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 Lisa Bevere
"Lisa The Lioness" Interview
The courage to ask for help


By Cat Acree, bookpage.com

"Brave happens in the context of community where the voice of everyone is heard."

  Bestselling author Lisa Bevere has inspired millions of adult readers with books such as Without Rival and Lioness Arising.
  Her first picture book, Lizzy the Lioness, with illustrations by Kirsteen-Harris Jones, is the story of a playful lion cub who's tired of being little. When Lizzy wanders away from the pride, she finds herself facing danger that she's just not big enough to overcome.
  As Bevere makes very clear with this sweet story, being little is never a weakness, and sometimes asking for help is the bravest thing to do.

Why was this an important story
to share with young readers?

  We live in days fraught with confusion and peril. Our children have never been so inundated with conflicting messages and the demise of social boundaries. Our day demands bravery. I wanted children to know that they are never too young to have a voice and that there are times when the bravest things they can do is to ask for help.

Lizzy the Lioness was inspired by your own "Lizzy," your granddaughter.
You've said that strength and bravery are "particularly important" concepts to share with your granddaughter. Why?

  I love Lizzy's fierce innocence. She is strong and wants to do everything that her big brother and sister can do. I didn't want to see this desire to put her at risk. I decided to fictionalize a story I'd read where a pride of lions rescued a little girl from her abductors in Ethiopia. I thought it would be fun to make Lizzy the littlest lion cub and create a fun story where being little wasn't a detriment to being a hero.

This isn't your first time using the metaphor of a lion to address the behavior of humans. Why do you return to these regal creatures?

  Lions can't help but inspire. . . . They are fierce and nurturing, free and yet intimately connected to their pride family group. In the wild plain of life, they know who they are, not to mention, they roar.
  I wanted this visual and relational connection made for the readers.

  Brave happens in the context of community where the voice of everyone is heard. I wanted to empower and validate this connection for children.

While Lizzy the Lioness has a great message for kids, there's an author's note at the end for parents, teachers and guardians, with conversation starters for talking to kids about asking for help. What do you think is the most difficult thing about talking
with kids about this subject?
And what is the best way to approach it?

  I found that my boys wanted to unburden their soul as I was putting them to bed. I had hoped to make this release happen when I was wide awake and ready to be wise at 4 p.m. Bedtime was not my time of choice, so I felt that adding in tools that could make intentional conversations happen would be helpful when parents were tired and children were tender.

  Also children follow what we model even more than what we say. Somewhere down the line, adults have thought asking for help is a sign of weakness rather than a sign of strength. I wanted to sneak in the message to parents and mentors that it is courageous to ask for the help they need as well.

So often in children's literature, the youngster at the heart of the book must navigate tough situations all alone.
Why was it important to encourage kids to turn to the adults in their lives?

   Whether we feel qualified or not, related adults (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and guardians) are their best guides, not peers. Our vulnerability and experience can go along way to teaching others from both our mistakes and successes.
  To that end, I want to create intentional conversations that located specific needs so the adults could equip the children with whatever they needed.

What do you love most about writing?

  Writing gives me the ability to mark trails that others may follow.

What's next for you?

  For now I'm going to keep climbing the trail set before me.

~ from www.bookpage.com ~

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"Lizzy the Lioness"


Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is ask for help! Encourage your little ones with the true meaning of bravery through the beautiful story of Lizzy the Lioness by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Bevere.
Boys and girls will love the story of Lizzy, a little lion who must learn what it truly means to be brave in the face of hard things. When she sees someone in danger, Lizzy tries her best to help, but she quickly learns that sometimes being brave means asking adults for help. With a unique spin on the concept of bravery, Lizzy the Lioness is a timely picture book in an ever-changing world. Children will see that bravery is so much more than big muscles or
loud roars.
 
Lisa  Bevere
"Without Rival:
Embrace Your Identity and Purpose in an Age of Confusion and Comparison"



You are a daughter without rival, serving a God without rival, called to a destiny without rival. It's time to step forward into a life...without rival. In Without Rival, you'll learn how to make the deep connections you long for with your Creator - connections that hold the promise of true identity and intimacy. With biblically sound teaching filled with prophetic insight for our day, Lisa uses humor and passion to challenge you to:
Flip rivalry so it brings out the best in you, Stop hiding from conversations you need to be a part of, Answer the argument that says women are unfit, Dismantle gender rivalry and work with the men in your life.
Includes questions for personal reflection and small group discussion, plus additional questions designed for use with Insights to a Life Without Rival video sessions.

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Lisa  Bevere
"The Story of Marriage"



God designed marriage to be a loving, lifelong covenant that joins together a man and a woman. Have we lost touch with his original plan? Inviting you to rediscover the divine story of your sacred union, John and Lisa Bevere share personal insights, daily devotions, discussion questions, and tools for building your dream relationship.

John Bevere
"Killing Kryptonite: Destroy What Steals
Your Strength"



What's your kryptonite?
For so many Christians, frustration and fatigue set in as they try time and again to get free from what holds them back. God never intended for it to be this way. He destined you to be victorious in every area of your life, and more than that, He gives you the power to overcome whatever comes against you. In his new book Killing Kryptonite, best-selling author John Bevere opens up about his own story, revealing key biblical truths that moved him from a life of struggle to a life of breakthrough. You can enjoy a life of intimacy and connection with God. You can have a vibrant, powerful faith that impacts the world around you. But first, you have to face off with spiritual kryptonite. This book is not for the faint of heart. But if you're ready to embrace a journey of radical transformation, this message is for you. Are you ready to kill your kryptonite and step into the life you were born for? Includes discussion


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"Driven By Eternity:
Make Your Life Count
Today and Forever"



How would you live if you discovered that the next 24 hours would determine your future? Would you intentionally direct your actions or let the chips fall where they may? In this 6-session study, Bevere blends allegory with Scripture to show how the choices we make today have an eternal impact. Includes discussion questions.

John Bevere
"Good Or God?
Why Good Without God 
Isn't Enough"



These days the terms good and God seem synonymous. We believe what's generally accepted as good must be in line with God's will. Generosity, humility, justice―good. Selfishness, arrogance, cruelty―evil. The distinction seems pretty straightforward. But is that all there is to it? If good is so obvious, why does the Bible say that we need discernment to recognize it? Good or God? isn't another self-help message. This book will do more than ask you to change your behavior. It will empower you to engage with God on a level that will change every aspect of your life.

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