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E-book and print book available: “Fifty-Five Days of Faith”!

October 26, 2018

THE BOOK IS FINISHED! The e-book and print book are on Amazon!

Fifty-Five Days of Faith tells about the multiracial Lavin family joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints less than two months before the 1978 revelation on priesthood was received. Read more about this new book here, including reviews from Cathy Stokes, Margaret Blair Young, Romane Armand, Paul Furse, Jacqueline Nagy and Marilyn Nelson.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book supports Operation Underground Railroadwhich rescues children in 17 countries from sex trafficking.

Photos: Marsha (left) in North Carolina opening her box of books. Marci (right) in Texas opening her box of books.

Book Contributors Spotted at Girls’ Camp!

August 24, 2017

Left to right – Stacy Appleby (chilling in the hammock), co-editor Marci McPhee, and Abbey Whitcomb

What a treat to meet book contributor Abbey Whitcomb at Girls’ Camp! We corresponded back and forth about her wonderful waterfront contribution to the book “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders.” But we never met — until now!

And then there’s Stacy Appleby, chilling in the hammock, with whom I’ve been serving at camp on and off since 1995!

Here’s to Girls’ Camp, and the book that we created together.

(Thanks to Anna Fisk for the photo)

Hand-delivered to Brazil (but not India or Wisconsin): Congratulations, Goodreads winners!

March 11, 2017

You won’t believe this, but my Brazilian friend Sheila came for a visit to Boston just as Goodreads announced the winners of our book “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders.” The winners are from Wisconsin, India and. . . Brazil!

Sheila packed the winning book into her luggage and dropped it into the mail stream in Sao Paulo to go to Parana, Brazil. Much cheaper and more secure than an international mailing. Thanks, Sheila, and congratulations, Goodreads winners all over the world!

I wonder what Girls’ Camp is like in India and Brazil . . . .

Read what they’re saying about “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders”!

February 27, 2017

Kendra, blogger at

Read Kendra’s nuanced thoughts at “The Things I Love Most.”

Sydney gave it 5 stars on “Girls’ Camp is a fantastic resource for camp directors and leaders to use as they prepare for camp. This unique book has personal examples of different situations that take place at camp, both good and bad. It also has some easy recipes, tips for teaching, possible activities, ways to make every girl feel included and so forth. I would definitely recommend this book to LDS or other religious camp leaders in helping them prepare for a fun and safe Girls’ Camp.”


Read more reviews by

Hailey Smith, co-writer, co-producer, and actress in Once I Was a Beehiveand

Julie Berry, award-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa and All the Truth That’s in Me


We’re delighted that people are enjoying the book! Will you be next? Available on and wherever LDS books are sold.

FREE Goodreads Giveaway – “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders”

January 15, 2017

FREE! Walnut Springs Press is giving away 3 signed copies of my book “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders!” Enter by Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) for a chance to win! Visit Goodreads: #giveaway #free #win #book #goodreads

Congratulations, Goodreads giveaway winners! “Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids”

December 8, 2016

cropped-final-cover.jpgKudos to Darko D. of Serbia, Vanessa G. of Illinois, and Tabitha G. of Kansas, the winners of the Nov. 2016 Goodreads giveaway! I’m thrilled that there is interest in the book from all over the world!

Watch for more Goodreads giveaways in 2017!!

#giveaway #free #win #book #goodreads


FREE Goodreads Giveaway – “Sunday Lessons & Activities for Kids!”

November 1, 2016

final coverFREE! Walnut Springs Press is giving away 3 copies of my book “Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids!” Enter by Nov 30  for a chance to win! Visit Goodreads:  #giveaway #free #win #book #goodreads

Bridging the real world and the ideal: Leading kids and teen girls

August 20, 2016
Photo by Kelly Keenan

Photo by Kelly Keenan

TEACHING KIDS: How do you handle Father’s Day and Mother’s Day when children may not be living with one of each? How do you build a celestial nursery with toddlers? “Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids” has ready-to-use ideas for teachers and parents about channeling boundless energy, staffing challenges, bullying, children’s music for a lifetime, kids with special needs, pint-sized service projects, and behavior management — as well as some of the best children’s lesson enhancements and activities of all time.

LEADING GIRLS: How do you translate Mormonspeak for nonmember friends at girls’ camp? How do you hold to modesty standards while making every girl feel accepted? What about cellphones at camp? “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders” contains practical ideas and powerful stories, from the first day of camp, to lifetime lessons that continue to bless lives long after camp is over. Whether you’re a leader, lifeguard, nurse, craft-barn leader, or priesthood visitor, whether your camp is primitive or modern, there’s something in these pages for you.

MARCI MCPHEE has collected a spectrum of women and men from across the country, coming together in these volumes to talk about real-world situations faced at church, at home, and girls’ camp. Dive in!


A portion of the proceeds from both books support immigrant mothers and their children at Waltham Family School in Massachusetts.

Now Available: “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders”

April 3, 2016
Left to right, Julia B. Blake and Marci McPhee

Left to right, editors Julia B. Blake and Marci McPhee

Now available! “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders” edited by Marci McPhee and Julia B. Blake, now available on (Kindle or print version), and wherever LDS books are sold.

What’s it about? Read the teaser here!

What are people saying about this new book? Read reviews here!

Who are the contributing authors? Here‘s the lineup!

A portion of the proceeds will support immigrant mothers and their children at Waltham Family School in Massachusetts.


Read about the book launch party!

Send immigrant children to camp!

April 2, 2016
from Waltham Family School's Facebook page

from Waltham Family School’s Facebook page


Marci and Waltham Family School mothers and friends. Photo by Mrudula Gadgil

A portion of the proceeds from the book “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders” will support immigrant families at Waltham Family School in Massachusetts. This remarkable program “empowers English Language Learner families to be literate, self-sufficient and connected to the greater community. This innovative program is for parents of preschool aged and special needs children, parents with low literacy, low income, minorities and immigrants”(see website). “Together We Learn. Together We Read. Together We Succeed” is their motto.

Immigrant children whose families are part of Waltham Family School are eligible for full scholarships at Running Brook Day Camp. Camp activities such as drama and carpentry, with English-speaking new friends, helps their growth tremendously. But they need money for buses, since their parents seldom are able to provide transportation even if program expenses are covered.

Help send immigrant children to camp by purchasing copies of “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders” for friends you know who are girls’ camp leaders, priesthood visitors, or even any woman, young or old, to relieve memories of camp! It’s for a good cause.