North Texas Minister Publishes Coloring Book for Grieving Children

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Rev. Penny Stemley presents gentle approach to understanding, overcoming traumatic life events

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As adults, it’s difficult enough to deal with grief and loss. But how do we even begin to explain the subsequent emotions to a child?

A North Texas-based Christian minister has created and published an inspirational coloring book for children that can help them to understand and overcome grief and loss. In “Butterfly Wings,” author Rev. Penny Stemley provides parents and professionals who work with kids with a gentle method for teaching young people about emotionally challenging concepts, such as death and traumatic life events.

Stemley published her book after being inspired by a young girl in her church congregation who was grieving the loss of a close family member. Based on a dream Stemley had several years prior, the book chronicles a queen’s doubt and despair after the death of her king and her ultimate healing through the power of faith and love.

“In our world, there is much destruction and devastation,” Stemley said. “As adults, it’s difficult enough to deal with grief and loss. But how do we even begin to explain the subsequent emotions to a child? My prayer is that this book will offer a sense of hope and joy to anyone who reads it and that, even in the midst of sorrow, it will bring children to a place of peace and comfort.”

With simple illustrations and easy-to-understand messaging, “Butterfly Wings” reaches out to all young people experiencing heartbreak or going through a traumatic life experience. The book presents readers with a creative and compassionate approach to processing hardships and progressively moving forward to a place of peace.

“Butterfly Wings”
By Rev. Penny Stemley
ISBN: 978-1-5127-7317-0 (paperback); 978-1-5127-7318-7 (electronic)
Available at the WestBow Press Online Bookstore, Barnes & Noble and Amazon

About the author
Rev. Penny Stemley is an ordained deacon of the United Methodist church and holds a Master of Arts in Christian Service degree from Brite Divinity School. Stemley is the founder of the Tarrant County Restorative Justice Center, a faith-based prison reentry service provider, the 2009 recipient of Christian Women United’s Shalom Award and the 2005 recipient of the George W. Bush Point of Light Award. She currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas. To learn more, please visit


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