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Reader's Corner: New children's book from Joanna Harris

Readers of this column may remember being introduced to Joanna Harris, a young woman who has battled physical issues including chronic pain and multiple allergic reactions from adrenal illness. Those difficulties forced her to return home from overseas missionary work, yet she has found ways to continue encouraging others, writing about God’s grace during her struggles but also, more recently, some really excellent children’s literature.


Joanna’s newest children’s book, “All My Heart,” launched recently. Here’s what one mom, Brandy, who is also a teacher, had to say in the launch reviews:


“’All My Heart’ is a sweet reminder for the smallest of God’s children that whatever you do in life, most especially in spending time with Jesus and loving Him, do it with all your heart! I can’t wait to share this book with my kids, grandkids and students!”


In Joanna’s most recent newsletter, she referred to 2 Corinthians 4:7 in the Bible, which says, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” Joanna’s health challenges regularly remind her that our physical bodies are clay pots, but the treasure inside—our gifts, our talents, any good we can do—is from God’s strength. Many authors have written from this stance—think of Helen Keller; or Springfield author and speaker Jennifer Rothschild, who is blind; or local author Anthony Rabak, whose story of his journey with disability was featured in this column.


Visit to learn more about Joanna and check out “All My Heart,”  maybe as a gift for a child in your life. Also check her quarterly articles in “Great Commission Kids”, at

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