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Hope for the Flowers
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An inspirational book that's the perfect gift for every age and occasion from birth to death and every life event in between!
An inspirational book that's the perfect gift for every age and occasion from birth to death and every life event in between!

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Trina Paulus Christmas Wish for 2014
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A video gift for the release of the ebook today. Filled with #gratitude and hope!
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Last year a friend reading the new book by Pat Summitt tipped us off to the fact that Pat references Hope for the Flowers on page 98:

"That night I gave Diane two books that were important to me at the time, and which show you where my head was. One was Zig Ziglar's Reaching the Top, the first of thousands of leadership books I'd collect over the coming years, looking for a clue as to how to do my job. Ziglar was the success guru of the 1970's, and he issued platitudes that rang true to me like, "Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude." But perhaps most influential was this one, which spoke to the aspiring teacher in me: "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want."

The other book was a thin little volume called Hope for the Flowers, by +Trina Paulus  a 1972 bestseller that was a work of the consciousness-raising period. It was a story of the transformation of a caterpillar character named Stripe into a butterfly, and it shows you what an idealistic, fresh teacher I was, not too far removed from the country girl who yearned for metamorphosis. The meaning was simple: Stripe the caterpillar wished to be something more, but he learned that transformation didn't come just from striving. You had to go deep inside, where it was dark and frightening, and meet yourself. If you are willing to do that, then you might grow wings.

Diane never gave either one back to me. She kept them both. And that was okay."
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Hope for the Flowers in Sum It Up by Pat Summitt (2013 release)
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Chapter 1 of Hope for the Flowers read in Japanese from last May's celebration of Hope's 40th Anniversary!
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You never know where Hope for the Flowers is going to turn up next! Today, Hope for the Flowers by +Trina Paulus  is listed as one of Drew Barrymore's favorite books along with The Little Prince in the March 10th, 2014 issue of People Magazine. Thanks, Drew Barrymore! 
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How +Trina Paulus & +Una McGurk first connected 10 years because of their common City Manager and love of butterflies....
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The Chinese edition cover photo of Hope for the Flowers...
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