Gaylia Johnson’s New Release “The Long Sidewalk Door” is a Teacher’s Guide by a Woman Whose Mission Was to Build a Sunday School Program for Unchurched Neighborhood Kids

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“The Long Sidewalk Door,” from Christian Faith Publishing author Gaylia Johnson, is a narrative about initiating a Sunday School class for unchurched, troubled, and discarded youth. Through this narrative, readers will learn about the struggles and victories of these children, often locked out and left to run the streets.

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“The Long Sidewalk Door” is a symbol of what God can do in the lives of those who may otherwise be considered insignificant.

“The Long Sidewalk Door” is the creation of published author, Gaylia Johnson, retiree of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Training Academy. Her area of responsibility included the development, design, and delivery of various training programs and courses. She also assisted in providing leadership development for the agency. She was chosen to serve as a regional field coordinator for the State of Oklahoma on the Southern region for the National Institute of Corrections. She is also a qualified administrator of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

She was a journalist and editor for newspapers in Nebraska and South Dakota. She also served as a substitute teacher for a local public school district. Ms. Johnson attended the University of Nebraska where she met her husband. She graduated from Nazarene Bible College in pedagogy. She also has a degree in Criminal Justice and Ethics from Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City. She was voted Outstanding Student of the Year in the Criminal Justice Program.

Ms. Johnson presents a course entitled “How to Get Along with Almost Anyone,” which was chosen by the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP) to be presented at their national convention. The course has also been presented across the State.

Gaylia is married to her favorite pastor-husband, who is also retired and lives on his bicycle. The Johnsons have four sons and twelve grands. Both Harold and Gaylia are active in their local church.

“Come with us down the long sidewalk that no one uses, and enter through a door that no one opens. You will discover a treasure of unchurched children and the blessings they bring to a teacher who has stepped out in faith to share Jesus. Surprisingly, the blessings will be yours as well.” --Gaylia Johnson Published by Christian Faith Publishing.

Gaylia Johnson’s new book allows readers to experience a narrative about her journey to build a Sunday School class for the unchurched children of the neighborhood. She provides lesson plans as she discusses the challenges of working with these children who struggle with unimaginable problems. She also weaves in memoirs of raising their four sons in the parsonage. View a synopsis of “The Long Sidewalk Door” on YouTube.

Consumers can purchase “The Long Sidewalk Door” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at, Apple iTunes store, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “The Long Sidewalk Door,” contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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