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Spam, Ham and Babycham!

Those of you who are my friends on facebook may have seen this photo . . . I found these items when clearing out my mum’s kitchen! Anyone remember greasy spam fritters? The jelly in the tinned ham? And when Babycham was the ultimate treat? I hope I haven’t put you off your meal! πŸ™‚ If you are not British, or are too young to remember these things . . . they are a throwback to the 70s, when cheap convenience foods were the order of the day for many families.

spam, ham and babycham

Suffice it to say, we are what we eat. (Hurray for 5-a-day!) And this is true with our spiritual lives, too. Few children have the privilege of good biblical food . . . some of what they are taking in is a lot worse than spam fritters, but we can help to reverse the trend with our books with their excellent nutrition value!

Reviews on Website

I need your help! Would you be kind enough to leave a review of any of our books on the Dernier website? www.dernierpublishing.com – click on the book you have read and underneath it there’s a tab that says ‘Reviews’. Click on that and away you go! Thank you so much.

Books into Greek

I have mentioned Michelle before, and how keen she is to get our books printed in Greek. She has a passion to reach the children of Greece and Cyprus, who are starving for good Christian literature.

Unfortunately this is a costly exercise and Michelle is looking for sponsorship for this project. If you are able to help in any way, I know Michelle (and the children of Greece!) would be hugely grateful. This is Michelle’s vision: β€œ . . .to get all the books translated and printed and then aim to donate at least one box to each Sunday school in Greece and Cyprus where the books can be used as a lending library or a book club.” Here’s a picture of one of Michelle’s foster-daughters reading the translation of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot in Greek.

Girl reading I Want to Be an Airline Pilot

Please pray!

Books to Africa

If we can print on demand in Kenya, we will be able to help children like these. (With thanks to Dr Loise Gichuhi from Nairobi University and Education Bridge Africa for the photo.)

Education

These are real children who desperately need books. Let’s pray that the Lord will make a way! Way too many children in Kenya have to help on the farm instead of going to school. Families can’t afford school fees, but education is a way out of poverty. This a chicken and egg situation, but if we can help with books, we can at least help some break out of this cycle . . . with books that share the message of hope and love in Jesus. Please pray with me for a miracle. Thank you. x

Christian Resources Together

I spent a couple of days with loads of other people from the Christian book trade at The Hayes Christian Centre, Derbyshire, last month. Author Eleanor Watkins came too and we had lots of fun with other publishers, authors and booksellers. I thought you’d like to see a couple of photos! (With thanks to Dave Lock from Manna Christian Bookshop, Streatham, for the pic of Eleanor and I together.)

Oh, and if you haven’t bought the new Beech Bank Girls book (the one Eleanor is holding), your girls are seriously missing out on a good meal – you know where to get it! πŸ™‚

Eleanor WatkinsJanet Wilson and Eleanor Watkins

Allstars Children’s magazine

Finally, we have linked up with Allstars Children’s Magazine to offer some free copies of our Beech Bank Girls books. This is an excellent Christian magazine for children 8-11s. Do take a look at their website.

 

And that’s all the news for now! Thank you for reading this – I always look forward to newsletter time so I can share all our encouraging news with you. πŸ™‚

Janet

P.S. Just a thought – why not take inspiration from Michelle and buy a pack of Dernier books for your own Sunday School or Kids Club? Click here to find these on the Dernier website or visit your local Christian bookshop. Your gift could change lives.

 

Dernier Publishing logoWelcome to the October 2015 Dernier Publishing newsletter!
Spam, Ham and Babycham
Spam, Ham and BabychamThose of you who are my friends on facebook may have seen this photo . . . I found these items when clearing out my mum’s kitchen! Anyone remember greasy spam fritters? The jelly in the tinned ham? And when Babycham was the ultimate treat? I hope I haven’t put you off your meal! πŸ™‚ If you are not British, or are too young to remember these things . . . they are a throwback to the 70s, when cheap convenience foods were the order of the day for many families.
Suffice it to say, we are what we eat. (Hurray for 5-a-day!) And this is true with our spiritual lives, too. Few children have the privilege of good biblical food . . . some of what they are taking in is a lot worse than spam fritters, but we can help to reverse the trend with our books with their excellent nutrition value!

