Inspirational Journeys Presents: The Story Behind John Alexander’s Lyrical Rendition of The Velveteen Rabbit

This week, John Alexander and I talk about his love of writing, and his inspiration for creating his lyrical rendition of The Velveteen Rabbit. Come along for this incredible journey and make sure to pick up your copy of this new book today.


The Story Behind John Alexander’s Lyrical Rendition of The Velveteen Rabbit


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John Alexander


Friday, November 25, 2022


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John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife and his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

John spent his childhood in Rusk, Texas. He attended college at the University of Texas earning degrees in Physics and Math, then spent many years developing innovative communications systems. While still working, he began writing fiction in his spare time and published The Enclave, a mystery/suspense novel, in 2010.

Since leaving high tech in 2014, he now spends full time pursuing his writing passion. John writes children’s books to capture their imagination and help them discover the love of reading early in life. He especially loves writing books that help elementary school children discover that reading is a fun adventure. The chapter books in the Amber-Autumn mystery series, including Christmas Garden, Grandfather’s Blessing, Golden Campout, and The Secret Room appeal to elementary school children. His first picture book, Words That Soar, won first place at the 2019 North Texas Book Festival. The Christmas Gift, published by Elk Lake Publishing, Inc, came out in 2019 and also won an award in the 2020 North Texas Book Festival.

John discovered his love for rhyme and released his debut book of poetry, Timeless Tales, in 2018. His next book of poetry, Quiet Time Rhymes: Peace in the Pandemic, released August 2020, contains poems written during the pandemic offering prayers of hope and encouragement, heartfelt cries to God, and words of encouragement. He continued to write poems and Quiet Time Rhymes Volume II: Into the Light released March 2021. The books won first and second place awards in the 2021 North Texas Book Festival. As the poems kept coming, he combined them into a daily book of poems, Daily Reflections: 365 Lyrical Poems.

John continues to write and records his poems on his website: as a ministry to share his poems with others.

John’s latest book is entitled The Velveteen Rabbit Lyrical Rendition.


This book is a new lyrical rendition of the 100-year-old classic, The Velveteen Rabbit. If you love classical poetry with meter and rhyme, you’ll enjoy this poetic retelling of the story loved by so many generations. Here’s the introduction to John Alexander’s poetic rendition …

In her story, beloved, ten decades ago
The Velveteen Rabbit, so many now know,
By Margery Williams, a classical tale,
Still tugs at our heartstrings each time without fail.

I’m compelled to adapt it, convert it to rhyme.

I’ll maintain the essence, the beauty sublime,

The heart and the soul with each line that I pen.

The story is lovely, it’s time to begin.

Purchase link: Will be available on Amazon hardback and paperback on November 18th.

Connect with John at the following links:

Quiet Time Rhymes | Lyrical poems that I write during my quiet time most mornings.


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