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Aliza Latta is a Canadian writer, journalist, and artist, who is a huge fan of telling stories. She writes about faith and young adulthood on her blog alizalatta.com, and is the author and illustrator of the children's book Loved By Me. Find her on Instagram as @alizalatta.

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  1. I would gift this sweet book to my three children, who are 13, 9, and 7. What a precious message! We tell them all of the time how much they are loved always and no matter what. This book reinforces that message. ❤

  2. I would absolutely LOVE to win this book for my young daughter who doesn’t think that she has a father because it’s just the two of us. I want her to learn that she most certainly has a heavenly father.

  3. I would love to give this book to my beautiful 9 year old granddaughter. Her mom already has her wearing makeup because she told her it makes her prettier. She’s more beautiful without it! She doesn’t feel loved because her mom is always yelling at her and blaming her for things she didn’t do. She is a sweet and loving child whose self-esteem has been worn down constantly by her mother, and she needs to be told by someone other than me just how precious she is.

    • Oh, Dottie, how my heart hurts for both your daughter and granddaughter. May the love of God shown through you and written in the book soften both of their hearts. Praise God they have you in their lives. You all are going on my prayer list today.

  4. I would give this book to my young nieces, 13 and 8 years old (they are sisters, so they could share). From their early childhood, I have watched them grow in their faith. As they continue to grow spiritually and physically, I believe it is important to support them and encourage them to be secure in their knowledge of God and His love for them.

  5. Thank you for writing such an important reminder for big folks and littles. I would love to gift this to our newest family member our great nephew baby Andrew.

  6. Aliza,
    Thank you for your honest and vulnerable heart! Finding myself “single” again after 28 years of marriage has been difficult. However it is in this time of heartache that my Heavenly Father’s Love has taken me to a new understanding of His great love for me.
    Your book looks wonderful. I want my 3 grandchildren to be assured in their Heavenly Father’s love from a young age so they don’t have to struggle as I did.
    Many blessings on your great adventure of life!

    • Thank you so much for this post which spoke to my heart. I would give this book to my 11 yr old daughter and read it with her to encourage both our hearts and be reminded of God’s immense, pure, and unconditional love for us.

  7. I would love to give this book to my 7 year old daughter who is deaf. She has over come so much and now with cochlear implants, she is different than other kids in her class. But we tell her God gave her super ears because she is fearfully and wonderfully made, just the way He wanted!

  8. I would love to give a copy to my daughter so that she can always know not just our love for her but Abba’s love for her. Then after that I can read it and get rooted in the love He has for me.

  9. I would like to give this book to a first grader, Kayden, who has been in Foster care for one year and has so many questions as to why he doesn’t see his family.

  10. I would love to give this book to Primrose ( a local child care ). Thank you for giving the World something that is despartely needed.

  11. I teach art, am single, and connected to this post so much. Thank you.

    I would give this book to a little boy who is 11 and Came to school last week to tell me about him crush. He needs to hear this.

  12. I just finished reading the book Defined, by the Kendrick brothers and I am eager to get that information to my children. That is a super read for my older kids, but I would share this book with the youngest of my 12 children.

  13. Thank you for your devotional on love. Our capacity to love is so vast, I like how you connected it to the vastness of the ocean. If I was to receive this book, I would give it to my grandchildren to help them be able to grasp love. I have 5 – 2 families. So, I think I would buy one and give it to both families. To understand and comprehend the love of God is so important.

  14. What a beautiful post! I’ve been married for 34 years now & don’t remember the struggle as a single to feel less qualified. I do see that struggle in some single friends so thank you for your eloquence. I will be a better encourager to my circle of influence~single & married because of your words. Thank you!
    I’d give the book to my great-nephew being raised in a single parent home.

  15. I would give this to my niece who has gone through so many tough circumstances. This book could remind her how much she’s loved by God, but I’m sure she’d read it to her grandchildren.

  16. My son Ben is 20 years old but emotionally about 8 due to his autism. I know this book would light him up.

  17. My girlfriend’s two children. One has such a tender heart and I believe this reminder for her would be a treasure.

  18. Aliza,
    You wrote this so beautifully. I think I’m disqualified for feeling and sharing love- and I’m married with kids. Your heart is in tune with the Father’s. Thank you for a wonderful reminder.
    I’d share the book with my kids or gift to a new niece coming our way.

