This Little Book is about being present to the wonders that exist around us At Ground Level, discovering all that we fail to see when we spend so much of our lives chasing bigger, better, faster, more, endeavouring to fly higher. Everything else seems much more desirable around us than ourselves, or our lives and loves, after a long day at the slug farm.
When do we decide how to proceed with the life we have built thus far: Joy, Passion, Marriage, Divorce, Suicide, Enlightenment? Choices we have made. What if you built from a place of strength rather than always feeling diminished and unfulfilled? A life built upon the life you have, rather than the elusive life you imagine, yet fear. Build a great life in balance with your best self and your nurtured relationships. Transformation is seeing the hidden gems that truly exist in plain sight.
We have all heard someone say, The grass is greener on the other side. Is it?
Most of us were 4 or 5 years old when the belief structure we made with life set in: Iam stupid, I am weak, I don’t deserve, etc. We engaged believing that we should spend our lives proving that we are who we believe everyone else thinks we are. Breaking the cycle of doubt is essential. Loving self is the first love.
Born in Scotland and raised in Zimbabwe and South Africa, Gary Finnan splits his time between Sonoma Wine country in California and his farm in Aiken South Carolina, along with his wife Eva and two daughters. Gary is an award-winning inspirational author.
Everybody in the kingdom is supporting the brave knight Leo in his battle against his fearsome dragons. They try lots of different things to help him defeat them but eventually Leo realises that the most important thing to do is to believe in himself. This beautifully illustrated book with a poignant and uplifting rhyming story encourages children to persevere and find strength in the face of adversity, even when it seems that nothing is working. Written by Gill White for her son Leo who suffers from Ohtahara Syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy, and beautifully illustrated by Fife artist Gilli B, this story has been positively received by parents of children with complex needs, by care workers and medical staff and by parents of healthy young children who love the book simply as an adventure story. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to CHAS (Children’s Hospices across Scotland).
I received a copy of this book from author and Fledgling Press in return for an honest review.
This is an inspirational book, created by a mother for her son, who has to fight his internal dragons every day. It’s hard to read this book without tears falling, the struggle is hard, for such a small child, but as often happens, Leo is stronger than anyone believed he would be.
This story has relevance for children facing illness, but will also appeal to children as a storybook, with a powerful message about the support of others, but ultimately, the will to win is internal and within the individual.
The illustrations are colourful and reflect the text well. Despite, the poignancy, the book’s ethos is positive and uplifting, and speaks of a child’s courage to overcome illness, with their own positive outlook and the support of family.
There are some ways to reinforce the sensory aspect of the book at the end of the story. which make the story interactive and interesting.
A boy is miraculously rescued from a lonely island. Upon investigation it is found that he is the lone survivor of an air crash that happened thirteen years ago. What is more unbelievable is that the boy is only thirteen years old. He was born the day after the accident. Two people managed to escape from the aircraft, a cancer patient who is going for medical treatment, else awaiting death in a few months and a pregnant lady. The lady gives birth to a baby and dies in childbirth as the hardships she had to face due to the air crash proved to be too much for her to bear. Helpless on the lonely island, the man who knew of his inevitable death soon, develops an ingenious plan to teach the child about the mainland and how to reach it.
This inspiring tale takes a tragedy and turns it into a voyage of atonement, faith, hope and self discovery. Although a fictional story, the prose reads like a memoir. It begins after the boy’s rescue. Interviewed by his rescuers, Muhammad shares his life story, through Krishna’s writings. Written in a simple but effective way, this is a survival story full of action and poignant moments. Both human and animal characters are described with visual imagery and Krishna’s constant battle with the elements is atmospheric and vivid; one man’s quest against disease and the elements to save the life of a child.
I read this story in an hour or so and found it a worthwhile, rewarding read
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.