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Saturday, October 21, 2023

My Thoughts - The Two-Cent Piece Audiobook Author: Dennis Conrad Narrated by Jenn Leigh Pengelly


About the Book

Book: The Two-Cent Piece Audiobook

Author: Dennis Conrad

Genre: Christian 1800s Historical Fiction

Release Date: August 2, 2023

Anne wonders what secret her three older brothers are hiding. When she finds out they joined to fight with the Union Army and would leave the next day, she give them each one of her favorite two-cent pieces, and says, “I want you to take one of my new two-cent pieces. I learned these coins are the first with the word ‘In God We Trust.’ I just memorized Psalm 91:2. ‘I will say to the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: My God, in him will I trust.’”

Out of a heart of love, Ann gives six of her special coins away, hoping the message on the two-cent piece will strengthen each person’s faith.


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About Author

A former coin collector for over fifty years, Dennis combines his love for the Bible, children’s literature, and sharing stories about the history behind coins.

He retired as a professor of Speech Communications from Barstow Community College. He and his wife served as English and public speaking teachers ten summers overseas.

He became a life member of the Numismatic Association of Southern California in 1973. He is also a life member of the American Numismatic Association.

Dennis is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a Fellow of the National Writing Project.

Learn more about coin collecting. Dennis offers free resources for children on his website about coin collecting:

More from Dennis

Collecting Coins Can Change Your Life! It Did Mine…

As a child, my friends and I wanted to know everything about coins.

We learned about coins through stories: Who was on each coin? What were coins made of? How were coins made? Where were they made? Why were some more valuable than others? and How could I start collecting on my limited budget?

Coin collecting is a hobby where collectors never stop learning! For example, when I started to watch coin prices, without realizing it, I was learning basic economics.

Over the years, I kept adding to my collection. Decades passed. I attended coin conventions, read books and articles about coins, and remembered where I had found and/or acquired each coin.

One day, my wife looked at me. “Will you ever sell your coins?”


That is when I heard God’s still small voice.

God pointed out to me that my coins had become more important than Him. Without my realizing it, my coins had become an idol.

At that time, at the top of the market, I sold my collection without regrets, and used the money to pay off my home mortgage.

Now, God has given me the privilege of writing stories about coins, and encouraging others to embrace a hobby that has given me a lifetime of joy.

Blessings to you and yours,

Dennis Conrad

My Thoughts

The Two-Cent Piece is a children’s picture book that is written by Dennis Conrad and illustrated by Courtney Smith. My children and I really enjoyed this book. It is set during the Civil War time and tells a unique story. Anne goes to the shop to buy her brother a birthday gift - and the shopkeeper talks to her about the two cent pieces. She selects the gift.

Over dinner, Anne’s brothers tell her that they are going to fight for the Union. Anne gives them each a two cent piece to keep them safe. She tells them about how they have “In God we trust” and the verses that she has learned because of them. She tells them that she trusts God to keep them safe.

I really enjoyed the narration to this story. The narrator did a great job in using different pitches and tones while she was reading the story. I loved the chimes signaling when the pages were to turn. 

This is a beautifully written and illustrated book that is about trusting God. It’s written perfectly for children. Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own.

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To celebrate his tout, Dennis is giving away the grand prize package of a $75 Amazon Gift Card and a hardcover copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. This looks like a great book. Thanks for hosting this giveaway today.

  2. What are your favorite types of books to read?

  3. For each of my writing projects I read a number of books. For example, with The Two-Cent Piece, I read over thirty children's picture books related to the Civil War. I also consulted an expert on Civil War history. One thing I love about writing is I am always learning.