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Meet Mary Jane
I love books and always wanted to be an author. I am so thankful that God allowed me to to start writing.
Together with my husband Joe, we live in the most beautiful part of Pennsylvania.
Want to get in touch with me?
Just e-mail me at: hello (at) maryjanehumes (dot) com
Did you ever consider that the stories in the Bible have powerful, spiritual applications for adults?
If any of the above questions got your attention, I want to thank you for stopping by to learn more about my books.
The Faith Series Devotionals, 30-day Bible Study Devotionals for Women
When I first started writing, I envisioned writing to a woman. I am a female and felt that I could relate primarily to ladies. So I added the tag line “For Women” on my books. Now I have brave MEN reading my books, and loving them, and wondering why I say, “For Women.”
My devotionals occasionally include female pronouns, but other than the cover (all with a silhouette of a woman) and the feminine script for the chapter title font, there is nothing else that is strictly feminine about my books.
If you like what I write, you can do two things:
1. Thank God for His help and His wisdom in helping me relate His Word.
2. Thank my team of editors. Many authors have one editor, but this girl needs a whole team! I currently have a total of four different editors — one woman and three men. Each one of them brings a unique slant to the editing process, and I am so thankful for all of them and their “red ink.”
How The Books Got Started
I always wanted to write a book, but I didn’t know what to write about. I knew that I liked writing non-fiction with the desire to make it as interesting as fiction. I was teaching Sunday school at my church and my friend, Verna, who was in her 60s at the time, was my assistant.
Verna volunteered to help in my class because she said, “I got saved late in life and I never learned the Bible stories.” Not only was she great at helping me with the kids, but she was also a great student. At that time, I was teaching children between the ages of 10 to 12. These children could read well independently, so I challenged them to read a portion of their Bible every day.
When I was a young teen, my Sunday school teacher encouraged his class to do this, and his encouragement started me with my personal, daily discipline of having a time of Bible reading and prayer. Unfortunately, my Sunday school students, when I told them to read the Bible daily all stared at me blankly, looking at me like I had two heads!
What a strange idea this was to them. Every week I would reiterate this fact, but I was not getting through. I didn’t ask if they did what I had asked them to do because I knew from their blank stares that they had not.
Then, one Sunday, of my students came to me with a list of Bible chapters she had read that week, one chapter a day, and a list of questions that she had while she was reading. It was Verna. Her actions thrilled me!
When I started teaching about the life of King David to my Sunday school class. I wanted to make what the Bible recorded of his life come alive, to be both fascinating and interesting. Plus, I wanted to make practical applications to his experiences that would help my students in their own lives.
When I was finished with the life of David, I moved on to my favorite book of the Bible — Esther. Again, I wanted to teach exactly what the Bible said while making it practical.
Soon, I realized what I was teaching my Sunday school students would make a great month-long devotional book which included:
- daily Bible reading
- daily teaching on a Scripture passage
- a practical application to everyday living
- a suggested prayer
An Overview of the Faith Series Devotionals
If you would like to know more about each of the books, just click on the title.
Naaman’s Faith — An 8-day devotional based on the life of Captain Naaman, who had leprosy.
David’s Faith — You heard about David and Goliath? Now learn more about the life of David — Israel’s greatest king and the author of many of the Psalms.
Esther’s Faith — The orphan turned queen who saved her people. Royal intrigue with a touch of romance.
Joseph’s Faith — The 11th son of Jacob, his favorite, the spoiled dreamer, wearing his coat of many colors. Then he is missing and presumed dead…
Abraham’s Faith — The story of the man (with his loyal wife) behind the name that is held in respect by the three major monotheistic religions.
Jonah’s Faith — You heard about the whale who swallowed Jonah? Now learn the rest of the story.
My Prayer Journal Notebook — This is a notebook for you to write out your prayers, prayer requests, and praises.
About the Dedications
I have always loved books. When I was in high school, I took a course on writing children’s books. One of the questions asked was “Why do you want to write?” My answer was something like, “I want to write to be able to dedicate my books to the people I love.”
I always read the dedication page of books and wondered about the person(s) to whom the author dedicated their book. In each of my books, my dedications are very meaningful to me.