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March 2019 Non-Fiction: Biography & Autobiography

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A Prairie Girl's Faith
The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder
By (author): Stephen W. Hines
9780735289802 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical Mar 12, 2019
$19.99 CAD
Active 5.49 x 8.24 x 0.6 in 224 pages 8-PG, B&W PHOTO INSERT WaterBrook Press WaterBrook
The beloved author of the Little House books was not only one of America’s great pioneer storytellers but a woman of vibrant faith.

Now available in trade paper, A Prairie Girl’s Faith provides the first extended, in depth discussion of the Christian faith of one of America’s most beloved pioneer women—Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although the faith of the Ingalls’ family pervades books in the Little House series, the more specific details of Laura’s faith have never been fully explored. It took extraordinary pluck for anyone to survive the harshness of frontier life—from the heartbreak of sudden crop losses to murderous storms to unrelenting loneliness. This book reveals how in surviving, the brave Laura drew not just on her character, but found encouragement, strength, and hope in her relationship with God.

Publication History: WaterBrook HC (2/18)

LANDON ENDORSEMENT: Michael Landon Jr., son of the TV actor/director of the TV series, says, “I have long admired Laura Ingalls Wilder and the values she portrayed so memorably in her books….this compelling discussion of Laura’s spiritual journey is most welcome and satisfying.” -Michael Landon, Jr., actor, director, writer, producer

AUTHOR’S EXPERTISE AND SALES TRACK RECORD: Hines is an acknowledged expert on Laura Ingalls Wilder and has an impressive record with earlier books. His Little House in the Ozarks sold over 200,000 copies.

PHOTOS AND PIONEER RECIPES: An 8-page insert features photos of Laura and other book themes. Actual recipes (with slight changes for contemporary palates) used by Laura’s family and other pioneers are included.

HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE: Many homeschool parents use the stories from Laura’s life for instruction in literature, as well as Christian worldview and pioneer values. They will welcome this deeper discussion of her faith and principles.

PIONEER GIRL MARKET SUCCESS: This recent bestseller to date has sold 127,000+ in hardcover (Bookscan total only).

HISTORICAL INTEREST: General readers who have interest in the American frontier/pioneer era should gravitate to this. Among these readers are those who are nostalgic about more simple times in America.

STEPHEN HINES is a recognized authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder and has authored several best-selling volumes on her life, including Little House in the Ozarks. He grew up in the midwest in an area where Wilder once lived. Hines was the founding Director of Communications for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and has held several editorial positions in magazine, newspaper, and book publishing. The author is a contributor to awww.littlehouseontheprairie.com. He lives with his wife, Gwen, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Author Residence: Nashville, Tennissee

Publicity: National print attention

CBA radio interviews and giveaways

“Because of my father’s role in the Little House on the Prairie television series, I have long admired Laura Ingalls Wilder and the values she portrayed so memorably in her books. It’s no secret to her readers that faith was central to the Ingalls family. This compelling discussion of Laura’s spiritual journey is most welcome and satisfying.”
—Michael Landon Jr., actor, director, writer, and producer

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