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Smiles for God from a Sunflower and You
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Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 11.02 X 8.50 X 0.08 (inches)|
God's nature never ceases to amaze While touring Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home in Indiana, I took a photograph of sunflowers. When the photograph was developed, its negative showed one flower with a smiley face. I was inspired to write the poem "Divine Reflections." The poem is condensed and illustrated for children to enjoy. I hope parents will interact with their children as they read the book together, explaining the illustrations and discovering the analogy of being a reflection and having a divine purpose in life. A smile lights up the world. I have watched as senior adults look at a smiling child with expressions of delight on their faces. There is beauty in nature and beauty in children, who are all special creations of God.
In the process of illustrating this book, I included my children and myself as a means of having something to pass on to future generations. It was a "God thing" on my tenth illustration when paint thinner was purposefully splashed on the canvas to make a different background effect; the splashes look like little sunflowers and an image of Jesus' face appears below the wilting sunflower See if you can find him
Thanks to Bishop Lindsey Davis of the Kentucky United Methodist Conference for including my book on his list of the Top Five Recommended Books for the annual conference.
Author: Delace Wofford Canada
Located in: Hawesville, Kentucky
Submitted: June 06, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. I am dedicated to learning and teaching the simple truths of God. Prayer is a passion. I create bookmarks with special prayers for my church, community, and even for my daughter's military company when they returned from Iraq. I have been a home school mom and care giver.
What was your motivation behind this project? Twenty years ago I took a photograph of sunflowers. One flower had a smiley face. I wrote a poem about the growth cycle of the sunflower making an analogy that as the sunflower follows and reflects the sun, we need to follow and reflect God's Son.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I want children and parents to interact as they read the book learning about the sunflower and the importance of a smile. We are a divine reflection of our Creator and He can be seen in nature.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I set a goal in 2012 to illustrate and publish my poem. This was the first time for me to do any painting and art work. God gave me the idea for each illustration and I attended an art class to learn how to paint. I am pleased with the outcome and know that God is my inspiration.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My father was a big influence and encouraged me to be creative. He had hoped to publish a book, but never did. I included my maiden name in order to honor him. My art instructor also encouraged me to do what I did not know I could.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I have an unusual first name. It is a contraction of my father's names. My life scripture is Hosea 10:12.