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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.

New Releases in 2023


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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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.

What I'm Up to right now...


Finishing up Book Four in the HIGH WATER Series!

This book has presented me with some of the greatest writing challenges ever ... and it just might be the best book I’ve written yet! Just some minor edits left on this ... and then it’s off to typesetting.


Title: The Second Storm
Cover: Finished ... has an eerie feel to it ... and is unlike any cover I’ve had before! I can’t wait to show you!


Working on Book Five in the HIGH WATER Series!

I’ve got a long way to go ... but I’m really liking it so far. I’m also having a lot of fun writing it. The opener is soooo good! I’m loving three or four different titles, but haven’t landed on one yet. I’ll keep you posted!!


More work on The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions—VOLUME 3.

This one is going to be a classic, showing parents how to teach key nuggets of truth with some of my favorite object lessons!

Prepping for lots of upcoming speaking ...

  • Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference, Detroit, Michigan

  • Great Homeschool Convention, St. Charles, Missouri

  • Great Homeschool Convention, Greenville, South Carolina

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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