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YA Novel “The Praying Pond” Explores Faith and the Power of Prayer Through Childlike Eyes

Imagine kneeling beside still waters, lifting your prayer up for consideration and seeing the answer right before your eyes? This is what happens to several of the faithful children in first time author Michelle Nadasi’s new book “The Praying Pond.”

Port St. Lucie, FL (USA), July 16th, 2017 — Imagine kneeling beside still waters, lifting your prayer up for consideration and seeing the answer right before your eyes? This is what happens to several of the faithful children in first time author Michelle Nadasi’s new book “The Praying Pond.” Visions only appear to children, those with an innocent faith and belief that God will hear and answer their prayers.

“It started with the idea of a lovely pond situated behind a church,” said Michelle Nadasi. “I wanted to write a story that dealt with faith in God but also characters who were dealing with real life issues like moving to a new school, arguing parents, trying to fit in and the inevitable “mean girls” and The Praying Pond” does just that.”

The story is told through the eyes of fourth grader Holly whose family has just moved to town. Although as a family they haven’t previously been faithful church goers they start to attend the local church. After the first service, Holly spots a young girl kneeling beside the pond. She learns that some of the children from the area who have prayed by the pond have seen visions of family members that appear to be answers from God. The history of the Praying Pond goes back several decades, according to the youth minister, Pastor Mark. As the story progresses, it is the childlike faith that Holly begins to develop that help the entire family through the challenges that can occur when moving to a new community, settling into a new job and attending a new school.

“Over the years I have worked with a number of children through the youth programs of our church,” said Nadasi. “I marvel at the unquestioning love children have for God and the power of their childlike faith. They encourage me to embrace that innocence in my faith.”

In the Message transcription of the Bible we learn from Matthew 18: 2-5, which says, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.”

“I hope that this book will inspire readers to remember what it felt like to first love God. The characters in “The Praying Pond” are relatable and their circumstances are ones that we have all encountered as youth and adults. I hope that the example of prayer in the book will encourage believers and inspire others to become curious about God and seek to learn more.”

“This is such an enjoyable read,” said Lisa Umina, founder and publisher of Halo Publishing, Inc. “Holly is a great main character and following her story as she grows in her faith and works through the challenges of moving to a new town and making new friends is one that everyone will be able to relate to. It is an uplifting story and readers will walk away feeling joyful at the end.”

“The Praying Pond” is now available at Halo Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other outlets in paperback for $12.95, hardcover for $15.95 and e-book version for $5.99.

* Halo Publishing
* Amazon
* Barnes and Noble

About Michelle Nadasi:
Michelle Nadasi is a stay at home mom who lives with her husband and three children in Florida. Although she received a Bachelor’s Degree in  Psychology from college, her true passion is writing. She hopes that through her stories, she will bring herself, and her readers closer to God and his everlasting love.

About Halo Publishing International:
Halo Publishing International is a self-publishing company that publishes adult fiction and non-fiction, children’s literature, self-help, spiritual, and faith-based books. We continually strive to help authors reach their publishing goals and provide many different services that help them do so. http://www.HaloPublishing.com

Press & Media Contact:
Lisa Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176
San Antonio, TX 78213 – USA
+1 877-705-9647
contact@halopublishing.com
http://www.HaloPublishing.com

New Children’s Book “Mama Stitches” Offers Message of Love and Community

Mama Stitches is the first book in a series of original stories about how a mother dog, her puppies and their owner sew clothes for the homeless and cover them with love.

New Britain, CT (USA), June 22nd, 2016 — The latest book from the awarding winning house of Halo Publishing International is Akintunde “Tunde” Sogunro’s book Mama Stitches: To Cover with Love. Mama Stitches is the first book in a series of original stories about how a mother dog, her puppies and their owner sew clothes for the homeless and cover them with love. Beautifully illustrated by former Disney artist, Chad Thompson, this story shares a message of love and acceptance, of generosity and community; perfect for reading aloud to your children.

“I wanted to create a story about the importance of love to be shared with children who may or may not feel supported and encouraged at home,” said author, Tunde. “I believe everyone is born with a voice but as we grow and experience pain in life we begin to wear masks and lose touch with our voice, identity and dream. As Mama Stitches says: “Everyone has a story and a song in their heart. I love to listen close and sew them just what they need!

