“It’s a story that was in my heart,” she said, “a lesson that we learned through our own mistakes raising children.” “It is my prayer that readers will use this book to enhance their relationship with their child and their child’s relationship with the Lord,” Arnita said. “My message is not to obey God’s commands for his sake, but for your own sake.” Baby Come Home is a story of a young bird, “Baby,” who learns the value of unconditional love and acceptance after he decides to break free from the confinement of his cage and those who love him most. The story gives children a different perspective on rules and why we need to obey them.
Baby Come Home was inspired by a true life situation, Arnita explained. “Baby was a beautiful bird owned by my son Sam.” It was understood that the times Sam wasn’t playing with Baby, the feathered pet should be in his cage. “Needless to say, as time went on, the rules were bent. I tried to explain to my kids that the cage was not a punishment, but a place of protection. They had difficulty seeing what the big deal was until Baby escaped the house and flew away.”
“The parallel is easy to see. In our own lives when we look at rules given by our parents, teachers, bosses and especially God, we tend to view them as something that keeps us from having fun or from growing up, when in fact, they are put in place as an offering of protection until we are ready for the responsibilities that lie before us.”
Published through Halo Publishing International ( http://www.halopublishing.com ), Baby Come Home is a lesson about wanting freedom, losing our way yet always being able to come home. “It’s about acceptance and unconditional love, basic needs of every single person on earth,” said Publisher Lisa Umina.
“The whole concept of the book is that life is not perfect,” according to the author. “I hope to raise awareness that the world is much bigger than just you and much bigger than just me,” Arnita said.
Born and raised near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the author is the youngest of 12 children. In her large family, she learned early about family dynamics and the concept of sharing. She attended the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in 1983 with a degree in psychology. While learning in college, she also met her husband, Shadi. The couple has four children, a daughter and three sons. They reside in McMurray, Pennsylvania where they are members of the The Bible Chapel.
The author and her husband founded and manage Welcome The Children (WTC), a non-profit organization that funds and supports children who are experiencing the reality of poverty.
“My love for the Lord has opened my eyes to a world in need and ignited my compassion for those who are less fortunate,” Arnita said.
Currently, WTC’s focus is on a mission in Africa. Arnita said the organization has plans to reach other regions around the world and she has designated all of the proceeds from sales of Baby Come Home to support WTC.
To learn more about the Arnitas’ mission, visit http://www.welcomethechildren.org. To reach the author, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (724) 969-0891. To order copies of Baby Come Home, visit http://www.halopublishing.com .
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