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, then later 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 and dimmer. She falls into a pattern of striving in her own strength. Little by little, she gives her light away until one day it’s nearly gone and darkness begins to overtake her. 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.
Sunshine in Her Soul is inspired by the author’s daughter, Emma. Sybil’s desire for this book is to help young children develop healthy boundaries, resiliency, and a Christ-centered identity. This book is meant to facilitate open discussions between parents and children about what it means to feel sad or anxious, along with teaching kids the importance of relying on God. A guided discussion section is included after the story to help parents and caregivers start this open conversation with the young children in their care.
You can learn more about what led us to publishing this book, in our story my husband told during a press conference for a new children’s behavioral health building coming to our city. My husband’s speech starts at 17:02 here
. You can also view us sharing as a family on a 20/20 interview here.
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