Malcolm Down Publishing is a traditional, independent publisher and home of the children’s imprint Sarah Grace Publishing. Our authors include Andrew Roberts, Mark Stibbe, Wendy Mann and Dr Elizabeth McNaught.
For much of her teenage life Joanne was desperate for a boyfriend and searching for love. She scared away the exact same men she wanted to attract and no matter how hard she tried she couldn’t manipulate her perfect relationship into existence. That is when God intervened. Over time, God showed her how to put her love life into his hands and trust him as the creator of her heart to care for her deepest need.
Looking for Love is for those who have a deep desire to love and be loved but who have believed at some point that this desire cannot be filled by God. Joanne looks at the purpose for which we were made and the purpose for marriage and compare them to our needs and desires. She also considers some of the challenges young women face today as they try so desperately to do love and relationships in the right way while seeing so many examples of doing it wrong. Looking for Love offers a fresh perspective to help you focus on how God sees you, how God sees marriage and help you find the way to fulfilling the deepest desires of your heart.
After a gap year with BMS World Mission and a degree in Public Relations, Joanne spent most of her twenties working in New Zealand for Youth With a Mission and the local Elim church. She trained teams of young people from schools and churches for short-term mission outreaches and led an after=school club for pre-teen girls.
Since moving to The Oakes Holiday Centre in Sheffield, England, she has been mentoring young women and writing, as well as designing a Bible-based devotional app called ‘God for Kids’.
‘Joanne has created a 'work of heart' with this book! Her wit and wisdom will win you over from the beginning, and the depths of her honesty and humility will keep you riveted through to the end. If you're looking for HOPE, you're holding on to it! Dive in, and devour Joanne's insightful encouragement for your own relational journey.’
Shannon Ethridge, M.A., Life/Relationship Coach, International Speaker, and Author of over 20 books including the million-copy best-selling Every Woman's Battle series
‘As a pastor I’ve read many books and resources for the purpose of helping people win in their relationships. Joanne’s book so clearly presents God’s heart for love, relationships and marriage with honesty, humour and great application of God’s word. Looking for Love is therefore a must read for each young person and every parent wanting to help their kids on the journey we all are on.’
Amy de Vetter, Lead Pastor, Elim North Whangarei, New Zealand
‘I loved the book! It answered questions that I never thought of even asking. God helped me to understand that I’m not alone and I realised that others face the same issues. Most of all, reading this book brought me closer to my Heavenly Father, learning more about his love for me.’
Beth Keers, 19, Student at Cliff College and Children’s Worker Intern at Parish Church of Saint John the Baptist, Owlerton, UK
‘Reading Looking for Love is like meeting a wise friend for a relaxed cup of coffee. One of those encounters that leaves you with a fresh perspective on life. With the perfect balance of honest, personal experience, inspiring practical advice and encouraging biblical truth, Joanne invites young women to draw closer to the ‘Perfect One’ who alone can satisfy our deepest heart’s desires.’
Eileen Barrett, 26, Former Children’s Worker at St Thomas Church, STC Sheffield, UK