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About Britney Winn Lee
Britney Winn Lee is a writer as well as a Community Arts Program Director in Shreveport, Louisiana where she lives with her husband and son. With creativity and community always at her center, Lee has worked for ten years in churches and nonprofits doing orphan care, intentional community building, and providing art and music to under-resourced areas. A writer since childhood, Britney is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild as well as the author of Deconstructed Do-Gooder: A Memoir About Learning Mercy the Hard Way and The Boy with Big, Big Feelings. Follow what she's creating at britneywinnlee.com and on instagram @britneywinnlee.
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Highly recommended by parents, teachers, and therapists for children navigating feelings and coping with an array of emotions.
The Boy with Big, Big Feelings is relatable for any child -- especially kids experiencing anxiety, extreme emotions, autism, or who have been diagnosed as a Highly Sensitive Person. Beautifully illustrated and written in rhyming verse, children and adults explore the whole spectrum of feelings and readers navigate the emotional challenges they face throughout the day.
The main character has feelings so big that they glow from his cheeks, spill out of his eyes, and jump up and down on his chest. When he hears a joke, he bursts with joy. When a loud truck drives by, he cries. When his loved ones are having a hard day, he feels their emotions as if they were his own.
The boy tries to cope by stuffing down his feelings, but with a little help and artistic inspiration, the boy realizes his feelings are something to be celebrated. Written by picture book author Britney Winn Lee and boldly illustrated by Jacob Souva, this book is a perfect companion to The Girl With Big, Big Questions.
"Why can't people live on the moon?"
"Can I be president when I grow up?"
"What makes a person good?"
These are just some of the questions that bubble forth from one little girl with twinkling eyes and a curious mind. When the girl finds that her big questions make some people uncomfortable, she stops. But then she learns that her questions can solve problems and that asking questions is how we learn and grow.
Celebrate the spirit of curiosity and the joy of learning with this lively picture book about a persistent girl and her quest for knowledge.
From the author and illustrator of The Boy with Big, Big Feelings.
Rally is a prayer book for faith communities searching for words to respond to the injustices around them. It’s a prayer book for Christian activists who believe in putting feet to their prayers. The book supplies words for concerned Christians who yearn to lift their voices to God about such issues as racism; the abuse of power and privilege; mistreatment of migrants and refugees; lives tragically lost; our violent society; white supremacy; and people being marginalized because of their gender, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, or economic status. Rally contains prayers for perpetrators, for loving our bodies, for listening to one another, for those who have been wounded by the church. In this resource, readers will find prayers that evoke hope and connection, guidance for sifting through the news and social media headlines, laments about destruction of the earth, and pleas for loving alike though we don’t think alike.
The beauty of this book lies in the rich variety of voices and experiences of its writers—leaders who work at the intersection of Christianity and social justice and who want to resource those who gather to lament the needs and celebrate the possibilities of a better world. “Lord, stir us up to holy action,” cries this powerful book. Rally spurs people to compassionately continue the important work of loving God and neighbor until all of God’s people feel safe and seen.
"What does it look like to love one other after we've been stripped of pride and certainty, or knocked down by exhaustion and grief? In Deconstructed Do-Gooder, Britney Winn Lee invites us into her journey from bright-eyed optimism to holy hustle, and ultimately, to the acceptance that she is spectacularly human. Her story vibrates with tension and sparkles with ordinary life. In the end, she reminds us that surrendering to the gospel can only mean surrendering to mercy. I wish I'd read this decades ago."
--Shannan Martin, author of The Ministry of Ordinary Places and Falling Free
"This is a memoir of new monasticism, a work of narrative theology, a story of continual deconstruction and reconstruction. And in the end, it invites the reader to think about their own roles in this, the most famous story of Jesus. The hero, the villain--or something in between? May you read it, be encouraged, and consider what it might mean to work towards entire systems that are built to take care of our most vulnerable."
--from the foreword by D.L. Mayfield, author of Assimilate or Go Home
Britney Winn Lee is one of those rare voices in contemporary Christian discourse whose joyful truth-telling is as generous as her theology, who doesn't withhold grace. We need more of her.
--Sarah Arthur, author of A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle and A Wrinkle in Time
Britney Winn Lee is a writer and community arts director for a United Methodist church in Shreveport, LA where she lives with her husband and son. Follow her on her blog at britneywinnlee.com.