A Story of Becoming

A New Children’s Book Teaches Holistic Lessons of Self-Discovery

A Story of Becoming is a fable about a seed that over time becomes an apple tree and after a storm becomes a living miracle. The tale is a metaphor for our own process of self-discovery and reminds us that no matter what we have faced in life our essence is still whole and complete. Written by award-winning author Ayn Cates Sullivan, Ph.D, A Story of Becoming is the third children’s book she has written in collaboration with illustrator Belle Crow DuCray. Her other two children’s books, Sparkle and the Gift and Sparkle and the Light have both won numerous awards including the gold medal at The Mom’s Choice Awards, and further accolades from The Los Angeles Book Festival and The London Book Festival. Where Shel Silverstein’s classic The Giving Tree leaves critics and readers divided about the moral relationship of the boy and the tree, A Story of Becoming offers a more holistic approach. The story follows a seed which begins to sprout and becomes curious about who she is becoming. After overcoming a series of tribulations including being eaten by deer and struck by lightning, the sapling grows into a golden apple tree which bears its fruits of wisdom to a community of vibrant characters, whose enlightening relationships are carefully illustrated by Belle Crow Ducray. In the end, the golden apple tree becomes a symbol of love and hope for the community. The book is already utilized by international recovery groups, including a rape crisis group that uses the book to teach women that they can recover and be living miracles, and a youth rehab in Vermont. A Story of Becoming truly is a fable for “children of all ages.” “The message is that we are perfect and whole in our design,” says Sullivan. “Even though we might experience something that seems to break us, we can recover and even become a living miracle. What may at first seem like a great tragedy may in fact be an enormous blessing. We are the authors of our lives, so we are the ones who desire how we view situations.” Upon finishing this book we know that when we stay connected to our inner light miracles can and do happen. The book launch for A Story of Becoming will be on January 24, 2015 at 4pm at Granada Bookstore, 1224 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA. After the reading, the Infinite Light Publishing team will be answering questions that emerging authors and illustrators have about publishing and distributing their own books. For more information, Contact: info@infinitelightpublishing.com

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