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Jane Smith was born in a small town in the state of New York, the daughter of a social worker and a schoolteacher. Jane’s mother was very fond of reading. Jane inherited her passion and read a lot as a child. At the age of seven, she began writing her first short stories, which were very popular among the Smith family's friends. Later, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck were her major literary influences. She became widely known for her best-selling Amy Collins novels and, of course, her stand-alone novel Imaginary Book, which won the Literary Award. Now Jane lives in Greenwich Village with her husband, John, and their children, Dave and Betty. She has lots of creative plans for the future and will continue delighting her fans with her exquisite style.

The Twelve Parables 

Elena Merlino 
Mark Merlino 

Eight Year old Elena Merlino has vividly illustrated twelve of Our Lord's parables in this beautiful devotional children's picture book, which is intended to inspire readers of all ages. These parables were selected from the more than forty parables found in the Gospels and are arranged according to their position in salvation history.

"I pray that this book will touch the minds and hearts of all who read it and contemplate Elena's artistic works. Always remember that sacred art speaks to our hearts and souls."
-- Fr. Robert Cross, Diocese of Geraldton, Western Australia
It gives me great pleasure to recommend this version of Our Lord's parables. Elena has succeeded in drawing some very effective and powerful depictions of these foundational gospel instructions. May this book inspire many to learn once again the lessons of slavation Jesus gave in these parables."
-- Fr. Patrick Tepoorten, Archdiocese of Vancouver, British Columbia