Explore and the Be Still Series

Normally, in my Saturday Book Review blog I share a book that has impacted me, taught me something, expanded my thinking, broadened my horizons in some way.

However, today I’m quite excited and I want to share my excitement with you.  For the last three years, my photographer husband and I have been working on a project together. It’s our Be Still series, a set of photo devotional books.

Praise: Proclaiming the Glory of God was our first launch, our experiment, our proof of concept. In 2017, I had my husband select some of his favorite photos that went along with a poem I wrote and verses I chose from the Psalms. We put them all together and published through Amazon’s (then) Create Space.

The following year, 2018, I was inspired to do it again. This time I wrote twenty-four devotions from a study on Isaiah and we went on a photo tour of National Parks in Texas and the western states. We put the devotions and photos together in Wonder: Contemplating the Mysteries of God. We published again through Amazon, who had by then migrated everything to Kindle Direct Publishing.

The idea for the third book came from a friend who had purchased Praise and used it as a devotional with her kids. Great idea, right? We thought so and spent 2019 planning and designing Explore: Enjoying the Creation of God. With fun colors and lots zoomed in photos, Explore uses the poem All Things Bright and Beautiful and encourages kids to read verses about God’s creation, guess what the photos are, discuss the questions, and have fun with the activities suggested. I also wrote a series of devotions to go along with the poem and the photos, which are included in Explore, Companion Devotional.

The process and the journey has been so much fun and I already have ideas for next year’s Be Still book. You can find the first three books of the Be Still series on Amazon (links to their Amazon sights are below the photos).

For my local friends, I have great news. All three books will be available at
Journey Fellowship’s Annual Artisan Faire
on Saturday, November 23rd, 9 AM – 2 PM.
Entry fee is a donated canned good for a food drive.
The Be Still series will be sold at the Created Ministry table with special vendor pricing.
I invite you to come, give back a little to the community, and get started on your Christmas shopping.


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: tabletsofhumanhearts.wordpress.com I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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