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New Book Inspires Curious Minds with Bedtime Bible Stories “That Never Get Old," Says Author

Press Release/NRB 2022

Author Julie Lavender Publishes Latest Book, Children’s Bible Stories for Bedtime, with Penguin Putnam

(Nashville, Tenn.) – Award-Winning Author Julie Lavender releases her latest book, Children’s Bible Stories for Bedtime: To Grow in Faith and Love (Penguin Putnam, Jan. 11, 2022) – a collection of children’s first Bible stories to help parents and kids calmly end the day together in the comfort of God’s presence and peace.

“These Bible stories have never grown old as the Word of God is living and active,” said Lavender, recalling reading Bible stories as a child.

“My prayer is that these favorites of key biblical figures and their ancient adventures will inspire young curious minds to build a relationship with God and ponder about His never-ending love,” said Lavender, who is also a journalist and a former homeschooling mom of 25 years who holds a master’s degree in early childhood education.

Children’s Bible Stories for Bedtime features:

· Essential stories from both the Old and New Testaments that are written and interpreted for biblical accuracy and age appropriateness for kids 4–8

· Brief reflections at the end of each story to help kids understand God’s Word as it relates to them personally

· Prayers that encourage kids to speak openly and build a relationship with God

· Beautiful, full-page illustrations for each story to help children visualize and immerse themselves in God’s Word

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Media interested in interviews with author Julie Landers during the National Religious Broadcasters should contact Gregg Wooding, I AM PR, 972-567-7660 /

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Author Biography

Julie Lavender remembers hearing Bible stories ever since she was a little girl. Yet those stories have never grown old, as the Word of God is living and active. She enjoyed immersing herself in God’s Word to complete this book. It’s her prayer that many—young children and adults who are young at heart— will fall more in love with God’s Word and draw closer to him with each reading. An author, journalist, and former homeschooling mom of 25 years, Julie holds a master’s degree in early childhood education. She is married to her high-school and college sweetheart, and Julie and David are the parents of four, in-laws of one, and grandparents to a precious, almost-three-year-old grandson. Julie loved living in various locations across the country as the wife of a United States Navy medical entomologist. She taught public school before becoming a stay-at-home, homeschooling mommy. After her husband retired from active duty, the Lavenders moved back to their hometown, and David began work as a wildlife biologist at a nearby army installation. Julie’s most recent book, 365 Ways to Love Your Child: Turning Little Moments into Lasting Memories, encourages parents to show kids every day how much they are loved with simple but meaningful gestures and activities. Julie loves to bake, travel, and spend time with her family. Learn more about Julie at

Author of:

  • Children’s Bible Stories for Bedtime, Zeitgeist/Penguin Random House, 2022

  • 365 Ways to Love Your Child, Revell, 2020 Super Men of the Bible, Carson-Dellosa, 2007

  • Wonder Women of the Bible, Carson-Dellosa 2007 Scripture Adventures, Carson-Dellosa, 2007

  • 365 Days of Celebration and Praise, Jossey-Bass/ Wiley 2003

  • Creative Sleepovers for Kids, Prima, 2001

  • Recent guest on Focus on the Family Broadcast – interview aired January 6, 2022

Fast Facts

• Guideposts Writing Contest Winner, 2014

• Staff Contributor to Guideposts’ Gardening Devo 2022; All God’s Creatures; 2023

• Contributor of 145 curriculum lessons in 21 books, published by Group Publ, Inc

• Author of 127 contributions in 33 unique print publications and 11 compilations

• Author of 1000+ newspaper articles as freelance stringer

• Winner of 40+ writing awards

• Instructor/Speaker for 12 writing/homeschooling/women’s events, plus 5 pending in

What Others Are Saying

“Author Julie Lavender masterfully takes children through the Bible—from Genesis to Revelation— making the Bible stories come to life for its readers. With thought-provoking questions at the end of each story, as well as a sweet prayer, every entry is the perfect ending to a busy day…What a blessing! I highly recommend this wonderful book.” —Michelle Medlock Adams, best-selling and award-winning author of more than 100 books, including Cuddle-Up Prayers and Dinosaur Devotions

“The engaging Bible stories are written with kid-friendly, contemporary language while staying true to Scripture. Is there a better way to tuck your children in at night than by filling their hearts and minds with stories from God's Word? I think not!” —Crystal Bowman, best-selling and award-winning author of more than 100 books for children, including Our Daily Bread for Kids

Suggested interview questions for Julie Lavender

Author of "Children’s Bible Stories for Bedtime"

  • Why is it important for parents to share Bible stories with their kids at an early age?

  • What are the benefits of reading Bible stories to kids just before bedtime?

  • What are some tips that parents can use to help their kids wind down before bedtime?

  • How did sharing Bible stories with your children help them grow spiritually and emotionally?

  • What are some fun stories that came about as a result of sharing Bible stories with your kids as they were growing up?

  • What are some of your favorite lesser-known Bible stories that you enjoyed sharing with your kids, and what did they learn from these stories?


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