Hope for the Flowers

Hope for the Flowers

by Trina Paulus
Hope for the Flowers

Hope for the Flowers

by Trina Paulus


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It is hard to believe that Hope for the Flowers, by renowned ecologist, peace and environmental advocate, and organic food enthusiast, Trina Paulus, is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. Hope is a book that has transcended boundaries of all sorts and has become a favorite for many—from multiple generations.

A note from the author: “Somehow we each have to understand, that uncomfortable as it may feel, in some way you and I were meant for this time.” Regardless of the quotidian events that are swirling around us, some with the dubious ability to divide rather than unite—age, sex, class, religion, country, politics, the scourge of a present- and post-COVID world—we are grateful that Hope, and everything it stands for, was given to us as gift.

Over four million copies have been printed in English, with over twenty translations across the globe. Paulist Press invites you to join the celebration!

Media buzz: Many fans have commented, ranging from the well-known to the enthusiastic everyday reader:

“In this book, two caterpillars get caught up in the fallacy of competition and struggle to reach the top of a caterpillar pile. By journey’s end, however, they learn that their true nature is not one of winning and being at the top, but of going within and emerging as beautiful butterflies who were born to soar.”
—Deepak Chopra

"Hope For the Flowers is one of my favorite children's books. Everyone is like a butterfly; they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful, graceful butterflies that everyone loves."
—Drew Barrymore

“The take is transformative. The caterpillar and the butterfly are powerful metaphors for dying for the good to become one’s best. This is a story that you will read over and over as you seek to become and achieve your highest and best self.”
—Karen Briscoe

Please note that the 50th anniversary edition is now available in hardcover and paperback.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809117543
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 01/01/1973
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 45,000
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)


From the Author

Stripe & Yellow & I thank you! Hope is going global! My stars go to the authors of the encouraging reviews? I am moved and inspired to do more with my life because of each of you. I am grateful that you have found more hope with Hope. After 26 years of quiet, steady sales, it seems Hope is suddenly going global! Just this year it's Japanese. Coming soon Korean, Chinese, KiSwahili (East Africa) and Italian. They join Spanish, German and English. For those who love Hope, I think side 2 of the Hope Audio may be of special interest. It's the story behind the book and explores the mystery of life moving through apparent death to new life. This is the continual focus of my past and particularly my present concern for the environment. Just today I built a huge compost pile, and marvel at the almost immediate new life happening as moist old leaves got together with grass clippings and old food scraps. What looks more dead than old leaves? And yet, this is the living food of new life as the grand life cycle continues through the work of the composting microbes. They are so quickly busy they raised the temperature inside my new pile to 138 degrees F. in 8 hours! 'Life is changed, not taken away.' I also raise Monarchs who annually lay their eggs on the milkweed (their caterpillar's only food) planted in my front yard in urban New Jersey. As you have realized, transformation is the key to Hope and for me the answer to most of the world's most vexing problems. Transforming life toward the more local, simple and natural, like eating and growing organically, composting and helping butterflies survive is our millennium task. That is why I am supporting all things organic andstruggling mightily against the pollution and control of our food supply by just a few transnational corporations. May we EACH believe in the butterfly ALWAYS. WANT MILKWEED SEEDS?
— Trina Paulus (compostgal@aol.com), The author/artist

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