Olivia & Me is a Christian children’s book about experiencing life on earth and in heaven. The adventures may begin on earth, but real life happens in heaven! Inspiring and beautifully illustrated by MaryAnn Ward. Olivia & Me is a parallel journey between a little girl and her caterpillar (then butterfly) friend through the multiple stages of life.
Olivia & Me contains 550 words and 28 original paintings. It is written in read-to-me poetic format, designed for children 3 to 7 years old with the intention to inspire conversation and to gain understanding of life and death according to biblical truths.
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Sometimes I travel alone to the place of solitude. At other times, I shoulder with others in a shared journey.
The road of Christian experience reveals new bends, twists and jaw-dropping wonders.
The welcome mat is out; the door is open. Come along as I share a cup full of life experience and a pinch of godly insight.
My prayer is that you will find within these pages
a source of encouragement
a channel of inspiration
a well of hope
a point of connection
and a time for a few laughs and maybe the odd tear.
To date folks from around 100 nations around the world have found a word to sustain them in these little pages. Please let me know about yourself and your journey of faith. I look forward to meeting and hearing from you.
Olivia & Me
“Olivia & Me” is a God inspired children’s book illustrating the parallel journey of a girl and her caterpillar (butterfly) friend through the stages of life, death and eternity beyond.
What People Are Saying:
“.. endearing story woven through poetry and watercolour illustrations, Mary Ann Ward parallels the life events of a tender-hearted child and a wide-eyed caterpillar… to draw the reader closer to the heart of Jesus…playful simplicity is combined with majestic reverence… The reader’s heart is drawn to seek that same fulfillment and contentment…thoughtfully and artfully composed..Olivia & Me is certain to become a childhood favourite for this generation and many generations to come.”
(Bonnie Szakács B.Ed
“If you don’t have your hands on this book yet it is a must to do so.”
“Thanks for the privilege of looking at your book. The art is delightful and I think that is it’s strength. I appreciate the story you are telling and the gift of life we are given in Christ.”
“Olivia & Me…touched something so deep within me, those pages certainly are spirit filled. I am so thankful God inspired you to write it and that you obeyed. Who would have thought that a children’s book would make an adult weep cleansing tears.”
“Oh I got your book yesterday. I love it. You are wonderful. God is wonderful.
I can’t imagine! It is just wonderful. Oh my goodness!
“MaryAnn is a compassionate speaker who has the ability to guide her listeners straight to the heart of God. She has the gift to discern the message God has for her audience and to convey it with anointed words.”
“…since connecting into your site and subscribing to your writings I am Blessed! … your honesty and transparency is pure and more valuable than any earthly gold! Your connection to His Spirit, and what He chooses to day to all of us who follow your posts is boundless without measure!”
“Stunning art work!”
“…without hesitation I am recommending MaryAnn’s ministry… I believe that she will be a blessing to you as she continues to be to us…”
(Lead Pastor Rick P.)
“…MaryAnn is very articulate and does an excellent job of connecting with whatever group it is that she is speaking to….combining a number of sources in her presentations…good mix of humor and personal life experiences when speaking…”
(Pastor Rob R.)
“…a grassroots author with an adventuresome spirit, and an amazing story of how God talented her with artwork? You will want to have MaryAnn visit and share this journey.”
“In Olivia & Me, MaryAnn … brings hope to those who have experienced loss through a stunning and unforgettable metaphor of the new life promised in Christ.”
(Pastor Rob P.)
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