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Award-Winning Book, “The Making of a Dragonfly, Following Christ Through the Winds of Change” is making some waves in the Independent and Mainstream Publishing World!


The Making of a Dragonfly is a winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the category, Christian Non-Fiction.The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are the largest international awards program for independent publishers, open to independent authors and publishers worldwide!!!


IBA AwardsThe Making of a Dragonfly, Following Christ Through the Winds of Change, is a finalist in the 2019 International Book Awards, in the category of Spirituality: Inspirational.

LOS ANGELES – American Book Fest announced the winners and finalists of THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on June 11, 2019. Over 400 winners and finalists were announced in over 90 categories. Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest, said this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.


“The Making of a Dragonfly”, is available through

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Winner of the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Finalist, 2019 International Book Awards, Spirituality: Inspirational Category
Christian Literary Awards 2018 Henri Award Nominee


“Lessons of a Dragonfly”, is available through

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What Others Are Saying About “The Making of a Dragonfly”

The Making of a Dragonfly: Following Christ Through the Winds of Change, by Mary Ethel Eckard (Self-Published)
The dragonfly on the cover of this well-designed book draws you immediately into the subtitle, “Following Christ through the winds of change.” Everyone has change in their life and can easily identify with the journey author Mary Ethel Eckard has taken from brokenness to a life of destiny and purpose. The layout of the inside pages is well done with subtitles and each chapter includes a section called Following Christ. The book uses Scripture as well as storytelling to get across the message of this book. It is a thoughtful, well-done book and a perfect fit for the Christian nonfiction category.
W. Terry Whalin, Next Generation Indie Book Awards Judge


“This book has a lot of light infused from cover to cover. Even though it speaks of pain, it is heartwarming, informational, and has a solution. I’m sure it took a great deal of courage for Mary to write this book, as she shares her imperfections with the world. When Mary writes about running from pain, it reminded me how, when I focus on the past and pain, it is like running backward. I keep falling down and hitting things where, if I were facing forward, I would steer around them. I recommend this book and look forward to more of her books in the future.”  MS, Dallas, TX

“Love the book.”

“Love the book. Want to go back and read parts. Love the part about stepping stones. Also about just listening to God and not what others say. Chewing on it.” MB, Houston, TX

“I finished the book yesterday and loved it. It is so interesting how, while the details are so different, I have identified many areas that I need to look at in my life. My biggest takeaway is this. While I keep looking for resources, classes, books, retreats, counseling to figure out what God wants me to do, you go right to the source. I know God speaks to us in many ways. I just don’t think I have given Him enough of a chance to speak to me directly.”
BB, Chicago, IL

And more …

“Today I got the book “the making of a dragonfly” written by my childhood friend and classmate, Mary Ethel Eckard. I have read the entire book! If you want to read a book that is entirely based on getting through life by Gods word this is it! I will now read each chapter again and answer the questions she gives us to reflect on in our own lives! It is so worth reading! Her faith in God is so inspirational! I inspire to grow in my own faith as I reread the book! Thank you, Mary Ethel Eckard, for sharing your trials in life and your faith in God to see you through!” CB, Filbert, SC

“Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your book. I lost my husband recently and this book was such a comfort to me. As I am dealing with the question of what’s next for me and wrestling with the fact where God seems to be silent right now. Your book really helped me look at and approach things differently. Can’t wait to read  the next one.” CH, Wilmington, NC

Book Review by Hearts Blessing Website

An excerpt from the book review by Hearts Blessing, a website about the stages and lessons of midlife crisis:
“Mary’s story is a must-read for people who are suffering from broken hearts and wondering where God is during this time. I can tell you from direct experience that He’s right there with you, just like always. I recommend the book because this is a good self-help book that tells Mary’s story in transparency and truth. She reflects the life’s lessons she’s learned, while also reflecting on what happens when God calls, and one doesn’t answer the call. In addition, she illustrates God’s love, kindness, care, and patience all along the way.”

Click here to read the complete book review by Hearts Blessing

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