Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 21, 2020

Book Giveaway: My BREAKFAST WITH JESUS by Tina Cho

Tina Cho has a new picture book, My BREAKFAST WITH JESUS, illustrated by Guy Wolek and published by Harvest House Publishing will hit book shelves on June 2nd. Tina has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Tina and Guy, especially at this stressful time when authors and illustrators need to promote their books completely online.

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!


Sharing Good Food and God’s Love

For more than 2,000 years, people have started their day with a delicious meal in their bellies and the love of Jesus in their hearts. From bacon and eggs in the heart of North America to fresh baked bread in Antarctica, believers from each continent gather in the morning to share good food and conversation, giving thanks to God for all the wonderful things He’s done.

Inspired by the events found in John 21 where Jesus feeds his disciples, MyBreakfast with Jesus celebrates breakfast traditions from around the world. Your child will see people from all ethnicities following Jesus’s model of service: loving others by meeting their physical and spiritual needs.

This lovingly written and beautifully illustrated book will help your child make the connection between faith, food, and fellowship.


My Breakfast with Jesus started out as an idea in an email from my agent in July 2017. She suggested I write a picture book inspired by Jesus cooking a fish breakfast based on the Bible passage in John 21. This could be a book celebrating food, friendship, and hospitality as well as people in different countries eating together. I loved this idea because I had written in my idea notebook the same Bible passage. I had read those verses and thought that would make a neat story for a Christian magazine. However, I never wrote it.

I researched meals around the world and wrote my first draft in September 2017. This first draft was much different from the draft that sold as I tried to show meals happening at the same time around the world. It was quite difficult to get them lined up time-wise. After seven drafts, my critique group suggested I focus on breakfast. Aha! Three drafts later, January 2018, my agent started submitting. By February we had some interested editors! Harvest House, a Christian publisher, wanted to know my speaking platform. I worried. As a kindergarten teacher, my platform was five and six year olds! Thankfully, that didn’t hold them back. After a phone call with the editor the end of February, Harvest House made an offer at the beginning of March. I signed the contract March 22, 2018. The editor said, “Exposing children to different cultures and experiences is really valuable.”

Guy Wolek was chosen as illustrator, and when I saw his colorful spreads in September 2019, I was thrilled. I, especially, liked the penguin. (I wrote about breakfast in Antarctica.)

I hope this book inspires children and adults alike to reach out to others, invite them to breakfast, and share Jesus’ love with them. Sharing is caring!


Tina Cho is the author of four picture books– Rice from Heaven: The Secret Mission to Feed North Koreans (Little Bee Books August 2018), Korean Celebrations (Tuttle August 2019), My Breakfast with Jesus: Worshipping God around the World ( Harvest House June 2, 2020), and The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story (Kokila/Penguin Random House Aug. 4, 2020). Her lyrical middle grade graphic novel, The Tune Without Words, debuts from Harper Alley in 2023.

She also wrote The Girl’s Guide to Manners (and all that great stuff) by Legacy Press Kids 2014,
over 100 guided reading books from Lakeshore Learning, Compass Media, Oxford University Press, Literacy Planet, and The Moffatt Girls. An e-book Seasons of the Asian Pear Tree, was published by Schoolwide 2015. She teaches at an international school and writes for the children’s and educational markets. Though she grew up in Iowa, she is now living in South Korea.

Tina received a M.S. in Education (Effective, Teaching, Learning, & Leadership) from Drake University and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Faith Baptist Bible College.


Guy Wolek is an artist with over 30 years freelance experience. Guy has done a variety of work over the years, from court room sketch artist and character development to corporate annual reports and children’s books. Often called on to art direct and illustrate, Guy is comfortable with creating many of his projects from scratch. He is adaptable to just about any situation and tenacious enough to figure out new challenges.

Guy lives in Oxnard, CA. He was featured on Illustrator Saturday.

Tina, Thank you for sharing your book and its journey with us. What a unique way to help children learn about breakfast from around the world. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. what a lovely book to show our connections and similarities

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    • Thanks so much, Beth! Indeed, we are all connected.

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  2. Love this book! A perfect combination of international foods, faith, friendship, and fun. I can’t wait to read it, Tina. Congratulations!

    I will tweet this and I follow by email, Kathy.

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    • Thanks, Angie. That’s a good summary of the book!

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  3. I can’t wait to see the whole book! Congrats, Tina! This looks amazing!

    I follow your email, Kathy.

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    • Thank you so much!

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  4. What a surprise to wake up and see this, Kathy! Thank you!


  5. Tina, This is so wonderful to have the final version in print. Best wishes with your new book.

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    • Thanks so much, Diane! Glad to have you as a CP.


  6. Thank you, Tina for writing this very lovely book! I have only seen what is posted here, but it is what we all need right now! xo

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    • That’s a great thought, Linda! We all need fellowship with others, sharing the food, and Jesus in our hearts!


  7. Wonderful how you found a common thread that connects us all to Jesus! Best wishes for your lovely book!

    Thank, Kathy, I shared on twitter.
    I get your daily blog.

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    • Yes, a wonderful common thread. Thanks for that note!


  8. Congrats on this wonderful book!!


    • Thanks, Phyllis!


  9. What a unique and fun way to share this gospel story. I am looking forward to reading it.


    • Thanks, Claire!


  10. Tina, I am excited about this book. I gave a sermon about Jesus cooking breakfast a few years ago. I’m looking forward to your new book. Blessings.


    • Oh, how neat, you preached on this concept!


  11. I love the multicultural aspect of this book, Tina. I’m looking forward to reading it with my kids. Also I’m interested in your forthcoming mermaid story! I’m putting together a post on mermaid picture books for Book Riot around July, and I’d love to get a review copy of the mermaid story. Let me know if that’s possible. Congrats!

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    • thanks, Jean. That’s a neat concept. I DM you on Twitter.


  12. I’m looking forward to reading your new book. Thanks!


    • Thank you, Lori!


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