The Heart Changer

by Jarm Del Boccio

Genres: Biblical Fiction, Children & Young Adult, Fiction, History, Middle Grade

ISBN: 9781620208687

112 pages

Price: $12.99

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Can an Israelite captive, wrenched from all she loves, serve the very man who destroyed her village?

Miriam is asked to do the impossible: serve the wife of Naaman, commander of the Syrian army. Clinging to treasured memories of home and faith, Miriam faces captivity with worry and bitterness. Little does she know the Heart Changer is wooing and preparing her for a greater mission—far beyond what she could imagine.

This middle-grade historical novel reflects the heartache and angst of a young refugee in a foreign land where all hope seems lost.



“A captivating story that weaves characters together from a volatile time in Israel’s history to reveal the power of faith and forgiveness. Young hearts will find hope to face their perplexing and changeable world.”
—Tina Cho,
author of Rice From Heaven

The Heart Changer is a touching tale of loss, faith, and healing. Jarm Del Boccio spins together vivid details that bring Miriam’s world to life. Her story is sure to capture readers’ hearts.”
—Carmela A. Martino,
author of the award-winning novel Playing by Heart

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Jarm (’J’ pronounced as a ‘Y’) Del Boccio finds her inspiration in everyday life, but in particular, when she travels the globe, observing the quirky things that happen along the way as she checks off destinations on her bucket list.
A former teacher and librarian, Jarm’s passion is to make the Bible and history come alive for her readers. She believes with inspiration from the past, children can be the heroes of their own stories. You can find more about the author on her website/blog “Making the Write Connections” at
Jarm is content with the journey God has placed her on, and lives with her husband, son and daughter (when they are at home) in a tree-lined suburb of Chicago. The Heart Changer is her debut novel.