Interview & Book Give-Away with Sue Badeau and Who Won Andy Lee’s Book?

Sue Badeau CCCA 14Let’s welcome Sue Badeau back with us.

Happy Tuesday, friends! I’m honored to have author and speaker Sue Badeau back with us again, and this time we’re talking about a different kind of book. Remember to leave a comment for Sue and you’ll be in the drawing for a free book!

Good morning Sue, we’re here to talk about your newest book, Building Bridges of Hope: A Coloring Book for Adults Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma. I’m wondering what was it that got you interested in jumping on the adult coloring book trend?

Vonda, I am chuckling as you ask that question because the truth is, I was teaching about the benefits of coloring long before it because trendy. In my workshops about helping both adults and children who have experienced trauma associated with abuse, neglect, natural disasters, catastrophic illness, car accidents, school shootings or even having a parent in the military, I provide both informative research-based information but also practical, inexpensive tips and tools that offer support for healing and hope after such traumatic experiences.

Wow – when you list all of those different types of trauma, it seems like it could include a lot of people. Who specifically did you create your book for?

This book is particularly written for the adult who is involved with a child on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis. A parent, whether by birth, foster care, adoption or step-parenting, grandparent, aunt or uncle, for example. But it is not limited to family – some of the people who are finding the book especially helpful include teachers and Sunday School teachers, counselors and Pastors, even little league coaches and scout leaders. It’s easy to feel either helpless or angry when a child melts down in the middle of an activity. Sometimes this leads to adult actions that unwittingly further increase the child’s trauma such as sending the child into isolation – “Go to your room,” for example. Yet all the adults I know who love and work with kids are really seeking better ways to interact with these kids which demonstrate compassion, bring about healing and in turn, improve the challenging behavior. This book provides very concrete, easy-to-understand tools for doing just that.

I see that the book includes both the written pages with the tips and tools you just described but also many pages to color. I love the artistic designs to color – so whimsical! I know your daughter Chelsea is the artist behind these images. Tell us what it is like as a writer to work on a collaborative project like this, especially with your own daughter?Color Cover

I am bursting with pride because my daughter is the lead artist. She has created most of the delightful, calming designs for coloring – designs which underscore and reinforce the written messages in the book. In addition, three of my other (now-adult) children and three grandchildren have contributed their creativity to the book. I wrote outlines and draft sections of the content and Chelsea sketched out her ideas for the coloring pages. Sometimes her artwork inspired me to re-write a paragraph or two to make it more clear, other times, I had to ask her to adjust the artwork to better fit the message. It was very much a give-and-take process. When you enlist one of your kids as a partner you have to learn how to take off the “mom” hat from time to time and participate in the creative process as equals, even taking criticism from your child. I am thankful for the gifts she has and for her willingness to use them in this joint effort.

Our family members so enjoyed collaborating on this project that we are already cooking up ideas for more coloring books. Turns out this is just the first in a series. Our second volume, a companion volume designed for children (with far less text) is being released this week! It is entitled, Bubbles and Butterflies: A Calming Coloring Book for Children, and more specialized editions are in the pipeline, so stay tuned! And in the meantime, I hope that your readers will enjoy coloring these whimsical and purposeful images, while also thinking about ways to use art and creative self-expression to bring your own family closer together.

Thanks for coming back to be with us, Sue. I love that you’ve not only created coloring books to satisfy those who love to color, but you’ve particularly focused on those who have experienced trauma. What a gift for them! I pray God’s blessing as you continue to bless others!

00 Front Cover Bubbles ButterfliesAnd friends, don’t forget to leave a comment for Sue and you’ll be in next week’s drawing for a free coloring book!

