Marjorie Hodgson Parker


Award-winning author and speaker Marjorie Hodgson Parker has written five books for young readers as well as a devotional book, "Shaken to the Core (And Finding God's Strength)," for adults. She co-wrote, along with friend and sorority sister Ann Farmer Manning, the lyrics to a Christmas children's musical, "THE Child is Born," which is out in DVD. She has created devotionals for Daily Guideposts and has authored articles and stories in magazines and newspapers.

“My favorite writing is based on truth – whether it’s true life stories or the truth of Scripture,” she says. Born in Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1951, Marjorie’s interest in writing began in elementary school, when she and friends created a neighborhood newspaper, “The Crestwood Poop,” and sold it door-to-door. Teachers encouraged her poetry and other writing, and after majoring in journalism at Texas Tech University, Marjorie graduated and married her college sweetheart, Joe Parker, Jr., in l973. Settling into life on Joe’s family’s ranch near the Red River in North Central Texas, she began her free-lance writing career, soon selling her first short fiction about country life to Country Gentleman magazine.

“Becoming a published author is a journey of learning and sacrifice, but to those with a passion for it, it’s a joyful trip,” she says. “My goal is to entertain, encourage and teach readers of all ages, bringing to life history, God's word, and stories that might be lost if someone didn’t capture them in print.”

Selected Works

Young Readers Devotionals
A sequel to the popular "Jellyfish Can't Swim," these devotionals and charming illustrations reveal more secrets of God's creatures that make them good teachers, entertaining and teaching young readers about God's wonders in the animal kingdom and in their own lives.
Christian music
For church children's choirs, this delightful, energetic Christmas musical presentation tells the tale of stable animals who are transformed by the love of the Babe in the manger, as told by a Tortoise and two magpies. See THE Child is Born website for more information.
Christian devotional
Devotionals offering hope and comfort for troubled times.
Young Reader's Historical Fiction
Account of King Ranch’s Triple Crown champion who “ran on three hooves and a heart.” Now available as an E-book.
Young Readers Historical Fiction
In World War II, a British boy learns courage from an 8th Air Force crew.