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Neale Donald Walsch's Conversations with God series has enjoyed boundless success, making his dialogue with God accessible to a worldwide audience of adults. The Little Soul and the Sun distills the essential message of the Conversations with God books and sews it into a story that even children can identify with. Frank Riccio's poignant illustrations are the perfect companion to Walsch's parable of a little soul who discovers that it is "the light" but still wants to know how it "feels" to be the light. This proves to be a problem, as God created nothing else but the light. God's solution, with the help of another soul, is to surround the little soul with darkness, so that it can feel what being the light is like. This deceptively simple tale of self-discovery carries such a profound message that adults as well as children will read it over and over, each time learning a little more about who we really are and why we are here on earth. --Brian Patterson

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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 12 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571740872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571740878
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

NEALE DONALD WALSCH is the author of the 9-book Conversations with God series, as well as other volumes on contemporary spirituality, including The Only Thing That Matters, What God Said, and When Everything Changes Change Everything. His books have been translated into over 30 languages. He lives with his wife, the American poet Em Claire, in Oregon.

Customer Reviews

Both story and illustrations are beautiful.
Tea4Me
I highly recommend this book for kids of all ages ---- especially adults.
T. Gilmour
My kids love this book, it's a great way to explain a lot to children.
Adel Hattem

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

74 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 18, 2003
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When I first read the book Conversations With God a few years ago, I was deeply touched. Much of the insights presented in this unusual conversation were a wonderfully fresh way of seeing All is One and that All is Love. A year or so later, I was browsing the children's section of the bookstore and came upon The Little Soul and the Sun: A Children's Parable Adapted From Conversations With God. I read it right there and it brought tears to my eyes.
Here it is some years later, and I've just bought this delightful book for my son as a Christmas present. This beautiful story is illustrated in lavish pastels by Frank Riccio, and features a parable about Little Soul--one who wants to experience itself as Who I Am. You see, Little Soul knows that it is Light--but feels that knowing isn't enough. So Little Soul asks God if it can actually feel what is means to be the Light. So God asks Little Soul how it can experience the Light when it is already as a candle in the Sun, along with the other billions of souls who make up the brilliance of the Sun? Little Soul entreats God to think of something--some way in which it can experience what it feels like to be Light.
God answers Little Soul "Since you cannot see yourself as the Light when you are in the Light, we'll surround you with darkness." Little Soul asks "What's darkness?" and God replies "It is that which you are not." Little Soul asks God if it will be afraid, but God says "only if you choose to be...there is nothing, really, to be afraid of, unless you decide that there is."
One of the central themes of Conversations With God is that in order for God to experience Itself, It had to be contrasted with something else--something "other". You cannot experience dark without light, up without down, now without then, fast without slow.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1999
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I cannot say enough about this *wonderful* book! It is a book for everyone. I read in a review here that they thought that this book may be difficult for a child to understand. I believe children understand these concepts far easier than we adults do. I love this story and have bought many of them for friends, big and small!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 1999
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This highly inteligent book was written for adults who understand the specialness and uniqueness of children and the bright light they show to us. To teach our young ones, we must first understand the story. This book should be read by every ADULT, and lovingly passed on to our children. I've had this book for sometime, and have waited for a grandchild to give it to. But now I feel that I am "hoarding" it. There are so many who need to hear its message! (Guess I'll have to get more copies!)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1998
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Simply and beautifully written. Everyone who reads this soul touching book can remember who they are and that, God doesn't send anything but Angels into our lives. I personally feel that if everyone were to read this story at the same, time our world would instantly change.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1999
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Although I love the "Conversation With God" books and agree with them, I have to agree with the reviewer who thought the book too complex for younger children. My 7-year old needed much additional explanation from me after I finished reading the book to him, and even then I wasn't sure he completely understood the concepts. I do know of a great book that is more appropriate for young children. "Emma and Mommy Talk to God," by Marianne Williamson, is an excellent book for children of all ages, and very easy to understand and follow.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2001
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As the mother of a special needs child I find the message in this book delightful. Granted I haven't gotten to the point of having to explain the book, or its message to him yet. But I think that for any child, on any subject a book that inspires conversation and discussion with a loved one, is to be treasured. And in many ways I think that it answers many of the questions about God that frequently arise.
I think that in addition to using this book to teach about god, it will also be a tool to teach my child about others who may do unkind things and how to respond to them. ALso I really appreciat the focus on the emotional and personality ways that people are special instead of the focus of so many books on being special because of actions and sports- things that my son may never be able to do- but he will be able to be kind and loving and sharing and forgiving.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2002
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It so wonderful to read children's book like this one. It made a lot of sense why we are all different. Thank you Neil for this awesome story with great illustration too. My nephews and nieces wants to hear this story over and over again. I believe they have been touch also by the message of this book.
I can wait till there will be another children's book that can enlighten the little ones too. This book is not just for children it is also for adults. This is the kind of book you would love to read when you are facing with critism and redicule from others. It helps you overcome the feeling of despair and rise above it.Thank you NEIL for writing this book. Godblessing will be with and your family. Thank you for your contribution to this world. YOU helped very many to find themselves again.
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