  19. Aliza,

    I so enjoyed your writings today! Thank you for giving us a glimpse into the heart of a single person; we often forget after years in the routine of marriage and motherhood.

    As a side note, the memories of moments you were loved well were so lovely! They inspire me to be more thoughtful and intentional with the ways I show love.

    I would love to have a copy of your new book, and will very likely purchase a copy. I would also love to win a copy, as I have a couple of close, struggling friends and would like to gift my youngest boy with a copy. Your writing style is so beautiful, and deserves to be shared!

  20. I would love to add this to my growing collection of kids’ books that I keep on hand to read to my three small grandchildren when they visit.

  21. I am also single with no children so I would love to give it to one of the children I teach in my weekly Bible study.

  22. I would gift this book to my niece’s son Henry Vincent Valentino who was born on Valentine’s Day. My niece and her husband would cherish this treasure of a book and I know they’d read it to Henry as often as they could.

  23. I would display this book and enjoy reading this book in my classroom—-I have a “classroom faves shelf” with awesome words by Max Lucado and other Christian authors. Many of my fourth graders live in Christian homes, but quite a few do not. You see, I live in south Louisiana, where our public school system leaves so much to be desired by parents/kiddos. So, though I teach in a Christian/private school, many families choose our school because it is an alternative to public school; not necessarily because of our Christian faith and doctrine.

    Fourth graders begin to see themselves differently and it is clearly and year of change and maturing (with that comes cliques, the importance of others’ opinions and a need to be reminded of Christ’s unconditional love!)

    Aliza’s writing has always been one of my faves at incourage, and I’d love to share it with my “other” beloved children in the classroom.

    Thank you for writing such a special and much needed message in a children’s book!

    In Him,
    Andrée Hidalgo

  24. Thank you for this post, it brought back memories of growing up knowing I was loved. If I win this book I will give it to my friend who is a 3rd grade teacher.

  25. Beautiful reminder that we are truly loved!!!
    Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful book. I would gift it to my granddaughter Harper who just recently made a profession of faith at age eight. It would also be enjoyed by her 5 yo sister who is looking forward to the day she will be “ bathized”.

  26. First, I will read it! I will then gift it to my grandson and ask him to read it and we’ll discuss it’s message. I’ll ask him to gift it to a friend and have them read it and gift it to another friend. This should be a book that is read and shared and shared again many times over.

  27. I am a Mother of 6 and Grandmother of 8 (ages 8 months to 13 years) and would love to have this book at “Grandma and Papa’s” to share with our Family! Our Grandchildren love to be read to and this would start a beautiful conversation.

  28. I would give this to my youngest granddaughter, Sophia. Her sister Lilly was raised knowing about Jesus and attending church. But then came marital unfaithfulness and alcoholism. She was not told much about Jesus and his love. She is now in second grade and loves to read. She knows I am a follower of Jesus and I have told her that she is God’s masterpiece. I would like her to know more about God’s love.

  29. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.
    If I were given this book, I would give it to my grandson, Jared, who is fearful and easily discouraged. He is loved, but he doesn’t know it. Once Jared is confident in God’s love for him and our love for him, he will shine with love’s bravery.
    Thank you again for hosting this giveaway.

  30. I think everyone needs to feel love. Love can come when you least expect it to. So welcome in with open arms and share your love if you give love to others hopefully you will get love in return

  31. Thank you for a warm, loving and beautiful piece.

    Recently both my sister and colleague have been telling me how they have felt unloved since childhood. I have since them, set a reminder to daily tell them and show them in Scripture, how dearly and deeply they are loved by God.

    I understand their confusion because the enemy, Satan once also had me believed that I am not worthy of being loved or even displaying it. Praise God for Jesus, The Holy Spirit, The Bible, prayer and fasting. Now my mission is to genuinely share love and connected lost ones to God’s beautiful love displayed to us by His Beloved Jesus Christ.

    • Dear Queenie,

      Your message is beautiful and touched a raw nerve in my being. I love your mission and I love your actions. God bless you.

      v.

  32. I would like to gift to my 2 beloved grandsons. I am a Stage 4 CRC warrior and these babies need to know no matter what happens THEY ARE LOVED!

