Stella's Secret is a journey of a little girl seeking to find God. On her journey she meets wise animals who volunteer to help her. The climax of the story is her encounter with Aunt Jamie, who lifts the lid of Stella's delightful quest.
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"Here we have a little girl who does what we all do — she sets out on a quest to find God. She explores the boundaries of her world, asking man and nature for clues. She doesn't find all of God in the expected places, but finally in the place she least expected. And how often it is true, that what we most deeply yearn for turns out to be native to us. Stella's Secret is a simple story with layers of meaning. It is delightful and, almost unnoticed, it slips a potent and validating concept into our hands that we won't likely forget." Wendy Francisco - Illustrator
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Dr. C Baxter Kruger, Outeur en Spreker. wrote:
Fantastiese storie! Jy het so ‘n pragtige manier om die misterie en opwinding van God in kindertaal te verbeeld. Die blomme, die see, die diertjies, asook Tannie Jana speel so ‘n mooi rol om die wondergeheimenis van God bekend te maak. Jy hou die opgewondenheid van ‘n skattejag speel-speel in die prentjie. Mag elke kind hierdie grootste van alle geheime in hulself ontdek!
Pamela Emery - Friend wrote:
Hierdie is die seisoen vir kinders. Jou storie sing hartliedjies – die lied van lig wat amper te goed is om waar te wees!
Erin E. Mccarty wrote:
Lydia het die besonderse gawe om woordeprentijies lewendig te maak! Haar liefde vir die lewe, die natuur, mense en vir God is die kleure waarmee sy hierdie pragtige storie skilder. Dit gaan jou kinders se mooiste boek word! Hul gaan dit oor en oor wil hoor en lees! Die illustrasies is fantasties – Stella se Geheim is ‘n kosbare erfenis wat vir geslagte lank waardeer sal word!
Lydia has such a mesmerizing way with words that brings the world around you to life. Her words and passion for life, nature, people and God come to life in this story! It will fast become your children's favourite book that they will want to read and listen to it read by Lydia's sweet voice again and again. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful! Stella's Secret is a treasure that will be passed on from one generation to the next!!
Velina M. Durbin wrote:
This gentle tale is the story of a spiritual search. Where is God? Little Stella is determined to find out, and each friend - human and not - that she encounters provides insight, but her seeking continues until one conversation causes her to gain a new perspective...
Lydia Du Toit's narration is quietly tender and poetic, with each speaker's dialogue distinct from the next, while Wendy Francisco's richly evocative paintings feature gorgeous landscapes and expressive characters.
As a seeker myself with the heart of a mystic, I appreciate the characterization of faith as a journey into deeper understanding. The book values the innate intuition of childhood as well as insights gained over a lifetime of spiritual pursuit. The book points toward Christ but values intimate experience over dogmatism.
The winsome Stella holds appeal for fellow children and anyone who still carries a sense of childlike joy and wonder. If you still haven't found what you're looking for, you may well find in the questing Stella a kindred spirit.
This is a beautiful, lyrical book for children and adults alike. The story and the illustrations lead you into the stella's journey as if you were her friend beside her. I was delighted to read to my grandchildren and share the great love from the pages.