THE STORY OF US: The Mystery of Creative Collaboration

Just received the Advance Review Copy of THE STORY OF US, a picture book collaboration with Kevin and Kristen Howdeshell coming from Beaming Books on September 20, 2022, and am in awe of what happens when we let go of control in the creative process.

Here's the book's description:

Air. Water. Earth. Fire. Critically acclaimed author Mitali Perkins paints a sweeping picture of the biblical redemption story in this luminous, lyrical picture book. At the beginning of all things, Creator uses the four elements to make humans. When creation falls into chaos--resulting in greed, war, and devastation--Redeemer comes to fix the mess, using air, water, earth, and fire to rebuild what has been broken. Ultimately, at the end of all things, Restorer arrives, calling us to partnership and eventually bringing lasting peace to all creation and healing to the earth. Through expansive, lyrical text from Mitali Perkins and stunning illustrations by Kevin and Kristen Howdeshell, this thought-provoking work of art invites readers to ponder their own relationship to nature and the Divine. The book is a perfect way to complement Disney and Pixar's upcoming Elemental film (coming June 2023) and creates a space for good family conversations about caring for the earth, the "why" of natural disasters, and God's unfailing love.