Laura Alary

Laura Alary

Writing stories that make us bigger on the inside

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Thomas Wonders

February 28, 2019


Doubting Thomas. Such a pejorative nickname for someone who approaches life in a what seems to me a wise and sensible way–critical thinking and independence combined with a certain open-mindedness. Thomas has always been one of my favourite biblical characters. I think of him as the patron saint of questioners and skeptics.

Yes, he does end up having a change of heart. But I hope–and like to imagine–that he always retained the sort of mind that would not accept anything too easily, but was also flexible and open to being surprised.

Here is his story as told in Read, Wonder, Listen: Stories from the Bible for Young Readers (Wood Lake Books, 2018).

Make Room: Amazon Best-Seller!

February 26, 2019

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It was a rather fun surprise to learn that Make Room: A Child’s Guide to Lent and Easter has become (for today at least) #1 Best Seller on Amazon!  Check it out here.

Sneak Peek: The Story of Daniel

November 23, 2018

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Political plots, intrigue, drama…even lions. The story of Daniel has it all. Click here to read my version of the story from Read, Wonder, Listen: Stories from the Bible for Young Readers.

A Different Kind of Hope

November 23, 2018

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Advent has always been my favourite season. I love the music, symbolic growth of the light, and the traditional readings for the season. But in recent years I have found myself struggling with the sort of future-oriented anticipation that usually flavours this holy time. So I have been searching for a different way of thinking about hope. A little bit of that search is part of this Advent reflection for Glad Tidings magazine. Read it here.

Sneak Peek: Jesus in the Temple

September 20, 2018

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Here is another glimpse into my latest book, Read, Wonder, Listen: Stories from the Bible for Young Readers (Wood Lake Books, 2018). To read the story, click here.

Sneak Peek: Philip and the Stranger on the Road

August 29, 2018

Here is my version of a fascinating story from Acts. Click here to read “Philip and the Stranger on the Road” from Read. Wonder. Listen. Stories from the Bible for Young Readers. Published by Wood Lake Books, with words by Laura Alary and pictures by Ann Sheng.RWL-Cover

Sneak Peek: In the Beginning

August 29, 2018

This is the first story in my new book, Read. Wonder. Listen. Stories from the Bible for Young Readers. It will give you a taste of the writing and artwork. Click here to read my version of the creation story in Genesis 1.RWL-Cover