What was your favorite children’s book? Mine was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. When I was young, I could relate to Alexander’s intense dislike of lima beans. As an adult, I appreciate the notion that all bad days come to an end and there is new light in the morning to try again! Cassondra O’Reilly, a newly published children’s book author from Goodhue, enjoyed The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman, especially when her grandma read it to her. Cassy, mother of five, now reads the same book to her children along with other favorites.
While there is plenty of reading going on in the O’Reilly home, there is also writing taking place. Cassy recently wrote and published a brand new children’s book inspired by God and her children.
Cassy always thought it would be fun to write a children’s book, but many of the ideas that came to her she’d seen in other books. She forgot about the idea for a while until she started having recurring dreams where she was in school and not getting work done. Cassy believes this was a gentle nudge from God to get her started, so she just went with it. Shortly thereafter, an idea popped into her head for Light Bringers! She jotted down short short phrases as they came to her. The phrases started to connect, and eventually, she felt her first book was complete. She worked with a publishing company and an illustrator to bring the book to life. Of course, Cassy’s favorite part of the process was holding the hard copy in her hands and surprising family and friends with the finished product.
The book, Light Bringers: Let Us Shine Our Light, is all about how we can be the light of the world. Cassy hopes the book will provide an opportunity for readers (both children and adults) to dive into the word of God through verses she’s included in the text. She provided the following summary:
Who are we? We are light bringers! Come along and join us on this mighty mission as the children of God HE calls us to be. Dive into what the Word of God has to say on how to be the light of this world. Let us shine our light to bring His glory to all of those around us!
Light Bringers: Let Us Shine Our Light shines Cassondra’s light on anyone who reads her book. She encourages others to share their gifts, especially when God puts it on your heart. “If that’s writing a book like me, being an artist, playing music, helping others, teaching, woodworking, etc., whatever your gift from God may be, trust in Him and do it. Not only will it bless others but also bring God’s glory into your life...”
When asked if Cassy plans to write more books, she responded with, “We will see what God puts in my heart and go from there!” Cassandra’s first book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Xulon Press.
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