Reviews on Website
I need your help! Would you be kind enough to leave a review of any of our books here on the website? Find the book/s you have read. Underneath each one there’s a tab that says ‘Reviews’. Click on that and away you go! Thank you so much.

Books into Greek
I have mentioned Michelle before, and how keen she is to get our books printed in Greek. She has a passion to reach the children of Greece and Cyprus, who are starving for good Christian literature.
Unfortunately this is a costly exercise and Michelle is looking for sponsorship for this project. If you are able to help in any way I know Michelle (and the children of Greece!) would be hugely grateful. This is Michelle’s vision: β€œ . . .to get all the books translated and printed and then aim to donate at least one box to each Sunday school in Greece and Cyprus where the books can be used as a lending library or a book club.”
Greek girl reading I Want to Be an Airline PilotHere’s a picture of one of Michelle’s foster-daughters reading the translation of I Want to Be an Airline Pilot in Greek.
Please pray! (And P.S. – Could you buy a box of Dernier books for your own Sunday School or Kids Club? Click here to find these on the Dernier websiteΒ  or order them from your Christian bookshop.)

Books to Africa
If we can print books on demand in Kenya, we will be able to help children like these.Education (With thanks to Dr Loise Gichuhi from Nairobi University and Education Bridge Africa for the photo.) These are real children who desperately need books. Let’s pray that the Lord will make a way! Way too many children in Kenya have to help on the farm instead of going to school. Families can’t afford school fees, but education is a way out of poverty. This a chicken and egg situation, but if we can help with books, we can at least help some break out of this cycle . . . with books that share the message of hope and love in Jesus! Please pray with me for a miracle. Thank you. x

Christian Resources Together
I spent a couple of days with loads of other people from the Christian book trade at The Hayes Christian Centre, Derbyshire, last month. Author Eleanor Watkins came too and we had lots of fun with other publishers, authors and booksellers. I thought you’d like to see a couple of photos!

Eleanor Watkins holding the Beech Bank Girls booksJanet Wilson and Eleanor Watkins
Allstars Children’s magazine
We have linked up with Allstars Children’s Magazine to offer some free copies of our Beech Bank Girls books. This is an excellent Christian magazine for children 8-11 – do take a look at their website – you can order magazines FREE!

And that’s all the news for now! Thank you for reading this – I always look forward to newsletter time so I can share all our encouraging news with you. πŸ™‚
Janet

P.S. Don’t forget to leave your book reviews before you go! Thank you very much for your help.

Home Is Where The Heart Is

β€œHome Is Where The Heart Is”
Seeing images of desperate refugees on our TV screens reminds us that we should all have a home. Our hearts especially go out to the children, fleeing with nothing, frightened and exhausted.

β€œHome is where the heart is” goes the famous saying. Home should be a place where we are safe, living with people we care for and who care for us, where we can rest. This holds true whether we live in an urban flat, a country castle, or something in between.

apartment blockHever Castle

Whatever our situation is on earth, as Christians we have the assurance of a heavenly home where we are with the Lord forever – at rest, safe and loved. Thrilling! We need to share this good news now, while we can, because one day it will be too late. We can’t take our collections, our photos or our family heirlooms with us, but we can build up treasures for ourselves in heaven while we wait for Jesus to come or call us . . . let’s make sure our heart is where our home is!

