Christian youth mentor and author Denise Rezsonya has created books meant to be used as a devotional and are designed to be a reference for children as they face the various circumstances that come with getting older.
“The original intent was to have 52 entries, one for each week of the year,” she said. “It was a little overwhelming in the writing process so I broke the book into two volumes.”
Rezsonya said her Christian-based book series Be The Light was developed for children ages 9-16.
“Jesus stated that ‘we are the light of the world,’ a theme that is carried throughout the books,” said Rezsonya. “Be The Light shows how anyone can ‘Be The Light’ – no matter age or gender. To ‘Be The Light’ can mean many things such as just the simple sharing of a smile with a stranger. And everything is something that anyone can do. ‘Be The Light’ seeks to start a movement to encourage others to do the same fulfilling another verse that states how ‘all things work together for good.’ Be The Light shows how everyone can work together to make a positive impact as one simple kind act or word may change someone’s life for the better.”
Rezsonya, who lives in Noblesville with her husband and two children, has mentored Christian youth through her church for the past nine years and has volunteered at many local community organizations. The book allows her to combine her passion for Christ with her joy of writing.
“Regardless of social economic status, any youth can pick the book up, read it, relate to it and find it valuable to them,” Rezsonya said.
Rezsonya said the first volume discusses “everyday stuff” like serving others, how your body is a temple, rudeness and taking responsibility (one she joke was intended for her son). The hard copy format of the book is similar to a journal to allow readers the option to write their own thoughts.
“With my family, the four of us sit down and work through a point,” she said. “One Bible verse we discussed for an hour. That surprised me … I could see it being a good resource for discussion groups or Bible studies.”
Rezsonya said the books have been developed for the child to work through independently or to be worked through by an adult and child together.
“Be the Light is a great tool for creating biblically-based conversation around some of the major issues facing our youth today,” stated Pastor Frankie Fehsenfeld of Eruption Church. “This is a concise resource for family devotions and youth groups that will foster authentic/deeper relationships and help us reconnect with our youth.”
Rezsonya said she is three-quarters completed with volume two and expects to finish the book this spring. She also is working on an adult Christian devotional/resource book called Keeping It Real. For more information, visit www.deniserezsonya.com.
Noblesville author Denise Rezsonya will be signing copies of her Be The Light: A Christian-Based Reference for Today’s Youth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 at The Wild bookstore, 884 Logan St. The book also is available at The Living Truth Christian store, 17665 Cumberland Rd., and online at Amazon.com.