Parenting with Spiritual Power by Julie K. Nelson – Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Julie K. Nelson

Julie K. Nelson is a wife and mother of five children, raising them in Illinois and now Utah. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from Utah State University in marriage, family and human development. Her scholarly research and creative writing have been published in journals and anthologies, and she has won numerous state and national awards for her writing. Julie has enjoyed teaching children in public and private schools and currently teaches at Utah Valley University.


If you were a superhero what would your name be? 
Super Insomniac

What is your favorite Quote? 
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle. Either that, or the one hanging on my frig: “Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what is the question.”

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? 
Always, a teacher.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. Because we all need divine guidance in raising our children.

What’s your favorite season/weather? 
Autumn. Isn’t it everyone’s??? Beside, I was born at that time year 🙂

Favorite places to travel? 
Europe and the British Isles, especially Italy, Spain and England. Well, and Mexico is also a favorite. Darn, I just have too many places I love!

Who or what inspired your book? 
I have been teaching “Applied Parenting” at Utah Valley University while also teaching Gospel Doctrine in Sunday School for 6 years. I made so many connections to principles of good parenting to those who were living them as parents in the scriptures. I wondered, “Does any one else look at the mothers and fathers in the scriptures as people who were like us, struggling to raise righteous, obedient children in difficult circumstances?” It seemed to me that we don’t usually look at the parent-child interactions as a model for how to (or not to) parent our own children. The scriptures have been preserved for a purpose and our greatest and most enduring calling in life is a parent. I think the scriptures have been saved for us to fulfill that with confidence and joy.

If you weren’t a human, what would you be? 
A bird. Wouldn’t it be amazing to fly and see the world from above? It reminds me of a great message from the song, “From A Distance.”

If you were not a writer, what would you like to do? 
Be a singer. My sister is one but I didn’t get those genes. I am transported whenever I hear beautiful singing and music.

Top 5 Y.A. or Pre-Teen Books: 
I teach Children’s Literature at UVU so this question is a toughie. I could pick many, but here are 5 off the top of my head: Where the Red Fern Grows (a sentimental favorite: my family read this one together when I was young and by the end, no one could keep reading it aloud since we were all weeping); A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Holes, and The Bronze Bow.

Top 5 Favorite Snacks:
Oreos (do they put some addictive substance in them or what?), Chocolate chip cookies, Potato Chips, Chocolate covered pretzels (and if they have caramel too, all the better), and Caramel-covered popcorn with white and milk chocolate drizzled on top. Amen, to that!

Parenting with Spiritual Power

“I wish children came with an instruction manual!” How many times have we heard this lament by a frustrated or overwhelmed parent? Perhaps we have said these words (or thought them) ourselves. There are “how to” manuals for practically anything: installing a new faucet, building a remote control car, baking an apple pie, refinishing an antique chair, or assembling a bicycle. Is there a formula or a perfect manual for raising children? Yes! The scriptures.

In Parenting with Spiritual Power, Julie Nelson encourages you to crack open the manual and examine the lives and parenting principles of scriptural mothers and fathers. Discover powerful examples from figures like Adam and Eve, Moses, and the Brother of Jared along with suggestions for personal application in this essential book.

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You may wonder why [the brother of Jared] went to all the trouble to make the clear rock. The Lord could have touched any common stones and turned them to light. Why, then? The brother of Jared could never make light; he could never be perfect in this thing. However, that did not discourage him. He did all he could to design a light from the resources at hand. Then, he went to the source and giver of light. This he knew: God takes our best efforts-as simple, ordinary, and inadequate as stones-and touches them with His finger. Anything He touches, He blesses and illu­minates with His light. As parents, we might say the same prayer: “Touch these my inadequacies, my lack of ability, O Lord, with thy finger, and change me to shine forth in darkness” (p. 56).

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