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Tim Shoemaker



Writing Coach.

Tim Shoemaker is the author of more than twenty books and is a popular speaker at conferences and schools around the country.

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Recent Releases


The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions, Volume 2

Another 52 object lessons to teach truth in ways your kids will never forget!

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The Second Storm

Book 3 in Focus on the Family’s High Water series! Every person has a push-point. Something that—if given enough pressure—has the power to send them someplace they never want to go. Off the DEEP END.

Book 4 in Focus on the Family’s High Water series! There’s a hurricane heading for Southern Florida. Helping his friend means returning to the Everglades—and Parker Buckman has had enough of that place to fill a lifetime. But a different storm is brewing too—one that proves to be far more dangerous. The five friends are pushed to their limits, and it seems there’s no way to stop the second storm.

What I'm Up to right now...

Working on Book Five in the HIGH WATER Series!

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I love how this story came together!  The manuscript was turned in on deadline, and will be going through the editing process soon.  Focus on the Family is already working on the cover. In October I went to Rockport, MA. to do a bit more research and check on details. I spent time with the Rockport Harbormasters, and got a really great ride on their boat, Alert 1. This book is going to finish off the series in a powerful way!!


The edits are done for The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions—VOLUME 3!

This book is packed with some of my all-time favorite family devotions. We’ll show parents how to teach key nuggets of truth to their kids in ways they’ll never forget! Volume Three is due to be released in early 2024 ... I’ll keep you posted!

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I’m Working on New Book Ideas!

I’m working on a new book for young men to show them what it looks like to be the man God designed them to be—and how to do it.

I’m also working on an idea for a new fiction trilogy.  We’ll have that same level of mystery, adventure, and suspense that you’ve come to expect from these thrillers. More details to follow!!


Just finished with a ton of speaking ... and now prepping for more!

It’s been a busy Summer and Fall speaking season with conferences for writers, a parents conference, and a conference for men.  I’ve still got some speaking at schools in Knoxville, Tennessee and Illinois before the year ends.  

In 2024, I’ve got several writing conferences booked, three homeschool conventions, and more.

Meet me at one of the 2024 Great Homeschool Conventions! 


March 14-16—Greenville, South Carolina
March 21-23—St. Charles, Missouri

April 4-6—Cincinnati, Ohio

And if you’d like more information on one of them, follow this link! 

In The Press

Tim's Fiction Writing Philosophy


Okay, so I was only messing around in this picture. I wouldn’t actually read Escape From the Everglades to kids way too young to handle the content—even though it looks like she’s awfully interested. But I definitely am a big fan of reading aloud to kids.

I love writing contemporary mystery, adventure, and suspense for youth. I believe well-written fiction is so powerful—and that it can do so much for the readers.

  • It can make them brave.

  • Warn them of dangers.

  • Motivate them to action.

  • Help them avoid traps.

  • Give them hope.

  • Introduce them to new friends.

  • Open their eyes to those hurting around them.

  • Convict them when they’re being a jerk or insensitive.

  • Heal them like nothing else can.

Great writing can cause readers to think and change in ways they never would have if the same truths had been conveyed through non-fiction … like a textbook or a lecture.

I don’t write down to readers. I know the youth reading my books are smart … but they lack experience. By experiencing the story with the characters, readers can actually gain wisdom that will serve them well. Maybe that’s why so many adults like these books as well.


You can trust my fiction. I write clean books. No language. No romance. No preachy, agenda-driven stuff either. And I’m careful not to make all parents look like idiots. Some writers may think those elements are needed to hold a reader’s attention. I’ve found the keys to truly gluing readers to my books is simply to give them a great story—with characters that resonate with them. - Tim

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