We hope you are having a wonderful end of summer. As we turn to fall, we want to help you and your little ones find a way to hold on to that feeling of sunshine, no matter the weather.
We are delighted to share with you a picture book that His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu created before Arch left us in December: The Little Book of Joy, publishing on September 27th.
The Book of Joy had tremendous impact, reaching millions of readers around the world and having now been translated into more than 40 languages. It has brought hope and happiness to so many readers and helped them navigate challenging times personally and globally. Now we want everybody, regardless of age, to be able to find joy no matter the circumstances. This was our beloved Arch’s last book, and nothing gave him more joy than connecting with children.
Inspired by the wisdom, humor, and deep love between these two holy men, The Little Book of Joy tells a simple story about friendship and that our greatest joy is our relationship to one another. Vibrantly brought to life by bestselling illustrator Rafael López, The Little Book of Joy inspires children discover how to find joy even when it seems to be hiding, and how we can grow that joy by sharing it with others. In this book, we see the authors’ own childhood struggles and how they discovered that joy is everywhere despite life’s challenges.
The Little Book of Joy shows that we have the power to transform our lives and the world around us even in the darkest of times.
As our friends, we want to offer you and your little ones this downloadable activity book, full of fun for the whole family, including printable bookmarks, coloring pages, and a way to write a letter to help spread the joy! As always, feel free to share this gift and newsletter with whoever might enjoy it.
Doug, Rachel, Lara, Janelle, Bella, Staci, Ty, Sarah, Jordan, and all of us at Idea Architects
P.S. The Fetzer Institute has submitted a session at the 2023 South by Southwest Conference, featuring our Founder & President Doug Abrams, together with the Fetzer Institute, and other panelists Ayo Yetunde, Gordon Wheeler, and Bill Vendley. Please VOTE for this talk on developing a New Human Story that can lead us into a more thriving and sustainable future and help us live our lives with more joy and hope (you do not need to be attending the conference to vote). IA author Bonnie Wan is also up for a SXSW workshop for The Life Brief, where she will guide participants on how to quiet their mind and drop into curiosity, as well as how to have the courage to author their own life. You can learn more about the sessions and vote for the session by clicking the links above.