Dr. Marian Jefferson’s picture book ‘Teach Me to Pray with TJ and Bear’ is an excellent resource to educate children about spirituality

Dr. Marian Jefferson offers her new picture book, Teach Me to Pray with TJ and Bear. With charming illustrations and a simple yet sweet story, this is the perfect book to teach children about the importance of prayer and values like family and tradition.

The book offers a lot of positive lessons and accompanies by sweet, clean humor, interactiveness, and also nice illustrations with a lot of detail and a lovely style and use of colors. 

Teach Me to Pray with TJ and Bear is the second edition of the first book in a children’s series that Dr. Marian Jefferson is building to teach children about different values and faith, helping families integrate these teachings into their daily life. The book is offered for parents who want to raise kids who understand the faith and can bring it with them with confidence and security, always finding comfort within it and having time to practice it as well.

The book series builds upon each part, but each book can also be read as a stand-alone. They use an effective approach to teaching elements like faith, love, and values such as friendship or patience. The books offer wholesome adventures that teach children how to maintain a positive attitude and provide amazing resources for parents to share these lessons through the fun experiences of TJ, his dog Bear and the many colorful characters who join them in each installment.

Dr. Marian Jefferson is a successful author, a family woman, and a career woman. Her twin passions are writing and helping others achieve their goals. In this case, the TJ and Bear series are meant to help parents who want to teach their kids the right values. Jefferson has over 15 years of experience as a professional writer and a deep love for telling stories, creating characters, and using art to promote positive outcomes. She is also a skilled public speaker and does work as a consultant, writer, and Griot centered on healing and resilience. She is the founder of Marian Jefferson, LLC, a team that works to support people in achieving their goals in the context of their family, work, and personal development.

The TJ and Bear series and, in particular, Teach Me to Pray with TJ and Bear are a perfect option for families with strong faith and values who want to teach their kids and are looking for wholesome, fun resources to bring into their homes. The book is a perfect start for the series, with a topic that is important and that explains what prayer is and why it matters so much, creating a positive experience to share with the family. It’s a charming book with lovely illustrations.

If you want to learn about Marian’s new projects, find her on Twitter @soundhealingwmj and on Instagram @soundhealingwithmj.


We had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Marian Jefferson. Here are the excerpts from the interview. 

Hi Dr. Marian, Great to have you with us today! Please share with our readers about yourself.

Hi, I’m a writer, Griot of this digital age, and consultant. I specialize in helping business owners and entrepreneurs succeed. I’m the author of the children’s book, “Teach Me to Pray with TJ and Bear,” which uses humor and interactiveness to teach children the importance of prayer, faith, family, and tradition. 

Please tell us about your journey.  

I have more than twenty years of experience in the areas of writing, digital marketing, and personal branding. This makes me the perfect guide for entrepreneurs looking to unlock their business potential. I can also help first-time authors get started with publishing and marketing advice. 

In October 22, I left my position in management to pursue my passion and to spend more time with family. I realized that I was throwing away precious time that I would never be able to get back. My music, my writing, and my art were also suffering. I could very clearly hear my grandmother’s voice saying, “If you don’t use it, you will lose it.” I recognize these talents as gifts from God, not belonging to me but on loan. It was time. 

What are the strategies that helped you become successful in your journey?

I can’t point to just one or two things that have helped me succeed. I can share that planning, networking, building a team, outsourcing, and public performances helped me hone my craft. Finally, I believe that you reap what you sow, plant good things, and get good things back. 

When I was in college, I heard an interview with Michael Jordan and Oprah. She asked him about his success and lessons learned. He said many things during the interview, but what stood out to me was his belief that he was responsible for helping people to become successful, “If I can’t take them with me on my coattails, I’ll leave a trail behind me for them to follow.” I have lived by this philosophy ever since. 

Whether people are looking for practical advice or need guidance on how to navigate the digital landscape, I have the expertise to help them reach their goals.  

Any message for our readers? 

This book would be an excellent resource for parents, grandparents, teachers, and other adults who are looking for an engaging resource to teach children about spirituality and how to pray. Make an investment. Get it for the little ones.

Fantastic! So tell us, how can people find out more about you? 

You can drop us an email at MJ@MarianJefferson.com or sign up for our monthly emails on our website, MarianJefferson.com. We have recently reduced the price of our book from $17.95 to $14.95 on Amazon, and if you write me, I will send you a signed copy, less shipping, and handling, for $10.00.


Thank you so much, Dr. Marian, for giving us your precious time! We wish you all the best for your journey ahead!


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