Heaven is Better

Daysa the Daydreamer Book 1

Children - Religious Theme
14 Pages
Reviewed on 08/28/2019
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Author Biography

Shirley Alarie's obsession with Jesus and heaven rivals any Disney World fanatic. Her writing includes both adult and children's inspirational true stories that led to her Daysa the Daydreamer Christian book series. Daysa's journey launches with Heaven is Better and her sequels are coming!

I'm excited to share the story behind the story!

The past few years I've been trying to find and follow God's will for me. Writing has been my path but after writing two adult books about amazing women doing God's work, I was stuck.

So, even though picture books is one of the most competitive genres, I decided to 'write for Jesus' and dive in.

A plan fell in place. I'd write books about the parables, beginning with The Good Samaritan. But after weeks of brainstorming, I hadn't found a cohesive plot. This story had existed for over two thousand years, but I couldn't make it work on paper.

One morning, I prayed. "God, if I'm supposed to write children's books, I need your help, because what I'm doing isn't working."

I actually said that prayer while I was making my morning coffee and by the time I sat down at my computer, I had a completely new book idea. The concept morphed into a storyline as I made breakfast and that afternoon, I saved a draft of Heaven is Better.

I pray Daysa's journey opens the door for conversations with your little Christians about the glory of God's kingdom and eternal life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joshua Soule for Readers' Favorite

“Life on earth is wonderful,” said Mom, “but heaven is better.” Heaven is Better is a unique children’s story in which the author, Shirley Alarie, creates a dialogue that is designed to spark the imagination of the reader. Heaven is a topic often not very thoroughly discussed by parents and is not described in vivid detail in the Bible. Daysa, the young girl in the story, inquires about heaven to her mother. This conversation prompts Daysa to imagine just what heaven might be like. From exploring the beauty of colors in heaven to riding a chimpanzee, and even experiencing the companionship of loved ones, Daysa imagines how heaven truly will be better than living here on earth. The illustrations are full and vivid and certain to keep the attention and awe of young readers as their own imaginations are kindled.

Heaven is Better truly is a one of a kind children’s book. It encompasses a religious theme but in a playful and creative manner that is fun for children to read. The difficult concept of heaven is beautifully illustrated in a child's imagination, and the otherwise confusing topic becomes exciting and beautiful. I am pleased to see the amount of passion that Shirley Alarie has put into designing Heaven is Better. Alarie’s writing is done in a way that will leave kids feeling good and wanting to learn more. The book will serve as an excellent conversation starter for parents to talk to their children about heaven. Nice work.

Kay Winters

Beautiful and meaningful. The idea of Heaven is Better is magical for all. A complex subject simplified.
The splendid image of seeing our loved ones again makes life without them a little more bearable. Thank you, Shirley Alarie!