Books & Resources

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’ve been a professional freelance writer for over twenty-five years now. In addition to hundreds of columns, essays, magazine articles, blog posts, and gospel tracts, I’ve written more than 80 books in a wide variety of genres, from educational to inspirational, fiction and nonfiction — and contributed in some way to dozens of others!

I’m probably best known for my best-selling book, A Family Guide to Narnia: Biblical Truths in C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, or titles like What Women Should Know About Facing Fear and What Women Should Know About Letting It Go: Breaking Free from the Power of Guilt, Discouragement, and Defeat. Or the Bible studies I’ve written for First Place 4 Health, or my Sunday School curriculum workbook, Route 66: A Trip through the 66 Books of the Bible for Kids, or maybe my five Little Golden Books on Bible stories. I’ve also written a whole bunch of educational books — the kind kids check out at the library when they’re learning to write reports on sports, science, or history.

My latest is 100 Days of Hope & Encouragement: A Devotional Journal (DaySpring).

Most of these books can be found at your library, local bookstore, or favorite online retailer. (I just don’t have enough space to keep them in my closet, trunk, or garage!)

Here’s a current list of books I’ve written…

  • Little Golden Book: Daniel in the Lion’s Den (2022)
  • Little Golden Book: Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors (2021)
  • 30 Day Makeover: Inside and Out by Jill Swanson with Christin Ditchfield (2021)
  • First Place 4 Health: Finding Your Victory (2020)
  • Little Golden Book: David and Goliath (2019)
  • First Place 4 Health: Walking by Faith (2018)
  • Can I Just Hide in Bed Until Jesus Comes Back? Facing Life With Courage, Not Comforters by Martha Bolton and Christin Ditchfield (2017)
  • Smithsonian: Exploring the Virginia Colony (2017)
  • Smithsonian: Exploring the South Carolina Colony (2017)
  • What Women Should Know About Letting It Go: Breaking Free from the Power of Guilt, Discouragement, and Defeat (2015)
  • What Women Should Know About Facing Fear: Finding Freedom from Anxious Thoughts, Nagging Worries, and Crippling Fears (2013)
  • Praying Ephesians (2012)
  • First Place 4 Health: A Thankful Heart (2012)
  • Little Golden Book Bible Favorites (2011)
  • First Place 4 Health: A New Beginning (2011)
  • First Place 4 Health: Living for Christ (2011)
  • The Story of Wool (2011)
  • The Story of Soap (2011)
  • The Story of Water (2011)
  • The Story of Plastic (2011)
  • InfoSearch: Northeast Indians (2011)
  • InfoSearch: Plateau Indians (2011)
  • A Way With Words: What Women Should Know About the Power They Possess (2010)
  • Little Golden Books: Children of the Bible (2010)
  • Shwatsit (2009)
  • A Family Guide to The Bible (2009)
  • A Christian Teacher’s Guide To The Chronicles of Narnia (2008)
  • A Family Guide to Prince Caspian (2008)
  • Route 66: A Trip Through the 66 Books of the Bible (2008)
  • Life Skills Biographies:  Bono (2008)
  • CowLick! (2007)
  • The Lewis and Clark Expedition (2006)
  • Spanish Missions (2006)
  • Take It to Heart: Sixty Meditations On God And His Word (2005)
  • A Family Guide to The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (2005) 
  • The Three Wise Women: A Christmas Reflection (2005) 
  • A Christian Teacher’s Guide to The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (2005)
  • A Literature Guide to The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (2005)
  • Great Life Stories: Louisa May Alcott (2005)
  • Scholastic: The Shoshone (2005)
  • Little Golden Books: Bible Heroes (2004)
  • Great Life Stories: Clara Barton (2004)
  • Freedom Of Speech (2004)
  • Knowing Your Civil Rights (2004)
  • Serving Your Community (2004)
  • The Arapaho (2004)
  • The Blackfeet (2004)
  • The Choctaw (2004)
  • The Chippewa (2004)
  • The Comanche (2004)
  • The Crow (2004)
  • A Family Guide to Narnia – Biblical Truths In C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles Of Narnia (2003)
  • Volleyball (2003)                                                        
  • Ice Hockey (2003)                                                         
  • Golf (2003)                                                                 
  • Tennis (2003)                                                              
  • Great Life Stories: Condoleezza Rice (2003); Revised Edition (2006)
  • Johnny Appleseed: A Rookie Reader (2003)
  • The Shoshone (2003)
  • Presidents Day (2003)
  • Memorial Day (2003)
  • Coal: A True Book (2002)                                           
  • Oil: A True Book (2002)                                               
  • Water: A True Book (2002)                                            
  • Wood: A True Book (2002) 
  • Soil: A True Book (2002)       
  • Joseph E. Johnston, Confederate General (2001)
  • Martina Hingis – Women Who Win (2000)
  • Swimming and Diving (2000)                                           
  • Gymnastics (2000)                                                         
  • Cycling (2000)                                                               
  • Canoeing, Kayaking, Rowing, and Yachting (2000)              
  • Olympic Wrestling (2000)                                                                                       
  • Top Ten American Women’s Olympic Gold Medalists (2000)
  • Sports Great Michael Chang (1999)

Here are some of the books I’ve edited and/or collaborated on:

  • Light Through Broken Pieces: Memoir of a Storm Survivor by Bronwyn Best Jardin (2021)
  • When a Woman Prays Journal by T.D. Jakes (2021)
  • When Christ Appears: An Inspirational Experience Through Revelation by Dr. David Jeremiah (2017)
  • The Wellness Journey of a Lifetime by Vicki Heath (2015)

Here are some of the books I’ve contributed chapters or stories to, or that I’ve been quoted in:

  • Women and C.S. Lewis: What His Life and Literature Reveal for Today’s Culture, edited by Carolyn Curtis and Mary Pomroy Key (2015)
  • Unafraid: 365 Days Without Fear by Gracie Malone (2015)
  • The Beauty of Grace: Stories of God’s Love From Today’s Most Popular Writers, compiled by Dawn Camp (2015)
  • Unquenchable: Growing a Wildfire Faith that Will Endure Anything by Carol Kent (2014)
  • Created for Connection: Your Calling as a Communicator in Today’s World, 2nd Ed. by Donald H. Alban, Jr. (2012)
  • The 10 Best Decisions a Single Can Make: Embracing All God Has for You by Bill & Pam Farrel (2011)
  • Women Ask, Women Answer compiled by Today’s Christian Woman (2008)
  • Single Servings by Lee Warren (2005)
  • Power Up: Daily Sports Devotionals compiled by Dave Branon (2005)
  • Best Inspirational Stories of the Year, compiled by Honor Books (2004)
  • Intimate Moments with God compiled by Linda Evans Shepherd(2003)
  • Stay at Home Handbook by Cheryl Gochnauer (2002)
  • The Winning Edge by Peter Furst (2000)
  • CrossTraining – Becoming Your Spiritual Best, compiled by Zondervan Publishing House, 1999.