Because of You

Gold Mom’s Choice Award
Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention
Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award

Zoom Into Books Author
Beautiful discussion between a mother and her children after losing a loved one. The children express their imaginative ideas of heaven and Mom guides them through their fanciful visions to their faith and love of family.


Gold Mom's Choice Award
Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention
Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award

Zoom Into Books Author

"Kelsey writes a beautiful and powerful story that reminds her readers of the great Hope that we have in Christ as imagined through the eyes of a child.  Truly an inspirational story that left me with a smile on my face, tears of joy in my eyes, and a warmth in my heart.”    --Pastor Tim Wotring, Pisgah United Methodist Church

"When grief hits a family, we often focus on our children. A child's view of death and grief can be wildly different than an adult. Kelsey Clark provides a real, extraordinary conversation with children regarding grief and the feelings surrounding it." —Rachael Lauer, MSN, FNP-BC, Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse

"The pain of losing someone is a part of the human experience but can carry with it an overwhelming sense of emptiness and confusion, especially for children who are learning to deal with the loss of someone or something they love. In Because of You, Kelsey Clark reminds us of the peace that we can have knowing that our loved ones who have passed are safe in the arms of our loving Savior and are living in the majesty of Heaven."—Megan Foley Wiley, mother of two

In Because of You, Kelsey Clark tells of a young girl and boy imagining the wonders of Heaven. Clark beautifully captures the innocence and excitement of children while also revealing spiritual Truths. This book will take you on a journey of love and healing as seen through the eyes of a child. —Samantha Kennedy, nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Her credentials are BSN, RN 


Kelsey Clark





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Illustrator Eric Tomlinson


8.5 x 11

Year Published


1 review for Because of You

  1. Reviewed by Joanne Ang for Readers’ Favorite

    Because of You is a book by Kelsey N. Clark about life beyond death, specially written for younger children. It is based on the teachings of the Holy Bible, focusing on the Holy Trinity, which consists of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. The story starts with a young girl. When faced with death, her curiosity about what happens to people after they die leaves her with burning questions. The mother sets aside her grief and finds ways to explain to her daughter the magical place called Heaven and the loving Father who watches over this wonderful place. With the help of her brother, Bubby, they go on a journey to the world of the afterlife.

    After reading Kelsey N. Clark’s story, I felt embraced with a warm hug within my heart. Her descriptive writing will teleport you to the beautiful place we know as Heaven. The idea of death and the afterlife is usually confusing to children. The author, Kelsey Clark, gave an impeccable explanation, making the concepts simple and easy for young readers to comprehend. The illustrations in Because of You are breathtakingly beautiful. This book opens up an original way of explaining the heavy topic of death and grief through its pictures and that makes it a light read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story, and I recommend it to parents who struggle with explaining death and grief to their children.

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About the Author

Kelsey N. Clark resides in small town West Virginia with her family on their farm. Kelsey is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist but enjoys mostly the blessings of being a mom. She enjoys keeping diaries of her experiences with her children, and the phases and phrases that they share with her throughout their daily life. Through their interaction and adventure, Kelsey offers a glimpse into the mind of her children and their child-like perceptions of life and lessons-learned.

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