  33. I would love to give this book to my small daughter and son. We read to them every night and try to pick books with important and impactful topics. Thank you for sharing this message.

  34. Hi:

    I would like to give this book to the neighbor across the street. They have 6 children and do the go to church. When IL give a them a educational book last year the children seemed very happy. I was going to ask them to go to vacation bible school; but it was cancel because of covid19. This book I feel would help them to find out about our heavenly father. Thank you for much for your encouraging words I needed to be reminded of them.

  35. I have a new blended family that comes from brokenness on both sides. The blessing of grandchildren have come. I would give this book to my grandchildren who don’t know the truth of God’s love and those that do. And the promise of the one to come to my daughter after a miscarriage. The favor of His love to my children’s children and their children and…on and on.

  36. I have 3 grandchildren (11, 7 & 1) that are each unique. I believe a book like this would benefit all of them. Being a family that reads, my daughter and I have always read to these children. And their books have been handed down to the next in line to hear the favorite stories.

  37. Just by reading how the theme of your book left me with the feeling that I wish this book was around in my childhood days due to being deaf, and I truly know how disqualification feels, but it is in the past; I have decided to move forward but the memory still lingers on from time to time…First of all, thank you for your kindness to offer your book for free to the (in)Courage audience. If I were chosen to win, I would like to gift it to my 2 grand nieces so they know how they are truly loved in this upside down world (cancel culture society) we live in. We need to FOCUS more on how much God truly loves us. Thank you and blessings to you, Aliza.

  38. To my youngest son, Nathaniel. Because of physical and emotional disabilities as well as trauma, he lives in an Albertina Kerr home

  39. I’d love to give a copy of this book to my grandson. His 5th birthday is Match 5th & he’s had a year full of changes. Yes covid has given most of us a difficult year but I think he could use a message of love.
    He stayed junior kindergarten in Sept amidst covid & was great about wearing a mask. In Dec they moved to a new home in a different city so he had to stay over at a new school. Then after only 2wks in class he did online learning for 5wks.
    It’s just been a lot of change for a4yr old & I think he could use the message of being loved unconditionally. Thx

  40. I’d like to gift this to my 2 yo grandson so he knows he is loved. We are still trusting God to return his dad and bring his mom into the saving knowledge of Jesus.

  41. I would give this to our goddaughter. She is adopted (just like three of our children) and I want her to have a solid foundation of knowing she is loved because one day she will face the trauma of abandonment and she will need this truth to rely on.

  42. I’d love to give this book to my daughter because even though I was loved I struggled to believe it. I don’t want her to have that doubt like I did.

  43. I have 2 great grandchilden who live with their Grandparents and their Mom. Parents were not married and both at one time were on drugs. They are back and forth between Dad and home. The Dad is trying to get custody of them and it is a very confusing time for them. He has not been a part of their lives until last year.

  44. Thank you for a beautiful post! I have been single most of my life
    and now suffer with numerous illness’s. I have found that being single has prepared me to live the life I am living now and have the time to learn and grow closer to Jesus everyday! I hope through my life to
    spread grace through out the world!! God Bless!

  45. Thank you for a beautiful post! I have been single most of my life
    and now suffer with numerous illness’s. I have found that being single has prepared me to live the life I am living now and have the time to learn and grow closer to Jesus everyday! I hope through my life to
    spread grace through out the world!! God Bless!

    I have never posted before—-am now being denied posting!

  46. I would love a copy of your book for my Granddaughter who is a Special Needs girl and I know she would love it, she loves to read and look at pictures

    I really enjoy all your posts and Pray God keeps you in his care.

  47. I would truly love to give your book “Loved By Me” to my “adopted” ‘Grandson’ & his single mom.
    Thank you so much for writing this book Aliza❣️

  48. It saddens me that we sometimes we feel we have to “qualify” for love. Certainly your Scripture supports that God does not intend for us to feel that way. Your message inspires me to make sure the people I encounter know they are loved and cared for–by me being a conduit for God’s love. Thank you for sharing.

  49. “The truth is I can give true love and know true love because I am truly loved.” Aliza, this article was so deeply moving, just like your beautiful book. Thank you so much for sharing these words with (in)courage. Love you.

