Say and Pray Bible by Diane Stortz: Author Interview
About the Book
Book: Say & Pray Bible
Author: Diane Stortz
Genre: Bible stories, board book
Release Date: 2015
Curl up together and experience the Bible in a fresh, new way. Young children will enjoy pointing to and naming objects on each page for early learning. Most important, they’ll discover favorite, age-appropriate Bible stories, with Scripture verses and short prayers that also hide God’s Word in young hearts.
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Do you end up doing research for every book?
So much of my writing is Bible based, and I do research to understand the context and the details of whatever story I’m retelling or the passage I’m exploring.
What is your process for coming up with a title?
Having worked in publishing, I know the importance of the right title. Most of my books have ended up being titled by the publishing house, however. Publishers rely on their marketing and sales departments for title input, and that’s a good thing.
What is the best thing writing makes you feel?
I love encouraging others to get into the Bible themselves, whether a book is for women or for children. Creating a book is very satisfying too. I love the process of book production, from concept to manuscript to finished book.
When you’re feeling down in the dumps, what book do you read because it makes you feel better?
I’m likely to turn to the book of Psalms in the Bible. They model so well how we can be honest with God about how we’re feeling. They also remind us that God is unchanging and good and so we can always praise Him. Together, that’s a win-win.
Do you think you have any writing quirks?
I have to write at a keyboard. I love my laptop and it goes with me nearly everywhere, but to write I use a wireless keyboard connected to it unless I’m away from home.
About the Author
Diane Stortz is a multipublished author who writes to make God’s wonders known to the next generation. Her children’s releases include the best-selling Say & Pray Bible and I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God, both from Tommy Nelson. Diane’s books for women, A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year and Encountering God’s Heart for You, both from Bethany House, encourage women to get to know God through His Word, the Bible. Diane and her husband have two married daughters and five grandchildren—all boys! Visit her at www.DianeStortz.com.
More from Diane
Once upon a time there was a little boy who loved his books. Long before he could talk, he loved turning pages, looking at the pictures, hearing his grandpa name the objects in the pictures, and pointing to those objects.
And once upon a time there was a grandma looking for a truly age-appropriate Bible storybook for that same little boy. And the best ones she found still contained too many words.
And she wondered . . .
Why not write a Bible storybook that could be designed especially for babies, toddlers, and young preschoolers? With the shortest stories you’ve ever seen, and with labeled objects and people in the illustrations that little ones could point to and name?
That’s how my book Say & Pray Bible began.
I wanted a book with age-appropriate, SHORT Bible stories. Babies and toddlers LOVE turning pages. Listening to long stories has to wait until they’re older.
I wanted short Bible verses and prayers to go with the very short stories.
And I wanted the illustrations to have lots of LABELED objects to encourage little ones to point and name.
Some days you might just read the stories. Another day, just the verses. Yet another reading, just the prayers. And some days, you might just talk about the pictures.
Most children begin to say single words with meaning, always nouns, at 12–18 months. This is the stage when children can point to—and eventually name—photos or illustrations of objects in their books.
Around 24 months, children begin to say two-word, noun plus verb sentences, such as “Cat run.” In time, sentences become longer and include adjectives and adverbs, but no function words: “Big cat run fast.” Last to develop is the use of function words (such as the and an) and more complex sound combinations and sentence forms.
Human beings seem to be hardwired to acquire language and learn to speak—evidence that, as the Bible says, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139). But there’s a lot we can do to help little ones develop language skills and expose them to God’s Word at the same time!