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Simply Stories Podcast

Aug 12, 2021

Today on the podcast, we have book editor, author, professional encourager and just all around amazing human, Amanda Cleary Eastep. I got to meet Amanda several years ago at a writing conference when she was part of a panel representing Moody Publishing. During this conversation she shares what it's like to be a book editor at Moody Publishers, as well as a middle-grade books author, which means she writes books for kids ages 8-12, and we look at what draws us as people to stories that captivate children and adults alike with their unique humor, whimsy, wonder, fun and freedom. 

We talk quite a bit about the concept of the moral imagination, and how stories can touch parts of us and unlock parts of our imagination and our faith, how we engage good and evil and more. The master of this process is Jesus Himself. His stories affect us emotionally, intellectually, and hold space for us to place ourselves in a story and decide who we will be because of it. 

Amanda is such a kind and wise woman who is still figuring out how to surrender her life and her dreams to Jesus, and I loved getting to hear how modeling honesty, humility, and just imperfectly but persistently expressing love to the kids in your life matters more than we know. As a Mom, step-Mom, working Mom, and all the things, I love Amanda’s reminder that kids may bear witness to some of your greatest failures, but they also can have a front row seat to grace and redemption in your life and that’s a story they need to know. 

I also appreciate how Amanda brought up how to engage kids who are NOT readers with stories whether that’s about discussing movies, stories of people in your family or historical stories from where you’re from or somewhere they’re not, we are surrounded by stories that can engage the hearts and faith of kids.

We also round out this episode with my daughter coming on, again, to interview “Ms. Amanda,” and it's sweet and hilarious to hear our girl’s insights. Amanda very patiently talked with NB and me about her real life experiences with tornados, feelings and faith and it's just the sweetest.

I hope you’ll love this episode, here is my conversation with Amanda Cleary Eastep. 

Episode Partner: Armor Up, Warrior Princess



Connecting with Amanda:

-The Tree Street Kid series




-Ann Swindell and the Writing with Grace Conference

-Moody Publishers

-Maggie Combs - Motherhood Without All the Rules 

- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle 

-Founders week at Moody Bible College

-Jamie Janosz and ”Today in the Word”

-Roseanna M. White, our conversation, her book we mention Dreams of Savannah

-Trillia Newbill 

-The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis 

-The new edition of Little Pilgrim’s Progress (illustrated edition and its GORGEOUS)

-Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination 

 by Vigen Guroian

-Dr. Russell Moore- not just instructing a child about morals, but engaging their imagination and giving them a vision of something better 

-Frederick Buechner- described it “story has value in itself”

-Marvel series 

-Harry Potter series

-Dorena Williamson’s conversation with me part 1 and 2 

-The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

-Trillia’s books for kids 

-15 beats method from Save the Cat Writes a Novel

-”Bueller, Bueller” Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 

-Our conversation with Mr. Randall Goodgame 

-Star Wars Battlefront 2

-bomb shelter 

-The “Twister” cow moment

-”Food, FOOOOOOD” from “Twister”

-the Dinner at “Aunt Meg’s” house from “Twister”

-”While You Were Sleeping”

-The Hunt for Fang

-The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

-the audible presentation of Jack vs. the Tornado

-Zach Cantrell // other books he’s narrated

-The science and history facts printables from Jack vs. The Tornado

-The Flying Flamingo Sisters book

-”Life Lessons for Anxious Kids” devotional


Hebrews 10:24-25/ 1 Thessalonians 5:11-spurring one another on

Romans 12:21-overcome evil with evil but overcome evil with good

Luke 15:11-32-The prodigal son parable

Genesis 1 - “in the beginning…”

The book of Revelation

Revelation 19:7-10-a literal or metaphorical feast

Isaiah 65:17-19-the new heavens and the new Earth 

John 15:4-7 / Colossians 1:27-28-the best thing in me is Christ in me

Galatians 5:22-23-the fruit of the Spirit

Psalm 91:4 -we are sheltered by God 

Connecting with Emily and Simply Stories Podcast:
Instagram (Em life // Podcast Life)

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