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The Little Soul and the Sun is a simple and powerful story that brings children a very profound truth: there is not absolute good or bad--that underneath all that happens in the world, all that we call "good" and all that we call "bad," is love. Your child will discover a God that she or he can love, because God is love, as are all the Little Souls who are a part of God. And perhaps parents, too, will rediscover who they really are.
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The Little Soul and the Sun is a simple and powerful story that brings children a very profound truth: there is not absolute good or bad--that underneath all that happens in the world, all that we call "good" and all that we call "bad," is love. Your child will discover a God that she or he can love, because God is love, as are all the Little Souls who are a part of God. And perhaps parents, too, will rediscover who they really are.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Though his Conversations with God, Book 1 may be a bestseller, Walsch's attempts to scale down part of that book into a work for children may well leave young readers, and their parents, scratching their heads. In this utterly confusing parable, a little soul discusses at length with God how he can learn to experience who he really is and which "part of special" he wants to be. The little soul decides he wants to be forgiving; thus another little soul soon obliges by offering to do something "not-so-nice," so that the first little soul can experience forgiveness. Amid the cryptic phrasing and the often cumbersome sentence structures, some strong imagery and positive Christian attitudes do come through. Such messages as "everybody is special, each in their own way" and "it is special to be kind; it is special to be creative" are important for all children to hear, regardless of their faith. Unfortunately, some readers may not stick with this story long enough to glean such lessons. Riccio's scene of child-angels in monk-like frocks walking on what appear to be clouds will surely inspire further questions about perceptions of Heaven. Ages 6-10. Apr.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571740878
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 40,863
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.19 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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The Little Soul and the Sun

A Children's Parable Adapted from Conversations with God


By Neale Donald Walsch, Frank Riccio

Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.

Copyright © 1998 Neale Donald Walsch
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-61283-077-3



CHAPTER 1

ONCE UPON NO TIME there was a Little Soul who said to God, "I know who I am!"

And God said, "That's wonderful! Who are you?"

And the Little Soul shouted, "I'm the Light!"

God smiled a big smile. "That's right!" God exclaimed. "You are the Light."

The Little Soul was so happy, for it had figured out what all the souls in the Kingdom were there to figure out. "Wow," said the Little Soul, "this is really cool!"

But soon, knowing who it was was not enough. The Little Soul felt stirrings inside, and now wanted to be who it was. And so the Little Soul went back to God (which is not a bad idea for all souls who want to be Who They Really Are) and said, "Hi, God! Now that I know Who I Am, is it okay for me to be it?"

And God said, "You mean you want to be Who You Already Are?"

"Well," replied the Little Soul, "it's one thing to know Who I Am, and another thing altogether to actually be it. I want to feel what it's like to be the Light!"

"But you already are the Light," God repeated, smiling again.

"Well, there is nothing else but the Light. You see, I created nothing but what you are; and so, there is no easy way for you to experience yourself as Who You Are, since there is nothing that you are not."

"Huh?" said the Little Soul, who was now a little confused.

"Think of it this way," said God. "You are like a candle in the Sun. Oh, you're there all right. Along with a million, ka-gillion other candles who make up the Sun. And the sun would not be the Sun without you.

Nay, it would be a sun without one of its candles ... and that would not be the Sun at all; for it would not shine as brightly. Yet, how to know yourself as the Light when you are amidst the Light—that is the question."

"Well," the Little Soul perked up, "you're God. Think of something!"

Once more God smiled. "I already have," God said. "Since you cannot see yourself as the Light when you are in the Light, we'll surround you with darkness."

"What's darkness?" the Little Soul asked.

God replied, "It is that which you are not."

"Will I be afraid of the dark?" cried the Little Soul.

"Only if you choose to be." God answered. "There is nothing, really, to be afraid of, unless you decide that there is. You see, we are making it all up. We are pretending."

"Oh," said the Little Soul, and felt better already.

Then God explained that, in order to experience anything at all, the exact opposite of it will appear. "It is a great gift," God said, "because without it, you could not know what anything is like.

"You could not know Warm without Cold,

"Rather be a Light unto the darkness, and don't be mad about it. Then you will know Who You Really Are, and all others will know, too. Let your Light so shine that everyone will know how special you are!"

"You mean it's okay to let others see how special I am?" asked the Little Soul.

"Of course!" God chuckled. "It's very okay! But remember, 'special' does not mean 'better.' Everybody is special, each in their own way! Yet many others have forgotten that. They will see that it is okay for them to be special only when you see that it is okay for you to be special."

"What part of special?" the Little Soul repeated. "I don't understand."

