I'm Not Afraid


Children - Grade K-3rd
32 Pages
Reviewed on 02/16/2016
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Author Biography

Lee Ann Mancini graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Regent University (1990), a Masters in Biblical and Theology Studies from Knox Seminary, Magna Cum Laude (2014), and a Masters in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Cum Laude (2014). Lee Ann also received her certificate of completion from the Ravi School of Apologetics (2011).

Lee Ann is currently an adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. She is also an award-winning, Christian children's author. She is has taught Bible Study for over 10 years and has been an active community volunteer/​leader for over 20 years: Representing children as a Palm Beach County Guardian Ad Litem, International Affairs commission Chair for St. Joan of Arc Council of Catholic Women, Community Support Chair for the Junior League of Boca Raton. Initiated and chaired the Auction for Boca Raton High School for six years, and initiated and chaired the PTSA for Boca Raton High School for two years. In addition, Lee Ann is involved in the Women’s Ministry at Spanish River Christian Church and is a board member of the Alexandrian Forum under the tutelage of Dr. Warren Gage Th.M., J.D., Ph.D., seeking to bring a greater understanding of the Bible by hosting annual Typology Conferences in South Florida dedicated to the theme of Christ as the center of Scripture. In addition, Lee Ann speaks to women groups regarding the redemptive power of the gospel represented though the types of brides of the church.

Her series “Adventure of the Sea Kids” is a multiple, award-winning series. Promoting Christian values for children.

Lee Ann is married and has two children. She loves to read, jog, and teach the Word of God.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

I'm Not Afraid by Lee Ann Mancini and Dan Sharp is a wonderfully illustrated children’s book set in the Underwater Amusement Park. When Rachel the octopus asks her best friend, Susie the shark, if they can go on the Whale-Back Roller Coaster, Susie makes many excuses as to why they shouldn’t. Susie asks if they could try a different ride, then she decides that she wants to eat first. After they eat and their food settles, Susie decides to go and play some games. They both play and win many toy prizes which filled their arms, giving Susie yet another reason not to ride on the Whale-Back Roller Coaster. When Rachel finds a locker to store the toy prizes, Susie gives another excuse that she has to use the bathroom and then ring her mom, insisting that she is not afraid to ride the roller coaster. While talking to her mother on the phone, Susie’s mom tells her that it is all right not to be afraid and to say a prayer if she gets scared. Finally, Susie agrees to go on the roller coaster with Rachel.

The illustrations throughout I’m Not Afraid are fun and full of colour which fills every page of the story. Lee Ann Mancini and Dan Sharp present an incredible tale of friendship, with Susie being too scared to admit her fears, but with Rachel and Susie’s mother’s help, she learns that she can conquer her fears with prayer by reaching out to Jesus.