Bringing a Child’s Imagination to Life with Joe Hox

In this episode of Straight to the Heart, our host Rush Witt, talks with Joe Hox, the talented illustrator behind the Good News for Little Hearts series. They discuss the struggle to find our worth in Christ, moving forward in usefulness to the Lord when the path is unclear, and how artistic world-building brings imaginations to life.


1:40 – Intro

3:22 – Were you artistic as a child?

10:30 – Joe starts painting murals

14:00 – How were you shaped by your struggle to find your worth?

18:36 – What was your breakout moment into successful illustrating?

24:14 – The joy of working with NGP and the Good News for Little Hearts series

26:00 – A powerful perspective on finding worth in Christ

32:54 – Advice to aspiring artists and illustrators

34:36 – What’s your process for building an imaginative world?

40:48 – Joe’s joy of creating with his wife Kate

47:08 – Farewell

About Joe Hox:

Joe Hox as raised on a farm in southern Iowa where he doodled whenever he wasn’t spading thistles or feeding pigs. Everyone knew by his crooked hay rows that he would choose art over farming. Joe earned his BA in art and education from Dordt College, and his MA from the University of Nebraska. Today he lives with his wife, Kate, and four children in Pella, Iowa, where he illustrates and teaches art. Joe has illustrated all the Good News for Little Hearts series books as well as Who Is Jesus? and The Moon is Always Round.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Seasons of Sorrow 1
Mobilizing Church Based Counseling Frontcover 85085
Moon is Always Round cover
Zoe Hiding Place cover
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Straight to the Heart

Welcome to “Straight to the Heart,” a podcast from New Growth Press hosted by Rush Witt. Each episode includes thought-provoking conversations with leading Christian writers and thinkers. We hear who they are, what they believe, how they approach their work and ministry, and the moments and people who have changed their lives. In “Straight to the Heart,” we go beyond the books to connect with the remarkable people behind them.

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