Books

I write books that tell the true-life stories of diverse peoples in rural and urban settings. Some of these voices are not often found in mainstream publishing. Their stories of justice and care for the earth increase the sense of belonging to a global human family. Most of my books are available on Amazon. To place bulk orders of print copies, arrange a book signing, reading, or interview, please complete this form. Thank you. Enjoy life!

About Belonging, Friends, and Gardens

Garden of Grace:   A Daybook of Faith and Healing 

Garden of Grace: A Daybook of Faith and Healing  is a devotional and prayer book based on Ephesians. It has 30 meditations and prayers, 32 color photos. 75 pages. Does faith in Jesus really heal sick people? How does the practice of faith help with the dull realities of daily living? What is the role of friends of Jesus – the extended family of church and God – in the daily life of a Christian? These questions are answered with the real life adventures and stories of a beginner, suburban gardener. If you’ve never read a book about the Bible, this one will surprise you, pleasantly. Available from Amazon

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New friendship plants root with very little care and are a source of pleasing gifts!

Path of Grace

Path of Grace

Path of Grace was published in January 2015. A friend asked me to write a book that she could read aloud to her grand-daughter.  The island fortress of Suomenlinna off the coast of Helsinki, Finland and a water-wise garden in an affluent suburb of Southern California provide the setting for this children’s story about peer pressure. “Why are people mean?” Little Anni asks Nana, her grandmother. Nana helps Anni find her path of grace by sharing the story of the Bridge of Concord. This is a children’s read-aloud book. Grand-parents, aunts, teachers are encouraged to read to children. There are plenty of color photographs but young and old readers will enjoy visualizing the vibrant underground and the characters diversely. #weneeddiversebooks #wndb Available from Amazon

Ocean of Grace

 

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Ocean of Grace: Two short stories, a few poems and a reflection. 39 pages. 2 short stories. A ballad. 2 songs. Multiple Haiku. A reflection. Includes photos in the Kindle edition to relieve the magical monotony of always reading le mot juste :). A reader: “The perfect quick read! It opened my mind to new worlds among us!” Available from Amazon

About Freedom

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Casa Charis: A Daybook of Freedom

Casa Charis: A Daybook of Freedom is a devotional with prayers and a Bible study for individual and groups, based on Galatians. It has 31 meditations and four introductory thought-provoking essays. The rich themes of freedom and grace amid the modern challenges of daily life are tackled using the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. 123 pages. Includes questions for Bible study. Available from Amazon
 

About the Presbyterian Church

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Eyes on Christ: Reflections on Being the People of God in the PC(USA), From My Heart to Yours

Eyes on Christ: Reflections on Being the People of God in the PC (USA) is a book that essentially wrote itself. 13 letters and 27 other pieces of writing in a variety of other genres such as a faith statement/confession, Scripture, sample covenant, devotional, and study, from the author’s friends and teaching elders in the Presbytery of Los Ranchos form the centerpiece of this book. It is recommended that congregants, individuals, and groups, use this book for 40 days of prayer to strengthen the community on polarizing social issues (abortion, sexuality) and discernment on denominational affiliation. Available from Amazon. 

About Anti-racism, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Peace

Rise, Shine, Be Woke

Gentle new voices about being Black, Other, and White in Christian middle-class America.  7 lived experiences from 3 different generations: 4 leading edge Baby Boomer women, a Gen X (Baby Buster) woman, an immigrant woman, and a young Millennial man.  Touched by race.  Shaped by faith.  Transformative anti-racism. Anita Coleman’s first anti-racism book Rise, Shine, Be Woke was a collaborative effort, published in the summer of 2018 with Stephanie Patterson, Francena Willingham, Ash Coleman, Marvella Lambright, Susan Skoglund, and Sharon Wakamoto. An Anti-racism Glossary along with an introduction to the Anti-racism Digital Library and guidelines for study, discussions, and reading groups are included. Available from Amazon and Apple Books.

Stepping Stones: Creating Communities of Peace and Justice

A stepping stone helps someone advance or achieve something.

These are stories of teenage women, from deep in the ancient hills of India, and their older friends in the USA. The stories are in their own voices, lightly edited. They show how for the first time these teenagers have a sense of belonging, peace, justice, and hope for the future. The book was first released on Nov. 17th, 2018, at Pravaham’s Silver Jubilee, that is, 25th anniversary, celebrations. Available on Amazon

All Things Work For Good: Flora, Ananda Rao Samuel, and Pravaham

All Things Work for Good
All things work together for good of those who love God.

This book takes an intimate look at a pivotal incident in the life of Flora and her husband Ananda Rao Samuel, the “Baby Bishop” and Moderator of the Church of South India (CSI). It recalls how Flora became a martyr of the Church of South India. This is also the story of the Bishop’s legacy, Pravaham:  A Community for Peace and Justice. These stories are shared by the children of two families who came together in the wake of the tragedies that touched them. Today, they are all productive citizens increasing peace, justice, and caring for the earth in very different ways. Released first on Nov. 17th, 2018, at Pravaham’s Silver Jubilee, 25th anniversary celebrations. Available on Amazon.

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