Sunshine in Her Soul
A faith-based children's book about
mental health and resiliency
Emma is a young girl with a big heart and big purpose. She carries God’s light with her wherever she goes, and she uses it to connect with friends and family in meaningful ways. In Sunshine in Her Soul, we follow Emma as she shares her light, but eventually forgets where it came from. Emma thinks that if she helps enough people, her light would grow brighter on its own, but instead, it just gets dimmer. Emma ultimately realizes that she can’t live without the light she was created to have, and she learns that God is the real source of her inner light – not her.
From the author
The Story Behind the Book
Mental health is just as important as physical health, but until the recent youth mental health crisis, mental health wasn’t nearly getting the attention it deserves. The tide is starting to turn and we want to do our part to spark a conversation around it! My daughter, Emma, and I teamed up to create this children’s book, Sunshine In Her Soul. The vision for this project started in 2021, after caring for Emma through life-threatening depression and praying her through recovery. We believe God wastes nothing and we’re trusting Him to use this book to help shape the next generation. We pray its message will help young children develop healthy boundaries, resiliency, and hope for the future.
About the Author
Sybil Brun is a counselor and life coach dedicated to helping families, but her biggest commitment is always to her two beloved daughters and the love of her life, her husband, Brian. Sybil’s longtime love of writing first took shape on her blog, She Lives Free. She is thrilled to have created her first children’s book with her daughter, Emma.
About the Illustrator
Emma Brun is an artist, web designer, and cybersecurity professional. She enjoys all things creative and loves thinking outside the box! This is Emma’s first illustration project. Emma's love of art and illustration began at a young age, and she has continued to foster her skills in multiple mediums, including both traditional and digital.