A Commerce City author has turned her thoughts about raising her three sons into a top selling on Amazon.
Commerce City's Andrea Lende published "A Mother's Love," this past Mother's Day. The book is a collection of words of wisdom about motherhood and poems and prayers.
Lende is CEO of Beatitudes Publishing and Co-founder of Children's Publishing Company: Bookworms Publishing. She has published ten books, two bestsellers, and seven Amazon number-one new releases since November 2020 and hosts a podcast on religion and spirituality called "Downloads From God".
A Mother's Love made the bestseller list on Amazon.
"Whether you're a new mother or a seasoned pro, this collection will speak to your heart and encourage you to be the best mom you can be as you guide your children to their best selves," Lende said. "So, take a moment to relax, reflect, and cherish the joys of motherhood as you read through each piece. Allow yourself to be immersed in the power of God's love and blessings for your children."
In addition to publishing "A Mother's Love," last week she published another book, the "Bible Doodle Journal," that teaches how to creatively journal God's message.
"Journaling the Bible has become one of the most significant activities I have ever undertaken and continue to pursue. I hope you enjoy reading God's Word, studying his Word, and journaling your way to understanding, wisdom, and joy in the Lord," Lende said.
Lende said she and her sons decided to do a homemade Christmas last year.
"We grabbed all the birthday, graduation cards, written poems, and sayings from them and put them all into the Mothers Love book, " she said.
The Bible Doodle Journal features Christian coloring pages on one side and a Bible journal on the other. It's a place for people to write their journals and keep track of their spiritual journey.
"They go through the Bible and keep track of the day and the Bible verses that stand out to them on a particular day. We all go through seasons, where different verses stand out to us a message they hear from God speaking to their heart," Lende said.
She said the idea for the journal was inspired by her friend Billie Ortega, owner of Shades of Divine. The duo plan to teach a Bible journal class at Ortega's store this summer.
"Billie had a lot of people come into the store asking how they journal through the Bible. I have been journaling through the Bible for up to 14 years," Lende said. "As I was talking to Billie, she said the holy spirit beckons to her heart when she's drawing, creative, coloring, and doodling."
Lende said a journal passage is about finding peace in a chaotic time of her life. A journal is a place for people to write their gratitude for the day because gratitude is so important.
"It's mindful to write those things down when things get tough for us. But when we intentionally write down things, we're grateful in our hearts and it turns into thankfulness," Lende said.
Lende grew up in North Dakota and then moved to Brighton in her mid-20s with her husband, a pilot. She and her husband bought a small plane for recreational flying when she was 25
"As it turns out, I fell in love with flying my first flight up in the sky," Lende said.
Lende trained and received her certification as a private instrument, commercial multi-engine flight instructor. She was also a commercial pilot teaching, people how to fly until she got sick with Lupus.
"God redirects our lives in interesting ways, and at 30, my body broke, I was diagnosed with lupus, and I did heal from it," Lende said. "I cured myself naturally. It wasn't necessarily popular 30 years ago, but I found a naturopath and worked with a medical doctor."
Lende's experience with Lupus leads her to write a book "Life After Lupus". She was able to have children at 35 and raised three boys.
"By the time I was 39, I had three kids under age three. I was a stay-at-home mom who schooled them at home for many years and got into God's Word writing devotions, prayers, journals, and Bible reading plans," Lende said.
A couple of Lende boys went to Landmark Academy for a while then all attended Eagle Ridge Academy in Commerce City.
"After the kids left home, I started writing and reading the Bible repeatedly, which led to another book of mine on how to read the Bible in a year," Lende said.
Lende said she journaled her way through the Bible repeatedly, starting to write prayers and devotions and penning more than 1000 devotions and prayers, leading her to write more books.
"It was a slow process working on my books after her kids left. It was like pulling a rubber band back for ten years, then letting it go, then developing books about God put into my heart to publish," Lende said.
Lende said she is publishing online exclusively with Amazon and is thankful for the platform that allows writers like herself to get their work out there.
"I've met a number of women who have spent an incredible amount of money publishing," Lende said. "They are called vanity publishers where they spend their money to get published."
Lende said God led her heart to start helping women to publish for a lot less, so she began the Beatitudes publishing company assisting women in publishing their work.
For more information about Lende books, visit believinghim.com, baselfpub.com, and bookwormspublishing.com.
You can connect with her on social media at: facebook.com/AuthorAndreaLende. Or call 303-960-7584 or visit her website at email@example.com.