If you've arrived at this page then either you're exploring or you want to find out more about the books I have written and possibly about those being developed right now. Whichever reason, welcome and thanks for popping by.
I am as shocked as anyone else that I am an author. It is not something that I expected would happen, at least not further than writing text books which was part and parcel of my previous career. It is fantastic but terrifying to use this name "author" and to allow my writings to be available to the wider world. Somehow it's much more than blogging; which I know makes no sense since anyone can read my blog for free, but hey, since when did logic come into emotional reactions?
Below you'll find summaries and links to my books as they're released. If you'd like to know anything else about them then please get in contact. In the meantime; here are my author pages at Amazon and Lulu.
Children's Bible Stories in English and Bemba
When I was in Zambia in July 2012 visiting The Jubilee Centre in Ndola I wrote ten short bible stories for kids with their then family worker, Meluse Kapatamoyo Masuwa.
The ten stories we wrote whiz through the bible from creation through Noah, Jesus's birth and parable and Easter. Each story is just ten lines long, providing an abridged but accurate version of the bible story in question. The aim of writing the book was to have the stories translated into Bemba (the local Zambian language in Ndola) and produce a book in both English and Bemba. This finally happened in 2014 when Daniel Daka translated the stories for me.
The books are now available for sale at the price of £9.99 in the UK (and it's equivalent elsewhere in the world). Each book sold gifts a second book to an orphan in Zambia and donates £1 to the work of The Jubilee Centre who care for these orphans in Ndola, Zambia.
If you would like a copy then you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will arrange it, or you can click the book cover below to purchase a copy of the book from http://www.lulu.com/shop/emma-major/childrens-bible-stories-in-english-and-bemba/paperback/product-21998920.html
The book is also available on kindle, but the fee arrangement with amazon means that the sales of these kindle versions will not make enough money to send a book to a child; they will however raise £1 per book to send to The Jubilee Centre.
This is my story; this is my songThis book is both my story and my song.
It is the story of my babies who died before they were born; it is my song of healing and hope in grief, given as a gift to others.
We are many in number;
We are never alone.
We are many in number;
We are never alone.
It is not a diary or an autobiography of my experience; rather it is a collection of poems and prose which I have written over the years in memory of my four baby boys and in the journey of grief which I have travelled. They were written as a form of healing and they are given now in the hope that they might help the healing of those who read them.
I am a mum of angels;
All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to The Miscarriage Association.
The book was released on Amazon Kindle as an e-book on 27th January 2013.
Following some really positive feedback it was released in paperback on 1st February 2013.
Click this book cover below to be taken to Amazon for more information about the kindle version.
Click this book cover for the Lulu paperback version
Stations of the Cross for AllPlaces to wait with Jesus; meet with Jesus; and talk with Jesus.
This book is a guide through the stations of the cross which in twelve steps take the reader through the last day of Jesus' life. The stations of the cross are often followed during Lent, in Holy Week, or on Good Friday. They can be used meditatively, as the basis for prayer, or as part of a lent course.
The text for this book was initially written to lead a group of children and teenagers through Jesus’ last day; but has been used by groups of adults and individuals who have also found it useful.
The book is available in paperback from Lulu
Or on Kindle at Amazon
We are the Nativity CrowdThis is a thirty verse poem telling to the story of the nativity. It takes the reader from the angel visiting Mary and Joseph, through the journey to Bethlehem, search for a room, birth of Jesus and visits by Shepherds and Wise Men. The poem and book is designed to be broken down into five acts, as performed at St Nicolas Earley on Christmas Eve 2014.
The book is available on kindle from Amazon.
There are no plans to publish this book in print, but if a demand arises then this might be considered.
An Alphabet of Mental HealthThis book is a selection of twenty seven poems about my personal experiences of living with depression, bi polar, anxiety and eating disorders. Selected from more than one hundred poems written between 2008 and 2014 I brought these together to share my experiences, the good, bad and ugly. My hope is that this book will provide an insight into what it is like to live with depression, anxiety and bipolar; warts and all through tears and laughter. I'm not expecting it to be comedic, but I hope that it raises a smile alongside any tears it may form.
