Hello! Welcome to my site. I’m Summer Kinard, an Orthodox Christian, the mother of five autistic children, a tea lover, classically trained soprano, and author of inspiring novels and curricula for active learners. I received my Master of Divinity (summa cum laude, 2003) and Master of Theology (2005, early church history and theology) degrees from Duke University Divinity School, where I sat my Master of Theology exam in 2nd through 5th Century theological anthropologies. I’ve taught in churches for decades and currently spend most of my instruction time leading our therapeutic homeschool. My curriculum e-books (Creative Writing for Kids, Hands-On Sunday School Lessons, How to Tell Bedtime Stories) are based on my real life teaching from the time I was ringleader to dozens of cousins and three younger siblings to my years leading church school kids in learning games to my experience teaching and learning from my own five children.
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I’m the author of three published novels, which have been praised as “beautifully iconic,” revealing “the close connection between spiritual and romantic ecstasy.” As author Deborah Hining puts it, “Summer shows us what it is to see through the thin places of the world, to the colorful, brilliant world of the spiritual that is always there if we only have the eyes to see.” Texas Tea & Travel magazine called my novel Tea & Crumples an “uplifting story that will warm your heart and renew your faith.” My recent novel, The Stone Pillow, explores love, grief, and mysticism in places worn thin by the footsteps of saints.
I write about the practicalities of autistic and spiritual life on my Facebook page and here on my site. Check out my free printable prayer aids for persons with special needs, such as the visual schedules for the Divine Liturgy and Roman Catholic Mass, which are my most popular downloads.
I have appeared as a guest on podcasts and radio shows and led a workshop on the topic, “Faith You Can Touch: Concrete Thinking as a Model for Evangelism” at the third Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference in June, 2019. My forthcoming book, Of Such Is The Kingdom: A Practical Theology of Disability, is due out October 2019 from Ancient Faith Publishing. It shows how welcoming families and persons with disabilities as full members of Christ’s Body that is the Orthodox Church is grounded in the heart of God and vital to our salvation.
More important than what I have done is what God has done. I’m grateful to be a witness to the transforming grace of God.
I’m currently working on hands-on, accessible Sunday school curricula so that everyone can learn about the amazing love of God, as well as novels for young people featuring brave, autistic characters and miraculous realism.
You can catch up on my published works on my Amazon page. (Because I have since converted to the Orthodox Church, be aware that my publisher has put my first novel out of print at my request.) My latest novel is The Stone Pillow. I have a few long-term projects afoot: an autism-friendly Sunday school curriculum, a series of middle grade books with an autistic girl of faith as its protagonist, and an Orthodox romance novel project.
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