Nikki Harris knows how to take life lessons and put them right on the level for a very special audience to understand.
She has now written her third children’s book, and the Sylacauga resident has posed yet another scenario for youngsters to contemplate.
Titled “God’s Little Bugs Learn to Trust God When Bad Things Happen,” the book is a sequel to Harris’s second children’s book released last fall, “God’s Little Bugs.”
“I got the idea for this story (the sequel in the series of “God’s Little Bugs”) from seeing so many children burdened when loved ones pass away and not knowing how to deal with it,” she said.
“My goal in this story is to help children learn not to become bitter when bad things happen.”
Harris will appear at Childersburgs’s Earle Rainwater Library today to tell about her “God’s Little Bugs,” and give a reading from the story. She will be at the library from 10 a.m. until noon.
Her books will be available at the library as well.
As with the first book in this series, when Harris wanted to convey the message to children that everyone is put on earth for a specific reason, her newest release is a venture into explaining why unpleasant things in life take place.
Harris’s very first children’s book was titled “Adventures in Friendship for Benji Butterfly and Tom Turkey,” which was released last May.
In both books, Harris uses animal characters to deliver her message to her readers.
In the first book, it’s the friendship between a beautiful butterfly and a lonely turkey that speaks to her audience.
In her second book, Harris creates a world of bugs that live inside a church, who feel that they have to hide, but want to take part in the church services held there.
There are all kinds of bugs in the story, be it ladybugs or June bugs, even centipedes and plain old beetles, they are all elements Harris incorporated for good reason.
“This is symbolic of how God put us all together to be the church family that we are today,” she said. “And that we’re all different.
The bugs taking refuge inside the church find their hiding place inside the building’s baseboards, but manage to take part in the church services without being seen.
“They have a burden to learn about God,” Harris explains. “And they want to sing his praises, too.”
There’s one character in the group of bugs who is concerned with being discovered and feels it’s time to leave the church.
But the majority rules with the bugs, so the bug population remains and makes a distinctive discovery,
“They learn how special each of them are just the way God created them,” Harris said.
Harris has specific hopes for the lesson her story tells.
“I pray that it is a testimony to those who read it that God cares for us in a special way, and that everyone is created to be just who they are for a special purpose,” she said.
“My main goal in all of this is my prayer that God gets the glory for the books, and the successful youth growth in our church as I know I do not deserve any as he provides the way to make these things happen,” she asid.
Harris said the books are designed toward a reading level of from second to fourth grades, but that parents of younger children can certainly read it to them for the story and also, enjoy the singing sections.
Believe it or not, Harris’s second book was created and submitted to her publisher in one evening.
The author said writing it was incredibly easy for her.
“It came to me as if someone was whispering the words into my ear to type,” she said.
“It was effortless as the words flowed across the page. I know it is a simple story in a small children’s book, but I am honored to say it was worthy of being published,” Harris said.
Harris’ books are available at www.amazon.com.
The 1994 Sylacauga High School graduate also credits her friend and employer, Shelia Curtis, with compelling her to pursue her writing.
“Sheila has been one of the most influential people in my life,” she said.
Harris said Curtis showed unending faith in her ability to tell her stories.