"Well," God explained, "being the Light is being special, and being special has a lot of parts to it. It is special to be kind. It is special to be gentle. It is special to be creative. It is special to be patient. Can you think of any other ways it is special to be?" The Little Soul sat quietly for a moment. "I can think of lots of ways to be special!" the Little Soul then exclaimed. "It is special to be helpful. It is special to be sharing. It is special to be friendly.

"I know what I want to be, I know what I want to be!" the Little Soul announced with great excitement. "I want to be the part of special called 'forgiving.' Isn't it special to be forgiving?"

"Oh, yes," God assured the Little Soul. "That is very special."

"Okay," said the Little Soul. "That's what I want to be. I want to be forgiving. I want to experience myself as that."

"Good," said God, "but there's one thing you should know."

The Little Soul was becoming a bit impatient now. It always seemed as though there were some complication. "What is it?" the Little Soul sighed.

"There is no one to forgive."

"No one?" The Little Soul could hardly believe what had


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Little Soul and the Sun by Neale Donald Walsch, Frank Riccio. Copyright © 1998 Neale Donald Walsch. Excerpted by permission of Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc..
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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    Amazing children's story

    This quite possibly the most beautiful book I have ever read. A superb teaching tool for spirituality. The book is modeled after a parable from the "Conversations with God" series by Neale Donald Walsch. Very beautifully illustrated and the message is clear, provocative, and beautifully on point. I wish this book could be given to all of our children, all over the world. If this book was taught respectfully to all of our children today, we wouldn't have hardly a problem we couldn't solve tomorrow. I recommend this book to anyone with a child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2004

    Great for the whole Family

    This book was absolutely wonderful. I borrowed it from a friend and now want my own copy that I can share with others. This is a real joy to read to the entire family.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    My Life as the Little Soul

    Neale and I believe that this parable came from God and we know that anyone who becomes familiar with it will be blessed by it. Along with his other books, I am blessed by it daily because this book came into my life as a gift at just the right time on Christmas of 2000. It opened my eyes to see that angels walk among us. I like this story so much that I choose to believe and 'pretend' that I am the Little Soul only like you, I exist as an angel in hue-man form. Relating myself to the Little Soul, I like to believe that our experiences are based on this parable and that even this review is being presented as an opportunity to confirm my beliefs. To better understand what I mean, you will need to hear the audio version of the story for yourself. In my copy of this book, as a hobby, I like to have other adults write brief bio's of themselves with some encouraging words, an autogragh, and date of confirmation. The truth in what they wrote motivated me to start a book drive for kids (and you are welcome to help). It motivates me to continue believing in myself. It also inspires me to understand more about angels because angels inspire me to get closer to God. As a gift for yourself and for clarity on why We-Are-Here, I ask that you act now, purchase today, and listen to the cassette version of the parable. Consider this message a predicted prophecy or an OMEN, which is an incident regarded as a prophetic sign.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2002

    This is simply the greatest book.....

    You may think you're picking this book up for your kid, your friend, your loved one, but truly you're picking it up for yourself too...and that's okay. Giving it to 'them' IS giving it to 'you' as well. Buy this book, read it, and don't stop sharing the message inside it...or keep passing the book around...either way it all changes the world in a special way....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2014

    Highly recommended-please check it out!

    What a wonderful book for parents and children alike. Anyone spiritual should read this book and read it to your children!
    We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are
    Spiritual beings of Light having a human experience here on earth.
    This book explains in such a beautiful way "Who we are" and may we all find out Light within!
    Beautifully illustrated also.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    This is an excellent book for both children and adults. It gentl

    This is an excellent book for both children and adults. It gently reminds us of our true nature, and the true nature of all humans, as we experience the journey of our lives.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    A family favorite

    We all enjoy this book. It was one of the books that I read to my grandson so many years ago. Later when I lost my youngest child, this was the only book that I read while I was in a very dark place. At that time the child like story was a comfort as nothing else. This purchase was made for a niece's daughter. She has cancer and I know the daughter is afraid. Truly think this book will help her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Every Human Being on the planet should read!!

    really outstanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2000

    Wonderful for children and adults!

    I purchased this book as a gift for my 8 year old nephew in celebration of a religious event in his life. After sitting down and reading it myself, I will surely be purchasing more copies for myself, my children and others in the family. It is a beautiful reminder that we are all here with a purpose...to learn something...to share something with others...even to help others achieve their goals. It rekindeled in me a feeling of connection and purpose, which is something we all need. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 1999

    A beautiful story! Heart warming and touching.

    Sometimes we all need to be reminded, young and old alike, that there is an angel inside each an every one of us. God only sends us Angels. Beautiful illustrations! A perfect book for loved ones of all ages!

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