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You Can Be a Youth Worker!

Yes, you can be a youth worker! All you have to do is give a Christian book to a young person, pray for them, and let the book (and the Holy Spirit!) do the work for you.

But how do youย  get over the scariness of giving a book to a child with no church background?

Here’s an idea:

1. Get parents’ permission.

2. “I saw this book and thought of you.” (Or, I saw this book and thought of Therese, if you give the book to the parents.)

3. “Please read it and tell me what you think!”Schoolgirl reading

What do you think? Any other ideas? Easter could be the perfect excuse to give away books and become the most amazing youth worker! ๐Ÿ™‚


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Spring Catalogue – Please Share!

Wooo hooo, our new online catalogue is with us! Want to browse all our Christian books for young people easily, all in one place?

Christian books online catalogueFollow this link to see the catalogue!

Please email this link to your friends/Sunday School leaders/school teachers:

Christian books for young people: online catalogue.

Together we can make a difference.

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It’s World Book Day!

Hurray, Thursday March 2nd 2017 is World Book Day! To celebrate this fab event, we are giving away a FREE BOOK with every order between now and then.

Books don’t grow on trees (although the paper is made from trees, hehe!) but this once, you can get this wonderful book completely free of charge with any order.

Don’t worry if your book doesn’t show up in the shopping cart – we will add it to your order when we pack up your books. ๐Ÿ™‚

Deepest DarknessSo this would be a good time to make an order – do it now before you forget!

Not got anyone to give your book to? Here are some ideas:

  • Send to a missionary family
  • Give to your Sunday School teacher for a prize
  • Offer to your local school or library
  • Send to a school/children’s home you support
  • Read it yourself – you’ll love it!

You can read more about this book here (including the first chapter).

Don’t worry if your book doesn’t show up in the shopping cart – we will add it to your order when we pack up your books. ๐Ÿ™‚

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New Leaflets

We have had some new leaflets printed, for churches and schools, very similar to this one! All our books are chosen for their excellent Christian content as part of a gripping story . . . pass the news on, and buy them for all the children on your heart. ๐Ÿ™‚


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Hand in Hand Children’s and Family Ministry Conference

Delegates to this weekend’s Hand in Hand Children’s and Family Ministry Conference in Eastbourne will each receive a book courtesy of Dernier Publishing. Books are often not high on the priority list of church budgets, but we hope and pray that when delegates read the books, they will see what a difference they can make. Please pray with us!

Terence helped me pack up the books!Cat helping to pack Dernier books!

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Nothing Random!

Welcome to the Dernier Publishing Newsletter, February 2017
Thanks for being here again, reading our news, and for all your support and prayers. We simply wouldn’t be here without you. Yesterday I heard that one of the big Christian publishers have cut their staff by two thirds. We can’t take anything for granted in the publishing business. Every prayer you offer on our behalf, every book you buy, keeps us going. Book production costs are high, and margins low. So please accept my heartfelt thank you for all you do. Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ™‚

Youth Club Visit
I spoke at a local youth group recently โ€“ what a privilege! And it was such fun! I took along a couple of packs of playing cards, and we built card houses which was tricky. Isn’t it just so frustrating when things are looking good, then the whole thing collapses? ๐Ÿ™‚

House of Cards

The point I wanted to make was that whatever awful things happen in life; even when the whole house seems to be coming down around you and nothing seems to be going right, God is still right there. I wanted the young people to know that the Lord will be with them and help them in every difficulty that comes their way, small or large. I gave them some books, too, to read and review. One girl had already read London’s Gone and told me it was one of her favourite books โ€“ yippee! And another young lad said how much he liked the cover of The City Kid. Hurray! Please pray for young people like these, most of whom are church children, who need every encouragement to keep walking in the faith they have learnt from their parents. Who knows โ€“ maybe something from one of the books will touch their hearts and change their lives. Please pray with me!
Random Gifts
I mentioned in a previous email that back in the autumn Age UK approached us with a request for a raffle prize, to raise money for a Christmas dinner for elderly people who would otherwise be on their own. I have no idea where they got our name from, but, always on the lookout for opportunities to get our books into children’s hands, I sent them a set of five random books like this:

