Local author’s book signing Saturday

From Press Reports

First-time author Whitney Yarber White will have a book signing from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Murphy Drug and Gifts in Eupora.

White, of Eupora, will be available to sign copies of her book “Don’t Swallow the Baby Jesus.”

What’s the quickest way to get Jesus into your heart? Swallow him, of course … or so Aaden thinks! Join brothers Aaron and Aaden as they decorate for Christmas. Along the way, they discover the answers to their questions. Why do we celebrate the birth of Jesus? And how can you get him into your heart?

About the Author White, 25, is the daughter of Nanette Yarber of Booneville, and granddaughter of Delayon and Bobbie Nell Jenkins of Chester. She lives in Webster County in the New Hope community where her husband, Matthew White, pastors at New Hope Baptist Church.

White graduated from Booneville High School in 2005 and from Northeast Mississippi Community College in 2006. She then graduated from Mississippi State University in 2008 with a major in special education and a concentration in English.

While living in Booneville, White was Homecoming queen, Ms. BHS, Best All Around, salutatorian, a softball player and member of the First Baptist youth group. Upon graduating from State she taught 3- to 5- year-old developmentally delayed children at Calhoun City for two years, where she was elected Teacher of the Year in only her second year.

White is now a stay-at-home mom of three boys — Aaron (3), Aaden (2) and Aacen (4 months) — and trying to pursue a writing career.

“Staying at home to raise my kids and publishing a book are two of my biggest dreams come true,” she said.

Story Behind The Story In explaining the story behind the story of “Don’t Swallow the Baby Jesus,” White said the book is unique because the characters in the book are the actual characters of her family. She stated:

“Aaron, my oldest, is the narrator in this story which fits him perfectly. He is our perfectionist, the caretaker of the younger two, the talker, and he truly does love the Christmas season.

“Aaden in real life is just like the Aaden in the book. He breaks things, gets into everything, he has a very short attention span, and he’s a little quieter and a lot more mischievous than Aaron.

“Last Christmas they were only 1½ and 2½, and Aaron was trying to show Aaden the Nativity pieces and explain who the people were. Aaden was watching Aaron but not paying very close attention to what he was saying and when Aaron turned his head Aaden immediately reached for that tiny baby Jesus and tried to put him in his mouth. I immediately said, ‘No, Aaden, don’t swallow the baby Jesus!’ And after that I just began thinking about how funny that sounded and a couple of weeks later I sat down and put my thoughts on paper … never really dreaming that it would actually become published.

“My family has a tradition of sitting by the Christmas tree every single night in December and reading a different Christmas book. It’s exciting to think that we will be reading my own book about our own family this Christmas. As this book is about family traditions I hope many other families can make a tradition of reading this book at Christmastime and discussing the Nativity pieces as they read the book.

“I am unbelievably blessed to have been given this opportunity and I give God all the glory and honor. With him all things truly are possible and without the three precious boys he gave me, this funny little story never would have crossed my mind. Hopefully these boys will help me produce many more stories in the future.”

Book Information Tate Publishing will officially release “Don’t Swallow the Baby Jesus” on Jan. 15, when it will be available in stores and on the internet.

How to purchase the book now: • White’s website (whitneywhite.tateauthor.com) along with the Tate website (http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php? w=9781621476528). Anyone planning to order books online as Christmas gifts needs to place their order by Nov. 15. However, for anyone who misses that date, White should have plenty on hand. • The Nov. 10 book signing at Murphy Drug’s open house, 406 Veterans Memorial Blvd. S. • White will also be reading to the children at Storytime at the Webster County Public Library on Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m., where books will be available to buy as well.