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Sheila Walsh new picture book helps parents address children’s questions about God

Is God Still Awake? A Small Girl with a Big Question About God debuts Tuesday, Nov. 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 19, 2021) – Having sold more than 5.5 million copies of books, bestselling author and TV host Sheila Walsh now is releasing a new children’s picture book, Is God Still Awake? A Small Girl with a Big Question About God, available wherever books are sold Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Kids have questions. Lots of questions. According to Harvard-based child psychologist Paul Harris, a child asks around 40,000 questions between the ages of two and five. When Walsh was a little girl growing up in Scotland, she clearly remembers posing a question to her mother at bedtime – is God still awake?

“As a child I wanted to know if I could talk to God anytime, anywhere, about anything,” recalls Walsh. “My mother reassured me that God never sleeps. He is always watching over His children.”

Walsh immediately notes the importance of children being able to understand God’s love and presence for them, dedicating Is God Still Awake? to every little one in this great big world who has ever wondered, ‘Does God see me?’

Is God Still Awake? A Small Girl with a Big Question About God helps parents address this question, with a delightful story and beautiful illustrations to help families show kids how, when, and why to talk with God.

Readers are introduced to Poppy, a curious, little girl who has big questions about God. Poppy wants to know how to talk with God and whether God listens to her. 

My name is Poppy,

and I may be small,

but I have a big question,

the biggest of all.

Is God always with me,

or does He take a break?

When I go to sleep,

is God still awake?

As Poppy goes through her day at home and school, she poses several questions about God such as, ‘Does God hear a whisper or do we have to shout?’, ‘Can He hear our thoughts?’, and ‘Does He see my dreams?’. Ultimately, Poppy discovers that God is always present, even when the world is asleep.

With humorous, rhyming text, Is God Still Awake? A Small Girl with a Big Question About God assures children that God loves them and is always with them. Whether it’s day or night, God is awake, He’s listening, and He loves to hear His children speak.

“It’s my prayer that in this rapidly changing world, children would be reminded of the love and care of God and that they can talk to Him on their best days and on their most difficult,” said Walsh. “He is always just a prayer away.”

Is God Still Awake? A Small Girl with a Big Question About God (ISBN: 9781400229635) will be released on November 2, 2021 everywhere books are sold.

About the author, Sheila Walsh
Sheila Walsh is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, international recording artist, television host and bestselling author with almost six million books sold. She is the author of the award-winning Gigi, God’s Little Princess series, It’s Okay Not to Be OkayPraying WomenHolding On When You Want to Let Go, and more. She is cohost of the inspirational talk show Life Today with James and Betty Robison, which is seen worldwide by a potential audience of over 100 million viewers.  Sheila lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Barry, and son, Christian, who is in graduate school.

About the illustrator, Aleksandra Szmidt
Aleksandra Szmidt grew up in a town in the south of Poland and currently resides in New Zealand. In Poland, she worked as a graphic designer. Upon moving, she decided to pursue her dream of being a freelance illustrator. From her home studio, Aleksandra creates one-of-a-kind artwork for clients across the world. Her love of drawing plants and animals is attributed to her landscape architecture studies. However, she prefers to design magical things often detached from reality. She loves both traditional and digital painting and also likes to mix them. This brings her immense joy and an emotional connection to her artwork. 

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