  50. I would love to give this book to my 6 year old adopted granddaughter.
    She is struggling to read and I want her to know she is loved even on hard days

  51. I would love to give this to my daughter who will turn 38 this year. She is bipolar & has never been married. She tells me all the time that she doesn’t feel loved & she feels lonely. I have been encouraging her to read the Bible. I feel like this book would help her realize that she is never alone & God loves her like no one else ever will.

  52. I’d gift it to my friend who is single momming it to a toddler during this lockdown and needs a reminder that SHE IS LOVED.

  53. I’d like to give this to my oldest son who struggles with self confidence and feeling accepted. He has ADHD and often feels unloved, odd, and left out.

  54. Aliza, I always look forward to your posts and thank God for your sweet spirit and your transparency. You are truly a beautiful soul. I married in my late 30’s and can identify with your feelings. Like you, I experienced so much love from God, from family, and from friends when I was single. Love is a blessing, however it is given or received. ❤️

  55. I would lovers gift this book to my niece and nephew! They mean the world to me and I want them to understand the power of the love of God!

  56. I would give this book to my younger cousins. Liam is 2 and Ryan is 9 months old. I remember getting told that my first baby cousin Liam was born, I was at my friends house just about to walk to school, My mom called me and told me the news. I lost it, I cried happy tears. I love my cousins unconditionally and I cant wait to see them again! It would mean the world to me to be able to give this book to them.

  57. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story. I love how you each person you spoke of points you to your identity- Beloved.
    I am an advent reader….love love reading. I shared it with my sons. Now that my sister has my niece, I share it with her. this book has her name on it. I want to read it myself. Beautiful Blessings!

  58. Aliza, so beautifully said and just what my heart needed to hear. Thank you for sharing. I also am not married, and no children. Some days it’s hard because I do long for these blessings but I know my Abba Father, God will never leave me and He loves me more than anyone ever could. I give God my dreams and know His will is best. I would love a copy of this book for myself and God willing, my future children to read, if it’s the Lord’s will. Thank you again for sharing! God bless you, friend ❤️❤️

  59. What a wonderful post. I had the same feeling when I saw my grandson. His parents are not believers. They are not overly receptive to conversations on Christ. I still try & I pray for them all daily that they will have their hearts changed to come to know Jesus. I will read this book to my grandson & as I’m able he will know what true unconditional love is… from his Father in Heaven.
    Thank you ❤️

  60. I would like this book for my girls. Our family has experienced great loss 4 months ago and feel this book could help them. My girls always enjoyed story time, we have gotten out of the routine as they have gotten older. However sharing this special story would be a great bonding experience.

  61. I’d love to give it to my niece Sylvie. She’s our rainbow miracle girl. And since I don’t have kids she’s the light of my life. She lives a few states away so I get to read her books over FaceTime but I’d love to make this our next read.

  62. This book would be gifted to my friends children, she just had her third back in October and they are so precious and I love that I get to love them too! They are some of my unofficial nieces and nephews ♥️

  63. I would love to gift this book to my Pre-K class, a group of 24 3-4 year olds. I would absolutely love to spread this story of love to them through Aliza’s beautiful, diverse book. My Pre-K room is always full of children of varying needs, but this year especially we have many children who need to feel, see, and hear they are loved on a daily basis. This book would be a perfect fit for my little ones.

  64. I will like to give this book to my daughter, she is 21 she is not mRriend, she is going to be a kindergarten teacher. She went to a christian inner city school and her dream is to teach there so she can give back a a little that they give them to her. I think this book is really good for read to the kids there who needs to know that God love us.

  65. I would love to give this book to my niece Mya Bell who is 10 and myself. I have been single my whole life (62) and this book spoke to me so much that I would like Mya to hear this as well. I have gone thru life feeling exactly like this story, some of which I feel is part of my depression.

  66. What a beautiful way to tell a child, no matter the age, that they are loved. I would love to give this to my daughter. I hope it would help her see she is loved by a heavenly father, which is even better than an earthly one.

  67. To my future child. I got one for a friend and I would love to be able to share this beautiful message with my children one day.