Print on Demand in Kenya
I have been exploring the possibility of printing ‘I Want to Be an Airline Pilot’ (for 8-11s) and ‘The City Kid’ (for young adults) in Kenya. As we have found out, shipping books to Africa is fraught with difficulties and expense. Printing locally might solve the problem and make the whole process more economical. In turn this would mean we would be able to get our books to many more children in places where reading material (and especially Christian books) is highly valued. I’m waiting for a quote with a Christian organisation in Kenya. Please pray with us for this potentially exciting new development. We already have a donation for this project, and an NGO in Nairobi desperate for books! It looks like the Lord is already making a way, which is simply fabulous news, but I’d very much value your prayers because this is totally new territory for me.

Eleven Scary Statistics
Ali Campbell from β€œThe Resource”, who give support and advice to children’s and youth workers, recently checked out some statistics. Anyone who cares about young people should read them. Here’s one: 72% of Christians in the UK came to faith before they were 20 years old. Here’s another: only half of children brought up by Christian parents keep following for themselves. You can read all the details here:Β Statistics on Children in the Church Suffice it to say, we need to do everything we can to reach the children on our hearts NOW, while they are young. We can’t sit back and do nothing. schoolchildrenMost schools will still accept Christian books for their libraries, but many don’t have any. Few churches give Christian books to the children who go to their Sunday School, clubs and camps. Could you think of a way to get Christian books for children into your local library, school or church? We do a church/charity discount. Please let me know if I can help.

Thank you
On a much lighter note, thank you to all who responded so positively to last month’s Five Reasons to Visit Christian Bookshops. To respond to a common query, yes, by the time we’ve taken into account the cost of production and distribution, we do only make a small percentage of each sale through bookshops, and our direct sales keep us going . . . but the bookshops help us in our aim to reach as many children as possible, they do a fab, and we’re delighted to support their ministry. Let us know what you value about yours!

We Sold Out!
More fantastic news – back in July the Keswick Convention bookshop ordered a few of our books . . . 3 of the titles completely sold out! Thank you so much to all who prayed for good sales! Now we need to keep praying for the children who have read or will be reading our books. What an awesome privilege we have, to pray to our Father in heaven, who hears us and delights to answer! πŸ™‚

Dernier books at Keswick

The new Write for a Reason course starts on 21st September
I run this course is for unpublished writers who write Christian novels for 8-14s -ish – more details here: Read the Course Details Here You can also read testimonials from previous students who have completed the course on the Write for a Reason website. Please pass on to anyone you know who might be interested!

Janet WilsonPhew – there’s always so much to share! Thank you for reading this far – I hope I haven’t bored you! With grateful thanks for you support, as always,

Janet
P.S. If you enjoyed this newsletter, would you be kind enough to forward it to one or two people who might be interested? I will also put it on facebook, so if you come over to the Dernier facebook page you can share it with your friends!

Harvest, Uganda and 5 Reasons to Visit Christian Bookshops

The Unknown Time
straw balesCan you believe it’s harvest time already? This year the farmer who owns the field opposite our home used a new combine harvester – it was enormous, noisy and terrifying; as it thundered past on the other side of the hedgerow, the ground shook!

Every year we wonder when the farmer is going to come. One year it seemed like all the grain was going to be gone by the time the farmer harvested! Flocks of birds were eating the ears of wheat and rain had flattened large areas. Every day we looked out of the window and thought, surely he must come soon! This year the farmer came earlier than expected.

In just the same way, we don’t know when the Lord will come. At times like this it’s good to stop and think – if the Lord came tomorrow, or took me, is there anything I would regret? What about you? Why not stop and make a list of ten things you’d like to accomplish while you are still on this earth, then make a start to get them done? The Lord gave you your talents and gifts and placed you where you are for a reason – make your life count!