Published February 2015.
All proceeds from the book will be donated to Rethink Mental Illness.
Click here to purchase a copy of the book as a paperback
Or purchase a copy for your kindle from amazon.co.uk
Dandelions and Bad Hair DaysI am one of the authors of this book about depression and how different people live with depression in their lives. The book was compiled and edited by Susie Grogan and is sold to raise awareness and money for the charity Sane. The chapter I wrote is entitled "How does depression look to you?" which takes you through a series of images to illustrate my experiences of depression.
Miscarriage and Pastoral Care
I am the co-author, with Rev Tina Hodgett of a Grove Pastoral Care book #141 about Miscarriage.
The purpose of this booklet is to consider how churches can best care for and support those women and their partners who experience a miscarriage. To some extent this specific area of pastoral care will form part of the wider package of support a church offers families in the parish or wider community. It will complement a church’s teaching about sex and sexuality, the theology surrounding conception and childbirth, and its approach to questions of suffering and loss.
We will consider how social changes contribute to the way miscarriage affects couples today; the use of terminology, and what women (and couples) say about their experience of miscarriage. We will reflect theologically on the Scriptures and offer some proposals from systematic theologians which may help pastors supporting those suffering pregnancy loss. Finally we offer practical guidance for pastoral carers, including some liturgical resources.
Published March 2015
Over the last year I've been working away on an idea to write christian stories for young children. From my initial thoughts and prayers came Divine Routes. The first five stories all flowed onto paper in a few months in the summer of 2010, but I had no way of illustrating the stories so put them on a back burner. A friend read a few for me and provided some great comments and ideas, thanks JP, but still I was held back from taking them forward.
Then in the first week of 2011 I was pushed into getting the books out in the world. I realised that they could be made digitally accessible on Kindle and would not need, or be able to support, illustrations.
Bingo, all I needed was a front cover which could be adapted to each book. And somehow, God given I know, that made it's way onto paper.
What is Divine Routes?
Divine Routes is a series of short books explaining the Christian faith to pre-school and Key Stage 1 children. The series uses buses and their journeys on their bus routes to convey the biblical messages. The text is perfect for being read aloud and also easy to read for first readers.
God is the Bus Controller in the stories, with Jesus the bus conductor. There are six bus routes; red, yellow, green, blue, orange and purple. These routes are illustrations of some of the routes we may take to know God, to get to the divine. Each route's buses are "us" with a “driver” associated; this is the Holy Spirit.
Why re-write the best stories ever told?
Jesus was a great storyteller, he knew exactly how to explain his message to his listeners. He used imagery which they understood and involved situations they lived. This was the power of his parables, the reality of them. Some people believe that they should never be adapted, that they are perfect as they are; and in many ways I agree, but I also know how hard they are to understand without some historical knowledge. Children, especially boys, find it hard to put themselves back 2000 years to a place, time and society they can't possibly imagine; there is a need to bring the parables and Word of God to them in a way they can connect with and be interested in.
There are many books on the shelves of christian bookshops that are rewrites of Biblical stories for kids, almost anything you could ever want is available, especially if you're a girl. There are animals, children and even vegetables as the characters telling the stories. But the market has a huge great gap for boys; especially for boys who like the excitement and speed of cars, trains and planes. DVDs have been made with cars which are quite popular, but many parents of boys have told me they'd like to find bible story books which they could really connect with. That is why I wrote Divine Routes; that and a major shove from God!
Jump Aboard the Bus - Book 1 of the Divine Routes Series
The Good Samaritan - Book 2 of the Divine Routes Series
The Lost Sheep - Book 3 of the Divine Routes Series
The Prodigal Son - Book 4 of the Divine Routes Series
The Sower - Book 5 of the Divine Routes Series
Peas, Parties and Poems (working title)Rachel has been asking me to write poems for kids for well over a year. I write for her all the time, some of which make the blog, most of which don't. If I ever get to a place where I have lots of poems which seem to make a collective then this book might see the light of day. I'm not holding my breath though.