Bio: Sue Badeau is a nationally known speaker, writer and consultant with a heart for children and a desire to help adults and children build bridges of hope following the pain of trauma or loss. She has worked for many years in child services and serves on several national boards. Sue writes and speaks extensively to public agencies, courts, parent groups and churches. Sue and her husband, Hector, are lifetime parents of twenty-two children, two by birth and twenty adopted (three, with terminal illnesses, are now deceased). They have also served as foster parents for more than 50 children. They have authored a book about their family’s parenting journey, Are We There Yet: The Ultimate Road Trip Adopting and Raising 22 Kids. All of Sue’s books and coloring books can be found on Amazon or on Sue’s website – – Sue may be reached by email at


And who won Andy Lee’s book?A Mary Like Me image

The winner is…

Nan Jones!


Congrats, Nan! Simply contact me with your snail mail address and Andy will get the book right out to you! And for those who still need to get your copy of Andy’s book, A Mary Like Me, here’s the direct Amazon link!


I hope each of you had a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. Blessings as you continue to bless others in this season of Love and Grace.


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  • Judy Taylor

    Sue, here in Lumberton, NC, students and parents are still dealing with tbe aftermath of Hurricane Matthew which hit the city and Robeson County hard. The schools are working to sipport students who the counselors state are traumatized. Many lost everything and escaped by swimming out of their homes or being rescued by small boats. I was thinking this might be a good resource to put into the hands of parents. The local lower cost motels are still filled to capacity. Fema wants those families to relocate out of the area. They do not want to relocate. So much to deal with. What is the age range for the childrens coloring book?

    • Thank you for reminding us that even though the flood damage news has been replaced by the latest catastrophe, the pain continues. My prayers go with all those affected by the flood in your area, the fires in SC, NC, & TN, and the tornado in our area. Praise God, our local damage seems to be limited to things and not people. Even though that can still be devastating, at least I haven’t heard of any lives in danger. It sounds like Sue’s books would be perfect!

      • Sue Badeau

        I agree Vonda – such tragedies with the hurricanes, floods, fires, tornados . . . . and much trauma, to go around. Even when there is damage to things not people, surviving the event can cause trauma, especially for children. But the good news is – there is always HOPE and healing.

    • Sue Badeau

      Judy so great to hear from you – I spent Thanksgiving in Hope Springs with my son and daughter in law and saw a lot of the local area devastation. The children’s version is meant for ages up to 10 and then in the early part of 2017 we are making one for teens. What a great idea. I pray constantly for these families!

      • Judy Taylor

        Sue, thank you for the info on the age groups. Hope Mills is about 20 – 25 minutes north of me. I know time with your family is precious and short during your visits but if you ever have the time contact me and let’d grab a quick visit.

        • Sue Badeau

          I would love to do that. This last time we were there was for Thanksgiving and my son Isaac was being deployed immediately afterward so every moment was spoken for! But hopefully I will get to come down and visit my daughter-in-law in the spring and maybe we can connect!

  • Your life is full of color and leading lines from the Lord, Sue. You book is a beautiful way to bring peace and pleasure to others. May the success of this book bring you blessing that’ll take over the rainbow of love.

    Shine on as you share the joy of Jesus with others.

    • Sue Badeau

      Awww Carolyn your words are like a warm cozy hug! Thank you!

      • Thanks for being with us again, Sue! I appreciate you and your heart for others!

        • Sue Badeau

          Thanks Vonda – I appreciate the opportunity to share what is on my heart!

    • Thanks for your encouraging words for Sue, Carolyn!

  • Congrats on the win, Nan! I’ve yet to try adult coloring but this book certainly has my interest piqued! Thank you for sharing it with us, Sue. My fingers are crossed for the win!

    • Sue Badeau

      Thanks Cathy!

    • I’m surprised you haven’t tried coloring yet, Cathy. I thought you’d be right on it! I can see this being right up your alley!

  • Bonita Bandaries

    So nice to meet you, Sue! Your search for ways to meet the needs of children experiencing trauma is such a worthy endeavor. The coloring books will be a good tool for those in conflict. B.lessings to you

    • Sue Badeau

      Thank you!

    • Thank you for your kind words for Sue, Bonita! Hope you’re having a blessed week!