Estimated reading time: 3-4 minutes
For almost 30 years, Gayle Holdman worked alongside her husband Tom in their world-famous stained glass business in Lehi. Whether for a temple, university or business, every piece of glass in every work of art is unique.
But Holdman is not only an expert in stained glass, she also has a degree in family science and certification in positive psychology. She knows that just like the individual pieces that make up the art of stained glass, all people are beautiful and unique – and each piece is crucial.
“Everyone, whether they know it or not, matters,” she says. To help get this message across, Holdman drew on his background in creating glass art to write a children’s book called “The Piece That Is You.”
“Each window has pieces of different sizes, different shapes, different colors, they’re located in different parts of the window… But each piece is crucial to the whole,” Holdman said.
“The different cultures, languages and places we come from and the different experiences we have – our joys, our sorrows, our successes, our failures – make us all individual and unique.”
And that’s when the idea of a children’s book was born. The ultimate goal of Holdman is to inspire children to be more confident and to feel that they have a place and a purpose in this world. She hopes that through the words and illustrations in the book, children will come away inspired to make the world a better place.
An excerpt from the book sums up the take-home message perfectly: “Always be kind and work hard. Do your best. Your life can brighten up the lives of others. piece is you. “
Hope for the future
As well as providing a feast for your eyes, this book will improve your vision for the future, according to reviewers.
“In a world of so many divisions, this book creates a world full of diversity, full of promise, full of the best of the human race,” wrote one reviewer. “I felt the wonder and excitement that the future holds for us all come back to my eyes. Reading this book to my grandchildren, it gave me hope for their future and brought hope. peace in my heart. This is a must read for all ages. “
Another reader added: “I love this book! [it] contain a message that everyone needs, but it presents it in such a delicious way that no one will forget it. The rhyming text and the creative illustrations are captivating. “
Get your book today
“The Piece That Is You” makes a great Christmas present for anyone on your list who needs a self-esteem boost, including everyone!
If you live locally, you can pick up a copy by visiting Holdman Studios at Thanksgiving Point, or you can order it online. (Note: Due to the global shipping crisis, your order may take longer than expected.)
To learn more about the book and other available products, visit thepiecethatisyou.com.