In this family photograph from the 1980s, Marysville resident and first-time author Jane Chaffin is pictured with her 9-year-old son Andy, whose death inspired her to write “Andy’s Good News!” which was released this year. (Photo submitted)
Earlier this summer, Marysville resident Jane Chaffin released her debut book, “Andy’s Good News!,” about the salvation of her son following his death more than 25 years ago.
Chaffin, a cook and cashier at Marysville High School, wrote the religious children’s book in memory of her son, Andy, who died Nov. 18, 1994, at 17 years old. Andy’s death was caused by complications after a long illness with hemophilia, a disorder in which a person’s blood does not clot normally, resulting in symptoms such as large or deep bruises, joint pain and swelling and unexplained bleeding.
Andy was a former student at Marysville High School and a former carrier of the Journal-Tribune.
After Andy’s passing, Chaffin prayed to God often and had dreams of her son.
“Now in heaven, he’s having a lot of fun doing things he couldn’t do on Earth,” she said, recalling the decades-old dreams.
Those dreams inspired her to write the book, which has a few “sad moments but a happy ending” with the second part focusing on Andy going to heaven, she said.
Through the character of Andy, Chaffin spreads the message that people will experience earthly pain but ultimately “enjoy the beauty of heaven someday.”
She hopes her book will give families, especially those facing sickness and pain, “hope and joy for the future” and help them connect.
“We went through so much as a family watching Andy suffer, going in and out of the hospital,” Chaffin added.
Chaffin also said that she believes it’s a parent’s responsibility to show children that “the love of God lasts forever.” As a parent, Christian and a first-time author, she aims to inform young readers of this good news.
“Andy’s Good News!” was illustrated and published by Trilogy Christian Publishing in California. Lauren Niekamp, a friend of Chaffin’s granddaughter Emma, also created a special picture on page 4 of the book.
The book was released July 2. Although Andy has been gone for 27 years, Chaffin said the timing of the book release is ideal with all the turmoil in the world and temptations children face now more than ever.
“Andy’s Good News!” is available to be checked out at the Marysville Public Library.
Additionally, Chaffin will have paperback copies at the Festifair uptown on Saturday, Sept. 11.
“Andy’s Good News!” is marketed toward children under the age of 12, but Chaffin believes it has takeaways for readers of all ages.
“At the end of the day or the end of life, it’s important to know what really matters,” the author said.
“Andy’s Good News!” is a religious children’s book by Marysville resident Jane Chaffin about a family coming together through challenging times and uncertainty. Chaffin aims to help young readers become comfortable with the unknown by painting a beautiful picture of the joys of heaven. (Photo submitted)