Dernier Publishing books

A couple of weeks ago I received a thank you letter โ€“ they raised ยฃ900 for the raffle, and the elderly people had a lovely day. What a wonderful thing to be able to help with! Not only that, the books will have found a home โ€“ I wonder where? One thing I do know: our Lord doesn’t do random, so we have been praying that the books will end up exactly where they are needed. Exciting, isn’t it โ€“ maybe one day we will hear an amazing story!
I’ve got a few of these ‘random’ sample packs of books left from a trade event and was wondering what to do with them . . . here’s an idea: would you like one of them to put in a tombola, offer as a prize, at a club or camp or fair or fรชte or whatever? Imagine the impact we could make if each of us gave away a pack of books away in our corner! Who knows how far the books could go, how many children we could reach! Maybe, together, we can do a miracle.
If you’d like one or more of these packs (five books in each pack), as long as you promise to give them away (and this is only available to subscribers of our newsletter): ยฃ20.00 (free UK p+p). Get your pack/s now and put them away for the summer, because when they’re gone they’re gone. You can have as many packs as you like, but you can’t choose the books, it’s pot luck! Please contact me if you’d like a pack. Or more than one!
(If you are reading this and you are not a subscriber to our newsletter, please sign up so you can join in the fun โ€“ it would be lovely to have you.)
Books in Croatian
Look at these! Now the first three Beech Bank Girls, and The Treasure Hunt, are available in Croatian! Don’t you just love the spy on the Treasure Hunt cover? ๐Ÿ™‚ Dernier Books in CroatianMay these books bless many, and may they be the first of many to reach children for whom English is not their mother tongue.
Thank you Brenda, a secondary school teacher, who kindly took the time to work out how to put reviews on our website! This is what she wrote, to help potential purchasers:
Beech Bank GirlsBeech Bank Girls, Every Girl Has a Story: โ€œAn excellent book. Eleanor Watkins has a good grasp of the issues faced by 11-14 year old girls today combined with an ability to write for them in an engaging, interesting and relevant way.
I would particularly recommend this book for girls who will be moving on to secondary school in the foreseeable future, as well as those already in years 7 and 8.
It is just a pity that the cover does not, in my opinion, reflect the modern real-life nature of the book. I look forward to reading the others in the series.โ€
Londons GoneLondon’s Gone: โ€œA good well-paced story with plenty of action and some unexpected twists, it easily holds your interest. Many readers will find it easy to empathise with 16 year old Maria who is frequently at odds with the world. She is contrasted by Arthur, an idealistic holy-joe, set on doing the right thing at all times whatever the circumstances. They both have much to learn but somehow manage to work together towards a common goal. I did find Arthur somewhat irritating at times โ€“ but Iโ€™ve been told that he is supposed to be so.
I thought that the Christian part of the ending was well handled. No quantum leaps thankfully; it suited the overall flow of the story.
It is refreshingly different to other books around at the moment. I look forward to the sequel.โ€

The Only Way
The Only Way: โ€œWow!
You donโ€™t often find a book like this.
It walks that fine line between our world today and a whole other spiritual world. It offers depth and hope to kids who are struggling.
It will appeal to a wide range of readers.
The City KidThe City Kid: โ€œThis is an up-to-date realistic story that will resonate with teens from a range of cultures, regardless of whether they have a church background or not.
The issues that John faces are relevant to modern life. It is well paced and easy to read. It is the sort of Christian book you could comfortably give to a friend. It also has some challenges for those already Christian.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.โ€
If you or your children have read any of our books, please do leave a review on our website โ€“ even if it’s just a short sentence. โ€œMy daughter really enjoyed this,โ€ (or didn’t!) is all that’s needed. Thank you!
Christian Bookshops
Don’t forget you can buy all our books from Christian bookshops in the UK, as well as through our website. Do support them, they do a great job.

Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson, Founder of Dernier Publishing

Have a wonderful February (spring is nearly here!),


P.S. Don’t forget to contact me for your give-away book packs!


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Croatian Translations

Look what came in the post!

Croatian books

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.

boy reading

  • This testimony was posted on the Dernier facebook page:

โ€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.โ€

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 โ€“ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚


Saving a Sheep!

Last week when Andrew (husband) and I were out for a country walk we heard a sudden loud โ€œbaaโ€ just the other side of the hedgerow. Strange, we thought โ€“ 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 thingโ€”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 โ€“ 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 ยฃ5.99, 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 โ€“ 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 โ€“ just in case you would like to pass them on!


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:

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!



P.S. If you are giving our books away and would like us to pray, please let us know. ๐Ÿ™‚



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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.

children reading
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.

Schoolgirl reading
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.

girl reading
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 โ€“ Christian books are a fabulous alternative.

girl reading
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.

Children reading
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 wouldnโ€™t come back as he wouldnโ€™t consider it home. Isnโ€™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 โ€˜Terenceโ€™ (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 doesnโ€™t want any of his little ones to be lost. (Matthew 18:10-14) Thatโ€™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 โ€“ she had an amazing response.

Christian books for 8-11sIf you can’t get the funds together but have a need, please contact me โ€“ 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 greatโ€”it will help us to produce more, but if not, we’d hate a missed opportunity. ๐Ÿ™‚

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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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


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:

โ€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.โ€

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 โ€“ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 โ€“ 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: โ€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.โ€

Rosemary bought several of our books for her church library โ€“ she says, โ€œI didnโ€™t want preachy books, or Moral Stories, but I did want books that would introduce, or deepen, our young peopleโ€™s understanding of God, and of His place in their lives, whilst at the same time telling a good strong story.โ€

Thank you for getting in touch, Rosemary, and thanks to all who pray โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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 โ€“ and don’t forget to buy some!

Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚


Janet Wilson


P.S. I nearly forgot to say, A Pennyworth of Peppermints is now back in stock. ๐Ÿ™‚


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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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