by Lisa M. Umina
Halo Publishing, May 2005
Children’s Author Teaches Kids to Build a Personal
Relationship with God
Author Interview with Lisa Umina,
by Lisa M. Hendey
Lisa Umina and her buddy Milo are on a mission – to
share with children around the world the good news that they will always
friend in God. With the recent publication of her second book,
(Halo Publishing, May 2005, 32 pages), Umina encourages
readers of all ages to view God in the simple moments that fill each of our
Young readers will find themselves drawn to Umina’s
loveable character Milo, and his fresh way of seeing everyday situations.
With bold illustrations and adorable text, the book has a way of reaching
both young children in its simplicity and their adult reading buddies in its
A former journalist and businesswoman, Lisa Umina
recognized her calling to serve in the year 2000. Since then she has gone
on to pursue her mission of teaching children about the important
relationship she has with her best friend – God. With her self proclaimed
motto, “When God calls you, He never gives you time to pack,” Umina has
traveled far and wide with her buddy Milo, reaching children’s audiences
that they too can have a personal relationship with God. With
Umina has succeeded in finding yet another vehicle for sharing her
excitement about her faith.
Lisa Umina recently shared the following thoughts on
her work and her adventures with Milo.
Q: What qualities make Milo unique and attractive to
A: Milo is a beacon for children to show them how easy
it is to talk to God and the importance of having a relationship with Him.
Q: Please tell us about Milo's latest adventures in your newest book and
what prompted you to write and publish
A: I wrote
because I wanted to incorporate my humor and faith to help
children in a simple way to understand God.
teaches young ones about God in a comical, humorous and witty way through a
cuddly character named Milo. The "moments" make kids giggle by tickling
their inquisitive natures and by light-heartedly bringing religion into
everyday life in simple terms they can understand. The book shows how faith
and a binding relationship with God can influence and guide even the
simplest of situations and actions.
Q: Which of the "moments" in the new book is your favorite?
A: My favorite moment with Milo is when he is innocently trying to
clean the world up and he is looking for an outlet outside and he is
standing under a sign that says, "no outlet" and he has a vacuum in his
Q: I've heard that Milo's been traveling lately, even to Mexico! Can you
share some of your recent book tour activities and school events?
A: On a recent trip to Lima, Peru, I went with an organization called
"Isaiah's Promise." Isaiah's Promise visits different countries and brings
money, supplies and mostly love to the less-fortunate people of the world.
Before we left, we gathered supplies, food, toys and money that were donated
by friends and family who supported our mission. I was fortunate enough to
spend time in the several schools with many children on my visit to Peru and
my heart was very moved by what I saw.
I like to think of my book and my performance as a unique experience for all
to share. Our presentation is one-of-a-kind! I have 11 different voices for
the characters, along with sound effects. The performance includes 11
volunteers to hold puppets of each character in the book, Milo with a
Halo along with a special visit from Milo! Some of the unique
impersonations of well-known character voices that I have are; the munchkins
from the Wizard of Oz, ET, the gopher from Winnie the Pooh and many more!
Q: What do your young readers take away from these
A: I believe the readers and students learn a valuable lesson through this
message...that we have a friend in God and that He is the only person we can
trust and believe in at all times. God also gives us all gifts and talents
and how we can show God that we love Him is by listening to Him and becoming
what He has planned for us.
Q: How can parents foster in their children a love
of reading and an active prayer life?
A: Parents need to teach their children to talk to God - just a
simple hello or to pray to God when something important happens or they are
faced with troubles. Prayer should be our first response to situations in
our life good or bad.
Q: Does Milo have plans for future books? Are you working on any new
A: We have plans for another book, but first Milo and I want to first
take our message across the world and teach children of all circumstances
that they have someone who loves them very much.
Q: Are there any additional thoughts or comments
you'd like to share with our readers?
A: The most important part of my life was having a mother that instilled
such important spiritual values in me. She gave me a strong foundation in
Christ and I can't begin to express my gratitude. I don't know where my
life would be if I didn't believe and know Christ as my Savior. I hope that
anyone who is called to be a parent will take the time to instill these
priceless values with their children. It is by far the greatest gift you
can give your children.
For more information on Milo Moments
Amazon. To book your own visit with Milo and Lisa Umina, visit
www.halopublishing.com for additional information.
Lisa M. Hendey is a mother of two sons, webmaster of
numerous web sites, including
http://www.christiancoloring.com, and an avid reader of Catholic
literature. Visit her at
http://www.lisahendey.com for more information.
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