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Daniela's story continues.

by Kathryn S. Patterson on 12/07/16

Continuing the story of Daniela:  With God’s inspiration the story of Daniela began unfolding.  As the character, Daniela, developed, it became clear she could and should be any little girl, any nationality, any ethnic heritage. God as no favorites and makes no distinctions.  In keeping with that idea, I was presented with the problem of cover art for the book.  I was offered pages and pages of cover art to choose from by the publisher.  Nothing worked!  All the artwork available had faces!

My dilemma was resolved when a dear friend, Janet Setterland, who is a wonderful artist and specializes in portraits, offered to paint the cover art, without faces.  This was a gift from God.  Janet and I worked together on ideas for cover art without faces, but the art work, the design, the eye appeal, colors all come from God’s special touch upon her.  The cover is special in many ways, one is that it is a piece of original art for those who have the book.

Thank you, Janet, for your gift to Daniela.  Janet’s art can be seen on her website www.janetsetterlandfineart.com or contact her at jsetterland@gmail.com.

More of Daniela’s story is yet to come!

Daniela's Story

by Kathryn S. Patterson on 11/25/16

Hello readers, welcome to my blog.  The reason I am writing about Daniela’s story is because I think it is as important as the story itself. Daniela was not a fantasy, not an idea put on paper and not something born of the imagination.  Daniela is a story a message given by God in a most unusual way.

I was quite ill, running a temperature, chills, everything that would cause someone to be up in the middle of a cold winter night to search for some Tylenol.  It was 1:00 a.m. when I finally found my way back to a warm bed, trying to drift off to sleep again, when God clearly spoke to my mind. “You’re going to write a book.”  My immediate response was short, “I can’t write a book, I am too sick.”  With that God said, as clearly as could be without audibly shouting, "You will write a book and this is what it will be.”

Following that declaration God related who my main character would be, what her name would be, what the content would be, what book of the Bible I was to use, which was Esther, and what would be the lessons learned.  Then just as clearly, God revealed I was to write a book for boys, as boys would not read “girl’s” books, the main character, his name, three Bible books to choose from and what lessons were to be learned.

 My response to God was, “God, you will have to help me remember all you’ve told me because I’m too sick and it’s too cold for me to get up and write all this down.  After three hours of wrestling with God about His direction I finally fell asleep.

The next day I recounted to my husband, Duane, what had happened, just as thought I was reading it from a script, and asked him, “What do you think?”  Duane’s response was, “If God told you to do it you had better get busy.”  With that the story of Daniela began.

I do not believe I am anyone special for God’s revelation.  I believe God can and does speak to and reveal His will to everyone.  I’m not sure everyone wants to hear from God or for whatever reason does not step out in faith when God leads them.

This is a special story because it is God’s message to children; I was just privileged to be the messenger.