Born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Liz is the youngest of 12 children. She learned early in life about family dynamics and the concept of sharing. After graduating in 1983, with a degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, Liz married Shadi and they have been blessed with four fabulous children. Her love for the Lord has opened her eyes to a world in need and ignited her compassion for those who are less fortunate. She and her husband founded and continue to manage Welcome The Children; a non-profit organization that funds and supports children who are experiencing the reality of poverty. Currently, Welcome The Children focus is on a mission in Africa, with plans to reach other regions around the world. Liz has designated the greater portion of proceeds from her book sales to support Welcome The Children.
Be Brave Bettina!
“Be Brave Bettina” is the second book in a series that offers life lesson teachings for children. The story picks up from the first book “Baby Come Home” where we meet a caterpillar named Bettina who must overcome her fear of becoming a butterfly. She must embark on a long and seemingly impossible journey. Through the encouragement of her new friends, Bettina faces and overcomes the fear that once threatened to keep her from becoming who she was made to be. In her struggle to overcome shyness and insecurity, the author has firsthand experience with facing paralyzing fear. Bettina reflects the author’s reliance on God in all circumstances. Though we may not acknowledge His presence, He is always there to offer love and guidance on our journey. The story gives an example of how God will never leave us or forsake us especially when we are going through difficult times. We must learn to lean on His strength and courage to provide our own.
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Baby Come Home
“Baby Come Home” is a story of the young bird, “Baby”, who learns the value of unconditional love and acceptance after he decides to break free from the confinement of his cage and those who love him most. The story gives children a different perspective on rules and why we need to obey them. It also offers a teaching on the unconditional love that our perfect God has for His imperfect people.
“Baby Come Home” was inspired by a true life situation. Baby was a beautiful bird owned by my son Sam. Baby would sit on Sam’s shoulder as Sam would do things around the house. It was understood that the times Sam wasn’t playing with Baby, Baby spent in his cage.
Needless to say, as time went on, the rules were bent. I would find Baby roaming the house without Sam. I tried to explain to the kids that the cage was not a punishment, but a place of protection. They had difficulty “seeing what the big deal” was. Sure enough, Baby escaped the house and was never seen again.
The parallel is easy to see. In our own lives when we look at rules given by our parents, teachers, bosses and especially God, we tend to view them as something that keeps us from having fun or from growing up. When in fact, they are put in place as an offering of protection until we are ready for the responsibilities that lie before us.
Wayne S. Walker | 24/01/2013
Baby Come Home is a tug-at-the-heartstrings story that is an allegory of God’s love for us. The book is a wonderful vehicle to introduce children gently to the concepts of mankind’s rebellion against God and God’s forgiveness for those who return to Him.
Anna | 19/12/2012
A book that truly touches the heart, especially for anyone who has ever strayed from right.
Mari K. Peete | 26/11/2012
A wonderfully uplifting story. My child enjoyed this book.
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