Happy Hour #76 is with Sally Lloyd-Jones, the author of my most favorite children's book, The Jesus Storybook Bible. Seriously, before I go on, if you don't have a copy of this book in your home, stop what you are doing right now and order one here. I promise you, you will not regret it. Sally does an amazing job of illustrating how every story in the Bible points to Jesus. No matter how long you have been around church, or how familiar you are with the Bible, I am confident that this book will stir your affections for Jesus in a new way. And as a bonus, your kids will absolutely love it too!

In our conversation, Sally shares her background and how God used some pivotal experiences in her life to prepare and shape her to be an author. She talks about the process of writing for children and how it must be approached with as much excellence as writing for adults. This was so convicting to me. She talks specifically about writing for children, but I think this applies to all of our relationships with children – whether you are a mom, a teacher, a nurse, a Sunday school worker – our work with children deserves as much excellence as our work with adults. I think so often it is easy for us to give our kids whatever is left over from us, and Sally is challenging me (and all of us) to treat our work with children with more respect and excellence. And lastly, for those of you with creative spirits, Sally shares some valuable advice and tips that I think you'll find inspiring.

I announced last week that I am starting to write a book, so I found myself hanging on every word from Sally because I respect her and her work so much (and her accent is just gravy). I really hope you love our conversation as much as I did, and feel inspired and encouraged in whatever your current “assignment” is.

{You can listen to the show HERE. And of course, I would love if you would share with your friends. Just use the FB & Twitter links at the end of this post!}

Links from the Show

Sally's Books

Sally's Blog

Jesus Storybook Bible's Illustrator : Jago 

Skip to the Loo, My Darling's Illustrator : Anita Jeram

Andrew Peterson: Behold the Lamb of God

Jesus Storybook Bible's Audio Reader : David Suchet

Basic Christianity by John Stott + Slugs and Bugs by Randall Goodgame + Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

What Sally is loving: Brooklyn, Avocado Toast and The Bible in 90 Days

Connect with Sally

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube


Kurt Felsman


If you looking for more great meaningful worship music you must check out Kurt Felsman. He has been leading people in corporate worship for nearly 20 years and his heart is to see people experience the goodness and glory of God. Kurt is debuting his EP, Majesty and Mystery. It is both beautifully and biblically crafted and contains a collection of powerful songs designed to be sung. With soaring melodies and beautifully crafted musical elements, Majesty and Mystery will draw the listener's heart into worship.

Majesty and Mystery is available on iTunes, and all major music retailers. Also make sure you check out his website at www.kurtfelsman.com, and follow him on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. For the next few weeks he'll be giving away copies just for happy hour listeners, so make sure to follow and comment #thehappyhour and tag a friend on his post.  You won't be sorry for adding this EP into your worship playlists!


Pine Cove


It's still winter(ish), but now is the time to be thinking about your summer plans and you must consider Pine Cove camps! Here’s why camp ministry is awesome: your kids get a whole week away from technology to be out in God’s creation, they get to be pushed out of their comfort zone with fun activities like high ropes courses, zip lines, and horseback riding. Pine Cove scours the nation for the most excellent, intentional, Jesus-loving college students to invest in your kids for a week as their counselors. We’ve sent our kids to Pine Cove for years now, and they always come back with so many stories of what they learned about the Bible and how they felt so loved by the staff. Pine Cove takes safety seriously, and as a mom myself I trust them completely with my kids. You can find out more information about Pine Cove on their website at pinecove.com.

Prep Dish


Prep Dish is a healthy subscription-based meal planning service. When you sign up, you'll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After a couple of hours on the weekend, you'll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. You'll save time and have some amazingly delicious meals like Smoky Paprika Chicken Legs with Roasted Carrots, Parsnips & Fennel or Turkey & Zucchini Lasagna. And, Allison is offering listeners a special rate of $4 for the first month – that's only $1/weekly meal plan! You can't beat that. Check out Prep-Dish for this amazing deal!


Jamie Ivey