Books have arrived at Scripture Union in Uganda!
Scripture Union, UgandaI learnt a lesson from this – make yourself comfortable because I have a story for you! Many months ago you may remember me telling you that I met Dickens Zziwa, National Director of Scripture Union Uganda, when he was in England on a visit. Dickens expressed a strong interest in our books and subsequently handed me over to Esther, their literature co-ordinator in Kampala. An order was made, then we had to find a way to get the books over there. I followed up several ideas and leads, but came to an impasse – there seemed to be no way of shipping the books without incurring huge costs and possibly extra money at customs. The final blow came when Esther had to tell me that the money they had set aside for the books had needed to be used for an urgent project. Dernier Publishing books in UgandaThen . . . two things happened! First, my church took up a thanksgiving offering and gave the money to Dernier. Second, a supporter emailed with an idea – a group from her church were going to Uganda with Needs International – and could take books for us! πŸ™‚ And here are the books now in Kampala! Whoooo hooooooo! and praise the Lord! I have learnt that sometimes we have to be patient and wait for the Lord to make a way where there seems to be no way. Isn’t that just the most exciting story? πŸ™‚ Please pray that these books will be well used and the Lord will use them to touch many young lives!

Sponsorship for Dernier Books into Greek
I Want to Be an Airline PilotI Want to Be an Airline Pilot has now been translated into Greek! Michelle, who lives in Greece and has taken up this project, says, β€œWe now need a volunteer proof editor and proofreader, and sponsorship for the printing of the books.” I know, we’re not asking much! Still, after the story about our books in Uganda, we know the Lord can do the impossible if we all work together. Please pray with us – this is as vital as financial and practical help. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to tell you the next step in the saga!

Girl Culture
I may have mentioned Zoella to you before: she has over 8 million subscribers to her YouTube channel and now has her own range of beauty products: Watch Zoella’s favourite things video. Girls are spending hours watching video clips like these . . . what do you think? Do pray for girls who are at Christian camps and clubs this summer, hearing about a different way to live. And if you have any non-church neighbours, why not consider if there’s any way you could befriend them, even perhaps give/lend them a Beech Bank Girls book? There’s a lot of worldliness in the church too, but the things of this world will pass away, and their appeal ends up being so empty – it’s only with the Lord we can have true, abundant and eternal life – that’s good news to share!

Five Reasons to Visit Your Local Christian Bookshop
I totally understand that buying books online is quick, safe and convenient, but if you do have some free time, consider shopping in your local Christian bookshop. Here are a few benefits:

1. Your purchase will help to keep them open, at a time when all things Christian are being squeezed out of public life – this is certainly true in the UK (Other nations, let us know!).
2. Christian bookshops are more than bookshops – they minister to people who might not know one end of a Bible from another, or who come looking or seeking. Your purchase helps fund this ministry.
3. While you are there you may find some extra goodies you hadn’t thought of! Most sell lovely greetings cards at good prices with Scripture verses, calendars, gifts of all sorts, CDs, DVDs and a whole range of fabulous books (I came back recently from my local bookshop with a couple of birthday cards, and a CD for my husband’s birthday as well as the book I had ordered!).
4. While you may have to spend a bit extra on a book compared to buying from an online bookstore, you can have the satisfaction of knowing you have shopped ethically.
5. You can browse, ask for advice, hold the books and make comparisons. Perhaps you might come home with a more suitable product than the one you were going to buy!

Blogs
Just a very quick shout about two blogs I keep up:Β  Write for a Reason is for Christians who write fiction for children and young adults. Christian Parenting Challenge is for parents who want a deeper relationship with their children. Feel free to take a look and pass it on!

Speaking Engagements
I’d love to come and talk to your church group about Dernier’s vision to get good Christian books into the hands of children and teens. If you have a midweek meeting, daytime or evening within reasonable travelling distance of London, do let me know!

Janet Wilson

With many thanks, once again, for your kind support . . . without you we wouldn’t be able to continue,

Janet

P.S. It’s with sadness I have to tell you that this is the last time I will be using this photo . . . I took Jake to the vet for the last time three weeks ago. He’s been my constant companion for the last eleven years, and I do miss him. My daughter and I brought him home in 2004 from a rescue centre – he was God’s little gift to myself and my three children at what was a very difficult time, not long after my first husband died. I hope dogs go to heaven. πŸ™‚

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