Laura K. Parker’s newly released “My Life as a Viking Child in the 800s” depicts the astounding life of an average Viking settler in AD 800

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“My Life as a Viking Child in the 800s” from Christian Faith Publishing author Laura K. Parker is an educative account that tells of a young Viking boy and his family’s way of living during ancient times.

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“My Life as a Viking Child in the 800s”: an enthralling novel that follows Dustin, a young Viking lad, and his Nordic family’s culture and lifestyle in AD 800. “My Life as a Viking Child in the 800s” is the creation of published author Laura K. Parker, a wife, mother of four, and retired elementary teacher.

Parker shares, “Hi, my name is Dustin. My name means ‘Thor’s stone’ in the Viking language. I live in Scandinavia around AD 800–900. I also have a sister, Ragna. Her name means ‘giving advice,’ and boy, does she love to give advice. Our way of life is very different from yours. We had to become tough, strong, and flexible. We were Norwegians, Swedes, and Danes. Our families were farmers, traders, blacksmiths, and craftsmen. Most of us lived on farms; even those who lived in towns had gardens and animals in their yards. Everything we needed and used had to be harvested or made by hand. Children had to plant and tend the crops. Also, in the cold winter months when no one really wanted to go outside except when absolutely necessary, we kept our animals at one end of the longhouse with us. It did get smelly.

“Another job for children was cleaning out the poop and pee from the animals each day they were in the house. I have to say our houses were a bit stinky in the winter. Our house is a longhouse or what you would call a rectangular prism with a fireplace area in the middle and rugs/animal skins hanging to divide the rooms.

“Ragna and I had to comb our hair every morning, and we had to take a bath every Saturday. You may be wondering if we just walked around in animal skins all day or whether we actually had clothing that looks like it was made of cloth, read to find out. We Vikings are known for our ships. Did you know there are actually two kinds of Viking ships? They were called the longships and knarrs. Come along with me and learn about our lives.”

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Laura K. Parker’s new book profoundly delves into the history of the Vikings and their way of life that allowed survival and tradition to flourish among the Norsemen.

View the synopsis of “My Life as a Viking Child in the 800s” on YouTube.

Consumers can purchase “My Life as a Viking Child in the 800s” at traditional brick-and-mortar bookstores or online at, Apple iTunes store, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “My Life as a Viking Child in the 800s,” contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

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