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Mantecan discusses her latest book effort
Judy Rose, center, gets a copy of the book. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Janet Powell McKee hopes that her new book – entitled “Counseling Letters to God: A Psychological Paraphrase of Psalms” – will help make a difference in the lives of those who read it.

On Thursday evening, Powell McKee met with over a dozen people in the McFall Room of the Manteca Public Library to discuss her motivation in writing the book, and what she hopes that people will read it will be able to get from the experience and the nearly 15 years it took her to research, write, and fine-tune the final outcome of the book.

The event, which was sponsored by the Manteca Junior Women’s Club, included a book signing for those who purchased a copy of the book for $20.

With a longtime background in psychology and counseling, Powell McKee said that she wrote the book primarily for people like lay counselors, pastors, ministers, Sunday school teachers or those who might have counseling appear on their list of regular duties because of their chosen career path.

“This entire book is really a product of my counseling practice,” she said. “I would write Psalms for clients, friends, and family and it has pretty much evolved from there.”

Those who didn’t have the chance to attend can search for the book by its title on popular internet book-buying sites like and

The book is also being reviewed by the San Joaquin County Public Library system to see if it will be accepted as a book that will be carried, and discussions are in the works to sell it locally at Family Christian Stores – like the one located next to Big 5 in the Mission Ridge Shopping Center located at the corner of S. Main Street and Mission Ridge Drive.

“My favorite part about writing was the Hebrew word study,” said Powell McKee. “It has really become one of my hobbies, and I love it. It’s great to research and read the bible like it was originally written, and that’s why I enjoy doing it so much.”

And spending more than four months working on the book for at least eight hours a day, Powell McKee said, helped her improve her already strong spirituality.

“The other thing I enjoyed the most about this entire process was working side-by-side with the Holy Spirit,” she said. “It helped guide me, and helped me with the writing because I’m not an author, I’m a counselor.

“To help me write like that was really spiritually divine.”