  68. Hello! My name is Shannon. I’ve struggled all my life with the Fathers love being taken away from me. Most of the time it’s been because of choices that I have made or because of things that have happened to me that have been out of my control (mostly as a young girl). I know Jesus loves me but when I mess up I beat myself up repeatedly until once again He comes in to remind me of who I am. It’s a daily battle, minute by minute battle for that matter.
    I would like to gift this book to our children. I have a daughter that is 22 and to step boys going on 7 and 8 years old. I pray for them all the time that they would know the Fathers love and that He would continue to draw them by his loving kindness.

  69. I would love to share this book with my only grandson. He loves stories before bedtime and I am the only Christian influence in his life at this time. This would be a great reminder for him as he doesn’t have a dad in his life to give him a father’s love. Thank you for the opportunity!

  70. My friend’s daughter has recently broken up with her emotionally abusive boyfriend of 4 years. She is in her late 30’s and panicking that she may never marry or have children. She is such a beautiful girl, inside and out, and loves the Lord. I would love for her to have this.

  71. Wow, Aliza! This is a phenomenal book with a message that every single one of us needs to know and remember as we go through life. I would give a copy to each of my daughters, grand-daughters and grand-son as well as my little five year old great-granddaughter. Thank you so much for this post!

  72. I volunteer at an all boy’s school that is trying to reverse the lives of these boys into being God-fearing men who lead their families. What a gift it is to see the change in these boys! One of the boys I’ve tutored has told me he’s trash and not important. I read scripture to him that says he was made for a certain purpose, God knows the number of hairs on his head, God knew who he was before he was even formed in his mother’s womb, and on and on. I want him to understand he does have a purpose and is loved by those around him, but especially by God. I’d love to give this book to him ❤️

  73. Aliza,

    People often feel like they can’t possibly love because their either not married or never had children. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are made with a huge capacity to love simply because of Christ’s unconditional love for us. He shows us how to love others no matter what. This world needs to hear these words now more than ever. They need to know that no matter what they do nothing will separate His love from us. Thanks for writing such an important book for many many people. We need the word to get out so everyone knows & feels loved by God.

    Blessings 🙂

  74. This is such a beautiful post! Thank you…and if considered for the giveaway- I would love to gift this book to my son, Jack, who must ALWAYS remember that regardless of what people think of him, oust him, treat him, look at him (he has autism) he is ABSOLUTELY loved. Reading books have always been a thing for him (he reads and re-reads ones that feel close to his heart) and I believe this could be one of them…thanks again!

  75. I would gift this book to my granddaughter a preteen entering into all life brings as our bodies mature… and yet needing to be grounded

  76. I’d like to give this book book to my new two-month old identical twin grandsons. Oliver and Sam. Sam is named after his Uncle who died just a little over a year ago at the age of 31, it was very unexpected. But this book would help us (his parents and I) teach them how much they are loved by God, and that is the greatest gift of all.
    Thank you,
    Lori Wise

  77. This book has fast become my son’s favourite bedtime book for me to read to him. I read it with expressions and tones, especially when I get to the part about how God loves him. It makes him smile every time I say that part and I just know that he believes it. I would like to share the joy of this book with 2 families in Jamaica that I follow on YouTube. One have 3 young boys under 7 and the other have a daughter just a year old. It’s important in this day and age that we start to tell our babies how much God loves them and that they were created for a purpose and, of course, let them know no matter what they do or how far they may go, they are forever loved by mom and dad and the entire family. Your words put it just the way they need to hear it Aliza. You are truly gifted with words and putting them together in just the right way. More blessings to you.

  78. I would love to give this book to my 4 yr old grandson. I live in NY and he lives in NC. I so wish I could see him more to show him that he is absolutely loved even when listening skills are hard to find some days.
    The challenging age when listening ears don’t always work well and the consequences can question love.

  79. I would love to give this book to my grandson. He will be ten next month and he lives with his mom and stepfather but loves spending time with his dad as much as he possibly can. Life can be confusing sometimes, especially for children not living with both parents. I believe this book will help him to know and remember he is always loved.

  80. our identification is in Jesus- this helped me – and knowing the Lord goes before me and guides the way- Deut 31:8 thanks for sharing always — edifying – and building up the body of Christ- and also others who are seeking the Lord – find His love. amen.

  81. I thought this was a devotional & really liked what it had to say. I’d give this book away to my niece.

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