Inspiring Young Readers at the Catholic Family Fest


Halo Guitar _BJM copyKudos to my friend Lisa Umina and the whole team at Halo Publishing for their participation in this weekend’s Catholic Family Fest – sounds like a blast!   We have enjoyed interviewing many Halo authors (and Lisa too!) for the podcast.  Here’s some information on this weekend’s event.

Inspiring Young Readers to Make Our World a Better Place are Common Themes Among Halo Publishing International Authors.

Independent local writers of such works as “Gracelynn Goes To School,” “I’m Thankful,” “Auntie’s House,” “Remembering ‘D’” and “Milo and the Green Wagon” will share their important messages this year during the ninth annual Catholic Family FEST, Aug. 9 at the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe, Ohio. The daylong gathering and celebration of faith and family embraces solid values and promotes dignity and respect among all people.

Halo Publishing International encourages its authors to foster personal growth while making a difference in our society and several published writers will be available during the FEST to talk about their books and what inspired the stories. The loving, giving and caring “Milo” character from Halo Founder Lisa Umina’s books will make a special appearance. Halo author “Jungle” Bob Tuma also will perform a live animal presentation.

FEST organizers say the event, expected to draw nearly 30,000 Christians, is about inspiring the next generation of leaders and active members of both the local and spiritual communities, a mission Halo Publishing International supports. Umina, a Cleveland area native, said the company’s authors are committed to spreading their hopeful messages and thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of a large recognized spiritual event designed to do just that.

“Jungle” Bob Tuma, who penned “BobTails,” and other Halo authors attending the Fest include Natalie Friedl, “Help Me Pray Today;” Victoria Pisano, “Straight Street to Heaven” and “Spiration of  Love;” Kristen Wygle, “Gracelynn Goes To School;” Crista Stewart, “The Little Frog;” Debra Cavanaugh, “Max and Morgan’s ABC’s,;” The “D” Team, “Remembering “D”;” and Danielle Schillero, “God is With Me.”  Biographical information about these authors and descriptions of their books are available at Interviews can be arranged by calling  (216) 255-6756 or (877) 705-9647.

Halo Publishing International was established in 2002 as a full capacity publishing house and has been contributing to the success of many new and up-and-coming authors ever since. Their offices in USA and Mexico specialize in designing, producing, publishing and marketing books for independent authors. HPI offers writers around the world the highest level of professional publishing services they specialize in publishing books inspirational books for all ages.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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  1. I got to meet some of the authors at the Fest and look at their wonderful books, outstanding! Jungle Bob was great with his “critters” and Danielle Schillero was so well spoken and inspirational for my 11-year-old daughter. I’m looking forward to adding lots of these titles to our home library!

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