"BECOMING ME is a little book that tells a very big story. Told in simple language with radiant full-colour illustrations, the book brings us on a journey through the very mystery of life itself, reminding us of our connection with the divine source of all creation. Accessible to both children and adults the simplicity of the words and pictures allows us access to the deepest realms of understanding too often shrouded behind complex theories and psycho-babble. Becoming Me is told with a tremendous open heart and with each turn of the page we stride deeper into ourselves discovering our place in the overall scheme of things and all the potential that that creates. A practitioner and lecturer in the field of transpersonal psychology, psychotherapist Martin Boroson succeeds in communicating essential spirtual truths in an easy to understand way that touches the very core of our being. The book also includes handy references for further reading by some of the current thinkers in transpersona/integral studies in the world today. A delightful and insightful book." -- Ciara Cronin, Source Magazine
"If you ever want to give someone a lovely present I have a suggestion for you - Becoming me - a story of creation. It is a lovely book - sweet and simple - still very wise and profound. It tells a very short and personal story of what it feels like to wake up to a higher spiritual understanding of the universe, wonderfully illustrated with pictures in the most fantastic colours. It is a book I can recommend for everyone in all age groups, from one-year-olds upwards." -- Gunnel Minnet, International Breathwork Foundation Newsletter
"Once upon a time ... I was. There was nobody who knew that I was ... But I was." So begins a story of creation and consciousness that explores the questions children-and all of us-ask: How did we come to be? What is our place in the world? Martin Boroson, has written a vivid evocation of being; Christopher Gilvan-Cartwright has illustrated it with paintings of great depth and richness. -- One Spirit August 2000
'Becoming Me' undoubtedly captures the emerging spirit of the 21st century. -- Ervin Laszlo, Science Advisor to the Director General of UNESCO, Science Director of the International Peace University of Berlin, and Series Editor, General Evolution Studies
A stunning children's picture book that explores the creation in simple words and dramatic illustrations. -- Junior Magazine July 2000
A wonderful book. This is a wonderful book. Combining deep personal experience and creative imagination, Martin Boroson has succeeded in conveying the wisdom of the perennial spiritual teachings concerning the creation of the world we live in and our own nature. -- Stanislav Grof, M.D., author of The Cosmic Game
About the God in us and the us in God. A mystical midrash about the interconnectedness of all life, about the God in us and the us in God. -- Rabbi Sandy Sasso, author of God's Paintbrush
Becoming Me is for people of all faiths and those of no particular faith. You can read alound or contemplate it quietly. Its for your child and its for you. The illustrations by Christopher Gilvan-Cartwright are superb. -- Childrens Books in Ireland , Dec 2000
Bright and beautiful-a much-needed reminder for children of all ages that we are truly God's own children. -- Father Brett Hoover, Church of St. Paul the Apostle
From rich endpapers that suggest the golden oozing goo of creation to the gloriously hued chaotic mass at its end, we sense the relationship of color, light, and sound in the cosmic creation-and at the heart of it all is the voice of God. Daring? Yes. Presumptuous? No. There is a humility and simplicity-and just enough mischief-in the writing that makes it somehow plausible that the person of God has written this book, describing the enormous complexity of creation in terms of self-discovery. It resolves beautifully in the way that God becomes human, and how in human form we still forget that we are God. Profound fun for all ages, a delight for anyone who enjoys pondering imponderables. -- NAPRA Review September/October 2000
Gilvan-Cartwright's spare, vivid, broadly stroked paintings capture the feeling as well as the difficult concepts of the narrative, beginning with abstract images and gradually moving on to recognizable shapes. The approach and the art work nicely together not only to captivate children but also to provide much opportunity for discussion. -- Booklist - Shelley Townsend-Hudson
Gilvan-Cartwright's striking abstract paintings evoke the power and simplicity of children's art, while at the same time barring any coyness in the storytelling by dint of their sophistication. The visual rhythms created by the skillful book design further accentuate the impact of the text. Gentle yet thought-provoking, this will offer readers another way to contemplate the nature of the divine. Ages 4-up. -- Publishers Weekly July 24, 2000
God first, in full colour. Christopher Gilvan-Cartwright honours Martin Boroson's Becoming Me, a deceptively simple expression of the nature of the Divine, with breathtaking artwork. Certainly a starting point for spirituality. -- The Times July 12, 2000 -Sarah Johnson
It is vital for children to understand the creation of the universe and their place in it. 'Becoming Me' goes a long way to breaking down the barriers of religious and cultural differences allowing us to see that we are in fact 'one' and it successfully answers the ultimate question 'where do I come from?'. -- Floella Benjamin, actress, writer, producer
Simply written but full of depth. Beautifully illustrated and designed book ... aimed for chldren but which could appeal to all ages offering in few words the concept of creation and our relationship with the whole. Simply written but full of depth. -- Yoga and Health, September 2000
Somehow Boroson and his illustrator, Christopher Gilvan-Cartwright, let us enter into the paradoxical mysteries of being both the Created and the Creator. It invites us to flow with remembering through the roles which we assume in creating, witnessing, and playing/participating in this universe. . -- The Inner Door August 2000 Kylea Taylor
The simplest and sweetest way to remind us that the Divine is shining in us all the time and that "we" are ultimately, "me". -- Jack Kornfield, Buddhist teacher, author of 'A Path With Heart'
This is breathtaking spirituality in gloriously few, very beautiful words and wonderfully inspiring pictures. It is the eternal beginning and the manifestation of love, light and creation. It is an expression that any religion would find compatible. How extraordinary of Martin Boroson to have found such transcendental images. Buy this book for yourselves, for your children and your grandchildren, and for everyone you know and love, or would like to love. It is the ideal birthday, Xmas or any other present. Buy it for art lovers just for its illustrations; buy it for mystics just for its message. Buy it and give it. -- Joy Manne Ph.D. The Healing Breath Magazine October 2000
Wish I'd had Martin Boroson's Becoming Me, a Story of Creation, illustrated by Christopher Gilvan-Cartwright, when my three-year-old asked "Is God real or pretend?" Visionary paintings and simple yet profound words present the mystical aspect of existence without the bog of religion. A beautiful book, best kept for the Big Questions, and an ideal gift for those of a spiritual bent. -- The Irish Times August 19, 2000- G.V. Whelan
One day, in meditation, I experienced a presence so vast and embracing that there was no longer any up or down, in or out, this or that. There was just One Mind, everywhere and always, taking different shapes, moment by moment.
God was everywhere, singing to me and through me. Gods deepest desire, I realized, is to play
to explore everything that is possible
and from this desire, the world is born. For only here, in form, can God experience the joys and heartbreak of being alive, of being you and being me. For God, who is so big, the greatest challenge is
Then I heard a voice, wise but full of wonder: Once a upon a time, I was'. Immediately I wondered if all the big spiritual ideas about our world could be expressed in a little story.
Becoming Me is the result
a story of creation as told by the Creator, the story of a God who loves to play. In writing it, I checked my thoughts with lots of different religions, but mostly I just listened for that big little voice in me, and followed, and discovered that the biggest ideas make the most sense when expressed simply, from the heart.
I hope that Becoming Me speaks to you, your child, and the child in you
that it reminds you our world is a divine play, and the ultimate nature of life is love.
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