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THE GENTLE NUDGE OF INSPIRATION by Tori Higa
Saturday, October 31, 2020 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  The Christmas Color

AUTHOR:  Tori Higa

PUBLISHER:  Little Lamb Books

GENRE:  Picture Book

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand alone

TARGET AGE:  4 - 8

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR TORI HIGA TO PATTI’S PORCH. TORI SHARES THE RESULT OF ACTING ON AN UNEXPECTED BURST OF INSPIRATION.

 

 

 

TORI IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A PRINT COPY OF THE CHRISTMAS COLOR.

 

 

 

THE GENTLE NUDGE OF INSPIRATION

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Tori Higa

 

 

 

What do you do when inspiration hits?  Are you ready to listen and act or do you let the moment slip away?

 

 

 

I’ve had the dream of writing and illustrating a Christian children’s picture book for a long time.  I remember taking an art class on illustrating children’s books when the teacher said that it’s great to illustrate a book, but it’s even better to write it as well. That was intimidating to me because I had never considered myself to be a writer. I loved the idea, but somehow felt stuck. For so long I didn’t know where to start and a busy life got in the way- job, kids, moving… Or so that was my reasoning. It was always in the back of my mind though. Always.

 

 

 

For me, the inspiration hit fast. It was the Christmas Season and I was in church when the pastor started talking about the meaning of red at Christmas. I knew right away that I wanted to write a children’s book that would help point kids to the true meaning of Christmas while celebrating the fun traditions we cherish.

 

 

 

So, I had a concept that I loved, but wasn’t sure how to execute it. Much to my surprise, early the next morning while I was still in bed and somewhere in between being asleep and awake, a poem started coming to me and I began writing down the words at my bedside table. It was very unexpected. I had never experienced anything like that before.

 

 

 

I could have chosen to go back to sleep, but there was something happening that I couldn’t ignore. It felt like true inspiration. Sometimes God works through us with His gentle nudgings and we need to listen and act on them regardless of whether it is in the early morning, late at night or throughout our busy days. In that way, we are also submitting to God. He made each of us different with a measure of our own unique gifts and talents that He wants us to use. He also equips us to use them… sometimes in unexpected ways and at unexpected times. I believe that God is always inspiring us. It can be through His word, through nature, or through other people and sometimes it is in those early morning hours. We just have to be willing to listen and act.

 

 

 

Book Blurb for The Christmas Color:

Have you ever wondered why the Christmas color is red?

From Santa’s red clothes to Rudolph’s shiny red nose, from the berries we pick to sweet peppermint sticks, the color of Christmas is red! But why do so many of our favorite traditions come together in this particular hue? Debut author-illustrator Tori Higa has an insightful answer that will warm your heart and remind readers young and old of the true Reason for the Season.

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A PRINT COPY OF THE CHRISTMAS COLOR BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH AT MIDNIGHT MST.

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

 

 

Tori Higa is inspired by her faith, family & friends, coffee shops & people- watching, and all things vintage. She has always loved making art and recently began pairing her hand-crafted pictures with the stories she writes to share with young kids. She considers it a high honor to make books to inspire kids and encourage their faith journey. She currently lives in California with her husband, two kids, and a puppy named Edie.

Connect with Tori:

Website           www.ToriHiga.com

Instagram       http://instagram.com/torihigacreates

Facebook       https://www.facebook.com/torihigacreates

 

 

 

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Comments

Jean Alfieri From CO At 11/12/2020 3:06:40 PM

Tori - I love how this book came to you. Thank you for sharing that backstory. Isn't it beautiful, how the Lord works? Sounds like a very special poem!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Jean. So glad you stopped by to leave a message for Tori. Thank you!

Gwen richardson From CO At 10/31/2020 6:43:54 PM

Thank you for continuing to believe in our children i would love to have a copy for me to read to my young great grandson who is 3.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Gwen. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving words of encouragement and praise for our children's authors.

Becky M Van Vleet From CO At 10/31/2020 12:45:01 PM

Hi Tori--you are right, God is always inspiring us. Your children's book is unique. I don't believe I've ever heard of a children's picture book about the color red in connection to Christmas. I'm a children's book author as well! I wish you the best and I hope you keep writing for little ones!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Love the way you children's book author encourage each other. I believe writing for the little ones is such a gift and a blessing. Thank you for stopping by.

Vivian Furbay From Colorado Springs, CO At 10/31/2020 5:51:16 AM

The color rd reminds of the blood Jesus shed on the cross for us.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Vivian. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us.

Amre From Idaho At 10/31/2020 4:19:02 AM

Wonderful post! I love that find inspiration anywhere, and I admire your talent to write and illustrate! You are blessed!! Thanks for sharing your gift with others! :)

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Amre. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a message of encouragement for Tori.

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INTRODUCING A NEW BLOGGING COMMUNITY
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8/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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7/24/2015

WHY WE WAIT
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7/11/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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6/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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6/13/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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5/22/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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5/9/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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4/10/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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3/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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3/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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2/27/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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2/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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1/24/2015

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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1/16/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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1/10/2015

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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12/27/2014

AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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12/20/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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12/18/2014

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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12/14/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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12/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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12/6/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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11/29/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
Patti Shene
11/22/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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11/14/2014

WHAT DO YOU MISS?
Patti Shene
11/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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11/1/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
Patti Shene
10/25/2014

DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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10/19/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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10/10/2014

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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10/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
Patti Shene
9/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
Patti Shene
9/15/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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9/5/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
Patti Shene
8/23/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
Patti Shene
8/10/2014

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
Patti Shene
8/3/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
Patti Shene
7/26/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
Patti Shene
7/20/2014

WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
Patti Shene
7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
Patti Shene
7/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
Patti Shene
6/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
Patti Shene
6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
Patti Shene
6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
Patti Shene
6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
Patti Shene
5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
Patti Shene
5/17/2014

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
Patti Shene
4/23/2014

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
Patti Shene
4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
Patti Shene
4/17/2014

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
Patti Shene
4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
Patti Shene
4/4/2014

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
Patti Shene
3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
Patti Shene
3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
Patti Shene
3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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3/15/2014

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
Patti Shene
3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
Patti Shene
2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
Patti Shene
2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
Patti Shene
2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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2/8/2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
Patti Shene
2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
Patti Shene
2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
Patti Shene
1/25/2014

Monopoly!
Patti Shene
1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
Patti Shene
1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
Patti Shene
1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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1/8/2014

The Dumbest Kid in School
Patti Shene
1/3/2014

Good-bye to 2013
Patti Shene
1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
Patti Shene
12/22/2013

One Spectacular Christmas Display
Patti Shene
12/19/2013

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
Patti Shene
11/29/2013

Shared Experience
Patti Shene
11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
Patti Shene
10/25/2013

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
Patti Shene
9/27/2013

I'll Be Happy When...
Patti Shene
5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
Patti Shene
5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
Patti Shene
5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
Patti Shene
4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
Patti Shene
4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
Patti Shene
4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
Patti Shene
4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
Patti Shene
2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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2/7/2013

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
Patti Shene
1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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1/19/2013

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
Patti Shene
1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
Patti Shene
1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
Patti Shene
1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
Patti Shene
1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
Patti Shene
12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
Patti Shene
12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
Patti Shene
12/19/2012

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
Patti Shene
12/15/2012

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
Patti Shene
12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
Patti Shene
12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
Patti Shene
12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Welcome Home!
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Going Home
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
Patti Shene
11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
Patti Shene
11/13/2012