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New Release! While Bethlehem Sleeps: A Poetic Advent Devotional Now Available in Paperback.

 

While Bethlehem Sleeps: A Poetic Advent Devotional is now available in paperback and for Kindle.

 

In 2012, While Bethlehem Sleeps awakened readers to reflect on the Christmas story through poetry depicting character sketches, Advent themes, and seasonal musings. This expanded edition provides devotional insights with poetic highlights. Activities at the end of each daily reading assist in extending Advent throughout the week with individual, family, and community impact. The inclusion of the original poetry collection ensures intellectual, inspirational reading year after year.

 

Penny J. Johnson is an author and editor whose previous works include three poetry collections, one novel, and one devotional. She enjoys facilitating a women’s Bible study, home educating, knitting, and meeting up for coffee with family and friends. Penny lives in Minnesota with her husband, their three sons, their two Labrador Retrievers, and their Ragdoll-Himalayan.

 

Paul L.H. Olson is an executive adviser and board director for large and small corporations, not-for-profit, and higher education organizations. He serves as an adult Sunday School teacher and as a spiritual, leadership mentor. Paul lives in Minnesota with his wife and spends his free-time golfing, fishing, reading, and traveling.

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New Release Coming in November

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In 2012, While Bethlehem Sleeps awakened readers to reflect on the Christmas story through poetry depicting character sketches, Advent themes, and seasonal musings. This expanded edition provides devotional insights with poetic highlights. Activities at the end of each daily reading assist in extending Advent throughout the week with individual, family, and community impact. The inclusion of the original poetry collection ensures intellectual, inspirational reading year after year.

Penny J. Johnson is an author and editor whose previous works include three poetry collections, one novel, and one devotional. She enjoys facilitating a women’s Bible study, home educating, knitting, and meeting up for coffee with family and friends. Penny lives in Minnesota with her husband, their three sons, their two Labrador Retrievers, and their Ragdoll-Himalayan.

Paul L. H. Olson is an executive adviser and board director for large and small corporations, not-for-profit, and higher education organizations. He serves as an adult Sunday School teacher and as a spiritual, leadership mentor. Paul lives in Minnesota with his wife and spends his free-time golfing, fishing, reading, and traveling.

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New Release! The Last Time We Were Children: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

I am thrilled to announce the release of The Last Time We Were Children: The Tenth Anniversary Edition. This poetry book contains selections from the first edition as well as new poems. Enjoy!

 

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A memory
of a chicken mixture over toast?
I don’t even like chicken.
What are pimientos anyway?

Through poetry, Penny J. Johnson explores memories from childhood like this one in “Chicken a la King.” But, The Last Time We Were Children is more than remembering. Her poems describe descending sledding hills, climbing mountains, and playing in fields and fairgrounds. They also profoundly cast light—both with humor and serious faith—on the dark hours of staying up with a sick child and sitting in the ER with an aging loved one. The pages speak of joy in first kisses, last words, and hearing the words of an autistic child. Those who read this book will be reminded how childlike faith and wishes grow into adult conviction and hope.