Shefflorn Ballantyne and his book.

“NO DRESS FOR TIMMY” a book by Vincentian author Shefflorn Ballantyne, which was banned from onlineretailer Amazon in July, is now available for sale locally.

The children’s book was banned from the Amazon platform within hours after an announcement for itsonline launch.

The decision by Amazon was driven by LGBT advocates.

After the ban, an LGBTQ online advocacy group Family Rhetoric claimed victory for having it banned.

Ballantyne said the group had called on its followers to “Tell Amazon that you don’t want this book available to anyone…” Amazon’s justification for its decision was: “… we found that the subject matter of your book is in violation of our content guidelines… As a result, we cannot offer this book for sale”.

Ballantyne describes NO DRESS FOR TIMMY as “an exciting story of a little boy who found himself in a perplexing situation where he was forced to choose between speaking the truthand cheering on a friend who thinks of himself as a girl.

“The 34-page hardcover book is beautifully illustrated, showing how timidity changes to courage as Timmy takes a stance for the truth and pays dearly for it. The book introduces Christian principles to preserve all children — here [in St. Vincent] and across the globe. It is perfect for children 4 to 9 years old, though any age will enjoy the story.”

The author says that the book is a “must have” and encourages parents to get a copy.

“Your child will learn that speaking the truth is kindness and the friendliest thing to do even if he or she is persecuted for it. This is a real measure of strength for boys and girls when they are not in your immediate presence. Every child should get one,” Ballantyne says.

The fully illustrated children book was soft-launched at the UWI’s Literary Fair on Oct. 8.

Ballantyne is also the author of “Immortality, Death and the Hereafter” as well as “Surviving Grief and Loss”.

He is an elder of the Thusia SDA Church and began his book-writing career three years ago.

The college educator says he hopes to “continue to unapologetically defend Christian values on various topical issues”.

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