We would like to continue our celebration of child life month, by recognizing one specialist, Shannon Alford. She is supporting families with her newly published ebook, Hospital Prayers: A Devotional for When Your Child Needs Blessings & Bandaids.
Shannon Alford is a retired Child Life Specialist (CCLS) who writes under the pen name Leigh Snyder. She has recently written an ebook for mothers of hospitalized children called Hospital Prayers, A Devotional for When Your Child Needs Blessings & Bandaids. Hospital Prayers is a 30 day devotional and is a collection of essays and prayers which covers a variety of topics. Many of the devotions pertain to hospitalization, while others share biblical stories or personal accounts of God’s presence in daily life. Few stressors compare to that of having a sick or hurt child and these devotions remind parents that the Lord is always in control, even when life feels out of control.
Shannon began her career by implementing the first Child Life program in the Emergency Department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She eventually transitioned to working with the inpatient cardiology population. As Shannon‘s career progressed, so did her interest in writing, and in 2011, she published her first book called Stars in the Sand. At that time, she made the decision to write under a pen name for privacy and family confidentiality and she also believes the message of her books are more important than the author’s name.
Child Life Specialists have the unique privilege of lending support to children and families in difficult situations. As both observer and participant in stressful situations, strength and courage and hope is seen again and again. May these devotions inspire and encourage the reader and be reminded that each day is a gift.
In honor of child life month, we would like to giveaway a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner to download their ebook of Hospital Prayers.
Leave a comment below for your giveaway entry.
Shannon/Leigh has impacted so many through her work at Children’s Hospital and her unique perspective shared in her books. Am hoping people who needs her words will buy her books!
That is so nice of your to say! She is definitely making a positive impact on others and we are happy to share it.