Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Courtney Westlake  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;


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Illinois Connection

Westlake lives in central Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Courtney Westlake's daughter, Brenna, was born in 2011 with a rare and severe skin disorder called harlequin ichthyosis. It was then that Courtney began a blog to chronicle their family life and experiences raising a child with physical differences and special needs. Her writing has also been featured on other sites such as Yahoo Parenting, The Huffington Post, (in)courage, and Good Housekeeping.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

That's How You Know
ISBN: 149081051X

Westbow Press. 2013

"God went out searching for a way to celebrate the precious, so very perfect baby he had chosen to create." So begins a story of wonderful celebration and love on the day of your birth. From bright flowers to swirling snowflakes, God created all kinds of beautiful to celebrate such a beautiful you. That's How You Know reassures children of God's never-ending love with a powerful message about how special each child is to God.

A Different Beautiful: Discovering and Celebrating Beauty in Places You Never Expected
ISBN: 1634097262

Shiloh Run Press. 2016

When Courtney Westlake?s family was given the shocking news that their daughter, Brenna, was born in 2011 with a severe, life-threatening skin disorder, they began to discover a new and different beautiful in their lives?one that values extraordinary differences and appreciates the wonderful sameness found in humanity. In A Different Beautiful, Courtney explores what her family has discovered in raising a child with physical differences and what she has learned about true beauty. Through her personal insights and experiences, Courtney shares how you, too, can learn to find and celebrate God?s version of beautiful in your life, especially within our differences and struggles.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Speaking costs include a fee and travel expenses, as well as the ability to sell her books at, prior to, or after the event. Email Courtney for more information or to inquire about your event or program.