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Chris Tomlin & Pat Barrett write first children's book, 'Good Good Father'

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Wed, Sep 7th 2016 11:40 am

On sale Oct. 4, book releases just prior to Tomlin's new album with single of the same name

Chris Tomlin, Christian worship leader and Grammy and Dove award-winning music artist, has written songs that are sung by more people on a weekly basis than any other songwriter in the world. Now, his most recent single and K-LOVE "Song of the Year," "Good Good Father" (written by Pat Barrett and Tony Brown), lends inspiration to the children's picture book of the same name, available Oct. 4.

This delightful is Tomlin's first book for children, co-written with Barrett, and will leave little ones with a greater understanding of who God is and of who they are because they are loved by him, the authors said. "Good Good Father" will be published in partnership between Tommy Nelson and Passion Publishing.

"What an exciting journey to write my first children's book," Tomlin said. "Being a dad makes this so special. It's my prayer that 'Good Good Father' helps children understand the amazing reality that we can call God our father - that we are his beloved sons and daughters. It's a simple, yet powerful story - one that has been kid-tested in my own home and a joy to watch my girls experience."

"Good Good Father" is the story of a bear named Tucker whose life and townspeople are forever changed when they learn just how great the king's love is for them. Along the way, Tucker encounters a variety of curious, humorous animals who each know one great thing about the king. However, they each have limited views of what makes him good.

The book is designed to leave children with a greater assurance that God truly is a good, good father and they are loved by him.

"Just as they make worship so accessible, Chris and Pat help little ones experience and understand the overwhelming love of God," said Laura Minchew, senior vice president and publisher of gift books, children's books and new media at Thomas Nelson. "Children have so many thoughts about what God is like. This endearing, yet profound book helps children (and adults) see that God is a teacher, a warrior, a doctor, a provider, a musician and so much more because, first of all, he is truly a good, good father."

The partnership between Passion Publishing and Tommy Nelson, the children's imprint of Thomas Nelson, will amplify the scope of the project and the book's message.

"We are thrilled to work with Tommy Nelson on this project," said Kevin Marks, managing director of Passion Publishing. "For years, Tommy Nelson has been an industry leader in Christian children's books and resources. We know that many families will benefit from sharing Chris and Pat's beautiful story and foundational message with their sons and daughters, nieces and nephews - with children everywhere - to help them anchor in the deepest places of their hearts that God loves them as his precious children."

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