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By Covenant Communications Press Release

New Children's Book by Greg Olsen Sells 24,000 Copies in Less than Two Weeks

AMERICAN FORK, UTAH -- The first illustrated gift book for children featuring the much-loved paintings of world-renowned artist Greg Olsen is fast becoming the best-selling children's book in LDS history.

" 'I Am a Child of God' has sold 24,000 copies in less than two weeks. We have another 25,000 copies at press, and have already ordered a third printing of 15,000, said Robby Nichols, Vice President of Marketing at Covenant Communications. "This could become our best-selling book ever."

Co-author Wendy Nelsen says people are buying multiple copies for every member of their family. "The national tragedy has families reaching out to each other and parents seeking to find a way to comfort their children. The simplistic, but powerful message of this book assures children they are special and have a bright future ahead of them," said Nelsen.

"As a parent, I will use this book to teach my children that Jesus is real and approachable and that he loves them. My greatest hope is that my paintings will help other parents do the same," said artist Greg Olsen.

"I Am a Child of God" includes sixteen of Greg Olsen's most recognized paintings, and pairs them with inspirational thoughts. "This powerful combination of accessible visual images and concise, insightful lessons teaches children that their worth doesn't come from the clothes they wear, the social group they belong to, or the car they drive." said Olsen. "When they see themselves in their true light-as children of God-these illusions will melt away."

Holly Cosper, manager of Seagull Book &Tape in Bountiful, Utah has been involved in LDS retail for ten years and has never seen greater excitement for a product. "The sales are phenomenal. We sold 200 books in two hours during our author signing," said Cosper. "The customers love Greg Olsen and they are thrilled to see his artwork in a children's book."

Linda Schaner, President of Mill Pond Press, who publishes Olsen's artwork nationally, receives hundreds of letters from people who feel that his paintings have helped them through trials. "Greg Olsen has an amazing effect on people's lives and, as a result, he has become one of the best-selling artists in the entire industry of reproductions. This success is not limited to the LDS market, but includes the inspirational market, as well."

"I Am a Child of God," artwork by Greg Olsen, text by Wendy and Michael Nelsen ($17.95 hardcover) is published by Covenant Communications, and is available at bookstores everywhere, or at

Founded in 1958, Covenant Communications publishes more than 100 book, audio, and software titles annually, and is the largest independent publisher in the LDS market.



New Children's Book by Greg Olsen Sells 24,000 Copies in Less than Two Weeks
Covenant Communications Press Release 12Oct01 US UT Prov A2

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I Am a Child of God
More about "I Am a Child of God" illustrated by Greg Olsen at


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