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An Interfaith Devotional Picture Book that teaches the concept of God, and promotes peace and understanding between different faiths.
An Interfaith Devotional Picture Book that teaches the concept of God, and promotes peace and understanding between different faiths.
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The World God Made For Me

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The Book

I have always believed that religion is meant to bring people closer to God and to each other, and that all religions play a unique role in that process. Growing up in the Unification Church, this was one of the core principles I was taught. Yet, in reality, our different faiths more often serve as boundaries rather than beacons. 

When my first child was born, it became even more urgent for me to define this concept. What do I want to teach my child? What do I want him to know about God and about Faith? How do I help him develop his own relationship with the Divine? I know that my child may not grow up to follow the same faith tradition that I do, or may even chose to follow no religion. As a mom, I want to instill in him a love for all people, the belief that there are things bigger than ourselves, and that love and peace are possible. 

"God painted all the colors"
"God painted all the colors"

"Though we call God by different names, we are all a part of this great big world and the same human family"

This is an actual line from the book, and the crux of what this project is all about. I wanted a way to teach my children about God and spiritual concepts, but in a way that honors the path of many different traditions, showing our beautiful uniqueness as well as our common bonds. 

How it Works

 

This 24 page picture book will feature: 

A short lyrical poem, that explains simple spiritual concepts along with beautiful illustrations. 

Questions & non denominational Prayer, to give the parent and child a way to engage with the concept 

Quotes Page, featuring excerpts from different religious texts that relate to the topic. Read the quote that relates to your own faith, read them all, or incorporate your own! Includes quotes from: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Unificationism 

WHY?

Learning about other faiths is a way to promote peace and understanding.

So much of the world's conflicts arise from religious and sectarian strife. What if instead of focusing on, or merely tolerating our differences, we could highlight the things we can agree on? 

I want to teach my children about a God that accepts and loves all of his children, regardless of race, religion, gender, nationality, or any other qualifier. This book is an attempt to do that.

Perfect For:

  • Sunday Schools
  • Religious Institutions 
  • and super cool open minded parents and families of any faiths

Check out the special reward for educators that features extra copies of the book plus a lesson plan!

Meet the Team

Laurel Nakai (me) - Author, Founder of Paper Dove Press, Mom, Crazy Dreamer 

Abi Reid- Illustrator

LeeHee Wolf- Designer

Koichi Nakai (my husband)- bringer of coffee, back rubs, and pep talks. Also the editor for my video :)

Sarah Eide: Musician. The lovely and talented Sarah Eide put music to the words of the book and is producing a song as an extra special reward!

Print Ninja: Printers. The people at Print Ninja have been really helpful and supportive!

I've got a lot of people in my corner, helping make this all possible. I couldn't do it without them, but I also need...

You!

If this message resonates with you, become a backer and receive some awesome rewards in the process!

Your support will go towards:

  • Illustrator 
  • Design and Layout
  • Printing 
  • Shipping and Distribution
  • ISBN, Library of Congress numbers, and barcode
  • Taxes and Fees

Everyone who donates is an honorary peace dove, check out what other kinds of cool birds you can be in the rewards section!

Not Just a Book!

Launching this book will also launch Paper Dove Press, a publishing company that will focus on creating similar books with a focus on religious and cultural diversity. 

Goal Levels:

6,500-  What I need to publish this first book
12,000- Launch two more books for a three book series!
25,000- Open up submissions to other authors and illustrators

Risks and challenges

I'm passionate about this project, but as a busy mom who also works freelance part time, my body can't always keep up with my enthusiasm! That's why I am relying on my amazing team for technical and moral support, and factoring in downtime for the days you just need to take a break. (author-mommy-business women need rest too!)

I have worked out a basic plan and schedule in order to stay on track, but life inevitably throws curve balls, so I'm leaving lots of wiggle room for any unforeseen delays that might come up.

Shipping will be of concern when factoring in the time needed to complete this process. Right now, the goal is to go to print by August at the latest, which (accounting for possible shipping delays) should have us ready to begin fulfilling rewards for all our wonderful backers by December in time for the holidays.

I know enough to realize that I don't know everything, and am relying on partnerships with trusted professionals to help me navigate this new and incredibly exciting endeavor.

Whatever happens, I promise to keep all of you up to date and in the loop about the challenges, joys, set-backs and triumphs. With your support, I will do everything in my power to deliver a quality product that we can both be proud of.

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