Artist Spotlight: Children's Author Gary Bower

Gary Bower is an award-winning author and publisher of 16 books, speaker, and ordained minister. Gary is also a volunteer with Storytellers Creative Arts.

Bower's many years of experience pastoring small children, tweens, teens, and adults have helped him develop a rare ability to touch the hearts of a wide age range. His books have received high praise from Gary Smalley, Randy Alcorn, Chuck Bentley of Crown Financial Ministries, and the Duggar family. Gary speaks all over the Eastern United States at homeschool conventions, churches, and MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) groups. As a father of twelve and a former children’s pastor, he understands the power of well-told stories to influence young lives.

After twenty years of speaking to children and youth, Gary felt a strong desire to turn from the microphone to the written page to reach the hearts of kids, and in 1998 he resigned from his pastoral position to pursue that dream. To help support their family, Gary and his wife Jan opened Storybook Meadow Daycare, a licensed childcare center. Jan, already a busy mom and portrait artist, carried the most substantial share of the load, while Gary’s responsibilities included daily storytime, all while juggling deadlines as he wrote Sunday School curriculum.

In the summer of 2000, Gary wrote, and Jan illustrated their first children’s book and published it themselves under the name of Storybook Meadow Publishing. Since then, Gary has seen 25 more titles make it into print through four different publishing companies. He has spoken to tens of thousands of children in hundreds of schools; additionally, he has spoken to thousands of parents in conferences, churches, libraries, and other venues.

Gary and Jan Bower (center) with 5 of their 12 children

Gary & Jan have been married 40 years and live in Traverse City, Michigan, where their twelve children (seven married) all still live nearby. They have 26 grandchildren.

The Bower family recently served with Storytellers to reach homeless children and youth at one of its outreach efforts. Gary and his talented family provided music and storytelling from one of Gary’s bestsellers, “Away on a Hilltop”. SCA is blessed to serve with artists who are making a difference. Learn more about the Bowers at Bower Books & Fine Art.

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Storytellers Creative Arts (SCA) is a Christian faith-based non-profit serving Southwest Florida with a singular focus: Healing and transforming lives through the arts. It does so by creating healing and nurturing arts outreach programs to touch the underprivileged. Programs include visual and performing arts, storytelling and music. SCA partners with Youth Haven, David Lawrence Center Crossroads Adult Recovery, New Horizons After-School Clubs of SWFL, Amigos Family Center in Immokalee, and other organizations.

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