The Painting

The Painting

Gerald is given a blank canvas and he paints a world - a world he loves so much, it comes to life!

We start our lives as a blank canvas. It's our diverse experiences that add color and definition to our painting. Gerald was given a blank canvas in which to paint anything he wanted. He painted a world. A world that he loved so much – it came to life! The personal growth and the steps Gerald took to protect his creation is what truly made him exceptional.
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About the Book

We start our lives as a blank canvas.
It’s our diverse experiences that add color and definition to our painting.

Gerald’s world was often harsh and challenging. Feelings of loneliness and isolation were normal for him. The people in his life didn’t understand him and as a result, often ignored him, or refused to make time for him. However, the nature that surrounded Gerald inspired the most sympathetic and caring young child you could ever know.

It was Gerald’s love of the world’s creatures and all of its beauty that enabled the magic of his painting to come to life. The personal growth and the steps Gerald took to protect his creation is what truly made him exceptional.

Genres: Christian, Inspirational
Tags: Adult | Young Adult, Ages 8 and Up, Award-Winning Books, Recommended Books, Religious
Publisher: Erin Go Bragh Publishing
Publication Year: 2015
Format: Paperback
Length: 220
Narrator: Heidi Allred
ISBN: 9781941345269

List Price: $9.95
eBook Price: $2.95
Audiobook Price: $13.08
This is an inspirational book for youth and adults that illustrates how seeing life from a single viewpoint can cause disappointment, resentment, and isolation. But allowing others to show how that viewpoint can be seen from another perspective--while not always having a positive effect--helps to break down self-applied barriers to open up a world of understanding which then fosters nurturing and growth. You’ll find it hard to put down once you start reading.
– Irene
The Painting is an inspirational tale of a young boy who overcomes feelings of immense loneliness and isolation through his painting of the beauty of God's creatures here on earth. Through he had no formal training as an artist, his creation on canvas was so remarkable that many others were drawn in by it's magical quality. It speaks to the blank canvas to which we are all born with and how we ultimately will paint our own. I wholeheartedly recommend this thought-provoking book by Kathleen Shields.
– Ken R.
This story will find a familiar path in most any of it's readers. We all can recognize how Gerald sometimes views humanity. Be it on a small personal level from our childhood, or a day to day perspective of strangers we mingle with. Throughout it one can find nuances that give us insight as to how our actions can affect the world around us in ways we don't ever stop to think about. But God does. A unique view point indeed! Definitely worth the read.
– Kate D.
Award-winning children's author Kathleen Shields' first book for younger and older adults is a triumph! What a refreshing delight to read God's perspective from a child's eyes! The book is a beautiful metaphor which will enhance readers' spiritual growth and lead to a great deal of discussion about parallels in scripture. I can't wait for the continuation of the story in The Painting 2!
– Jan Booth
“The Painting” is a work of art in itself. Gifted author Kathleen Shields, paints a colorful canvas of words in this creative and magical story. I enjoyed relating to the characters, they captured my attention throughout the book. The added dimension of Gerald’s painting sparked my imagination into a dream escape, making the story come alive. Much to my delight, that wasn’t the end of the story. I encourage you to find out what’s missing in Gerald’s perfect painting too. It may shine some light into your own life. I highly recommend this book and I’m looking forward to “The Painting 2,” the next book!
– David S.
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About the Author
Kathleen J. Shields

Kathleen J. Shields is the author of the award-winning educational series, Hamilton Troll Adventures. Each book of the series offers new life lessons for children and answers questions children tend to ask. Hamilton is a curious, adventurous troll who enjoys learning new and teaching his friends what he learned. Each book rhymes, and contains vocabulary words and definitions for harder words. The series also has a curriculum workbook, a coloring book and a brand new cookbook, so children can learn how to cook.

Kathleen also has a dozen additional books ranging in genre of adult, young adult, children's chapter books, and Christian fiction.

She runs her own website and graphic design company; Kathleen's Graphics, blogs inspirational messages and thought provoking topics and attends shows throughout the Texas Hill Country just about every weekend promoting her books.

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