Jean with fall flowers

Welcome to Jean Matthew Hall’s adventure with publishing, StarLight Magazine, and Write2Ignite.

The end of Jean’s publication adventure

I have shut down my website Encouraging Words. And here I go starting something new – again. It’s another God-venture for me.

After more than fifteen years of studying and practicing, writing and submitting fiction picture books for publication, I’ve decided to bring that part of my writing to an end. Many factors are at play here, but God has shown me it is time to retire from that work. I have a few biography manuscripts that I will send to publishers. I will continue to write devotions and to submit them to periodicals and books that publish devotionals. Like All God’s Creatures. And, I will continue to write and submit stories for adult anthologies like Chicken Soup books..

The beginning of Jean’s StarLight adventure

Also, (Drum Roll Here)  I believe God told me to create an online Christian literary magazine for children ages 5 – 10. It’s going to take a lot of hard work, and there won’t be any pay involved. But, with a lot of prayer and the help of some terrific volunteers, I am going to do it. I’m praying we can send the first issue out in the fall of 2022.

The name of this little jewel is STARLIGHT MAGAZINE. The tag line is “Shining God’s Truth through Children’s Literature.”

I would appreciate your prayers for the remainder of this year as I seek to follow God’s leading in this adventure. I pray that you will be some of my first subscribers when StarLight is ready to go. I hope you’ll share it with your children and grandchildren, and with the children in your churches , homeschool organizations, and Bible clubs.

This website will host each issue of the magazine. Those on the mailing list will receive a notice and a link the day each issue is ready. We plan to publish one issue in 2022. Then, in 2023, we hope to publish four issues. May I add you to my email list for news about StarLight? To do so, email me at

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The continuation of Jean’s Write2Ignite adventure

I am still working with Write2Ignite. So, I hope I’ll see some of you at one of our Master Classes. The next one is April 22, 2023. Please follow us on Face Book, and visit us at