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St. John Ruiz

Author, Singer-songwriter, Speaker, and Ventriloquist.

Gotta Give It To God!

Feelings can be as swirly and messy as splats of paint! At times, they can feel like a storm inside your heart. Learn how to hand everything over to God and, in return, receive His peace.

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Think of Good Things

This beautifully illustrated book was written to help children overcome their fears by choosing to think of good things. Rainbows in the sky, sitting on a beach, or shooting stars at night can move the focus off their fears and onto these beautiful things in life. 


The Author

Rochelle St. John Ruiz is an author, singer-songwriter, speaker, and ventriloquist. At the age of eight, she taught herself ventriloquism and has traveled the world with her puppet friend "Willie". She has been creating songs, scripts, and stories since childhood.

Rochelle homeschooled her daughters for 18 years and her artistic endeavors have always been a family affair. She lives in Redding, CA with her favorite people and one, medium-sized, loyal, guard dog. 


What inspired you to write Think Of Good Things and

Gotta Give It To God!?

Think Of Good Things  was originally a song I wrote for my oldest daughter when

she was small. She was a bit afraid of the dark, so I would sing the song to her at

night, to move her focus off of her fears, and onto the beautiful things in life.

I wrote Gotta Give It To God! for both of my girls, to use as a tool to introduce

them to the topic of feelings.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? 

Cotton Candy!

What was your favorite children’s book when you were a child?

I remember liking Bedtime for Frances, written by Russell Hoban and illustrated by Garth Williams. I used to read it over and over again. 

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy hiking and spending time with family and friends.

What is your favorite place to eat? 

I am spoiled by my husband who is an amazing chef! Anywhere he is cooking is where I want to be!

What is your favorite time of day?  

I am a night person, which means I really enjoy the evening. I am more inspired and creative at night, and I have done some of my best writing during the late evening hours.

What are your favorite things about living in Northern California?

I love the mountains, lakes, and the beautiful people I get to call family and friends.

Do you have any animals?

We have one, medium-sized, loyal dog named Winn-Dixie. He is always very

excited to see me and likes to follow me around the house. 

What is your favorite color? 

My two favorite colors are blue and yellow. 


The Illustrator

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Pennie Mirande first discovered her love for art as a young girl growing up in rural Colorado. She always dreamed of one day illustrating children's books and painting portraits of children. Pennie loves the freedom and joy that creativity brings. She spends her days painting, teaching art to children and adults, and enjoying the simple pleasures of life with her husband and their three fun and creative sons. She thinks, with gratitude, on all the good things overflowing in her life!


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"If you choose to focus on the beautiful things in life- LIFE will become beautiful."

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