The writing life

I am interviewed on Eve Odum’s podcast Book Publishing from Beginning to End

Another interview, by Jennifer Grant, in Compassionate Christianity’s series Faith, Hope and Love during an Election

Isaiah and the Worry Pack

Publishers Weekly announcement of the launch of the IVP Kids imprint

Publishers Weekly features new religious imprints for children in 2021, highlighting Isaiah & the Worry Pack at IVP Kids

Picturing God

Publishers Weekly

Jill Peláez Baumgaertner in The Christian Century

The Banner (Christian Reformed Church)

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Evangelical Church Library Association blog

Ames Tribune Library Notes

Midwest Book Review, Children’s Bookwatch

Recommended by Resource Center for Churches, which “gathers the recommendations of our users to share outstanding web, video, print, and other resources for faith formation and all areas of church life.”

Recommended by FPC Dallas Family Faith Formation

Diane Stortz, author & children’s book reviewer

Cole Hartin for The Living Church–not posted online, but reproduced here because making the book truly was an extended act of contemplation:

“A provoking visual exploration of divine love . . . This book is a sacramental and mystical contemplation on the nature of God. Goring uses photographs of household objects like string and beads to illustrate her probing prose. In the vein of Julian of Norwich, whom she quotes, Goring depicts scenes of prayer and shepherding to visualize the love and faithfulness of God. Adults will find this book compelling and children will find the images and the various elements used to make them fascinating. Parents looking for a book to complement and expand on images found in biblical stories will find this a welcome and beautiful resource.”

Lesson plan, Picture Book Sunday series at Laura Sassi Tales

Read & Share, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Park Ridge, IL

Picturing God has inspired a creative project of learning & active meditation for fourth-graders at Kenilworth Union Church, Kenilworth, IL!

Lianna Cornally, director of kids’ ministries at Sanctuary Community Church in Coralville, Iowa, videotaped herself reading Picturing God in a pen full of 8-day-old baby goats! Goats, God & Gratitude

A reading at Hamline Church in the Minneapolis area. Another (with golden retriever!) at Plymouth Congregational UCC, Fort Collins, CO. Here’s one at Trinity Lutheran Church, Connellsville, PA; another at Church of the Pilgrimage, Plymouth, MA; another at Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church of Scarsborough, Ontario, Canada; another at Church of the Savior, Wheaton, IL; one at Grace Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, AL. First Presbyterian Church of Asheville has featured Picturing God in its online Arts Camp (summer 2020). Pembina Parish United Church (Canada) included a reading in its taped service for Valentine’s Sunday 2021. Other 2021 readings were at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Madison, WI) & Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church (North Carolina).

Picturing God is included in a list of book resources for godparents from Liturgy Publications (under category “Books That Present Images of God”).

“Mother to the Moms,” blog post by Amy Louise Negussie

Recommendation, alongside creative spiritual practices for exploring our inner images of God, by Kutsu Companions

Living Lutheran

Review by Glenys Nellist at Christian Children’s Authors

Our Everyday Parables‘ Christian children’s book gift guide

Daneen Akers’s Holy Troublemaking children’s book gift guide

Adriana’s Angels / Los ángeles de Adriana

Publishers Weekly

Chicago Public Radio’s Worldview interview about Adriana’s Angels & my trip with sibs to southern Colombia, where we grew up

Chicago Tribune article by Darcel Rockett

Articulo por Darcel Rockett del Chicago Tribune, traducido (imperfectamente) por

Story Monsters


School Library Journal Round Up

Reading at First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor

Sparkhouse Family blog 3: Finding Our Home in the Great Love of God

Sparkhouse Family blog 2: The True Story That Inspired Adriana’s Angels

Sparkhouse Family blog 1: Welcoming the Displaced

Caras lindas de Colombia / Beautiful Faces of Colombia

Chicago Public Radio’s Worldview interview of coauthor/photographer Michael Bracey & me

Soap Is Political

Chicago Public Radio’s Worldview, interview + reading (and quoted in Melissa Gibson’s article about justice in Latin American education)
Review at Any Given Sundry blog
Review (with other books) on Diane Lefer’s blog Nobody Wakes Up Pretty
Review by Margaret Rozga at Blue Fifth Review
“Under,” a poem from the book

What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump

edited by Martín Espada

Morning Star (London)
Best American Poetry blog