I am super excited to welcome Wendi Lou Lee (aka “Baby Grace” on Little House on the Prairie) to the blog today to chat about her new book A Prairie Devotional!
Wendi is a Jesus follower, a former child actress, and a brain surgery survivor. The four seasons she spent on Little House on the Prairie playing the role of Baby Grace Ingalls are among God’s greatest blessings. Her good but hard life resembles what the Ingalls family experienced—great joys and sorrows. Sharing her story of God’s goodness through life’s most difficult circumstances brings Wendi the most joy.
Wendi lives on the Central Coast of California with her husband, Josh, and her children, Tobey and Raegan. When Wendi isn’t visiting Little House sites, writing, or speaking, you can find her paddle boarding at the beach or walking their Bernedoodle—Mo.
A PRAIRIE DEVOTIONAL
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: August 6, 2019
Loyalty, hard work, and love of God, neighbor, and country have never been more cherished or needed. For nostalgic fans who seek a more meaningful way of life, A Prairie Devotional offers deep lessons drawn from the beloved TV series.
For the first time, fans of the Little House TV series have a spiritual resource based on its rich themes of faith and family. Author and former child actress Wendi Lou Lee, who played baby Grace on the TV show, offers unique stories and insights, giving readers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the hearts and souls of the characters.
For nostalgic fans who seek a simpler, more meaningful way of life, A Prairie Devotional offers powerful life lessons. Blending personal anecdotes with stories and quotes from the TV show, Scripture verses, and thought-provoking questions, Wendi Lou Lee invites reflection on the ideas that made the TV series so popular: soothing broken relationships, keeping your head up in challenging situations, and relying on God’s guidance when life looks impossible. With more than 90 devotions, A Prairie Devotional is an inspirational compilation of heartwarming material that lifelong fans will love.
Hi Wendi! Welcome to the blog! It’s such an honor to have you here!
Wendi: Summer for sure. When I was little my family used to spend our summers at the lake on my grandparent’s houseboat. My favorite childhood memories revolve around those summers on Lake Oroville. As an adult, I still love summer—paddle boarding at the beach, picking berries, and taking summer vacations with my family.
Carrie: I like all those things in theory… but the heat… lol.
Wendi: Definitely dogs. We have a Bernedoodle named Mo. She goes everywhere with me.
Carrie: oh my goodness – Bernedoodle puppies are SO cute!
Wendi: Without a doubt, soup. I’m a soup lover. If my kids didn’t like soup they would surely starve. We have homemade soup at least once a week, even during the summer! Our family favorites are Fall Squash and Corn Chowder, Chicken Chili, Tomato Basil, and of course the good ol’ standby… Taco Soup.
Carrie: mmm i want some soup now…
Wendi: Print all the way. I’ve only ever read one ebook and it was my last. My eyes always need a break from the endless screens in my life. I love cracking open a new book—the stiffness of the pages, the smell, and how as you read, the pages soften like getting to know a new friend.
Carrie: i love how you put that – so true!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Wendi: This is a hard question. I’m not really good at any one thing, more of a jack of all trades. When I asked my teenage kids for their opinion, I only got sarcasm. One said, “Burning things.” Which I must say I have a knack for… especially bagels and grilled cheese sandwiches. The other, “Your dance moves.” It’s a joke really—I’m a terrible dancer.
But if I could choose a superpower, it would be teleportation. I’d be able to teleport to Wyoming and visit my twin sister Brenda in an instant. And then over to Texas to take a walk with my mom and a long chat with my older sister Michelle.
Carrie: You can always count on teenagers for some good sarcasm haha! And yes, I would pick teleportation too. The USA is too big to visit everyone I want to see on a regular basis – not to mention the vastness of the rest of the world.
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Wendi: Of course, it has to be Laura Ingalls Wilder. As a child, I don’t remember reading anything but the Little House books. Over the last two years, I’ve read them again. On the Banks of Plum Creek is still my favorite in the series.
Carrie: That’s my fave of the series as well – but they’re all such good stories that stand the test of time.
Q: What do you enjoy most about writing?
Wendi: Writing has been a journey of learning to share my everyday stories with others, being brave enough to speak—on paper and out loud—about the ups and downs of life. Telling my stories has given me such freedom. Free to be the person God created me to be. People are in desperate need of hope. There is nothing more rewarding than sharing how God has transformed my hardest moments into beauty beyond comprehension.
Carrie: Personal stories are such a beautiful way to offer hope to the hurting….
Q: Why do you think the TV show Little House on the Prairie still resonates with us & continues to be beloved by each new generation of viewers?
Wendi: Viewers longing for simpler times and goodwill among neighbors continue to be drawn to Little House on the Prairie. I believe that we identify with the characters as they navigate the trials of life and see them as role models of courageous and faithful living. New generations of viewers love the timeless stories of Laura growing up on the prairie.
Carrie: I think you’re absolutely right.
Q: You start each day’s devotional with quotes from the series and often include anecdotes from the show/set as well. Is there a quote or story from the series that is especially meaningful to you? Why?
Wendi: In chapter 69 “Keep Running”, I share a quote from Laura in the episode “Days of Sunshine, Days of Sorrow.” The episode reveals human nature, how we often let current circumstances dictate our happiness. When life gets us down, it’s difficult to keep our eyes forward and not dwell on the past. When we were filming this episode, Michael Landon instructed Baby Grace to turn and run after Laura’s anger is unleashed on her tornado-damaged house. When I get discouraged, I remember Michael’s words, “Keep running! Don’t look back!”
Carrie: that’s a powerful quote! So important to keep our eyes on the Savior and not what’s behind us.
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from A Prairie Devotional?
Wendi: Little House on the Prairie was all about telling Laura’s stories, from her perspective and oftentimes her narrating voice. It reminds me that each one of us has a rich history of unforgettable tales. Every person has a story to share, and every story has the power to change a life. A Prairie Devotional is my collection of stories. I encourage people to do what Laura did—tell stories laced with truth.
Carrie: I love that! Around here, we love stories, especially stories laced with truth, the kind that reflect THE Story ♥
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Wendi: My book, A Prairie Devotional, [released] on August 6th. [I celebrated] the release on Alison Arngrim’s (Nellie Oleson) radio show—IBNradio.com. Also available on iTunes and shared live via her Facebook page. Fans are all asking about a book tour. With the late summer release and school starting, a book tour will likely take place next summer at the Little House historical sites and stops along the way.
Carrie: How fun!!! I’ll keep an eye out for that book tour 🙂
Wendi Lou Lee is offering a signed copy of A Prairie Devotional plus an autographed “Baby Grace” photo to one of my readers. TWO more winners will each win a print copy of A Prairie Devotional from Thomas Nelson. (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about A Prairie Devotional and Wendi Lou Lee? Did you watch Little House on the Prairie?