Children’s Author Teaches Kids to Build a Personal Relationship with God
Author Interview with Lisa Umina, Milo Moments
by Lisa M. Hendey | Source:
Lisa Umina and her buddy Milo are on a mission – to share
with children around the world the good news that they will always have a best friend in God. With
the recent publication of her second book, Milo Moments (Halo Publishing, May 2005, 32 pages), Umina
encourages readers of all ages to view God in the simple moments that fill each of our days.
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 Milo Moments, 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 children?
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 Milo
A: I wrote Milo Moments because I wanted to incorporate my humor and faith to
help children in a simple way to understand God. Milo Moments 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 hand.
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
Q: What do your young readers take away from these experiences?
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.
Does Milo have plans for future books? Are you working on any new projects?
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.
Are there any additional thoughts or comments you'd like to share with our readers?
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.
information on Milo Moments visit
Lisa M. Hendey is a
mother of two sons, webmaster of numerous web sites, including http://www.catholicmom.com and
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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