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Becoming Me: A Story of Creation Hardcover – 1 Apr 2000

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  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books (1 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071121526X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711215269
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 20.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,134,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

From the Author

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. God’s 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 … being little.

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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Sept. 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book renders the most profound theme - the extent to which each one of us is uniquely loved by the Divine - accessible to the mind of a child and to the heart of an adult. It is remarkable for its depth through pure simplicity. A person with a sensitivity to that which is greater, will find great consolation in the beauty and clarity of this work.
We received this book as a present for our child and have given it as a gift to other parents and children since. The words, and the images upon which they rest, evoke tears because their union expresses the love of the One that is in our being and becoming.
Linda & Patrick, Sunday, September 10th, 2000.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Barrow on 14 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
...and I'm now 30 years old!

Thank God I found this book! It's very difficult to explain what I believe to people without them thinking I'm nuts or blasphemous. I used to be a conservative evangelical missionary and I went to theological college in order to pursue a career as an evangelical missionary/pastor/theologian. And then I had a mystical experience, and saw that God was me, I was everything, and everything was God.

I usually say, "Well, I'm God! But I'm you! And you are me in a different body. The individual I am isn't the individual you are, but I am the I am, and you are the I am, which makes you me, and God me, but since I'm not all-powerful, I still pray to God, who is me in reality, but in my personal experience, not yet."

This book makes it VERY easy for me to explain what I believe to people (who don't know they're me)! If a kid can understand it, then at least my friends at theological college can too. (Much easier than asking them to read Teilhard)!

Also recommended (for adults) is the The God Theory: Universes, Zero-point Fields, and What's Behind it All by Bernard Haisch.

God bless, and see you all sometime in our/my future!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Sept. 2000
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I gave this book to my favourite 6 year old, who loves it. He calls it 'the book with all the colours' and asks for it regularly for reading at bedtime, and greatly enjoys looking at the pictures - as do I, they are beautiful - and explaining the story to me. I would highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 April 2000
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A truely beautiful story for children and adults alike. The illustration was magical and the theme was enlightening. It was like a homecoming for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jenny wren on 3 Dec. 2013
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I have chosen five stars because it is a beautifully presented book with few words but illustrating some very profound thoughts about who we are.
Without being particularly biased to any spiritual or religious beliefs it still has the ability to provoke thoughts on what we are doing here and who is really responsible for what happens in our world.
It is not a sad book though. It is one of hope. I feel it is good for any age group, even adults.
As an artist myself, I can honestly say the illustrations are brilliant.
I had bought it with the intention of giving it to my eldest God daughter, who will be nine soon, but I also think it is lovely to give to my elder son who is over forty and has been through some difficult times.
I shall just have to buy more!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Dempsey on 10 Sept. 2000
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I must firstly admit I know Marty. I knew nothing of this book however. I ordered out of curiosity and wonderment. The single biggest suprise was that it appeared to be a childrens book. I expected it to be a story of Marty's personal journey, it is (to me). Imagine squeezing all your joy angst and love into a dozen pages and such few words and losing not a drop. Distilled down to the stature of a children's book ... very Zen! A modern parable of the journey of birth-death-rebirth which we all take in life, told for children, or was it? How do we prepare kids for this journey, they are already on.... start with this book! Of course YOU have to do the telling, as with all kids books.
The most delightful rewards of this book is that I can read it in seconds - for me a great refresher! and most important of all it is a wonderful contemporary fable of an ancient passage of rites.
With this book Marty has given me a medium with which I have already begun to tell my own story, and their own story, to my four children. If you want to talk to your kids about Oneness, Self, AllThatIs, etc .... here is a unique and wonderful tool. The illustrations capture the emotions of real life ... no fairy tale illusions here. We get it as our kids see it!
Great Book
Highly recommended.
Well Done, especially since there are no kids around you, that I know of!
Jim ... Mystical Storyteller
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