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Gifts from the Porch Swing

Embracing Grace After Loss

After 30 years of ministering through music, Marji Stevens suffered an accident and lost her ability to sing. Just a few years later, a prolonged illness claimed the life of her husband, Bill, to whom she had been married for 40 years. She then spent the next seven years as a caregiver to her 92-year-old mother-in-law, who continued living in the couple's home.  Marji learned how to process her grief and face her fears each morning when she met with the Lord on her porch swing. Now Marji shares those discoveries with you, gifts of grace she has learned to embrace on the journey through loss and grief.


You Are Not Alone

A little 4 x 5.5" booklet for someone who is a new widow.  It's filled with full color inspirational art by Marji, Scripture verses, and words of hope and encouragement. 

 Words of Comfort

for the Hurting Heart


Companion booklet-

for losses other than a spouse


Read what others are saying...

"I just finished Marji's book. Every story is filled with such deep honesty. It is both refreshing to hear what needs to be said, and then sad that we didn't get it before this book shares it plainly. There is freedom that comes with confronting the truth from all angles, and that is what Marji does." B. Morgan


"Marji writes with such open honesty about a wide variety of life events. Her book is an engaging story that kept me reading when I should have been sleeping. She encouraged and inspired me. and she imparted valuable tools on surviving and thriving through loss, which will benefit any reader." Lynn B.


"This book is a blessing! Marji weaves humor into the transparent and vulnerable telling of her pathway through grief. timeless wisdom is illustrated in each story. This was the book I couldn't wait to pick up at the end of the day." Lori D.

Marji's Children's Books ...

These books have been inspired by my seven grandkids: Owen, Avery, James, William, Hazel, Everett, and Chapel.  If you're a grandma, like me, you know the joy of reading to your 'kidlets'--as long as they'll sit still! 

I wish I could give this book ten stars. This is such a wonderful way to teach children about the importance of fully relying on God each and every day of our lives. A great reminder for us adults too!

Sharon E. 



Reading this book is like reading a Max Lucado children's book or a parable of Jesus ~ simple words and pictures pack a powerful message. Lord, help me to keep letting You oil me every day, and please surround me with encouragers, like the little mouse, to cheer me on! Sharon O.

Little Tick everything she could, but no amount of effort achieved her goal - to make a "tock". 

Tick learns the power of prayer and the warmth of a good friend's encouragement.

So many times in my years of working in daycare, we would have kids that were scared to go on the potty. This is a great book to show little ones that it isn't scary, and that they CAN do it.  S. Erickson

How do you like the

Paper-mache display

potty I made?

Baby Moose conquers the "big-boy" task

of learning how to use the potty and earns

a special prize.

Baby Moose believes he's having the worst, most terrible-est day ever . . .

But he learns the whole day may not be ruined if one thing goes wrong.

This book would make an ideal gift for a preschooler, along with a fireman's hat and a bell. You can feel and hear the excitement of ringing the firetruck's bell!

Marji LOVES to make school visits. Why not plan one at your school?     Here's How . . .

Baby Moose discovers that God answers prayer - sometimes in the most unusual ways.

Hazel's first day of school came with strange sights, and sounds.  As well as some tummy butterflies and cold feet.  But, Hazel learns  that good friends can help make your courage grow.

The Little Plot of Land

A thought provoking modern-day parable for ages 10 to adult.

The young man was perplexed when given an overgrown plot of land. It didn't seem like a gift at all, but in time he realized that good gifts often get buried. It was obedience to persevere that reaped a surprising reward.

Complete with questions for discussion questions and for an artist's perspective.

Coming Soon: Everett and the Big Fat Chicken   and  Teedle's Treasure