Cathy Estep, of Loyall, has published her first book, a Christian children’s book titled “Angel Lullaby.”
Estep, who is also a guidance counselor at Harlan Elementary School and a gifted and leadership teacher, said the book addresses fears that children encounter and reassures them they have a “guardian angel” to take care of them.
“I started writing about some of the fears I experienced as a child and some of the fears my two daughters also experienced,” said Estep. “Some of the stories are fears I have heard from children here at school. Most of the book is non-fiction. One of my former gifted and leadership students, Yin Chen, did the illustrations for the book. She is now a student at the University of Kentucky. I also contacted Sherry Jones Ball and told her in my book it talks about a little girl and her mom and grandmother, who made a quilt and little angel doll for the little girl to sleep with at night. She created a special angel doll to go along with the lullaby. Also, Terry Muncy wrote the angel lullaby song that the mom sings to the little girl. That CD will be available at a later date. The words are in the book.”
Estep said writing this book was something she always wanted to do and also because she saw a need.
“This has been brewing for about two or three years,” said Estep. “When we had the bad winter in February and March and I was stranded home is when I finished the book. I hope by publishing this book it will help some child know that there is someone watching over them when they have fears. It’s a Christian-based book and it’s about a little girl who is afraid and her mamma teaches her about prayer and her guardian angel. She prays with her and the child overcomes her fears with the loving support of her family and through prayer.”
Estep ended by saying she believes in guardian angels and in the Bible it says in Psalms 41 that “angels have charge over us. “
“When children do get afraid they have their Heavenly Father that they can pray to and he can send angels to them,” said Estep. “I want children to know they have angels all around them to keep them safe when they are afraid.”
Harlan Elementary School Principal Vickie Anderson said Estep is “a great asset to the school.”
“She focuses on the trials, like in her book, that children have to deal with,” said Anderson. “The kids just think she is fantastic. She has made a big difference at our school here at Harlan Elementary. We are really proud of Mrs. Estep. What a great accomplishment it is to have written a book. We are planning an author’s tea and book signing at the school with our students and parents for Mrs. Estep.”
Anderson said the book is “wonderful” and “really brings to life some of the fears students have in elementary school.”
“I feel the book opens communication between parents and their children,” said Anderson. “Cathy, Emily Bailey and I have started a ‘Dragon Disciple Club,’ which is a student-Christian group at our school. We meet every Friday and focus on Christian values. Christianity is very important to Cathy as well as to us. Cathy, is not only a dynamic counselor, she is a wonderful friend and we are blessed to have Cathy as one of our Dragon family.”
The book is now available on Amazon.com and will soon be available at Jewelcraft in Harlan. You may also contact Estep on Facebook at Cathy Davis Estep.
Cathy and her husband, Jack, have two daughters, Tara Pope and her husband Aaron, of Harrogate, Tennessee, and Caitlyn Williams and her husband Andrew, of Dayhoit. They have one grandchild, Madeline Pope, who is three months old.
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