Princess Sophia's Gifts

By Diane Hovey; Sara M. Butcher (Illustrator)
Aheartt, Hardcover, 9780981906409, 36pp.

Publication Date: October 2008

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At its essence, "Princess Sophia's Gifts" is a true story of a family's survival in the wake of personal tragedy. Written as a fairy tale, the story provides a way to examine the gifts or personal strengths within everyone, especially those who are different. When a kingdom's beloved Princess suffers a tragic accident, it underscores the realization that loss can happen to anyone. Princess Sophia chokes on a seed, and her life changes irrevocably. As she hovers somewhere between life and death, the Princess meets spirit women who give her special gifts for her return to life as a severely disabled child. Like all families, the Royal family is devastated by Sophia's tragedy. Trying to make sense of it, they journey to find a cure. But life will never be the same; in some ways, it may even be better. In a story of unfolding wisdom, the family discovers that not all questions have answers; and that in loss there is also opportunity for growth and healing.

About the Author
Diane Hovey, PhD, CPT / Marriage, Family & Poetry Therapist. Dr. Hovey assists families in managing life-transforming challenges. As a parent of a child with complex special needs, Diane brings her own experience and extensive education to her practice, helping families to build their strengths and abilities; helping therapists and social workers with proven tools and techniques to assist their clients; helping educators bring compassionate teaching into their classrooms. Diane is a translator of human experience, and a creative guide who helps others find emotional healing, understanding, and clarity of vision in navigating life's twists, turns and trials. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and daughter with special needs. She also has an adult daughter and son.Sara M Butcher attended the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland where she searched the Highlands for the roots of fairytales. Sara's purpose is to inspire others, old and young, to view life from a different angle, one full of light and peace.
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