“My hope is that, as children fall in love with Mama Stitches, they will fall in love with reading and subsequently show love to the homeless and needy in their community. It is the love, literacy and community movement,” said Tunde. “Let’s start a love revolution!”

As part of that desire to unite a community, Tunde has been working over the past several months to bring together libraries, churches, government officials and families for the Mama Stitches 5,000 Back-to-School Book Release Block Party where the vision is to provide 5,000 copies of Mama Stitches to 5,000 children and collect 5,000 articles of clothing for the homeless.

This will be the debut event of Cover With Love (www.coverwithlove.org), a new non-profit that partners with other organizations such as Reality Outreach Unlimited, Coram Deo, Family Promise for the Homeless and Paradym Inc, that is dedicated to showcasing the radical power of unconditional Agape love to the world!

“The message of “cover with love” in Tunde’s book Mama Stitches is so joyful,” said Lisa Umina, founder and president of Halo Publishing. “Tunde’s passion for building community through this message of love and literacy is inspiring and I hope everyone will have a chance to read this clever story. I imagine many will relate to Mama Stitches’ pup Little Mama who wants to be good but takes a little bit longer to understand the benefits of giving back. It is fun to watch her grow to be filled with the community spirit.”

The Mama Stitches 5,000 Back-to-School Book Release Block Party is schedule for August 20, 2016 from 10am-2pm. Utilizing the totality of the historic Trinity-On-Main performing Arts Center, (located at 69 Main Street, New Britain, Ct 06051), there will be story-telling, face painting, caricature drawing, games, “Dunk the Major” with New Britain Mayor, Erin Stewart and puppy petting. Admission to the event is a donation of clothing. Business or organizations interested in ensuring inner city children are introduced to Mama Stitches’ love, can pre-order copies of Mama Stitches on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. They may also sponsor special edition copies of Mama Stitches for inner city and DCF foster care children by contacting Tunde directly at tundedriven2inspire@gmail.coim

“We want to create an idea that will last and the message of Mama Stitches is just that,” said Tunde. “What better way than to share the message of “cover with love” at an old fashioned block party where the entire community comes together. Our goal is to have 5,000 copies Mama Stitches: To Cover with Love sponsored so that the children of Greater New Britain and Greater Hartford areas can receive a free copy for their own enjoyment.”

The Mama Stitches Movement has just received exciting endorsements from countless public figures including Nancy Serra, Superintendent of New Britain Public Schools, Mayor Erin Stewart, and award winning author Catherine Gibson. To learn more, visit www.mamastitches.com and www.coverwithlove.org . Mama Stitches: To Cover with Love is available to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes and Noble; $21.95 in hardcover.

* Series: Mama Stitches (Book 1)
* Hardcover: 32 pages
* Illustrated: Chad Thompson
* Publisher: Halo Publishing International; 1st edition (July 25, 2016)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 161244296X
* ISBN-13: 978-1612442969
* Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches

About Akintunde “Tunde” Sogunro:
Akintunde “Tunde” Sogunro is the director and producer of the award winning inspirational documentary film, Victory. He is excited to be pursuing a career living out his childhood dream by publishing the first book in the Mama Stitches series. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in theater at Southern Connecticut State University in 2011, and is currently a Masters of Fine Arts in creative and professional writing candidate at Western Connecticut State University. A native of Lagos, Nigeria who spent eight years living in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, Tunde now resides in New Britain, Connecticut where he spends time spreading Mama Stitches’ story of hope and love all around his community.

About Halo Publishing International:
Halo Publishing International is a self-publishing company that publishes adult fiction and non-fiction, children’s literature, self-help, spiritual, and faith-based books. We continually strive to help authors reach their publishing goals and provide many different services that help them do so. www.HaloPublishing.com

Press & Media Contact:
Lisa M. Umina, Publisher
Halo Publishing International
1100 NW Loop 410, Suite 700-176
San Antonio, TX 78213 – USA
+1 877-705-9647
contact@halopublishing.com
http://www.halopublishing.com