact me for discounts or to raid our seconds box!

First Chapters

If you would like a pdf to download/print of all the first chapters of our books, please sign up to receive this newsletter. I hope this resource will help you choose, because you can’t flick through a book online! (You can of course browse our books in Christian bookshops.) πŸ™‚

Talking of Christian bookshops, I will be at a trade event later this week, where Christian publishers will be meeting Christian retailers and authors. Please pray for a fruitful time – we are all working towards the same aim of getting as many Christian books and resources into as many hands as we can. Thank you!

Write for a Reason

Write for a Reason logoThe new Write for a Reason course began last week – I run this course for anyone who writes for children and young people from a Christian perspective, and wants to improve their writing skills. Please pray for the students! Just in case you’re interested, we also have a monthly membership programme and lots of free writing tips on the website.

 

The City Kid

The City Kid front coverI’m running out of room, but don’t forget to buy your copies of our new book, The City Kid, for all the teens you know. Because of my mum’s illness and subsequent death (thank you so much for all your kind messages and cards), I haven’t done anything like as much promotion as I planned, so please do pray this book will reach the young people who really need to read this story. Could your teen buy a copy for a friend? Click here for more info about the book.

Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson, Founder of Dernier Publishing

Thank you for reading this far – and for all your support. Please keep praying for us, and for all our readers!

Janet

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When the Road Is Rough and Steep

Rough and steep roadWe all pass through rough times, but one thing we can always rely on, is that the Lord will be with us. Some of you who have been Christians for a long time may now have the song which inspires the headline of this newsletter going round your heads! For those of you who don’t know it, it goes like this:

When the road is rough and steep

Fix your eyes upon Jesus

He alone has power to keep

Fix your eyes upon him.

Jesus is a faithful friend

One on whom you can depend

He is faithful to the end

Fix your eyes upon Him!

What a wonderful promise. If you’re climbing a tough path today, keep walking, one step at a time . . . the view from the top will be worth it! We’re not promised an easy life, but we are promised help, strength, light, peace and joy, and the presence of the Holy Spirit with us on the way. Let’s keep walking. πŸ™‚

At last The City Kid is with us!

Production of this book has, indeed, been a rough, steep road. Even the shipping took three times longer than anticipated, but the books are here – no longer a dream but now a reality! Thank you so much for all your prayers – all we have to do now is get them into the hands of teenagers . . .

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We only did a small print run because we used a printer in Croatia for the first time and I didn’t want to take a big risk . . . please pray the books will sell really quickly. If you would like some, please get hold of your copies now (contact me for quantity discounts) so we can plough back into producing more. Imagine a world filled with Christian books! Imagine if everyone bought books for all the young people they know! Imagine the difference it could make in so many lives! Please keep praying with me for this vision to be fulfilled – we know that the Lord is able to do vastly more than we can think or even imagine.

We can’t promise that any of our books will change lives, but that’s not our job – ours is to share the good news. Every single one of us can be a youth worker. If you don’t know any young people to buy for personally, we can send copies of The City Kid to Scripture Union in Uganda on your behalf, or to schools in Kenya where books are enormously treasured for two reasons – to help children rise out of poverty through literacy, as well as to spread the good news of Jesus.

Two more teenage boys have died this month in London from stab wounds.

According to an article in the Guardian, knife crime in the capital has risen by 16% in the past two years, with at least ten young people dying on the streets of London in this way since January. What a tragedy. These lads are someone’s children, grandchildren and brothers. You can read the story of the latest two deaths (a few days ago) here.

If you know anyone in youth ministry in London, please do let them know about this book. I would love to get this book into the hands of non-church teenagers in this country. Every single one should have the opportunity to hear the good news. Pressures on them are immense – if it’s not gangs it’s school work and exam pressure, alcohol and substance abuse, financial difficulties, family breakdown, worldliness and consumerism, peer pressure to fit in, low self-esteem. The City Kid, being loosely based on the parable of the prodigal son, is particularly aimed at reaching those who need to turn their lives around, and need to know who to turn to.

The City Kid spine

If you do school assemblies for teens, visit young offenders, run a youth club, teach 13s to 18s or have teen neighbours, please consider getting this book into the hands of the young people on your heart. It is a gritty story which holds no punches. The main character, John, enjoys his life in the city to begin with. He has a beautiful girlfriend, enjoys nightclubs, drinking, nights in hotels and his fast car. Gradually the fun turns to misery, though, as he falls into debt and becomes involved in corruption at work. After losing his girlfriend to a rich young politician, he goes to a bar looking to drown his sorrows, but is beaten up, has his car and wallet stolen and left for dead. Subsequently losing his job and home, John sees no way out of his desperation and tries to end his own life, but is miraculously spared. His life begins to turn around after a chance’ meeting with a Christian friend and a visit to a gospel rock concert.

This is a book of hope.

Updated Online Catalogue and Leaflets

I have updated our online catalogue with The City Kid: please do pass it on to anyone you think might be interested. We must keep sowing seeds while we can. Click here for the online Dernier catalogue. Don’t forget the books are all available from your local Christian bookshop as well as froDernier Publishing Booksm our website.

 

I’ve also had some new leaflets printed. They are A6 and two-sided. Let me know and I’ll send out however many you like. Thank you!

Encouragement from a supporter via email

And now for something completely different! I love it when I open my emails in the morning to find a book order or an encouragement of some sort. Here’s an email I thought I would share with you, as it’s really an encouragement for us all:To encourage you I would just share with you a picture the Lord gave me. He showed me a little bird perched on his finger, the bird was singing beautifully into Jesus ear. Jesus was smiling and taking great delight in the sound the bird was making. As I looked closer I could see the bird was the little Dernier bird! And, looking closer still, the bird was made up of many pieces like a jigsaw. The pieces represented all the writers and everyone who is a part of Dernier Publishing. Together what they had to say was like music to the Lord’s ear! We love you Lord and we lift our voice to worship you. Oh our hearts rejoice. Take joy our King in what you hear, let it be a sweet sweet sound in your ear.'”

Thank you, Juliet.

Lastly

MumA bit of personal news. Thank you to all who have been praying for my mum. She passed away quietly on 31st July. I saw her every day for the last few days of her life, and prayed with her the last time I saw her before she lost consciousness. The photo is of Mum at our wedding five years ago. Her funeral will be next Tuesday. As you can imagine, work has had to take a secondary place in the last few weeks. Please accept my apologies if you have been expecting to hear from me – I am running late with just about everything. Special apologies to those of you who bought copies of The City Kid to review – I meant to email you all to let you know your copy was in the post, but didn’t quite get round to it. I very much look forward to hearing from you.

 

Thank you for partnering with us in the gospel,

 

Janet

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How It All Started

I first started writing Christian fiction for young people when I couldn’t find novels to buy for the kids in our church youth club (11-14s) from a non-church background. I was looking for something fast moving, fun, where it was normal to be a Christian – where faith was part of the sGirl reading The Treasure Hunt booktory. Then I discovered that nobody was publishing books like that! That’s when the idea of starting Dernier Publishing really took hold – and it started with The Treasure Hunt.

Now we have fifteen books by six authors, and more on the way. πŸ™‚ God is good.

 

Janet

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